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Governance: Graduate Student Council

The APA board of officers unanimously approved the creation of a new APA Graduate Student Council (GSC) in 2016. The GSC serves as a liaison between the graduate students in the discipline of philosophy and the APA, with the aim of reporting to the board of officers on issues of interest, concern, and relevance to philosophy graduate students. The GSC advises the board on how to best serve and support graduate students and may take up projects of its own, either by decision of the GSC or by assignment of the board of officers. The inaugural GSC began its work on July 1, 2017.

Graduate Student Council Officers 2018–2019

  • Chair: Blake Hereth
  • Vice Chair: Savannah Pearlman
  • Secretary: Emma McClure

Graduate Student Council Liaisons 2018–2019

  • Committee on Academic Career Opportunities and Placement: Zoë Johnson King
  • Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession: Tamsin Kimoto
  • Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession: Gretchen Ellefson
  • Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy: Emma McClure

For more information on the GSC, see our About the GSC page.

For more information on the GSC's activities, review the meeting minutes.

Contact the GSC at contact-gsc@apaonline.org.

The GSC now has a Facebook page too! Follow us and interact with us at: https://www.facebook.com/GraduateStudentCouncil/


Useful Links and Resources

1) Information about grad student conferences and prizes
The following links provide some cenertal resources for graduate students interested in conferences, prizes, and workshops. While these links are intended to provide easy access to these resources, it is not an exhaustive list. If you have suggestions of links to add, please email the GSC at contact-gsc@apaonline.org
Philevents is a central hub for posting and finding calls for papers (CFP) for conference submissions and workshops. You can search by topic or for key terms.
This is the APA’s page for graduate student prizes and fellowships.
The Marc Sanders graduate student prize. The winner of this prize gets 1,000$ and their submission accepted to the eastern APA.
Another list of calls for papers, grants, and workshops via the Daily Nous.
This is a facebook group for those of us who have less-than-adequate library access to journals and e-holdings to request them of the more privileged.


2) Resources on inclusive pedagogy
Inclusive pedagogy is essential in the diverse environment of higher education. The harms of excluding students from philosophical conversation as a result of exclusionary teaching practices are substantial to students from underprivileged backgrounds. Students who come from diverse backgrounds also have diverse skills, not all of which are those the academy has a defaults. Below are some links that can help graduate students to develop more inclusive pedagogies and prepare for having a diverse student body, which they will teach and grade.
This links to the APA’s page on inclusive pedagogy and information on demographics within philosophy, including statistics and fact sheets on integrating inclusive pedagogy in the classroom.
This is a link to some syllabi that can be used for reference in developing inclusive courses. These materials have been provided by faculty to the APA's Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession.
This links to a PDF of a list of further reading on inclusive pedagogy, its importance, and its role in philosophy.


3) Teaching resources generally
Long list of resources for philosophy teaching, from pre-college instruction through doctoral courses.
Compilation of strategies and resources for faculty members and graduate assistants who teach philosophy courses, especially at the introductory level.
Organization dedicated to the advancement of philosophy teaching. AAPT organizes seminars and workshops, and offers other resources to improve the quality of philosophy instruction.

Guidelines that can be useful for teaching philosophical reading and writing:

4) Ways to address the "pipeline problem" as a grad student

Book Chapters and Articles:
  • Calhoun, C. (2009). The Undergraduate Pipeline Problem. Hypatia, 24(2), 216-223. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/20618157
  • Dodds, Susan & Goddard, Eliza (2013). Not Just a Pipeline Problem. In Katrina Hutchison & Fiona Jenkins (eds.), _Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?_ Oup Usa. pp. 143.
Blog Discussions:
Additional Resources:

5) Resources on K-12 and prison outreach programs
Learning philosophy can be beneficial for more than students in higher education. The skills and perspectives exercised and acquired through the study of philosophy has profound impacts on children in primary education as well as those in prison.
The Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) is an organization that aims at increasing access to a philosophical education in pre-college settings.
Information about pre-college philosophy teaching, including practical advice and list of related resources.
A Daily Nous article on teaching in prison.
A set of links about teaching philosophy in prison and the role of education in prison.
The Prison Program at Saint Louis University is a Jesuit-inspired initiative that provides access to high-quality liberal arts education for people who are incarcerated and prison staff.


6) Resources on preparing work for publication
Learning how to produce high-quality work that reaches the right audience is an important part of transitioning from being a student to becoming a professional academic. Here you can find some resources to help you in this process.
Piece published by The Guardian in 2015 with specific advice on how to prepare your work for publication and on how to deal with feedback from reviewers.
Inside Higher Ed story published in 2017 on the current status of academic publishing and discussion of proposals to prohibit publications by graduate students.
A list of posts published at the Philosophers' Cocoon on various issues related to publishing, including revising rejected papers, publishing replies, paper length, where to publish, etc.
Links provided by the American Philosophical Association to a number of resources on publishing in philosophy.


7) Resources on preparing for the Philosophy job market
For information on how to do well in the academic job market, check the resources below.
Good books with general information about obtaining an academic job (not limited to philosophy) include:
  • Karen Kelsky (2015) The Professor Is In. Three Rivers Press.
  • Julia Miller Vick (2016) The Academic Job Search Handbook. University of Pennsylvania Press. Fifth Edition.
Piece published at the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2017 with general advice on how to prepare your job application materials.
Advice by Manya Whitaker, published at ChronicleVitae in 2017, on how to determine where to apply.
List of posts published at the Philosophers' Cocoon with data and discussion of various aspects relating to the academic job market in philosophy.
List of posts published at the Daily Nous about the philosophy job market.
A comprehensive guide put together by the APA with advice to those seeking jobs in philosophy.


8) Resources on preparing for non-academic careers
The skills developed as a graduate student in philosophy can be valuable in a number of different professional contexts, and many philosophers have found non-academic or alternative academic positions to be fulfilling and stimulating career options. The following links provide some guidance on how to prepare for and succeed in finding these non-traditional professional opportunities.
A series of interviews with philosophy PhDs who have found fulfilling careers outside of academia, with information and advice for current graduate students who are considering this path.
Another source of interviews of philosophers working outside of academia or in alt-ac careers.
List of all stories published by Inside Higher Ed relating to alternative professional opportunities within universities besides the traditional faculty position, including guidance on why and how to pursue these opportunities.
The APA guide to professional opportunities for philosophers interested in pursuing non-academic careers.

 

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