New Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching

The American Philosophical Association (APA), the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), and the Teaching Philosophy Association (TPA) are pleased to announce the establishment of the Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching.

The prize has been established thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor who provided a $10,000 contribution to found the prize. AAPT and TPA each contributed an additional $5,000 to the prize endowment, and other individual donors together donated more than $10,000 to support the prize.

This annual prize recognizes a philosophy teacher who has had an outstanding impact on the student learning of philosophy in undergraduate and/or pre-college settings. The winner will receive a $1,000 monetary prize and a plaque.

The primary characteristic the selection committee will consider is the degree to which a nominee has had a positive impact on the learning of undergraduate and/or pre-college philosophy students, as revealed through three areas of evidence:

  1. Excellence in undergraduate and/or pre-college philosophy teaching, established, in part, by the nominee’s attention to student learning (50 percent)
  2. Creative and effective use of high-quality pedagogies (25 percent)
  3. Broader impact on the quality of philosophy education through service and/or research (25 percent)

The nomination and selection process will be overseen by a selection committee consisting of at least three members of the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and one volunteer member of the APA Committee on Lectures, Publications, and Research who has an interest in teaching, and members of the AAPT and the TPA.

The inaugural call for nominations will be announced in the spring of 2017. Donations in support of the Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching may be made through the APA website.

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