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 2019 Central Division Meeting


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

February 20–23, 2019

The Westin Downtown Dover
1672 Lawrence Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

The Teaching Hub is part of the 2019 APA Central Division meeting.


A Special Invitation...

Please join us at the Teaching Hub, which will run from Thursday, February 21, through Friday, February 22, at the 2019 Central 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 Denver,

Rebecca Scott, Chair, 2019 Central Teaching Hub
Andrew Mills, AAPT President


The 2019 AAPT-APA Teaching Hub Planning Committee

David Concepción, Chair   Susan Mills
Ruth Boeker    Kaitlin Louise Pettit
Alexandra Bradner
Rebecca Scott
Christina Hendricks
Ian Smith
Mark Jensen   Kimberly Van Orman
Russell Marcus

Robin Zebrowski


Thursday, February 21, 2019

9:00–11:00 a.m., Teaching Philosophical Writing

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


  • "A Modified and Scaffolded Present-Explain-Evaluate [PEE] Writing Assignment," Rebeka Ferreira, Green River College
  • "Writing for Intellectual Charity," Merritt Rehn-DeBraal, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
  • "The Jigsaw with No Box: A Writing Exercise for Better Continuity and Emphasis," Austin Rooney, Temple University

11:00 a.m.–Noon, Walk-In Teaching Consultations: One-on-One Sessions with Expert Teachers


  • David W. Concepción, Ball State University
  • Merritt Rehn-DeBraal, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
  • Giancarlo Tarantino, Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago
  • Emily Esch, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University

12:10–2:10 p.m., AAPT Workshop: Innovative Pedagogies for Teaching Sexual Ethics

Co-sponsored by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT)

Chair: Rebecca Scott, Harper College


  • "Justice in the Classroom: Lessons from the Community of Philosophical Inquiry," Ariel Sykes, Montclair State University, and Aaron Yarmel, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • "Kant, Nagel, and Pineau: Reframing Date Rape Conversations in the Classroom," Stephanie Adair, Harper College

2:20–4:20 p.m., Jobs and Careers: How to Get and Keep a Full-Time Position at a Community College

Co-sponsored by the APA Committee on Philosophy in Two-Year Colleges.

Chair: Richard Legum, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY


  • Will Behun, McHenry County College
  • Aaron Champene, St. Louis Community College
  • David W. Concepción, Ball State University
  • Kenneth Pike, Arizona State University
  • Mark D. Sadler, Northeast Lakeview College
  • Rebecca Scott, Harper College
  • Heather Wilburn, Tulsa Community College Community College
  • Kristen Zbikowski, Hibbing Community College

4:20–5:20 p.m., Building and Sustaining Faculty Unions

Chair: Rebecca Scott, Harper College


  • Larry Alcoff, SEIU Campaign Director
  • Daniele Manni, Triton College, VP Salary/Welfare Triton College Faculty Association
  • Ben Laurence, University of Chicago

7:10–9:10 p.m., Non-Western Philosophy for Undergraduate Ethics Courses

Co-sponsored by the Society for Teaching Comparative Philosophy (STCP)

Workshop Leaders

  • Sarah Mattice, University of North Florida
  • Leah Kalmanson, Drake University


Friday, February 22, 2019

9:00 a.m.–Noon, Teaching Core Texts: Plato’s Apology

Chair: Susan Mills, MacEwan University


  • "Teaching Plato’s Socrates as Metacognitive Exemplar," Jerry Green, University of Central Oklahoma
  • "Virtual Elenchus? Teaching Plato’s Apology of Socrates Online," G. T. Smith, Georgia Highlands College
  • "Teaching the Apology: A Way-of-Life Approach," Jane Drexler, Salt Lake Community College; Caleb Cohoe, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Jacob Stump, University of Toronto–Ontario; Marisa Diaz-Waian, Founder and Director of Merlin CCC; Ryan Johnson, Elon University; Philip Schoenberg, Western New Mexico University; Allison Krile Thornton, University of South Alabama

1:00–3:00 p.m., Best Practices in Teaching Philosophy: Argument Mapping

Organizer: Brett Fulkerson-Smith, Harper College

Chair: Michael Horton, Harper College


  • Mara Harrell, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Charles Rathkopf, Iona College
  • Dona Warren, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

3:10–5:10 p.m., The National High School Ethics Bowl Program: An Outreach Opportunity for Philosophers

Co-Sponsored by the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy.

Organizer: Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chair: Steven Swartzer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • David Boonin, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Zoë Johnson King, New York University
  • Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

7:00–9:00 p.m., Closing Reception: Undergraduate Research and Faculty SoTL Poster Session

Independent Research by Undergraduates in Philosophy:

  • "Unifying the Conscious Self Through Internalist Reflection on First-Person Memories," Evan Dedolph, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • "What Makes a Good Metaphor?: A Neo-Davidsonian Analysis of Metaphor," Brent Matheny, Kenyon College
  • "Ignorance and Misconceptions: Understanding Homelessness Through a New Lens," Ahna Neil, St. Catherine University
  • "God, Self, and Consciousness Through The Lens of Buddhism," Samantha Walisundara, University of Colorado, Boulder

Faculty SoTL Posters:

  • "Using Media to Test Normative Ethical Theories," Anthony Ferrucci, South Seattle College
  • "Supplemental Instruction for Symbolic Logic," Kevin Graham and Emery Staton, Creighton University
  • "F-14s and Phoenix Missiles on the First Day of Logic Class," Daniel Molter, University of Utah
  • "Breaking the Lecture Model of Philosophical Pedagogy: Diversity, Humor and Retention," William A. B. Parkhurst, University of South Florida
  • "'We the Pupils,' A Social-Justice Podcast Recorded in the Classroom," Jules Salomone (City University of New York)
  • "Balancing Content Coverage with Philosophical Skill/Disposition Development," Adam Thompson, University of Nebraska
  • "Teaching Beyond the Canon: Empowering Students via Self-Selected Texts," Cynthia Tibbetts, University of California, Santa Cruz

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