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 2018 Eastern Division Meeting


Co-organized by the APA Committee on Teaching of Philosophy and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers

January 3–6, 2018

Savannah Convention Center
1 International Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31402
United States

The Teaching Hub is part of the 2018 APA Eastern Division meeting.


A Special Invitation...

Please join us at the Teaching Hub, which will run from Thursday, January 4, through Friday, January 5, at the 2018 Eastern Division meeting. The Teaching Hub is a series of interactive workshops and open conversations designed specifically for philosophers and created to celebrate teaching within the context of the APA divisional meetings. Jointly organized by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), the Teaching Hub aims to offer a range of high-quality and inclusive development opportunities that address the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school.

These events, which are free to all meeting registrants, aim to bring the collegial and supportive culture of the AAPT to the APA; to stretch beyond the traditional APA format with sessions that model active learning; and to attract a broader range of philosophers to our divisional meetings. There is something for every philosopher at the Teaching Hub. Please explore our programming, locate a session that interests you, help yourself to a refreshment, and develop your craft in the company of like-minded colleagues who believe in the transformative power of philosophy.

Hope to see you in Savannah,

Rebecca Scott, Chair, 2018 Eastern Teaching Hub
Alexandra Bradner, Chair, APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy, and AAPT Executive Director
Andrew Mills, AAPT President


The Teaching Hub Subcommittee

Mark Jensen, 2018 Pacific Teaching Hub Chair   Christina Hendricks
Rebecca Scott, 2018 Eastern Teaching Hub Chair    Richard Legum
Zachary Barnett
Russell Marcus
Ruth Boeker
Wendy Turgeon
Alexandra Bradner   Anita Silvers
Andrew Carpenter
Ian Smith
David Concepción    


THURSDAY, January 4, 2018

Noon, Welcome

Speaker: Rebecca Scott, Loyola University Chicago

1:00–2:00 p.m., Inclusive Pedagogies

Chair: Rebecca Scott, Loyola University Chicago


  • "Global Philosophy at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A Data-Driven, Community Cultural Wealth (CCW) Approach," Kevin Jobe, Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio)
  • "Who Put the Students in Charge!?! The Sophia Project," W. John Koolage and Danielle Clevenger, Eastern Michigan University
  • "Plato, DuBois, and the Examined Life," Shoshana Brassfield, Frostburg State University

2:00–5:00 p.m., AAPT Workshop: Innovative Methods in Philosophical Pedagogy

Chair: Zachary Barnett, Brown University


  • "Teaching Discussion Skills: A Metacognitive Approach," Ann Cahill, Elon University
  • "Behind the Veil: Teaching Rawls through Digital Gaming," Scott Tanona and Joshua DiPaolo, Kansas State University
  • "Interactive Formative Assessment," Zoë Johnson King, University of Michigan
  • "Introducing Formal Reasoning with Carnap," Graham Leach-Krouse, Kansas State University

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

5:15–7:15 p.m., Public School Certification for Philosophy Graduate Students

Co-sponsored by PLATO and the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction

Chair: Alexandra Bradner, Kenyon College


  • George Rainbolt, University of North Florida
  • Eddy Nahmias, Georgia State University
  • Ben Lukey, University of Hawaii
  • Chad Miller, University of Hawaii
  • Wendy Turgeon, St. Joseph's College of New York


FRIDAY, January 5, 2018

9:00–11:00 a.m., Designing a New Course: Strategies for Philosophy Teachers

Chair: Alexandra Bradner, Kenyon College


  • "Backwards Planning and Differentiated Course Design," Zoë Johnson King, University of Michigan
  • "Designing a New Course: Outcomes and Experience," Austin Rooney, Temple University
  • "Something Old, Something New: Creating a Web-Based Introductory Philosophy Course from an Established Traditional One," Steven Hymowech, Fulton-Montgomery Community College
  • "Designing a Service-Learning Course in Philosophy," Daniel Massey, Spring Hill College

Continental breakfast will be served.

11:00–11:15 a.m., Recognition of the 2017 Prize Winner for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching: Stephen Bloch-Schulman, Elon University

11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m., Walk-In Teaching Consultations: One-on-One Sessions with Expert Teachers

Walk in or sign up for help diversifying your syllabus, increasing student participation, teaching online, improving student writing, surviving your first instructional semester, and/or overcoming other pedagogical challenges. Philosophers with focused areas of expertise will answer your questions and share their strategies for success.


  • Stephen Bloch-Schulman, Elon University
  • Alexandra Bradner, Kenyon College
  • David W. Concepción, Ball State University
  • Renee Smith, Coastal Carolina University
  • Wendy Turgeon, St. Joseph’s College of New York
  • Sarah Vitale, Ball State University


  • David W. Concepción, Ball State University


1:30–3:30 p.m., Using Vocabulary from Non-Western Languages in Teaching Philosophy

Co-sponsored by the Society for Teaching Comparative Philosophy


  • Sarah Mattice, University of North Florida


  • "What Does It Mean to ‘Do’ Philosophy? Using Literati (ru 儒) Methodologies in Undergraduate Coursework," Leah Kalmanson, Drake University
  • "Using Pāli and Sanskrit to Ease Undergraduates’ Grasp of the Four Noble Truths," Amy Donohue, Kennesaw University
  • "Arabic Vocabulary in Undergraduate Philosophy," Aaron Creller, University of North Florida

7:00–9:00 p.m., Poster Session and Closing Reception


  • Christina Hendricks

SoTL Research Posters by Philosophy Teachers:

  • "Epistemic Exploitation of Students in Accommodation Policies and Practices," Charles Dalrymple-Fraser and Mark Fortney, University of Toronto
  • "Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Flipped Model in a Critical Thinking Classroom," Megan Malone and Peter Nenning, Georgia State University
  • "How (and When) to Walk the Line: The Pedagogy of Contemporary Controversies," Michael McGowan, Florida Southwestern State College
  • "Taking a Moral Journey: Internationalizing an Ethics Curriculum to Improve Students’ Intercultural Knowledge and Competence," Ann T. Thebaut, Santa Fe College
  • "Visual Philosophy: Posters as Pedagogy," Sarah Wieten, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • "Experiential Learning: Its History and Philosophical Applications," Andrew M. Winters, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • "Learning by Listening in the General Education Philosophy Classroom," Yiran Zhang, Loyola University Chicago

Independent Research Posters  by Undergraduates in Philosophy:

  • "Non-Evidential Reasons for Belief," Tez Clark, Harvard University
  • "A Bioethical Case Against Queer Erasure," Andrey Bentley Hudgins, Mercer University
  • "Because I Said So," Brett A. Kimmel, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • "Was G. E. Moore a Moral Platonist?" Evan Linn, Yale University
  • "Civil Rights for Sputnik: What Will We Do When AIs Are Self-Aware?" Danielle McCain, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • "Rehabilitation vs. Retribution and Deterrence," Abby Panek, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • "Vico’s Characterization of Myth and Philosophy," Joseph Payne, Mercer University
  • "An Inclusive Approach to the Study of Virtues," Alexandra Pelaez, Florida State University
  • "Beyond Bias and Filter Bubbles: Autonomy, Paternalism, and Machine-Learning Algorithms," Logan Stapleton and Diane Michelfelder (faculty advisor), Macalester College
  • "Qualia as Process," Spencer Upton, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Cash bar. Snacks will be served.



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