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

The AAPT-APA Teaching Hub is a series of interactive workshops and 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 and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, 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 though graduate school.


2020 Eastern Division Meeting

January 8–11, 2020

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
United States

2020 Central Division Meeting

February 26–29, 2020

The Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
United States

2020 Pacific Division Meeting

April 8–11, 2020

Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
United States


Calls for Proposals and Abstracts

Eastern Division Meeting

Central Division Meeting

All Three Meetings


Eastern Division Meeting

Creative Assignments for Practicing Philosophical Skills

The APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) seek presenters for a session on the topic of creative assignments for practicing philosophical skills at the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub at the 2020 APA Eastern Division meeting, January 8–11, 2020, in Philadelphia, PA. We aim to have the session especially highlight ideas that prepare students to usefully deploy these skills in contexts outside of the philosophy classroom (in their other classes, in making life-decisions, in their future careers, etc.).

Possible topics include assignments that involve the following:

  • Immersive experiences (e.g., having students spend a week living like a Stoic);
  • Unique methods for working with real-world case studies;
  • Op-eds or writing assignments for broader audiences;
  • Service-learning components;
  • Making connections between theoretical philosophy and applied contexts (e.g., the impact of the metaphysics of causation on law);
  • Having students identify patterns of logical reasoning online or elsewhere in their lives;
  • Role-playing games to prepare students to deploy philosophical skills in an embedded context;
  • Personal journaling assignments;
  • Analysis of pop-culture or other media through a philosophical lens;
  • Opportunities for students to build bridges with other disciplinary interests;
  • Among other topics

To submit a proposal for consideration, please email August Gorman (gorman.august@gmail.com) by Monday, July 15, 2019, with the subject line Creative Assignments for Practicing Philosophical Skills 2020.” In the body of the email, please include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), position (if any), and contact information. Attached to the email, please include an anonymized abstract of 500–750 words (in PDF form) that answers the following questions: 1) What is the assignment, and how does it work? 2) What sorts of skills does it help students practice? 3) How do you plan to present this idea at the Teaching Hub session (Will you share samples of student work? Will you involve attendees in an interactive demo? Will you discuss the advantage of your approach over competing approaches?)?

The organizing committee will select 3–4 participants for the session by the end of July and will aim to assemble a session that is diverse in many respects, including career stage and institutional affiliation.

For questions about this session, please contact August at gorman.august@gmail.com. For questions about the Teaching Hub at the Eastern APA, contact Wendy Turgeon at turgeon@optonline.net.

The Teaching Hub is a collaborative meeting space, co-sponsored by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), that hosts a series of informative programs about the teaching of philosophy at divisional meetings of the APA. This is an opportunity to share your approach, advice, and assignments with your colleagues, and learn from them as well.

Teaching Large Courses

The APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) seek panelists for a session on teaching large courses at the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub, at the 2020 APA Eastern Division meeting, January 8–11, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Our goal is to have several presentations on innovative approaches to teaching courses where enrollment is 50 or more students. Our hope is to concentrate mainly on pedagogy. We encourage critical approaches to incorporating social media platforms within the purview of teaching large courses.

Consistent with the ethos of the AAPT, we expect presentations to be brief, encouraging an exchange of ideas about different methods to teach large courses. We appreciate proposals that include specific ideas about how to make the session interactive.

Submissions: Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to LaChanda Davis, lachandacdavis@sfsu.edu, by July 15, 2019. Please include a brief explanation of both your approach to teaching large courses and your experiences doing so. Supporting material, such as syllabi, handouts, or a CV, is also welcome. We are interested in ensuring representation of a range of perspectives. We expect to select presenters by early August 2019.

Deadline for Proposals: July 15, 2019

Selection of Presenters: early August 2019 (expected)

Questions about this session should be directed to LaChanda Davis at the email address indicated above.

The AAPT-APA Teaching Hub is a series of interactive workshops and 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.

For general information about the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub, please check out the AAPT website and Facebook page and the CTP website and Facebook page. For more specific information about the Teaching Hub at the 2020 Eastern APA meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, please contact Wendy Turgeon at turgeon@optonline.net.

Facilitating a Philosophy Classroom: From Triggers to Cell Phones

The APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) seeks panelists for a session on dealing with various kinds of students and facilitating a philosophy classroom at the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub at the Eastern Divisional Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 8–11, 2020.

We envision three or four different presentations focusing on creating a classroom environment in which all students can learn—especially in courses that may create triggering conditions for some students in terms of their mental health, such as those students who have experienced some trauma relating to the course content. Given that instructors are neither mental health specialists nor counselors, this session is intended to provide instructors with a set of tools to help them create a classroom atmosphere in which all students are able to learn.

