Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Join the APA
2018 Pacific Division Meeting: The AAPT-APA Teaching Hub
Share |
Teaching Hub Logo, including AAPT and APA logos

 2018 Pacific Division Meeting


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

March 29–30, 2018

Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, California 92101
United States

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


A Special Invitation...

Please join us at the Teaching Hub, which will run from Thursday, March 29, through Friday, March 30, at the 2018 Pacific 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 San Diego,

Mark Jensen, Chair, 2018 Pacific 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, March 29, 2018

9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, Teaching the Intellectual Virtues

Chair: Mark Jensen, United States Air Force Academy


  • "Fostering Wisdom in the Classroom," Brian Bruya, Eastern Michigan University
  • "Learning How to Critique Respectfully," Ruth Boeker, University College Dublin
  • "Fostering Virtuous Inquiry: Ownership and Other Intellectual Virtues," Noell Birondo, Wichita State University
  • "Teaching Intellectual Humility: Refuting Relativism and Experiencing Aporia," Kirsten Welch, Western Michigan University
  • "Teaching Analytical Navigation," Vadim Keyser, California State University, Fresno

1:00–4:00 p.m., The Intersections between Philosophy in Schools and Public Philosophy

Chair: Jana Mohr Lone, University of Washington


  • "Broadening the Reach of Philosophy," Michael Burroughs, California State University, Bakersfield
  • "Ethics Bowl and Philosophy in Schools," Steven Swartzer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • "Philosophy in Prisons and Philosophy in Schools," Kyle Robertson, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • "Philosophy in the Community," Marisa Diaz-Waian, Merlin CCC, Helena, Montana, and Joseph S. Biehl, Gotham Philosophical Society, NYC

6:00–8:00 p.m., Innovations in Teaching Logic

Chair: Ian Smith, Washburn University


  • Lori Watson, University of San Diego
  • Nelson Lande, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Russell Marcus, Hamilton College

8:00–10:00 p.m., Teaching Philosophy Online

Chair: Aaron Champene, St. Louis Community College, Meramec


  • "Teaching a Course Wiki," Anthony Vincent Fernandez, Kent State University
  • "Engaging Through Visual Representation: A Three-Year Study in Online Design," Vadim Keyser, California State University
  • "Asynchronous Discussions," Danney Ursery, St. Edward's University


Friday, March 30, 2018

9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, Teaching Core Texts: Descartes's Meditations

Chair: Russell Marcus, Hamilton College


  • Ryan J. Johnson, Elon University
  • Susan Mills, MacEwan University

1:00–4:00 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.


  • Paul Green, Mount Saint Mary's University


  • Mark Jensen, United States Air Force Academy
  • Ruth Boeker, University College Dublin
  • Ian Smith, Washburn University
  • Michelle Saint, Arizona State University
  • Bill Anelli, Modesto Junior College
  • Paul Green, Mount Saint Mary's University

7:00–10:00 p.m., Poster Session and Closing Reception


  • Alexandra Bradner, Kenyon College

SoTL Research Posters by Philosophy Teachers:

  • "Shifting the Debate: A Better Model for Collaborative Learning in Philosophy Classes," Sarah Babbitt, Loyola University Chicago
  • "Teaching Early Modern Philosophy Collaboratively with Team-Based Learning," Ruth Boeker, University College Dublin
  • "Analyzing Online Resources for Writing a Philosophy Paper," Sherri Lynn Conklin, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • "Developing Effective Reading in the Academic Environment," Mark Jensen and Lauren Scharff, United States Air Force Academy
  • "Integration of Argument Mapping into Larger-than-Seminar Course Sections," Chad Mohler, Truman State University
  • "A Veil of Ignorance: An Introduction to Applied Ethics," Kaitlin Petit, University of Utah
  • "Visual Philosophy: Posters as Pedagogy," Sarah Wieten, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • "Mixed-Modal Learning in the General Education Philosophy Classroom," Yiran Zhang, Loyola University Chicago

Independent Research Posters by Undergraduates in Philosophy:

  • "Some Puzzles in Empedocles's Theory of Perception," Adam Chin, University of California, San Diego
  • "Pre-college Philosophy: Its Implications for American Democracy in the 21st Century," Cora Drozd, Texas A&M University
  • "Kant on the Moral Considerability of Individuals with Mental Disorders," Gillian Gray, Whitman College
  • "Do We Have a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law?," Brett Kimmel, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • "I, Being: Legally-Bound vs. Morally-Bound AI," Dani McCain, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • "The Moral Superiority of Rehabilitation: A Critique of Retribution and Deterrance," Abby Panek, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • "Quasi-Realism, Projective Error, and Moral Virtue," Erica Rodarte, University of Texas at El Paso
  • "Beyond Bias and Filter Bubbles: Autonomy, Paternalism, and Machine-Learning Algorithms," Logan Stapleton, Macalester College
  • "Moral Responsibility: A Spectrum, and Where Drug Addiction Fits In," Christina Weinbaum, CUNY Brooklyn College



The American Philosophical Association
University of Delaware
31 Amstel Avenue, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302.831.1112 | Fax: 302.831.8690