PWOL and the American Association for Philosophy Teachers

By Jane Drexler

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Last summer, we got a glimpse of just how invested we all are in cultivating scholarly conversations and strategies for meaningful and effective teaching in philosophy.   We want to learn about first-day activities, and inclusive pedagogy.  We want to get the skinny on student-led dialogue and engaging assignment design.  We want to be a part of a robust community of teacher-scholars.

I am so grateful to be a member of two such communities:  our Philosophy as a Way of Life project, and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers.  The PWOL community centers intentionally on teaching in the Way-of-Life approach, while the AAPT more broadly addresses the larger questions of teaching philosophy: from the first day of class to the last; curricula, activities, and assignment design;  the state of the discipline and other professional issues connected to teaching; inclusivity;  undergraduate research and other High Impact Practices; teaching in the classroom and out in the community; and so much more.

As chair of the organizing committee of the AAPT’s biennial Conference-Workshop, I am super-duper inviting you all to participate in the AAPT conference this summer, July 22-25, at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio (near Columbus).

Here is the AAPT Conference website and Call for Proposals.  AAPT sessions are by-design interactive:  more workshoppy than solitary paper presentations.  Our reviewers are dedicated to a formative process of working with submitters to create successful proposals.    The AAPT is, in short, a welcoming, collegial, and engaging community, and we have a lot of fun.

So please consider submitting a proposal for the 2020 AAPT Biennial Conference-Workshop!