Thursday, August 6, 2015

CFA: Teaching students to read philosophy

Call for Abstracts: Central APA Session

“Teaching Students How to Read Philosophy”

Organized by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy

Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2015

The American Philosophical Association (APA) Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy invites abstracts for its upcoming session “Teaching Students How to Read Philosophy,” planned for the 2016 Central Division Meeting of the APA, March 2-5, 2016, Chicago, IL. With this session, we are interested in exploring challenges and techniques associated with teaching students how to read philosophy’s dense, antiquated, and/or translated texts. The Committee is particularly interested in fresh approaches to this problem and in pedagogical strategies that instructors have employed successfully in the classroom. In the spirit of active learning, the Committee asks that presenters not read a paper, but plan a more interactive way to engage their audience of peers.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

AAPT: Workshop on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy


The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT)
“To Improve The Quality Of Instruction In Philosophy At All Levels”
Teaching & Learning in Philosophy: Dallas/Ft.Worth

Location:                     North Texas University, Denton, TX
Date:                           Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time:                           9am – 5pm
Application Deadline: August 15, 2015

Participants will read some of the best literature regarding how learning happens, how to design maximally effective courses, and how to improve classroom practice. The goal is not only to provide tips, although we will provide some. Rather, the seminar is designed to enhance participants’ ability to make effective pedagogical choices. The interactive sessions provide opportunities for participants to reflect with colleagues on how to individualize evidence-based best teaching practices to one’s own idiosyncratic teaching contexts. Participants will learn how to identify and select challenging and transformative learning objectives and how to design and assess sequences of learning activities to make the achievement of those goals highly likely. 

Comments from Past Participants
“The seminar shifted and honed the way I think about and practice teaching in substantial ways”
“Inspiring, fascinating, and incredibly helpful”
“A must for anyone who cares about students”
“An intensive boot-camp for learner-centered education”
“Not at all like the typical (mostly useless) “teaching orientation” that most graduate students get”

APA session: The philosophy major

The APA Committee on Teaching Philosophy is seeking participants for a panel on the philosophy major, to be held at the Eastern Division meeting (January 2016, Washington D.C.). The deadline to volunteer is August 10. More details here.

APA session: Advice for job candidates on the teaching demo

The APA Committee on Teaching Philosophy is seeking participants for a panel (Eastern meeting, January 2016, Washington DC) to advise job candidates on teaching demonstrations. The deadline to volunteer is August 17. More details here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CFP: Teaching Philosophy, etc., at Indiana Philosophical Association

Call for Papers
Indiana Philosophical Association
Fall Meeting, 13-14 November 2015
Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana)

Keynote Speaker
Walter Brogan
Villanova University

Papers in any area of philosophy are welcome. Submitted papers should be (i) no more than
3000 words, (ii) prepared for anonymous review, and (iii) accompanied by a separate page that
includes title, author information (name, affiliation, and contact information), and an abstract
not exceeding 150 words. Materials should be submitted to Prof. Sam Kahn at Suggestions for commentators and sessions chairs (including self-nominations) are also welcome.

In an effort to draw more diverse submissions, the IPA will host four Special Sessions. They will
address respectively:
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophies
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Ancient Greek Political Philosophy

If you are applying for a special session, please indicate so in your e-mail and on your cover

Graduate Paper Prize
The IPA will present an award to the best paper submitted by a graduate student. The award will be
accompanied by a cash prize of $100. Graduate student papers submitted for the competition should be identified as such on the title sheet.

Deadline for Submissions: 1 September 2015
Deadline for Notifications: 1 October 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Why Study Philosophy?

Here is a likely useful resource for philosophy teachers, to help respond to the question, "Why study philosophy?" 

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