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)