Prior to returning “home” and joining the faculty at Liberty, Dr. Mackey served as professor of education and coordinator of urban educational ministries at Grove City College for the past sixteen years. He was known for being a professor that cares and desires his students to be actively engaged in class, life, and their own growth. During his last 12 years while at GCC he was voted by faculty and students as “top-ten professor.” Before Grove City College, Roger was a coach, classroom teacher, teacher trainer, assistant principal and principal in urban public and Christian elementary and secondary schools. Roger received awards for his work with middle school students in his six years in Bronx, NYC public schools.
He was granted a full fellowship for his doctoral studies at the University of Virginia, and was awarded “Outstanding Student in Graduate Education.” His work with urban schools in Pittsburgh received recognition as he was named, “Young Scholar” by Association for Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. Dr. Mackey has developed and directed International courses and has worked with teachers in Haiti, China, Costa Rica, and the United Kingdom. He regularly works with state departments of education and many schools and conferences across the US. He has delivered over 400 presentations to audiences of all levels, interests, and experiences.
Currently, as Academic Lead and Professor for Eagle Scholars Leadership Program, Dr. Mackey has helped design this program that recruits and retains highly accomplished students and launches them into the positive leadership lifestyle, even while still in college. He believes everyone can learn and put into practice servanthood leadership!
Dr. Mackey believes passionately that teaching and learning are both divine callings. Teachers can, and should make a difference in the lives of their students as they emulate the Master Teacher. He feels so blessed God called him to a personal relationship at age 7 and has equipped him to walk in the grace and joy of this relationship. He also feels privileged for the specific calling to encourage and equip others through the ministry of teaching! He finds great satisfaction in seeing his students recognize, develop, and practice the lifestyle of positively influencing others!
Dr. Mackey was actively involved in athletics, student government and ministry teams at Liberty as a student and would have loved and “flourished” with assistance from people like those in Bruckner and CASAS. Roger is an avid “activities” person; meaning Flames Fan, cyclist, traveler, coach, concert & theater fan, etc. Dr. Mackey previously served in student affairs, taught a College Sunday School class, and taught basic study skills at LU from 1983-1986. Roger and his wife Valerie (LU 1987) enjoy their five active children who are in grades 7-recent Liberty graduate!