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 2019 Eastern Division Meeting


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

January 8–9, 2019

Sheraton New York Times Square
811 7th Avenue
53rd Street
New York, New York 10019
United States

The Teaching Hub is part of the 2019 APA Eastern Division meeting. Download the 2019 Eastern Teaching Hub flyer (PDF).


A Special Invitation...

Please join us at the Teaching Hub, which will run from Tuesday, January 8, through Wednesday, January 9, at the 2019 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 New York,

Russell Marcus, Co-Chair, 2019 Eastern Teaching Hub
Alexandra Bradner, Co-Chair, 2019 Eastern Teaching Hub, and AAPT Executive Director
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


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

9:00–9:15 a.m., Welcome

Speaker TBA

9:15 a.m.–Noon, STEM Collaborations in the Philosophy Classroom

Organizer and Chair: Robin Zebrowski, Beloit College


  • "Integrating Ethics into STEM Classrooms," Elizabeth Edenberg and August Gorman, Georgetown University
  • "Philosophy of Technology, Birthing Ethics, and Engineering," Sara Gavrell, Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • "Philosophy of Science in Science Education: A Case Study of Collaboration," Professor James Ladyman, University of Bristol
  • "Algorithmic Bias and the 'Objectivity' of Code: Pragmatist and Phenomenological Approaches to IT Ethics Pedagogy," Johnathan Flowers, Worcester State University
  • "Science Fiction PhilosoPhysics," Barbara Stock and David Snyder, Gallaudet University

Coffee and tea will be served.

Noon–2:00 p.m., APA Committee on Philosophy in Two-Year Colleges session: Teaching Philosophy at a Two Year College: Keys to Successfully Finding and Keeping a Job

Organizer and Chair: Richard Legum, Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York


  • Aaron Champene, St. Louis Community College
  • Timothy Davis, The Community College of Baltimore County
  • Rick Repetti, Kingsborough Community College - City University of New York
  • Mark Thorsby, Lone Star College
  • Thomas Urban, Emeritus, Houston Community College

2:00–5:00 p.m., AAPT Workshop: Evaluating Inclusion in Course Design and Syllabi, Kelly Burns, Dominican University

Chair: Kimberly Van Orman, SUNY University at Albany

In this interactive workshop, Kelly Burns, editor of the Studies in Pedagogy volume on inclusive pedagogies, and expert on managing microaggressions in the classroom, will introduce participants to a tool used to measure whether course syllabi are inclusive; participants will learn how to create diverse assignments and assessments; and the concept of the “hidden curriculum” will be discussed.

5:15–7:15 p.m., APA Committee on Pre-college Instruction in Philosophy session: What’s the Value of Pre-college Philosophy? Views from Facilitators and Teachers

Organizers: Wendy C. Turgeon, St. Joseph’s College-NY, and Sara Goering, University of Washington

Chair: John Ryan Torrey, SUNY-Buffalo State


  • "The Value of Pre-college Philosophy," Chad Miller, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • "The Value of Pre-college Philosophy Programming within Cities," Joseph Biehl, Gotham Philosophical Society
  • "Notes from the Front: Teaching Philosophy in High School," Wendy Way, Bethpage High School
  • "Philosophy is for Adults! Responding to the Challengers," Wendy C. Turgeon, St. Joseph’s College-NY
  • "A Student Viewpoint," Cora Drozd, Texas A&M University

7:30–9:30 p.m., PLATO session: New Approaches to Teaching K-12 Philosophy

Organizer: Roberta Israeloff, The Squire Foundation

Chair: Wendy C. Turgeon, St. Joseph's College-NY


  • "Dual-enrollment Programs and Philosophy in High Schools: The Connecticut Model," Mitch Green, University of Connecticut
  • "Empowering an Ethical Life: The Bioethics Project," Karen Rezach, The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School
  • "Ethics Across the High School Curriculum - Ethics Bowl as Pedagogy," Allison Cohen, American University and Langley High School (VA)


