Samuel D. Rocha completed a B.A. in philosophy and Spanish literature in 2005 as a Gates Millennium Scholar at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He completed an M.A. in Educational Leadership at the University of St. Thomas as a Gates Fellow in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, Rocha completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy of education at Ohio State University as a Gates Fellow. His dissertation, “Education, Study, and the Person,” received the Loadman Dissertation Award. From 2010 to 2012, Rocha was appointed the Owen Duston Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Teacher Education at Wabash College, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. From 2012 to 2014, Rocha was appointed Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Since 2014, Rocha is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. He has also been a Member of the Common Room at Green College and Pastoral Philosopher-in-Residence at St. Mark’s College while at UBC.
In 2014 he published the second edition of "A Primer for Philosophy and Education" with Cascade Books; in 2015 it won the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award. In 2014, he released "Late to Love," an Augustinian soul album, with Wiseblood Records. In 2016 he released "Fear and Loving," a soundscape companion album to his 2015 book, "Folk Phenomenology: Education, Study, and the Human Person," published by Pickwick Publications. In 2015, his essay “A Tales of Three Cubicles” won the Outstanding Contribution Award from Visual Arts Research. In 2017, Rocha published, "Tell Them Something Beautiful: Essays and Ephemera' with Cascade Books and released a single, “A Todo Var.”
Rocha has served as the president of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education and is Communications Director of the Philosophy of Education Society, book review editor for Studies in Philosophy and Education, and a member of the Theory and History of Education International Research Group. In 2018, Rocha will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the Carl A. Grant Lecture Scholar.