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Public Philosophy Network: Evaluating Public Philosophy at Academic Scholarship

February 8 - February 10

This workshop addresses basic questions important for public philosophy: How will that work be received by academic peers, and what can one do to increase the chances that it will evaluated fairly? The session will begin with presentations from three key perspectives.

Christopher P. Long, Dean of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University will identify factors in the current administrative environment of higher education that would tend to make deans and other upper level administrators look favorably on public philosophy, as well as identifying challenges that administrators face in trying to advance the careers of faculty who want to do it. Long will offer suggestions about how scholars should construct tenure and promotion portfolios that will survive review at the college level and beyond.

Matthew W. McKeon will speak from the perspective of a department head more directly involved in recruitment, retention and annual evaluation. He will discuss how scholarship in public philosophy can most usefully be described for the purposes of faculty evaluations along with key factors to be aware of in establishing the terms of an individual faculty member’s appointment.

Speaking as a senior scholar who has worked in public philosophy, Paul B. Thompson will offer pointers on how to structure a research stream that combines public outreach and impact with more traditional forms of scholarly productivity. He will also discuss the senior scholar’s role in advancing the careers of your scholars. All there will address the challenges of creating an intellectual climate that is receptive to public philosophy.

Following the presentations, the workshop will self organize using the Open Space Technology  in which everyone in the room is invited to suggest topics for discussion, followed by breakouts into smaller groups for continued discussion.


February 8
February 10
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