Graduate Institute

Center for Ethics and Education Graduate Institute

The Center for Ethics and Education will run our second graduate institute in philosophy of education in 2018-19. The program will begin with a two-week summer session in 2018 (location and dates to follow), and continue through two more meetings during the 2018-19 academic year. Please watch for announcements about when applications are due. We will follow a similar timeline for the 2016-17 program.

Applicants for the program should be graduate students from schools of education or philosophy departments who are interested in pursuing normative questions of policy and practice in education. A total of fifteen applicants will be selected to participate.

Bios of the 2016-17 Graduate Fellows

Description of the 2016-17 Program

The aim of the institute is to support the cultivation of new scholars with the knowledge and skills for future philosophical engagement with education. To that end, the Institute will be structured in three major components: 1) a ten day intensive summer course which will take place in Chicago; 2) the subsequent development of a paper based on the participant’s particular interests in the course material; and 3) two workshops in early 2017 to develop and (potentially) present these papers at national conferences.

The summer course will be taught by the directors of the Center for Ethics and Education: Harry Brighouse, Tony Laden, and Paula McAvoy.  The summer program will also include multi-day sessions with invited scholars Michele Moses (University of Colorado-Boulder) and Daniel Weinstock (McGill University). The course will focus on two themes: 1) justice and higher education and 2) the democratic aims of education. Participants will be asked to examine a variety of philosophic work on these themes and to consider relevant social science research that helps us understand and identify questions of philosophic interest. At the end of the course, students will be expected to develop an abstract for a future paper that will be submitted to the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual conference.

In the winter and spring of 2017, participants will regroup to discuss drafts of their papers during a workshop to be held just prior to the American Philosophical Association’s Central Division conference (March 1-March 4 in Kansas City). A second workshop to review final drafts will be held just prior to AERA’s Annual Meeting (April 27 –May 1 in San Antonio).

Participants’ expenses will be covered for all meetings, including: travel, accommodations, lunches, and select dinner events during the summer course, the APA Conference and workshop, and the AERA conference and workshop. In addition the CEE will provide all necessary summer course materials and cover registration fees for the APA and AERA conferences.


The deadline to submit applications is March 25, 2016, 4:00 p.m. CT
All applicants will be notified by email by the end of April.

Application Process and Materials

Submission requirements:

  • A 1-2 page statement explaining your interest in the Institute and in pursuing philosophical work on education
  • A writing sample of 10-15 pages, in the citation format of your choice
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcript

For any additional information or inquiries please contact Paula McAvoy at

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