Job Posting: Social Foundations in Education/Philosophy of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Social Foundations in Education/Philosophy of Education

Assistant/Associate Professor

Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

College of Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 The Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) invites applications for a full-time tenured/tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in Social Foundations in Education with an emphasis in Philosophy of Education. The Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) includes concentrations in Educational Administration and Leadership, Higher Education, Human Resource Development, Global Studies in Education, Learning Design and Leadership, and Social Science and Educational Policy.

 The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

 We seek applicants who can relate philosophical insights to the study of important policy-relevant topics within the field of education, especially in relation to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. We are especially interested in candidates who study ethical issues as well as wider topics in normative social and political philosophy, though we welcome applicants with a broader range of philosophical interests pertinent to educational issues.

 The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in social foundations, philosophy of education, research methods, and educational policy (on campus and online) as well as advise on campus and online graduate students. EPOL and the College of Education encourages collaborations across departmental, college and campus colleagues, particularly where the humanities can feature centrally in educational pursuits.


Applicants should have:

• An earned doctorate in social foundations, philosophy, educational philosophy, or a closely related field.

• A record of excellent scholarship or demonstrated potential for excellent scholarship.

• A record of excellence or demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, including online teaching.

• A record of excellence or demonstrated potential for excellence in mentoring and advising graduate students.

• A demonstrated capacity or potential to obtain external funding for research, alone or in collaboration with others.


This is a regular, full-time, 9 month tenure-track position. Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with tenure will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The starting date for this position is August 16, 2020.


Deadline for applications is November 1, 2019.  Applications must be submitted online at:

 Please create a candidate profile and upload one file that contains a cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal statement of teaching and research philosophies (3000 words maximum), unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the contact information for three references.

 All requested information must be submitted by November 1, 2019 for your application to be considered.

 For more information please contact: Nicholas Burbules, Search Committee Chair (

 The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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Graduate Student Essay Contest: The Center for Ethics and Education at UW-Madison

The Center for Ethics and Education is pleased to announce an essay competition for graduate students. The Center is looking for essays that use philosophical insight and argument to address an important issue in educational policy and/or practice. The problem the essay addresses might arise in early childhood education, compulsory education, or post-secondary education, or in the way children are raised in families. 

The deadline for submission is June 10, 2019 at 5pm

First Prize: $3000

Second Prize: $2000

Third Prize: $1000

All details can be found at their website:

What is it like at NAAPE? A glimpse from the 2018 Kabango Fellows

Wondering what it is like to attend the NAAPE conference? The 2018 Kabango Fellowship winners provide a glimpse into their experiences last year:

Ini Periodi - K-12 Teacher

The Creative School, Bangalore, India

I was quite nervous on the first day of the conference because it was my first solo trip abroad, in addition to it being my maiden trip to the US. It was, of course, overwhelming and intimidating being surrounded by scholars from all across the world with much more experience and credibility in the field. But I remember how warm and welcoming everyone was and how this had put me at ease immediately. I had the space to be myself, go at my own pace and make the most out of this opportunity. 

The conference for me at many levels reiterated the importance of having both micro and macro pictures. Being a teacher, it is often easy to lose sight of the bigger picture or larger questions, because we are in the middle of it all. Each day is filled with its own set of challenges that need to be dealt with some kind of immediacy. So the conference, especially for a teacher, makes it possible, to question the relevance of everything we do (with our students, in classrooms, with colleagues etc) and gain clarity about why we do what we do and test them against these larger philosophical questions about education.  

The conversations and discussions outside the panels and time dedicated to that were invaluable. I had the opportunity to interact with a wonderful variety of people both individually and in groups. It is inspiring to hear what other people are doing, and it is as rewarding and insightful to get a chance to talk about your own work and have people listen to it with interest and respond. 

In many ways, it both opened my heart to new possibilities but also made me feel extremely rooted in what I'm already doing. I'm grateful for that.


Rena Goldstein

University of California, Irvine | Website

Attending a conference on philosophy and education is itself a stimulating experience. At the North American Association for Philosophy & Education (NAAPE), conversations ranged from anarchism and post-Trumpian politics, to character education, epistemology, and the fundamental aims of education. On the peaceful grounds at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL, discussion occurred not just during panels, but also over shared meals and on walks around St. Mary’s Lake. The meditative environment of the seminary added depth to our interactions. I came away with new friends, some who I coordinated with to present on panels at other conferences. I also came away with fruitful intellectual and professional development.

By holding a Graduate & Early-Career Scholar Pre-conference, the conference organizers saw to it that graduate students had professional development opportunities. They invited philosophy and education professors to talk about the job market from the perspective of hiring committees. Tony Laden (UIC Department of Philosophy) gave pointed advice about how to be attractive to philosophy departments; Mark Schroeder-Strong (Educational Foundations, UWisconsin) and Bryan Warnick (Education, The Ohio State University) shared pointers to those pursuing education professorships; and Derek Attig (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) spoke about graduate-career development. On another panel, we heard from editors at the Journal of Philosophy of Education, Journal of Moral Education, on_education,and The Point. They gave advice about getting published and were approachable after the panel to discuss project ideas.

