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New Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching

Friday, February 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
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New Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching

NEWARK, Del. — Feb. 10, 2017 — The American Philosophical Association (APA), the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), and the Teaching Philosophy Association (TPA) are pleased to announce the establishment of the Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching.

The prize has been established thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor who provided a $10,000 contribution to found the prize. AAPT and TPA each contributed an additional $5,000 to the prize endowment, and other individual donors together donated more than $10,000 to support the prize.

This annual prize recognizes a philosophy teacher who has had an outstanding impact on the student learning of philosophy in undergraduate and/or pre-college settings. The winner will receive a $1,000 monetary prize and a plaque.

The primary characteristic the selection committee will consider is the degree to which a nominee has had a positive impact on the learning of undergraduate and/or pre-college philosophy students, as revealed through three areas of evidence:

a)      Excellence in undergraduate and/or pre-college philosophy teaching, established, in part, by the nominee’s attention to student learning (50 percent)

b)     Creative and effective use of high-quality pedagogies (25 percent)

c)      Broader impact on the quality of philosophy education through service and/or research (25 percent)

The nomination and selection process will be overseen by a selection committee consisting of at least three members of the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and one volunteer member of the APA Committee on Lectures, Publications, and Research who has an interest in teaching, and members of the AAPT and the TPA.

The inaugural call for nominations will be announced in the spring of 2017. Donations in support of the Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching may be made through the APA website.

About the APA

Founded in 1900, the American Philosophical Association 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.

About the AAPT

Founded in 1976, the American Association of Philosophy Teachers promotes the advancement of the art of teaching philosophy at all levels; encourages research, experimentation, and investigation in the teaching of philosophy; and supports individuals or organizations concerned with the improvement of instruction in philosophy.

About the TPA

Since 1975 the Teaching Philosophy Association has overseen the publication of the journal Teaching Philosophy, which is the premier journal for philosophy teachers at all levels. Teaching Philosophy is devoted to the practical and theoretical discussion of teaching and learning philosophy. It publishes articles and case studies on theoretical issues, classroom strategies, experimental courses, student counseling, and teaching and learning assessment. It also publishes reviews and review articles on new books, instructional media, and online resources.


Amy Ferrer
Executive Director
American Philosophical Association

Emily Esch
Executive Director
American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Michael Goldman
Acting President
Teaching Philosophy Association


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