We also want presentations that may touch on dealing with mundane situations, including overly outspoken students, cell phone usage, and lack of classroom participation. We encourage presentations that offer innovative ways to turn these situations into further learning opportunities for students instead of having to only resort to using punitive measures.

Consistent with the ethos of the AAPT, we expect presentations to be short (20–30 minutes), focused on the sharing of teaching ideas and suggestions among participants engendering the sharing of ideas about different ways to teach among participants. We will appreciate proposals that include concrete ideas about how to make the session interactive.

Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Andrew M. Winters, andrew.winters@yc.edu, by July 15, 2019. In the subject line please write, “Managing Classroom 2020 Teaching Hub.” In the body of the email, please include your name, institutional affiliation, position, and contact information. Please include a brief explanation of both your approach to classroom management and your experiences having included the techniques you discuss. Attached to the email, please provide an anonymized proposal in PDF format. Supporting material, such as syllabi, handouts, or a CV, is also welcome. We are interested in ensuring representation of a range of voices from different types of institutions (e.g., community college, R1, or state school). We expect to select presenters by early August.

The AAPT-APA Teaching Hub is a series of interactive workshops and 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.

For general information about the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub, please check out the AAPT website and Facebook page and the CTP website and Facebook page. For more specific information about the Teaching Hub at the 2020 Eastern APA meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, please contact Wendy Turgeon at turgeon@optonline.net.

Teaching Core Texts: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

The APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) seek panelists for a session on teaching Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, at the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub at the 2020 APA Eastern Division meeting, January 8–January 11, 2020, in Philadelphia, PA.

We envision approximately three different presentations on interesting or innovative approaches to teaching Aristotle’s work. We hope to focus discussion mainly on pedagogy but would be interested in various approaches to content, if they are tied to conversations about teaching. We also encourage critical approaches to teaching Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics that may challenge us to think about why and how we teach canonical texts.

Consistent with the ethos of the AAPT, we expect presentations to be short, maybe 20 minutes, engendering the sharing of ideas about different ways to teach the text among participants. We will appreciate proposals which include concrete ideas about how to make the session interactive.

Submissions: Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Fritz McDonald, fritzjmcdonald@oakland.edu, by July 15, 2019. Use the subject line “APA/AAPT Aristotle.” Please include a brief explanation of both your approach to teaching the core text and your experiences doing so. Supporting material, such as syllabi or handouts, is also welcome. We are interested in ensuring representation of a range of voices. We expect to select presenters by early August.

Submit Proposals to: Fritz McDonald, fritzjmcdonald@oakland.edu

Email Subject Line: APA/AAPT Aristotle

Deadline for Proposals: 7/15/2019.

Selection of Presenters: Early August

If you have any questions about the session, please feel free to contact Fritz McDonald (fritzjmcdonald@oakland.edu).

The AAPT-APA Teaching Hub is a series of interactive workshops and 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 and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, 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 though graduate school.

Central Division Meeting

Navigating Working Conditions as Philosophy Teachers

The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) and the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) invite proposals for a session on navigating the working conditions of philosophy teachers at the Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division Meeting of the APA, February 26–29 in Chicago, IL.

We seek presentations that highlight some of the ways in which teachers’ working conditions impact the teaching and learning environment of philosophy classes. We are especially interested in proposals that consider ways to navigate those conditions, and better support philosophy teachers and students in our various roles as co-teachers, colleagues, chairs, deans, and so on. Some possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: (in)accessibility issues; non-tenure track, adjunct, and graduate student conditions; unionization efforts; navigating administrative bureaucracy; business models of higher ed; structural injustice; microaggressions; standardization of assessment (of students, teachers, colleagues); and massive online courses.

Format: Teaching Hub sessions are expected to be highly interactive. Proposals should indicate how audience members will participate in the session. One format is a presentation followed by Q&A. Others might have participants working through an interactive experience. The session will consist of three or four presenters.

Submissions: Questions about this session, as well as proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Kevin Timpe (kevin.timpe@calvin.edu) by September 1, 2019, with “Teaching Hub” as the subject line. Please include a brief explanation of your approach to Navigating Working Conditions as Philosophy Teachers as well as your plan for the presentation. Supporting material, such as syllabi, assignments, or handouts may also be included if relevant.

Deadline for proposals: September 1, 2019. Notifications of decisions by September 15.

The AAPT/APA Teaching Hub is a set of sessions about teaching philosophy held at each of the divisional meetings of the APA, emphasizing inclusive and collegial interactions. The Teaching Hub coordinates conversations about the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school. For more information about the Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division Meeting, contact Giancarlo Tarantino (gtarantino@luc.edu).

