Stephen Bloch-Schulman

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion-Religion/Phil. 110
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
sschulman@elon.edu (336) 278-5697

Brief Biography

I joined the department in 2006 after teaching at Ball State University in Muncie, IN for the 2004-2006 academic years.

Education

Ph.D. (Philosophy) 2004, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
M.A. (Philosophy), 1998, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
B.A.(Philosophy), 1991 Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Courses Taught

Ethical Practice; Ancient Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Reclaiming Democracy: Dialogue, Decision-Making and Community Action; Making Waves: Philosophy Against Racism

Leadership Positions

Coordinator and Research Scholar of the inaugural Elon Research Seminar on Engaged Undergraduate Teaching, focused on teaching democratic thinking.

Publications

Recent Examples:

• “Argumentation Step-By-Step: Learning Critical Thinking through Deliberate Practice,” with Ann Cahill, Teaching Philosophy, vol. 35 (1), 2012. [This was awarded the Lennsen prize, an award given by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers for the best paper in philosophy pedagogy over a two year span.]

• “The Socratic Method: Teaching and Writing About Philosophy’s Signature Pedagogy,” in Exploring More Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind, edited by Nancy L. Chick, Aeron Haynie, & Regan A.R. Gurung (Sterling, Va.: Stylus Press, 2011), in press.

• “When the ‘Best Hope’ is not so Hopeful, What Then? Democratic Thinking, Democratic Pedagogies and Higher Education,” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 24, no. 4, 2010. [This article was honorably mentioned for the 2012 Lennsen prize, an award given by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers for the best philosophy pedagogy paper over a two year span.]

• “Who’s Afraid of Politics? On the Need to Teach Political Engagement,” with Spoma Jovanovic, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, vol. 14, no. 1, 2010.

• “The Foundations of Student-Faculty Partnerships in SoTL: Theoretical and Developmental Considerations,” with Christopher Manor,  Kelly Flannery and Peter Felten, in Engaging Student Voices in the Study of Teaching and Learning, edited by Carmen Werder and Megan Otos (Sterling, Va.: Stylus Press, 2010).

Presentations

Recent Examples:

• “Exploring Radical Research,” with Maggie Castor (Elon, ’12, chair) and Jessie Moore, a roundtable discussion, at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, October, 2011, Milwaukee, WI.

• “A Chorus of Student Voices in SoTL: Researching with (not preaching to) the Choir,” preconference workshop, with Peter Felten, Maggie Castor (Elon ’12), Scott Simkins, Karen Hornsby, Carmen Werder, Tyler Baxter (Western Washington, ’13),  Kara Yanagida (Western Washington, ’12), Catherine Bovill, Alison Cook-Sather, at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, October, 2011, Milwaukee, WI.

• “Where is Feminism in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning?” with Donna Engelmann, Juli Eflin and David Concepcion, at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, October, 2011, Milwaukee, WI.

• “Critical Thinking through Deliberative Practice,” with Ann Cahill and Maggie Castor (Elon, ’12), at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, February, 2011, Greensboro, NC.

• “Philosophy and Its Role in Teaching, Learning, and SoTL Research,” with Galen Foresman, at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, February, 2011, Greensboro, NC.

• “Teaching Democratic Thinking,” with Maggie Castor (Elon, ’12), Edward Whitfield, Elizabeth Minnich, Rita  Pougiales, and Galen Foresman, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, January, 2011, San Francisco, CA.

• “Disciplinary Variations on a Theme: A Conversation about Methods, Theories, and Findings” with Dan Bernstein, Sherry Linkon and Sarah Bunnell, at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Oct. 2010, Liverpool, England.

• “Towards a More Democratic Classroom Epistemology: Students as Listeners/Learners with Sarah Bunnell and      Maggie Castor (Elon, ’12), at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Oct. 2010, Liverpool, England.

Professional Activities

I am currently the coordinator of the Hannah Arendt Circle (http://www.thearendtcircle.com) for which I have also been program chair twice. I was the Speakers and Awards chair for the American Association of Philosophy Teachers from 2006-2010.