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APA Blog: Editorial Team and Call For Submissions

Thursday, November 05, 2015   (0 Comments)
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The APA is very pleased to announce that Justin Caouette, Skye Cleary, and Jeremy Cushing have been appointed as the forthcoming APA blog’s associate editors. Cherie Braden will support the team as copy editor. Read more about the members of the editorial team. The APA blog is set to launch in January 2016. Read on to find out more about the new team, the blog, the launch, the call for submissions, and how you can connect with us.

Blog Launch Party

We are pleased to invite any APA members who will be in attendance at the Eastern Division meeting to join us to celebrate the launch of the blog and meet the editorial team on January 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the APA’s 2016 Eastern Division Meeting.

Blog Submissions

The blog will provide a venue for APA members to share their perspectives and experiences on a variety of issues, and we are invested in making sure the blog’s content addresses your interests. To that end, the editorial team now seeks proposals, submissions, and suggestions for posts for the blog. This includes topics that you’d like to read about, as well as specific pitches for posts that you might like to write or see written. The editorial team will be accepting pitches, submissions, and suggestions on a rolling basis. If you have an idea, please fill out the submission form.

The types of submissions we are currently seeking include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Philosophy remains one of the least diverse academic disciplines. Do you have suggestions for making the discipline more inclusive on the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level? The APA blog aims to continue ongoing discussions and begin new ones.
  • Issues in Philosophy: Do you have an opinion about public philosophy, adjunctification, philosophy in prisons or schools, the relationship between philosophy and other academic disciplines, or another issue relevant to the profession? We’d love to post your considered opinions on the blog.
  • Research: Are you working on a funded project that you would like to let the philosophical community in on? If you have a CFP for conferences, special journal issues, edited collections, or a recently published collection or manuscript, or if you know of anyone who is doing some really interesting work, please let us know.
  • Service: Do you have success stories to share about how you have handled service obligations in the profession? For instance, have you completed an article review that has taken your own research in a different direction? Have you worked on a tenure packet that gave rise to different approaches to your own career? If so, we’d love for you to share your story with us.
  • Teaching: Have you had success with a novel approach in the classroom? Share your results. Or do you have an upcoming class that you aren't entirely confident on how to approach? Let us know so that we can crowdsource strategies. Approaches or concerns about pedagogy, assessment tools, or course design are all welcome.
  • Work/Life Balance: Life and work can be stressful. How do you cope?  Do you have interests and hobbies?  Are you a ‘multipotentialite’ with diverse passions?  Share your strategies and diversions with us!  On the blog, we’ll be including profiles of APA members that spotlight what captures their interest not only inside the office but also outside it.

The team wants to share perspectives from a broad array of APA members and aims to highlight the activities being undertaken by the APA, as well as provide a forum where the APA leadership and membership can communicate with one another more effectively.  

How to Connect with the APA Blog

Even before the official launch of the blog, you can contact us and follow us on social media:


Lewis Powell
Lead Editor, APA Blog

About the APA Blog's Editorial Team

Lead Editor

Lewis Powell is an assistant professor in the philosophy department at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Southern California, and his research focuses on early modern philosophy of mind and language. Lewis founded the "Mod Squad," a group blog in Modern Philosophy, and the Society for Modern Philosophy, a scholarly society that aims to promote scholarship, research, and teaching of modern philosophy. Follow Lewis on Twitter @l_powell.

Associate Editors

Justin Caouette is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Professor Ish Haji. His dissertation, Free Will and Meaning in Life, is in the process of being scheduled a defense date; he is looking to defend in early 2016. Besides teaching a number of courses in ethics and social philosophy, Justin has co-edited a collection of essays titled Free Will and Moral Responsibility (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013) and is currently working on an edited collection titled The Moral Psychology of Compassion. Justin works mostly in moral philosophy, within the free will debate, and at the intersection of both areas. He also has an active interest in a number of applied ethical issues such as enhancement, punishment, and animal ethics. Prior to his arrival in Canada, Justin received his M.A. in philosophy from Washington State University (2011) and his B.A. in philosophy from Bridgewater State University (2008). Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinCaouette.

Skye Cleary is the author of Existentialism and Romantic Love (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), which is currently being translated into Turkish. She occasionally teaches at Columbia University, the City University of New York, and the New York Public Library. Skye is an advisory board member of Strategy of Mind, a certified fellow with the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, and co-founder of the Manhattan Love Salon. Previously, she was an international equity arbitrageur and management consultant. Skye received her Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Macquarie University in Australia. She writes for The Huffington Post, The Philosopher’s Zone, The Culture Trip, Aeon Ideas, and others. Follow Skye on Twitter @Skye_Cleary.

Jeremy Cushing received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012. His dissertation, Self-Knowledge in a Natural World, attempted to reconcile our apparently special epistemic relationship to our own beliefs with a broadly naturalistic epistemology. He remains interested in issues in epistemology and the philosophy of mind regarding belief. Having taught philosophy at a range of institutions—including state schools, liberal arts schools, a women’s college, and a historically black university—he has become increasingly interested in diversity in the profession and the changing landscape of teaching in higher education. Currently, he works as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware. Follow Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyCushing.

Copy Editor

Cherie Braden is a philosophy Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto, a part-time lecturer in philosophy at Rutgers University (returning in the spring of 2016), an affiliated scholar in philosophy at Kenyon College, a freelance copy editor, and a senior writer for an awesome historiography blog called Tropics of Meta. She received her B.A. in philosophy and English from UNC Charlotte and did post-baccalaureate work in philosophy at St. Olaf College and Rutgers University. Her primary area of specialization is epistemology.

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