The overall atmosphere was friendly, open, and intellectually stimulating. Because we shared three meals a day together, graduate students could more naturally interact with tenured faculty and journal editors. The conference hosted a fabulous reception with live music each evening, so we had ample ways to continue philosophical conversations from earlier in the day. I sincerely enjoyed both the atmosphere as well as the mix of scholars from both fields.


Natalia Rogach

Columbia University

I had the pleasure of attending the NAAPE Conference and the honor of being a Kabango scholar in Fall 2018. Based on my experience, I would definitely encourage other graduate students in philosophy to come to the conference. First and most important, this was a great opportunity to meet other scholars working in philosophy of education and to discover more about interesting new work in this area. This kind of exploration can lead to generating new ideas and to building lasting relationships with colleagues in this and adjacent fields. The talks at the conference covered a vast array of areas - whatever your specific interest in philosophy of education, you are likely to find something interesting and relevant to your own thinking. In addition, this was a great opportunity to practice sharing ideas and to receive constructive feedback. Finally, there were some sessions specifically designed for early career scholars (on publishing and finding jobs), which graduate students would find particularly helpful. For all these reasons, I highly recommend the NAAPE Conference and I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to be part of this enriching and thought-provoking event.


Call for Papers: Society for Values in Higher Education | Loyola University Chicago | July 2019

The Society for Values in Higher Education has announced their CFP for the July 10-14, 2019 95th Annual Meeting. This years’ topic: “The Conflict of the Faculties: Scarcity and Competition in Higher Education”. See the details in the announcement below.


Check out the updated website!

Hello Everyone!

If you have not yet seen the updates to the NAAPE website, please do check them out. We’ve added photos from the inaugural conference, as well as details pertaining to the 2019 Conference. You can access that information here. And, of course, expect to hear from us and see more content added in good time.

Until then, all the very best,

NAAPE Executive Committee

Final Conference Program Available!

Dear Friends:

We are happy to report that the Inaugural Conference Program is available on the website for view and pdf download. The conference is fast approaching and we hope you are as eager as we are for what will be a lovely time together. We very much look forward to seeing you all there and anticipate a rich, refreshing, and inspiring time.

All good wishes,

The NAAPE Executive Committee

Last Call for PESNA 2018 Conference Registration! (October 10 Deadline)

The North American Association for Philosophy and Education (NAAPE) invites you to register for its upcoming inaugural conference on October 26th to 28th, 2018. PESNA 2018 will be held at the beautiful University of St. Mary of the Lake, just outside of Chicago. Conference fees include full room and board, evening drinks, and access to the University's grounds, including the gymnasium, tennis courts, library, and lakefront promenade. The last day to register with a guarantee of your room choice is October 10, 2018 at 11:59PM CDT (GMT -5). We encourage you to register for the conference soon, since we expect to fill our room capacity at the conference site. Registration pricing includes meals, snacks, hors d'oeuvres, coffee & tea and alcoholic beverages throughout the conference.

Assistant/Associate Professor Job Posting, Marquette University

Marquette University invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant/associate professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education with a specialization in educational leadership and policy. Our department is committed to social justice, high quality research, and the preparation of exemplary leaders in both K-12 and higher education. This is a broad search, with attention to leadership for equity and justice. 

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Final PESNA Conference Program Posted!

We are delighted to announce that the conference program for NAAPE 2018 has now been posted on our website. If you saw the former draft, please note that there have been a few changes to the schedule on Friday and Saturday following our arrangements with the catering service for the conference dinners.

If you have not yet registered, it is not too late! Be sure to do so by October 10, at 11:59 PM (CST)

Notice: History of Education Review (Australia) Reviewing Journal Direction & Accepting Submissions

The new editorial team is reviewing the direction of the journal and widening its remit to include fields cognate to the study of the history of education and to promote greater dialogue across the diverse fields of historical inquiry…particularly encourage submissions from early career scholars

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AERA | Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.

Call for Proposals

Award Period
Each fellowship award is for 1 year, beginning July 1, 2019 or later, and is nonrenewable. This fellowship program is intended as a write-up fellowship. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research conducted under faculty sponsorship in any accredited university in the United States.

Eligible graduate students for the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research will be at the writing stage of their dissertation by the beginning of the fellowship. The dissertation study should focus on an education research topic such as high stakes testing; ethnic studies/curriculum; tracking; STEM development; measurement of achievement and opportunity gaps; English language learners; or bullying and restorative justice. Applicants can come from graduate programs and departments in education research, the humanities, or social or behavioral science disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields, such as economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.

Fellows are required to provide proof of advancement to candidacy at the beginning of the award period. Applicants must work full-time on their dissertations and course requirements and should be in the writing stage of their dissertation. This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders).

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