Workshops on Sustainability, Public Philosophy, Civic Engagement
Sharon M. Meagher is an experienced workshop developer, facilitator, and consultant. In her capacities as Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies, and Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Scranton, she has developed and led numerous faculty development seminars on infusing sustainability, gender issues, and public engagement into courses. She has also worked on a wide range of projects involving faculty, students, and community-based partners to develop publicly engaged research, social action, and community-based learning projects.
Meagher is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Public Philosophy Network, and was a member of the inaugural committee of the APA’s Committee on Public Philosophy. Meagher was the founder of the Department of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies, which houses two interdisciplinary programs and has more than 30 affiliated faculty members. Meagher co-facilitates the University of Scranton’s sustainability workshop, working with faculty across all disciplines to integrate sustainability issues and scholarship into their courses. Based on the success of the annual sustainability workshops, Meagher was just appointed by the University of Scranton’s provost to direct a series of similar workshops focused on social justice and civic engagement. As Chair of the Department of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies, Meagher has extensive experience in working with faculty on curriculum development, guiding the development of two successful new majors, one in Latin American Studies and one in Women’s Studies. Meagher also has served as an external reviewer for two philosophy programs and one women’s studies program.
In her previous position as Director of Education in the Office for Social Responsibility at the Union Institute and University, Meagher facilitated collaborative research and social action projects that integrated grants-funded research center staff, university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and community-based partners. She also was the founding president of Mulberry Central Neighborhood Development Corporation in Scranton. She is the author of several articles and the editor of two books related to public philosophy: Philosophy and the City: Classic to Contemporary Writings and Women and Children First: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Public Policy, both published by State University of New York Press.
As co-founder of the Public Philosophy Network, Meagher facilitated a one day retreat with 40 philosophers interested in public philosophy, working out tentative definitions of public philosophy, identifying practical concerns and issues that face those who do or want to do public philosophy research or action projects, and identifying next steps for providing support for public philosophers and public philosophy projects. Her report can be found at: http://publicphilosophynetwork.ning.com/page/founding-report. The Public Philosophy Network boasts more than 625 members hailing from all continents. Its purpose is to foster public philosophy projects by supporting philosophers interested in doing collaborative research and social action projects with other philosophers, academics from other disciplines, and community-based policy makers, non-profit administrators, and activists.