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Call for Courses 2020

Exciting Opportunity for Innovative Philosophy Teachers

Do you want to try a new pedagogical technique in your philosophy classes? Do you have an idea for a new approach to some well-worn texts, or for new texts? Do you relish the opportunity to experiment with strong, intrinsically motivated students? The 2020 Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy (HCSPiP) may be for you!

The HCSPiP seeks proposals from creative philosophy instructors for teaching two-week undergraduate seminars, June 28–July 11, 2020. Classes should be aimed at undergraduates, and be innovative, active, engaging, and inclusive for all participants. We are open to proposals for teaching any kind of philosophical content and welcome proposals that emphasize skills over content as well as ones that focus on rigorous philosophical content. We foster an atmosphere of cooperation and support, passion for philosophy, in a diverse community, without unhealthy competition. Proposals will be evaluated by our estimation of their likelihood of generating an exciting, pedagogically innovative, challenging, student-centered experience for all participants.

We will run three classes with twenty highly motivated and philosophically inclined students, mainly rising sophomores and juniors, drawn half from Hamilton College and half from other schools. All students will take the three classes concurrently. No college credit will be awarded. In addition to faculty and students, current graduate students to serve as tutors supporting faculty, students, and the program more generally. The HCSPiP will culminate, for faculty, with a presentation of your work in a one day interdisciplinary pedagogy conference on Monday, July 13, 2020.

Housing, meals, and up to $500 of reimbursement for travel will be provided to all participants, along with a $4000 stipend for teachers. Students and tutors also receive stipends and travel funding.

To propose a course, send a single pdf containing:

  • A name and outline of the two-week course;
  • A description of how the classes will be taught, your approach to the in-class pedagogy;
  • A discussion of the pedagogical innovation of your proposed class;
  • How you might use a tutor to prepare for classes, during classes, or to support students outside of class (suggestions for particular tutors are welcome);
  • Any technology or special equipment you might want to use in the course;
  • The names of one or two external speakers that could support your course goals (optional);
  • A budget for any ancillary items from which your course might benefit.

In addition, please send any relevant evidence of teaching experience and excellence.

Send materials to the HCSPiP director, Russell Marcus, rmarcus1@hamilton.edu, by November 11, 2019. We expect to notify applicants by the beginning of December, so we can proceed to invite applications from students. For more information, contact Russell at the same address.  Samples of successful proposals from the past are available on request.

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