Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Join the APA
2020 Central Division Meeting: The AAPT-APA Teaching Hub
Share |
Teaching Hub Logo, including AAPT and APA logos

2020 Central Division Meeting


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

February 26–29, 2020

Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
United States

The Teaching Hub is part of the 2020 APA Central Division meeting.


A Special Invitation...

Please join us at the Teaching Hub, which will run from Thursday, February 27, through Friday, February 28, at the 2020 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 Chicago!

Giancarlo Tarantino, Chair, 2020 Central Teaching Hub
Andrew Mills, AAPT President


The 2020 AAPT-APA Teaching Hub Planning Committee

David Concepción, Chair   Renée Smith
Jane Drexler   Giancarlo Tarantino
Russell Marcus
Wendy C. Turgeon
Kaitlin Louise Pettit
Kimberly Van Orman
Rebecca Scott   Robin Zebrowski
Ian Smith  


Thursday, February 27, 2020

8:30–10:25 a.m., Bringing Research and Pedagogy Together in the Classroom

Chair: Minerva Ahumada (Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago)


  • “How to Make Your Research into Teaching and Your Teaching into Research,” Danielle Clevenger (University of Wisconsin–Madison) and W. John Koolage (Eastern Michigan University)
  • “Evolution, Race, and Yoga: Three Ways of Uniting Research and Pedagogy Inside and Outside the Classroom,” Anna Lännström (Stonehill College)
  • “Bringing Philosophical Research and Pedagogy Together through Philosophy Labs,” Joseph Vukov (Loyola University Chicago) and Kit Rempala (Loyola University Chicago)

10:30–11:25 a.m., AAPT Workshop: Best Practices

Co-sponsored by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Chair: Giancarlo Tarantino (Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago)


  • “Beyond Information Recall: Sophisticated Multiple-Choice Questions in Philosophy,” J. Robert Loftis (Lorain County Community College)

11:30 a.m.–2:10 p.m., Graduate Voices in Teaching Philosophy

Chair: Christopher Blake-Turner (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


  • “Making the Most of a Teaching Assistantship: The Value of Pedagogical Observation,” Katherine Brichacek (Loyola University Chicago)
  • “Finding and Creating Support Networks,” Bailey Szustak (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • “Grad-Student Caregivers and Teaching,” Louise Williams (University of Notre Dame)
  • “Ethical and Pedagogical Puzzles for Discussion Facilitators,” Emma Prendergast (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
  • “Response,” Christopher Blake-Turner (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

2:15–4:10 p.m., Teaching Introductory Courses Without Canonical Texts

Co-sponsored by the APA Committee on Teaching Philosophy

Chair: Claire Lockard (Loyola University Chicago)


  • “The (Alleged) Necessity of Canonical Texts,” Rebecca Chan (San José State University)
  • “Public Art and Philosophical Skill Building,” Bailey Szustak (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • “Using the Canon Merely as a Means,” David W. Concepción (Ball State University)

6:30–9:30 p.m., Teaching Core Texts: Teaching the Social Contract and Its Critics through In-Class Simulations

Co-sponsored by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Chair: Rebecca Scott (Harper College)


  • “Zombies in the State of Nature,” Travis Rodgers (Valencia College)
  • “Teaching Rawls: Using Group Knowledge and Games,” Jennifer Kling (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
  • “Potential Uses and Limitations of In-Class Simulations,” Susan Kennedy (Boston University)

Friday, February 28, 2020

8:30–10:25 a.m., Using Pre-College Philosophy to Engage with Controversial Subjects and Difficult Conversations

Co-sponsored by the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy (CPIP)

Chair: Brandon Morgan-Olsen (Loyola University Chicago)


  • “Race and Gender,” Claire Katz (Texas A&M University)
  • “Sex and Sexuality,” Marisol Brito (Metropolitan State University)
  • “Ethics Bowl,” Jennifer Parks (Loyola University Chicago)

