Spencer Foundation Philosophy of Education Institute
As a part of the Spencer Foundation’s “Initiative on Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice,” we are pleased to announce the creation of a graduate institute in philosophy of education that will take place during the summer of 2013 (July 8-19) and continue through two more meetings during the 2013-2014 academic year. Applicants for the “Spencer Foundation Philosophy of Education Institute” should be graduate students in education, philosophy, or political theory 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 this new project is to support the cultivation of young 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 at Loyola University’s Water Tower campus in downtown 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 2014 to develop and (potentially) present these papers.
The summer course will be taught by Harry Brighouse (University of Wisconsin—Madison), Jennifer Morton (City College of New York), and Bryan Warnick (Ohio State University), and will focus on issues of justice in education that are both philosophically rich and attentive to the reality of current educational injustices. During the course, participants will be introduced to a variety of disciplinary approaches that support philosophical work on education, and 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.
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 annual conference (February 26 – March 1, 2014 in Chicago). A second workshop to review final drafts will be held just prior to AERA’s Annual Meeting (April 3 – 7, 2014 in Philadelphia). These two workshops will be an opportunity for participants to experience a major conference in both philosophy and education, and for those who are accepted to present at AERA, a chance to present their work.
Participants’ expenses will be covered for all meetings, including travel, accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and select dinner events during the summer course, the APA Conference and workshop, and the AERA conference and workshop. In addition Spencer will provide all necessary summer course materials and cover registration fees for the APA and AERA conferences. For further details on each of the items below, click on the item:
The deadline to submit applications is 4:00pm CST, March 22, 2013. All applicants will be notified by email by the end of April.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND MATERIALS (APPLICATION CLOSED)
Proposals must be submitted electronically using the Spencer Foundation's online system. Below you will find links to the detailed guidelines and the online application. We recommend that you print out the detailed guidelines for your reference as you complete the online application.
- A 1-2 page statement explaining your interest in the Institute and in pursuing philosophical work on education
- A writing sample of 10-20 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 email@example.com.
4:00 pm: Opening Lecture, Reception, and Dinner
July 9 – 12
Summer Course sessions (exact timing tbd)
July 15 – 18
Summer Course sessions
Closing dinner July 18
Air Travel: Participants will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Chicago (for the summer course and APA), and to Philadelphia (for AERA). The Spencer Foundation will reimburse airfare value not to exceed the amount of an economy non-refundable ticket (plus luggage fees) or a reserved, coach-class train ticket. For airfares in excess of $500, or for multi-leg or other unusual flight arrangements, please contact the Foundation in advance to discuss the maximum reimbursement allowed.
Chicago ground transportation: Cabs are readily available at O’Hare and Midway airports. Participants should allow one hour of travel time to/from the airport. Cab fares average $45 to/from O’Hare and $35 to/from Midway.
Chicago public transportation is available as follows:
- From O’Hare: RTA Blue Line to Clark/Lake stop in the Loop. Cab to 26 E. Pearson
- From Midway: RTA Orange Line to State/Lake stop in the Loop. Cab to 26 E. Pearson.
[Ground transportation information for Philadelphia will be available at a later date.]
The Foundation will reimburse for ground transportation with submission of original receipts. Car travel mileage will be reimbursed at the IRS allowable rate (currently 55.5 cents per mile, which includes compensation for gas) plus parking and any tolls incurred. If you plan to drive more than 250 miles each way to attend, please contact the Foundation in advance to discuss your plans.
During the 2013 summer course, participants will be housed in Baumhart Hall, located on Loyola University’s Water Tower campus in downtown Chicago. Baumhart Hall is a high-rise apartment style residence hall, and two students will share an apartment. Each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen, living room with flat screen television, and two bedrooms, each with its own private bath. Each bedroom has a queen-size bed, desk, dresser, and flat screen television. Wireless internet access is provided throughout the apartment.
Baumhart Hall has laundry facilities and a fitness center, and the building is staffed 24-hours/day by a front desk security officer.
Information about accommodations for the February 2014 workshop/APA Conference and the April 2014 workshop/AERA Annual Meeting will be available at a later date.
Travel and Ground Transportation: Spencer will reimburse expenses per the “Travel” section above.
Accommodations - 2013 summer course (Chicago): The cost of accommodations in Baumhart Hall will be billed directly to Spencer. Costs will be covered for a stay of 11 nights (arrival Monday, July 8; departure Friday, July 19). If you wish to stay additional nights, these would be at your own expense at the rate of $142 plus tax per night (based on availability).
Accommodations – 2014 workshop/APA Conference (Chicago): Spencer will cover three nights’ accommodations. Additional nights will be at your own expense. Details to be determined at a later date.
Accommodations – 2014 workshop/AERA Conference (Philadelphia): Spencer will cover three nights’ accommodations. Additional nights will be at your own expense. Details to be determined at a later date.
Summer Course 2013
- Breakfast and lunch provided on weekdays
- Opening and closing dinners provided on July 8 and 18
- Other dinners may be provided, schedule to be determined
APA Annual Conference (February 2013) and AERA Annual Conference (April 2014)
- Meals during the workshops will be provided
- Reasonable costs for meals during your attendance at APA and AERA, and meals en route to and from the meetings are eligible for reimbursement, up to a maximum of $75 per day.
- APA Annual Conference: Participants will be reimbursed for advanced registration (student fee - $25).
- AERA: Participants will be reimbursed for one of the following two options, at the rates in effect in 2014:
- AERA Student Membership fee (currently $40) PLUS AERA Student Member Annual Meeting Registration (currently $80) OR
- AERA Student Non-member Annual Meeting Registration (currently $150)
We intend to provide all course materials in advance or on-site. Should it become necessary for students to purchase any of their own materials, the cost will be reimbursed upon submission of original receipts.