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Committee: Teaching of Philosophy

Committee Charge

The committee is charged with assessing trends and needs in the teaching of philosophy and making recommendations for action by the board. It sponsors sessions on the teaching of philosophy at divisional meetings, responds to requests from members and others regarding teaching, and undertakes programs for the improvement of teaching. At the direction of the board, it prepares statements for board approval regarding instruction in philosophy.

The chairs of the committee on philosophy in two-year colleges and the committee on pre-college instruction in philosophy and the president of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers serve in an ex officio capacity on this committee. One member of the graduate student council (GSC) serves as a liaison to this committee.

The committee also publishes the Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, whose editor serves in an ex officio capacity on this committee.

The Teaching Hub and other APA Sessions on Pedagogy

The 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the APA will host an AAPT-APA Teaching Hub, a two-day mini-conference on the teaching of philosophy. The full schedule is now available.

The 2018 Central Division Meeting of the APA will offer the session "Shaking up the Standard Lecture," on innovations in the teaching of introduction to philosophy. Proposals are due to Michelle Saint ( on September 10, 2017

The 2018 Pacific Division Meeting of the APA will host an AAPT-APA Teaching Hub, a two-day mini-conference on the teaching of philosophy. Proposals for the many advertised sessions are due soon and appear on the APA's Teaching Hub webpage. The full schedule will appear on that page in early November 2017.

"The Teacher's Workshop" on The Blog of the APA

The "Teacher's Workshop" is a recurring feature on the new APA Blog in which APA members can submit questions about the teaching of philosophy. One or two experienced philosophy teachers are selected to answer each question, references are provided, and the discussion is opened up for a broader community response. Please e-mail questions for "The Teacher's Workshop" to Mark Jensen. (His e-mail address will appear when you click his name on the list to the right.)

CTP Facebook Pages

Please follow the APA Committee on Teaching, an open group Facebook page used to publicize events, calls, projects, articles, grants, and links related to the teaching of philosophy. The APA Teaching Workshop is a closed group page used to feed and extend discussion of our APA Blog feature "The Teaching Workshop." You must actively check the open page from time to time, but joining the closed group page will generate e-mail alerts.

Journals accepting papers on the teaching of philosophy 

Teaching Philosophy

AAPT Studies in Pedagogy

Journal of the American Philosophical Association

Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis

Teaching Ethics

Questions: Philosophy for Young People

Calls related to the teaching of philosophy

AAPT biennial conference call for papers

Committee Reports

2016–2017 report

2015-2016 report

2014-2015 report 

2013-2014 report

2012-2013 report

2011-2012 report

2010-2011 report

2009-2010 report

2008-2009 report

2007-2008 report

Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Syllabi collected by the APA Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession

Upcoming Events
Submission deadline for the 2018 Journal of Value Inquiry Prize
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Nomination deadline for the 2018 Article Prize
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Nomination deadline for the 2018 Gittler Award
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Application deadline for grant requests from the Berry fund
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Nomination deadline for the 2018 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest
Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Associate Chair (2018)
David W. Concepcion
Chair (2018)
Alexandra E. Bradner
ex officio (2018)
Sara L. Goering
ex officio (2019)
Richard Legum
ex officio (AAPT)
Andrew Mills
GSC Liaison (2018)
Seth A. Robertson
Member (2018)
Michelle Saint
Member (2018)
Ian A. Smith
Member (2019)
Zachary Barnett
Member (2019)
Mark N. Jensen
Member (2020)
Ruth Boeker
Member (2020)
Robin L. Zebrowski
Newsletter Editor
Tziporah Kasachkoff
Newsletter Editor
Eugene Kelly


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