10:30 a.m.–12:25 p.m., Navigating Working Conditions as Philosophy Teachers

Chair: Kevin Timpe (Calvin College)


  • “Graduate Learning Conditions Are Graduate Working Conditions,” Johnathan Charles Flowers (Worcester State University)
  • “Teaching with/for Mental Health Challenges,” Kristen Irwin (Loyola University Chicago)
  • “The Incredible, Dependable, and Expendable Adjunct,” Jonathan Parsons (College of DuPage, Joliet Junior College, Elgin Community College, North Central College, and Ashland University)

1:30–2:30 p.m., Students Teaching Teachers: What Do Teachers Need to Know?

Chair: Marcella Linn (Loyola University Chicago)


  • Rebecca Scott (Harper College)
  • Giancarlo Tarantino (Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago)

2:40–4:35 p.m., Workshop on Curricular Development: Adding Asian Philosophy to Your Existing Course Syllabus

Co-sponsored by the Society for Teaching Comparative Philosophy

Workshop Leaders:

  • Leah Kalmanson (Drake University)
  • Lara Mitias (Antioch College)

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

Cash bar and light refreshments.

Chair: Kaitlin Louise Pettit (University of Utah)

Faculty SOTL Posters

  • “Teaching Climate Ethics Using a Model Climate Forum,” Shannon Sylvie Abelson (Indiana University–Bloomington)
  • “Creative, Project-Based Challenges as Memorable Final Exams with Teachable Moments,” Hannah Daru (Fordham University)
  • “The TRAP-Mind-Theory—Philosophizing as an Educational Process,” Frank Brosow (University of Education Ludwigsburg)
  • “Lowering Impediments to Sharing Thoughts with the ‘LIST’ Technique,” Tom Crosby (Loyola University Chicago)
  • “Levelling Up Online Instruction: A Mastery-Learning Approach to Teaching Logi,” Steven Dalglish (Ohio State University)
  • “Collaborative Midterm Teaching Evaluation: Sharing Authority in the Classroom and Empowering Students,” Ravit Dotan (University of California, Berkeley)
  • “Teaching Lesson Plans that Humanize: On Friendship,” Sahar Joakim (Saint Louis University)
  • “Socratic Leadership,” Freya Möbus (Loyola University Chicago) and Gina Lebkuecher (Loyola University Chicago)
  • “Understanding the Basic Methodological Tools Used in Ethics through ‘OpenBook’ Quizzes,” Katerina Psaroudaki (University of Nebraska–Lincoln)
  • “Teaching By Building a Wikipedia Page,” Aleta Quinn (University of Idaho)
  • “Using Metacognition to Improve Classroom Discussions,” Rebecca Scott (Harper College), Ann Cahill (Elon University), and Claire Lockard (Loyola University Chicago)
  • “Developing Assignment Sequences for Argumentative Philosophical Essays,” Yuna Won (Ithaca College)
  • “Place-Based Stimuli in Philosophy with Children as a Transdisciplinary Bridge Between Philosophy and STEM,” Travis Wright (University of North Texas)

Independent Research by Undergraduates in Philosophy

  • “A Just Web: Assessing the Moral and Legal Repercussions of the Intern,” Aditi Shukla and Jacob Romines (Centre College)
  • “The Artificial Crisis: Analyzing the 2007–2008 Financial Crises Using Hume’s Account of Justice,” Ben Kiesel (Wabash College)
  • “Undergraduates Are Writing Really Helpful R&R Letters,” Zoe Lawson (Ball State University)
  • “How Does the Word ‘God’ Refer?,” Layla Mayorga (University of Houston)
  • “Kant and Ingarden: Phenomenologym Ontology, and Aesthetics,” Vivek Pandey (Northeastern Illinois University)
The American Philosophical Association
University of Delaware
31 Amstel Avenue, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302.831.1112 | Fax: 302.831.8690