AAPT 2014 Seminar on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy

American Association of Philosophy Teachers
and American Philosophical Association


2014 Seminar on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy

Location: College St. Benedict and /St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN

(1.5 hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport)

Date: July 31 – August 3, 2014

Eligibility: Current Graduate Students or Recent (2012 forward) PhDs

Seminar Facilitators: Stephen Block-Schulman (Elon University)

Donna Engelmann (Alverno College)

Mimi Marinucci (Eastern Washington University)

Participants: Maximum of 20

Application Deadline: April 11, 2014


Through readings and interactive experiences, seminar participants will explore issues and engage in a community of reflection in order to strengthen their pedagogical choices. Participants will study how to identify and select challenging and transformative learning goals and, by understanding the principles of integrated course design, will examine how to guide students to the successful achievement of these goals. Topics will include preparing to teach (for example, syllabus design), developing learning-centered philosophy classes, using traditional and non-traditional methods of assessment, and engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The friendships and collegial relationships built here can last a lifetime.


Participants are required to attend all sessions, which will be held each morning, July 31- August 3. A voluntary social gathering will take place on the evening of the 30th.

Fees & Waivers

The seminar is held in conjunction with the AAPT’s Biennial Conference. Participants are encouraged to attend the regular AAPT Conference sessions in the afternoons and evenings. The registration fee for the AAPT conference is waived for seminar participants. The cost of meals and lodging, approximately $325, and travel expenses will be the responsibility of participants. We encourage participants to solicit their departments for support. The American Philosophical Association generously offers travel grants of up to $300 for each participant. Recipients of APA travel grants must be members of the APA.

To apply please send the following three items to Stephen Bloch-Schulman

(1) Background Information






Summer Contact (Phone or email if different from above):

Major Fields of Interest:

Estimated Travel Expenses:

Applying for APA Travel Grant? (Yes/No); Member of APA? (Yes/No)

(2) A statement of interest or description of what you hope to gain from the seminar. If you have previous teaching experience, briefly describe it. (350 word limit)

(3) A letter of support from your Department Chair, indicating what your teaching duties will be in 2014-2015

Contact Information

For additional information about the Seminar (content, application status, etc.), please contact Stephen Bloch-Schulman (email: sschulman@elon.edu)


Well, I suppose it’s a form of unity and coherence…

to have just one gender speaking at a conference.

The Düsseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (DCLPS) kindly
invites you to attend the upcoming one-day workshop ‘Unification and
Coherence’ which will take place at Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf
(Building: 16.11, Floor: 1, Sitzungssaal 1), January 16, 2014.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars who work on the topics
of unification and/or coherence in the hope of fostering research at the
intersection of these two fields.


09:30 – 10:30 Ilkka Niiniluoto ‘Consilience and Abductive Confirmation’
10:30 – 11:15 Ioannis Votsis ‘Ad Hocness and Unification’
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Victor Gijsbers ‘Pierre Duhem, Natural Classification and
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 Dennis Dieks ‘Unification and Explanation in Recent Quantum
Gravity Research’
15:00 – 15:45 Gerhard Schurz ‘Unification and Causality’
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Mark Siebel ‘Coherence and Consistency’
17:00 – 18:00 Jonah Schupbach ‘Isolating the Effects of Coherence’

This post is a part of the Gendered Conference Campaign.

Academic Kindness

The Tumblr.  Here’s one of the posts:

While doing my comps, I found myself in need of an obscure, unpublished Ph.D. I was still figuring out Proquest and I was trying to figure out a way to order it from the university. As I was doing this, I sent a brief email to a very senior scholar whose work deals with the material in this dissertation and asked if he could recommend the best way to find a copy of it. Instead, he sent the entire dissertation to me by mail – in two packages because it took him a while to photocopy the whole thing (I should also note that I live in a different country, so it would not have been cheap to send). A very kind and unexpected gesture!