Associate Professor, Education Department
B.Sc (Honors I) Psychology, University of Newcastle, Australia
M.A. University of Massachusetts, USA, Critical and Creative Thinking
Ph.D. University of Newcastle, Australia, Philosophy for Children
Contact and Office Hours
ED 600: Curriculum Development Strategies for Teaching
ED 603: Human Development: Childhood to Pre-Adolescence
ED 608: The Philosophical Foundations of Education
ED 615: Parent, Family, and Community Involvement: Cooperation and Collaboration
ED 618: Holistic Approaches to Learning: Aesthetic Education and the Curriculum
ED 607: Human Development: Adolescence Through Adulthood
Academic, Teaching, and Professional Interests
I believe teaching is a glorious opportunity to affect positively the future society. To have the opportunity to open minds and enrich hearts with the love for truth, an eye for beauty, a passion for ethics, and compassion is to be honored and simultaneously considered worthy of such an important task. I believe education should be a preparation for life supporting and enriching intellectual, emotional and social development. My academic and professional interests are centered around what I can do to accomplish these ends. I am very interested in early childhood education and parental education at this level believing as I do that the most important lessons in emotional patterning are acquired in the early years. I am also equally concerned with the development of critical and creative thinking skills in the later years of schooling as these reflect the individual’s capacity to deal successfully with the world and to chart his/her own course in life. I have a special interest in philosophical thinking as a tool that can serve these ends and as a tool that can preserve the art of conversation and rich dialogue in a world that is becoming increasingly preoccupied with substandard English, media bites and keyboards over people.
Selected Presentations, Grants, and Publications
“Do You Need to Know Philosophy to Teach Philosophy to Children: A Comparison of Two Approaches”, Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, 33, 2012, 45-53. http://www.viterbo.edu/atpp/
“The Philosophical Community Café as a Model of Best Practice”, Journal of Learning Communities Research, 5(1), April 2010, 93-101.
“Let’s Not Forget Quiet Time”, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, Summer 2006, 19(2), 1-3.
“Thinking in the Community”, co-presented with three freshman students at NYMAPS (New York Metropolitan Area Partnership for Service Learning) First Annual Symposium, “Beyond the Classroom: Co-Educating Students In the Service-Learning Partnership”, The City College of New York, Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, May 5, 2009
“The Philosophical Community Café: Setting the Stage for Responsible Social Change”, paper presented at 14th National Learning Communities Conference on ‘Student Engagement for Social Change’, Marietta, Georgia, November 12-14, 2009.
“Philosophy Goes To Town”, paper presented at9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 4-7, 2011.
Selected Awards, Honors, and Service
- Recipient of Campus Compact Grant 2009
- Excellence in Teaching Award, Wagner College, May 2004.
- Faculty Advisor Recognition Award, Wagner College, April 2000.
- Faculty Advisor to the Philosophy Cafe, SGA student club
- “Education for the 21st Century”, Six part television series, Princeton Community Television, Princeton, NJ. Fall 2007. Written, Edited & Produced by Ann Gazzard. Continues to be aired through 2012.
- “Planet Café”, Ongoing series of philosophical discussions for Princeton Community Television, Edited and Produced by Ann Gazzard, September 2008 – November 2011.
- Discussion Leader, “Planet Café”, a monthly philosophical café in Princeton, NJ, March 2008 – November 2011.