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2017 Eastern Division Meeting: Two Calls for Abstracts
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Teaching Philosophy across the Pre-College/College Boundary

Organized by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy, the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy, and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Deadline: Monday, August 29, 2016

The American Philosophical Association (APA) Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy, in collaboration with the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, invites presenters to submit abstracts for its upcoming session, "Teaching Philosophy across the Pre-college/College Boundary," at the Eastern Division meeting of the APA, January 4–7, 2017, in Baltimore, MD.

This session will explore the teaching of philosophy across the boundary between pre-college and college classrooms. We invite conversation about pedagogy among philosophers who have some experience teaching philosophy in both of these settings: What practices in the college classroom might transfer well to the K–12 philosophical inquiry classroom? What pedagogical practices specific to philosophy for children might engage college students?

Possible topics include the following:

  • K–12 summer camps in philosophy;
  • the Pre-College and College Ethics Bowl;
  • reading novels or watching films for philosophical content;
  • writing or modifying philosophy textbooks for children;
  • differences and similarities between high school and collegiate philosophy essays;
  • the pros and cons of developing an AP exam in philosophy;
  • Peirce and Dewey's community of inquiry;
  • teaching philosophical dialogue to satisfy curriculum requirements in oral expression;
  • and related issues.

To apply to participate in the session, please email session co-organizer Beth A. Dixon ([email protected]) by Monday, August 29, 2016, with the following information: in the body of the email, please include your name, institutional affiliation, position, and contact information. Attached to the email, please include a brief (250-to-500-word), anonymized abstract explaining (1) the topic of your presentation and (2) how your work will contribute to the professional development of philosophy instructors who work across the pre-college/college divide. The committees will select 4–6 presenters for the panel by mid-September 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Beth Dixon at the email address above.

Philosophy Under Fire: How to Convey to Stakeholders the Value of Teaching Philosophy

Organized by the APA Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession, the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy, and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The American Philosophical Association (APA) Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession, along with the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, invites abstracts for a 2017 Eastern APA divisional meeting session on the topic of how to articulate and convey the value of philosophy teaching. The APA is developing a "toolkit" for departments to use when appealing to administrators, board members, and state government officials. In this APA session, we will gather resources for that project from both presenters and attendees. We are looking, in particular, to share the experiences of philosophers who recently have had to fight for the survival of their departments.

How might philosophers successfully articulate the value of teaching philosophy to one or more of the following populations? How might the teaching of philosophy serve the interests of one or more of the following populations?

  • Undergraduate philosophy majors
  • Prospective philosophy majors
  • Students in other disciplines
  • Parents
  • Other humanities departments
  • Non-humanities departments
  • The liberal arts
  • An institution's General Education program
  • An institution's Board of Trustees
  • The public
  • The media
  • Local, state, and national legislators

To submit an abstract for consideration, please email Alexandra Bradner ([email protected]) by Wednesday, August 31, with the subject line "Value of Philosophy 2017 Eastern APA Session." In the body of the email, please include your name, institutional affiliation, position, and contact information. Attached to the email, please include an abstract of 500 to 750 words (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf form), describing the focus of your presentation and, if relevant, your department’s struggle, and your role in your department’s struggle. Abstracts need not be anonymized, because the organizing committees are interested in representing a range of institutions and experiences on the APA panel. The organizing committees will select 3–4 presenters for the panel by mid-September. If we are unable to compose a panel through this call, we plan to extend invitations to philosophers who have worked in threatened departments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alexandra Bradner at the above address.

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