Graduate Institute

Center for Ethics and Education Graduate Institute

Madison, WI

The summer program will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, June 18-29

The Center for Ethics and Education is pleased to announce the creation of a graduate institute in philosophy of education that will take place during the summer of 2018 (June 18-29) and continue through two more meetings during the 2018-2019 academic year. 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.

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 Madison, Wisconsin; 2) the subsequent development of a paper based on the participant’s particular interests in the course material; and 3) two workshops in early 2018 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, including Lauren Gatti (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Jennifer Jennings (Princeton University). The course will focus on two themes: 1) values and evidence in educational policy-making and 2) ethics and teaching. 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 2019, 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 (February 20-February 23 in Denver). A second workshop to review final drafts will be held just prior to AERA’s Annual Meeting (April 5-April 9 in Toronto).

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.

Bios of the 2018-19 Graduate Fellows
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The deadline to submit applications is March 30, 2018.
All applicants will be notified by email by the end of April.

Application Processs 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 Abby Beneke at

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