Teaching Core Texts: The Social Contract and Its Critics

The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) and the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) invite proposals for a session on teaching social contract theory as well as its critics at the Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division Meeting of the APA, February 26–29 in Chicago, IL.

We are seeking presentations on interesting or innovative approaches to teaching social contract theory in undergraduate classes. We welcome proposals centered on texts by authors associated with traditional social contract theory (e.g., Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and others) as well as authors who bring a critical lens to the theory and ask us to question how, why, and whether to teach “canonical” texts (e.g., Carole Pateman, Charles Mills, and others). We hope to focus discussion mainly on pedagogy, but would be interested in various approaches to content, if they are tied to conversations about teaching.

Format: Teaching Hub sessions are expected to be highly interactive. Proposals should indicate how audience members will participate in the session. One format is a presentation followed by Q&A. Others might have participants working through an interactive experience. The session will consist of three or four presenters.

Submissions: Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Rebecca Scott (rscott1@harpercollege.edu) by August 15, 2019. Please include a brief explanation of your approach to teaching social contract theory as well as your plan for the presentation. Supporting material such as syllabi, assignments, or handouts may also be included.

Deadline for proposals: August 15, 2019

The AAPT/APA Teaching Hub is a set of sessions about teaching philosophy held at each of the divisional meetings of the APA, emphasizing inclusive and collegial interactions. The Teaching Hub coordinates conversations about the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school. For more information about the Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division Meeting, contact Giancarlo Tarantino (gtarantino@luc.edu).

Teaching Introductory Courses without Canonical Texts

The APA Committee on Teaching Philosophy invites proposals for a 2020 Teaching Hub session on Teaching Introduction to Philosophy without Canonical Texts as part of the APA/AAPT Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division meeting of the APA, February, 26–29, in Chicago, IL.

There are many reasons (e.g., inclusivity) and many ways (e.g., problem-based learning) to teach introductory courses in philosophy without using canonical philosophical texts. We seek creative proposals for interactive sessions that will illustrate, offer approaches to, argue for, or criticize introductory philosophy courses where students do not read canonical texts. Abstracts focused on courses that do not use any philosophy texts at all are also welcome. Discussion of courses where skill development or dispositional growth, as opposed to content mastery, is the primary learning objective are of particular interest. Beyond intellectual interest, sessions where the “takeaway” for, and interactivity of, session attendees is transparent will be favored in the review process. Submissions from philosophers teaching at any level are encouraged.

Format: Teaching Hub sessions are expected to be highly interactive. Proposals should indicate how audience members will participate in the session. One format is a presentation followed by Q&A. Others might have participants working through an interactive experience. The session will consist of three or four presenters.

Submissions: Questions about this session, as well as proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Claire A. Lockard clockard@luc.edu by September 1, 2019.

Deadline for Proposals: September 1, 2019

The AAPT/APA Teaching Hub is a set of sessions about teaching philosophy held at each of the divisional meetings of the APA, emphasizing inclusive and collegial interactions. The Teaching Hub coordinates conversations about the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school. For more information about the Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division Meeting, contact Giancarlo Tarantino (gtarantino@luc.edu).

Graduate Voices in Teaching

The APA Committee on Teaching Philosophy invites proposals for a 2020 Teaching Hub session on Graduate Voices in Teaching as part of the APA/AAPT Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division meeting of the APA, February 26–29, in Chicago, IL.

Graduate students are a crucial part of the academy’s teaching workforce. However, because of their precarious economic, professional, and social positions, their voices are rarely given uptake in discussions about teaching. Moreover, while they sometimes receive teaching-related support, this support often fails to take into account the particular contexts that graduate students occupy. This Teaching Hub aims to ameliorate these issues by centering graduate student voices. We invite proposals from current graduate students and recent graduates (doctorate received no earlier than September 1, 2017) with experience of teaching in grad school. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • How to identify what teaching support (pedagogical, emotional, or other) is needed as a graduate student, and how to obtain it.
  • Balancing teaching load with other work commitments.
  • Being a good Teaching Assistant and how that differs from being a good Primary Instructor.
  • Dealing productively with a lack of support—from peers, or faculty, or otherwise.
  • Particular challenges that graduate students face when teaching, and how to deal with them.

Format: Teaching Hub sessions are expected to be highly interactive. Proposals should indicate how audience members will participate in the session. One format is a presentation followed by Q&A. Others might have participants working through an interactive experience. The session will consist of three or four presenters.

