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Cheshire Calhoun elected new chair of the APA board of officers

Thursday, January 16, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Cheshire Calhoun has been elected the next chair of the APA board of officers. Calhoun, who will succeed current board chair Dr. Michael Bratman of Stanford University, will serve a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2014.

Cheshire Calhoun is professor of philosophy at Arizona State University and research professor at University of Arizona, Center for the Philosophy of Freedom. She has additionally taught at Colby College, the University of Louisville, and the College of Charleston. Calhoun has served on and chaired the committee for inclusiveness in the profession and the Eastern Division program committee; and she has served on the Eastern Division executive committee, the committee for LGBT philosophers, and the 2005 executive director search committee. Most recently she has been serving as the APA ombudsperson for nondiscrimination. She is series editor for Oxford University Press’s Studies in Feminist Philosophy, associate editor for Ethics, editorial board member for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy and Hypatia, and project editor for Social Philosophy and Policy.

Reflecting on her appointment, Calhoun said,

I am truly honored, and a bit astonished, by my election as the new chair of the APA board of officers. Michael Bratman has been an exceptionally effective and dedicated board chair. We all owe both Michael and Amy Ferrer a debt of gratitude for the significant steps they have taken in professionalizing the APA and advancing its mission. Over the years, I have been gratified to watch the steady, if sometimes slow, progress of the APA in addressing diversity issues within the profession. In virtue of the hard work of many individuals, philosophy is now at a particularly opportune moment to become a fully inclusive discipline, and diversity will be one of my key concerns in the upcoming years.

About the American Philosophical Association

With over 10,000 members and 90 affiliated groups, the American Philosophical Association (APA) is one of the largest philosophical societies in the world and the only American philosophical society not devoted to a particular school or philosophical approach. The APA, founded in 1900, promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry. The APA is based at the University of Delaware.

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