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2017 Eastern Division Meeting Program

Co-organized by the APA's Committee on Teaching of Philosophy and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers

January 5-6, 2017

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
United States

The Teaching Hub is part of the APA Eastern Division meeting.

 

A Special Invitation...

Please join the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) at "The Teaching Hub" for a two-day program on philosophical pedagogy at the 2017 Eastern Division meeting. This open and informative series of events aims to bring the collegial and supportive culture of the AAPT to the APA; highlight teaching within the context of an APA meeting; stretch beyond the traditional APA session format to offer sessions that model active learning; and attract a broader range of philosophers to the divisional meetings.

The Teaching Hub runs Thursday, January 5, through Friday, January 6, and will include the following sessions, among others:

  • Panel Discussion: How to Implement Teacher Training in Philosophy: Best Practices
  • AAPT Workshop: Kimberly Van Orman on Team-Based Learning for Philosophy Courses
  • Panel Discussion: Teaching Philosophy Across the Pre-College/College Boundary
  • Interview: A Lifetime of Philosophy Texts: Steve Cahn and Oxford University Press's Robert Miller Discuss Their 20-Year Collaboration on Fifteen Philosophy Texts
  • Walk-In Teaching Consultations: One-on-One Sessions with Expert Teachers
  • Panel Discussion: Philosophy under Fire: How to Convey to Stakeholders the Value of Teaching Philosophy
  • Poster Session: Independent Research by Undergraduate Philosophy Students

Take a break from your other APA obligations, help yourself to a refreshment, and check out the Teaching Hub, where you can develop your craft in the company of like-minded philosophers who share a passion for teaching.

Hope to see you in Baltimore,

Alexandra Bradner, Chair, The APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy
Andy Carpenter, AAPT President
Emily Esch, AAPT Executive Director

 

THURSDAY, January 5, 2017

9–noon Panel Discussion

Title: How to Implement Teacher Training in Philosophy: Best Practices

Chair: C.L. Richardson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Presenters

  • David W. Concepción, Ball State University
  • Sandy Dwyer, Georgia State University
  • Catherine Homan, Siena University
  • George Rainbolt, Georgia State University
  • Adam R. Thompson, Kutak Ethics Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Sarah Wieten, Durham University

Organized by David W. Concepción.

 

Noon–2 p.m. AAPT Workshop

Title: Team-Based Learning for Philosophy Courses

Presenter: Kimberly Van Orman

Kimberly Van Orman is an Instructional Consultant with the Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership at the University at Albany and for 2016-17 is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bennington College in Vermont. She has worked with over 200 faculty members at the University at Albany and elsewhere to convert their courses to the TBL format, including the Lilly International Spring Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning and the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education's annual conference.

Abstract:

Even when we believe the research that tells us students learn better when they are actively engaged, we don't always have a good sense of how to implement it. Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an approach to course design that incorporates the research into how students learn into a structured method that targets higher intellectual goals while fostering greater student independence and accountability. While it first gained traction in business and professional programs, TBL has been successfully used by philosophy and other humanities faculty at the University at Albany and elsewhere. In this session, participants will experience a model TBL learning sequence and learn techniques for designing tasks that they can adopt in any classroom while learning the basics of the TBL method.

Organized by Emily Esch.

Refreshments will be served.

 

2–5 p.m. Traditional session

Title: Teaching Philosophy Across the Pre-college/College Boundary 

Chair: Beth A. Dixon, College at Plattsburgh-SUNY

Presenters:

Jessica Davis, Teachers College, Columbia University
Title: "Community of Inquiry with Undergraduates"

Claire Katz and Desirae Embree, Texas A&M
Title: "Why Host a Philosophy Camp for Teens? A Dispatch from the Aggie School of Athens"

Carolyn P. Neuhaus, Ph.D., NYU Langone Medical Center
Title: "Teaching High School Teachers to Teach Bioethics"

Clinton Packman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Title: "Let the Students Teach! Reflections on CTY Hong Kong's All-Site Presentations"

Christian Tarsney, University of Maryland
Title: "Competitive Debate as a Vehicle for Philosophy Education"

Danielle Wylie, Mississippi State University
Title: "Upward Bound and Philosophy: the Benefits of Bringing Philosophy to Underrepresented Pre-College Students"

Organized by Beth Dixon, Rory E. Kraft, Jr., and Joe Murphy. Co-sponsored by the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy.