Submissions: Questions about this session, as well as proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Chris Blake-Turner (chrisbt@live.unc.edu) by September 1, 2019.

Deadline for Proposals: September 1, 2019.

The AAPT/APA Teaching Hub is a set of sessions about teaching philosophy held at each of the divisional meetings of the APA, emphasizing inclusive and collegial interactions. The Teaching Hub coordinates conversations about the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school. For more information about the Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division Meeting, contact Giancarlo Tarantino (gtarantino@luc.edu).

AAPT Workshop: Bringing Research and Pedagogy Together in the Classroom

The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), in collaboration with the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy, seeks presentations for an interactive workshop at the upcoming Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, February 26–29 in Chicago, IL.

We are seeking presentations from philosophers on how their research shapes their approach to teaching and vice versa. As philosophers, we sometimes (often?) think of our teaching and research as separate. But maybe you are a philosopher who sees your teaching and research as overlapping in meaningful ways. If so, please consider submitting a proposal for this session.

Format: Teaching Hub sessions are expected to be highly interactive. Proposals should indicate how audience members will participate in the session. One format is a presentation followed by Q&A. Others might have participants working through an interactive experience. The session will consist of three or four presenters.

Submissions: Questions about this session as well as proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Merritt Rehn-DeBraal (mrehndeb@gmail.com) by September 1, 2019.

Deadline for Proposals: September 1, 2019

The AAPT/APA Teaching Hub is a set of sessions about teaching philosophy held at each of the divisional meetings of the APA, emphasizing inclusive and collegial interactions. The Teaching Hub coordinates conversations about the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school. For more information about the Teaching Hub at the 2020 Central Division Meeting, contact Giancarlo Tarantino (gtarantino@luc.edu).

All Three Meetings

Eastern, Central, and Pacific AAPT-APA Teaching Hub Poster Sessions

The APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) invite abstracts for the three AAPT-APA Teaching Hub poster sessions to be held throughout the spring of 2020.

Each Teaching Hub includes a reception and poster session featuring both independent work by undergraduate students and innovative work in the teaching of philosophy by faculty and graduate students. If you have something of your own to share with your colleagues—a new teaching technique, course proposal, assessment strategy, in-class activity, or SoTL research finding—please consider submitting an abstract to one of the Teaching Hub poster sessions below. Please also encourage undergraduates who have completed independent work in philosophy this past academic year and undergraduates who are working on summer research projects in philosophy currently to submit their abstracts.

We are looking for proposals for either two kinds of posters:

  1. Undergraduate students
    Posters featuring independent research by undergraduates (e.g., thesis, independent study). Deadline: November 15, 2019
  2. Faculty or graduate students
    Posters featuring pedagogical innovations or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Deadline: August 15, 2019

Please e-mail abstracts of no more than 300 words as PDF attachments, prepared for anonymous review, to Kaitlin Pettit (kaitlin.pettit@utah.edu) with the subject line “2020 (Eastern, Central, or Pacific) TH poster session submission.”

You may submit a proposal to more than one poster session. However, we will only accept distinct proposals to different poster sessions. If you would like to submit the same proposal to more than one poster session, please include in your email a ranking of your preferred meeting locations.

  • Eastern Teaching Hub Poster Session: January 10, 2020, Philadelphia, PA
  • Central Teaching Hub Poster Session: February 28, 2020, Chicago, IL
  • Pacific Teaching Hub Poster Session: April 10, 2020, San Francisco, CA

The Teaching Hub aims to be an especially inclusive and collegial event, designed to recognize exceptional teaching and mentorship. Faculty members who have organized a trip with a group of undergraduates to one of the APA divisional meetings, in order to present work at the Teaching Hub, have described the experience as transformative for their students.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Kaitlin Louise Pettit, University of Utah
2020 Teaching Hub Poster Session Coordinator

Russell Marcus and Wendy Turgeon
2020 Eastern Teaching Hub Co-Chairs

Rebecca Scott and Giancarlo Tarantino
2020 Central Teaching Hub Co-Chairs

Ian Smith and Renee Smith
2020 Pacific Teaching Hub Co-Chairs

The AAPT-APA Teaching Hub is a series of interactive workshops and conversations designed specifically for philosophers and created to celebrate teaching within the context of the APA divisional meetings. Jointly organized by the CTP and the 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.

Important note: Neither the APA nor the AAPT can offer funding to Teaching Hub participants for travel or lodging. Moreover, to present at the Teaching Hub, participants must both join the APA and register for the appropriate meeting (less than $30 total for undergraduates). Please alert your students to these facts before they apply and consider reserving institutional funding for their participation.

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