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APA Graduate Student Council: We want your input

Wednesday, March 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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This is an invitation to philosophy graduate students to raise concerns and share stories with the APA Graduate Student Council (GSC).

The GSC, created in 2017, 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. You can see more information on our webpage.

We’ve been working on several projects, and would like to hear your thoughts for future directions.

1) Divisional Meeting Sessions: We hosted sessions at the APA Eastern and Central Division meetings. These sessions serve a dual purpose—to brainstorm solutions to common problems and to foster connections among graduate students from different departments. We’re in the process of organizing a session at the Pacific Division meeting. If you’ll be in Vancouver, please apply online.

2) Teaching: The Central meeting session was focused on gathering information about pedagogy training. Many of you reported that you would benefit from accessing a repository of teaching materials used successfully by previous professors. We’ve begun to collect these materials. Please submit in bulk or any document individually any of the following: syllabi, handouts, lesson plans, discussion questions, exams, and corresponding rubrics. Note that we will be granting access to any document received, and while we will urge people to cite you, your materials may be used without citation. Email questions about this project or teaching materials to

3) Diversity: In tandem with other APA committees, we’ve almost completed two proposals that will make APA meetings safer and more inclusive of LGBTQ philosophers. We’ve begun work on a new proposal that would set guidelines for making department events more inclusive.

4) Collaboration: We are working with Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) to collect data about Graduate Student Service Work Recognition & Compensation. Take the survey by March 15.

5) Communication: We represent you best when we are in contact. Students from different institutions have unique needs, but we also have many common problems. Together, we can find solutions. Please join and share on the Facebook page or write to us at

Also, the APA has extended the deadline through Sunday, March 24, to submit nominations for the two elected seats on the GSC. Visit the Graduate Student Council page to access the nomination forms.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for your time,

APA Graduate Student Council:
Joshua Blecher-Cohen, Yale Law School
Gretchen Ellefson, Northwestern University
Blake Hereth, University of Washington (chair)
Sahar Joakim, Saint Louis University
Tamsin Kimoto, Emory University
Zoë Johnson King, New York University
Annette Martin, New York University
Emma McClure, University of Toronto (secretary)
Savannah Pearlman, Indiana University Bloomington (vice chair)
Guilherme Sanches de Oliveira, University of Cincinnati
Kyle Scott, University of California at Los Angeles
Briana Toole, Baruch College-CUNY

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