5:15-8 p.m.-Undergraduate Poster Session

Presenters: Jack Beaulieu, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Title: "Intellectualism and the Risk of Circularity in Belief-First Virtue Epistemology"

Brett Bracco, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
"Non-Therapeutic Infant Male Circumcision: The Ethical Issues"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Russell Marcus

Andrea Bridgewater, California State University, Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA
"Promoting Inclusion: Philosophy's Practitioners"
Faculty Advisor:Dr. Senem Saner

Libby Rose Cronican, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN
"Preserving Dignity in End of Life Care"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jean Keller

Allison Escobar, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
"Police Power and Racism in America"
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Verena Erlenbusch

Daniel Farina, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
"The Subject Side of Respect: Why and How to Be a Respecter"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Katheryn Doran

JulisaFernandez, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
"Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Reed-Sandoval

Samantha Herrador,Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, CA
"National Identity and Race in Mexico"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Sanchez, Jr.

Spencer Knafelc and Andrew M. Winters, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, PA
"Conducting Research in the Philosophy of Mind with Undergraduate Students"

Cameron McNeely, Daniel Klinestiver, Quintin Thompson and Daniel Wills, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
"Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal"
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Juli Thorson and Dr. Sarah Vitale

Sara Purinton, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
"Nietzschean Affirmation: A Joyous Challenge"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Russell Marcus

Adriana Ramirez,Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, CA
"Philosophy and the Search for Lo Mexicano"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Sanchez, Jr.

Sofia Roi, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
"Painterly Photographs: A Study on the Aesthetic Experience of Filtered Images"

Organized by Emily Esch and Jennifer Mulnix.

Food, wine, and beer will be served.

 

FRIDAY, January 6, 2017

9–11 a.m.-Moderated discussion

Title: A Lifetime of Philosophy Texts: Steve Cahn and Oxford University Press's Robert Miller Discuss Their 20-year Collaboration on Fifteen Philosophy Texts

Chair: Alexandra Bradner, Kenyon College

Presenters:

  • Steven M. Cahn, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Robert Miller, Executive Editor, Oxford University Press

Organized by Alexandra Bradner.

 

11:15-1:15 p.m.-Walk-in Teaching Consultations

Title: One-on-One Consultation Sessions on Issues in Teaching Philosophy

Description: Sign up or walk in to get help diversifying your syllabus, increasing student participation and engagement, teaching online, starting as a new teacher, or promoting active learning.

Consultants:

  • Sarah Mattice, University of North Florida
  • Leah Kalmanson, Drake University
  • Andrew M. Winters, Slippery Rock University
  • Andrew N. Carpenter, Northcentral University
  • J. Robert Loftis, Lorain County Community College
  • David W. Concepción, Ball State University

Refreshments will be served.

Organized by J. Robert Loftis and Andrew M. Winters.

 

1:30–2:55 p.m. Traditional session

Title: Philosophy under Fire: How to Convey to Stakeholders the Value of Teaching Philosophy

Chair: Spencer Knafelc, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Presenters:

James Rocha, Fresno State University
Title: "On Recruiting Philosophy Majors"

Wendy Turgeon, St. Joseph's College-New York
Title: "Surviving the Purge: Reflections on The Program Prioritization Process"

Bryan Hall, St. Johns University
Title: "Your Defense against the Dark Arts: An Administrator's Advice for Preempting the Threat of Closure"

Organized by Alexandra Bradner, Anita Silvers, and Sarah Donovan. Co-sponsored by the APA Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession.

 

3:05–4:30 p.m. Moderated discussion

Title: Topics in Inclusivity: an Open Discussion of Issues Facing the Profession

Chair: Jessica Davis, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Presenters:
Daniel Brunson, Morgan State University
David W. Concepción, Ball State University
Maureen Linker, University of Michigan—Dearborn

Description: Description: This session will begin with a discussion of universal/intentional/inclusive design (Brunson); teaching at a HBCU (Brunson); implicit bias (Concepción); the connections between intellectual empathy and critical thinking (Linker); and move on from there to other topics of interest to our audience.

Organized by Rebecca Scott and Teresa Blankmeyer Burke. Co-sponsored by the APA Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession.

 

4:45–7 p.m. APA Presidential Address and Reception

 

7:15–9:15 p.m. Closing Reception

Cheese, wine, and beer will be served.

 

 

The Teaching Hub Subcommittee

  • Alexandra Bradner, Kenyon College
  • Andrew N. Carpenter, Northcentral University
  • David W. Concepción, Ball State University
  • Emily Esch, College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
  • TziporahKasachkoff,Graduate Center-CUNY and Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • Rory E. Kraft, Jr., York College of Pennsylvania
  • Wendy C. Turgeon. St. Joseph's College

The Teaching Hub Subcommittee would like to thank the APA Committee on Inclusiveness, the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy, and the APA Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession for co-organizing several of our sessions and the members of the AAPT Board of Directors for their advice and support. We also would like to thank Louise Antony, Andrew Cullison, Jeffrey S. Dunn, and Eva Kittay of the APA's Eastern Division, and Amy Ferrer, Mike Morris, and Erin Shepherd of the APA central office, for their assistance.

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