Publicly Engaged Research, Social Action, and Community-Based Learning Projects
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I am available as a facilitator of 1-2 day workshops for philosophy faculties (and/or their students) that concentrate on any combination of the following activities (depending on faculty and institutional interests and needs):
Faculty development that furthers faculty-initiated publicly engaged research and social action projects. We will develop a shared conceptual vocabulary on public philosophy; work with faculty to identify potential community-based partner(s) with which they might develop publicly engaged social action or research projects; and identify issues that would warrant exploration given faculty philosophical expertise.
Faculty development that focuses on infusing public philosophy into the curriculum, with preliminary discussion about: a) possible new courses or course changes to highlight and support public philosophy; b) community-based learning projects; c) the possibility of developing an undergraduate concentration or certificate in public philosophy.
Workshops for student and faculty that assist philosophy departments (potentially in conjunction with colleagues in other departments) in developing collaborative research, social action, or community-based learning projects.
Sample agenda for a 1 day faculty retreat that focuses on curriculum development that supports public
1) A few short readings would be provided that can be done in advance of the meeting to provide faculty with some common vocabulary and help faculty start generating ideas.
2) Day of retreat:
9-10: What is public philosophy? General discussion, linked to prior readings.
10:15-12:30: Developing Publicly Engaged Philosophy Research and/or Social Action Projects: identifying issues, finding community-based partners, searching for funding, working collaboratively
LUNCH discussion 12:30-1:30: Continued discussion of faculty research and social action project interests, exploring synergies and identifying possibilities for collaborative projects
1:30-3: Integrating Publicly Engaged Philosophy into the Curriculum. Topics to cover include: a) Place-based and problem-based philosophy courses and pedagogies; b) the relationship between “traditional” philosophy courses and a curriculum that supports public philosophy; c) Community-based learning—identifying community-based partners; developing ethical partnerships with community-based partners; developing sound learning goals linked to community needs; d) Pedagogical strategies for infusing public philosophy into existing courses; e) New course development, integrating public philosophy into existing courses, or developing course sequences or clusters on public philosophy.
3:15-4:30 Wrap-up. Discuss the possibility of one to two social action projects that the philosophy department could take on as a way of both providing a community-based learning setting for some course(s) and/or a collaborative research/action project that would involve multiple philosophy department faculty members. Identify next steps.
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