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

9:00 a.m.–Noon, Introducing Students to Philosophy: New Approaches

Organizer: Karl Aho, Tarleton State University

Chair: Alexandra Bradner, Kenyon College


  • "Introducing 'HYPE': Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts," Chris Brooks, University of New Hampshire Durham, Kelli Braley and students, Souhegan High School (NH)
  • "Successfully Engaging Gen-Ed Ethics Students in Philosophical Argumentation & Dialogue," Rebecca Millsop, University of Rhode Island
  • "Taking on Others’ Perspectives: Bubble Hopping in the Philosophy Classroom," Asia Ferrin, American University

Coffee and tea will be served.

12:15–1:15 p.m., Table Talk: Experiential Learning in Philosophy

Experts in high-impact/engaged learning moderate 30-minute roundtable discussions of best practices. Choose one discussion and then switch after 30 minutes to another. Light refreshments.

Chair: Jayme Kerr, George Washington University

  • "Experiments in Ethics: Scaffolded, Small Scale, Student Designed Activities in Ethics," Ramona Ilea, Pacific University, and Monica Janzen, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • "Hurricanes and Philosophy: When EL Isn’t What You Thought It Would Be," Julinna Oxley, Coastal Carolina University
  • "Taking It Outside: Teaching Philosophy in the Community," Andrew M. Winters, Yavapai College

1:30–4:30 p.m., Teaching Core Texts: The Gettier Problem

Organizer and Chair: Russell Marcus, Hamilton College


  • "Should We be Teaching Gettier?," Derek Anderson, Boston University
  • "Gettier and Metaphilosophy: Intuitions and Empirical Approaches in Epistemology," Kenneth Boyd, University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • "Teaching Gettier Cases: An Activity-Based Approach," Aaron Champene, St. Louis Community College, Meramec
  • Teaching the Gettier Problem: Reflections on teaching Edmund Gettier’s ‘Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?'," Mara Harrell, Carnegie Mellon University

7:00–8:00 p.m., My Top Five: Philosophers Share Their Lists

In the spirit of David Letterman and just for fun, philosophers share top five lists related to teaching.


  • Susan Brison (Dartmouth College)
  • L. A. Paul (Yale University)
  • Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

8:00–10:00 p.m., Closing Reception: Undergraduate Research and Faculty SoTL Poster Session

Undergraduate Research Posters:

  • "Words Speak Louder: Right Reason in Aristotle’s Ethics and Rhetoric," Max DuBoff, Rutgers University
  • "Ownership through Agent Causation," Nate Emerson, Ohio Northern University
  • "Against Biological Determinism: A Luck Egalitarian Argument," Yimao Liu, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • "Donald on Donald: What Donald Davidson and an Ethic of Care Can Tell Us about Cross-Cultural Communication," Brent Matheny, Kenyon College
  • "The Schizophernic as Chiasmus: A Phenomenological Analysis of Schizophrenia and Reciprocity," Noah Valdez, Boston College
  • "A Defense of Gigerenzer's Optimistic View of Human Rationality," Daniel Wethli, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Faculty SoTL Posters:

  • "Epistemology in Practice: Skepticism, Fake News, and the Ethics of Belief," Laura Callahan, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • "Modified Present/Evaluate/Explain (PEE) Writing Assignment," Rebeka Ferreira, Green River College
  • "The Value of Teaching Topics that are both Uncomfortable and Everyday," Mark Fortney, The University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • "Philosophy of Science Education for High School Students: Design and Evaluation of a Summer Workshop Series," Nicholas M.G. Friedman and Eugene Vaynberg, University of Pennsylvania
  • "'We the Pupils'. Making a Philosophy-Focused Podcast Series in the Classroom," Jules Salomone, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • "A Game for Teaching the Tragedy of the Commons in Environmental Ethics," Jonathan Spelman, Ohio Northern University

Cash bar and light refreshments.



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