CFP: Teaching While Contingent Faculty: 2025 Eastern AAPT-APA Teaching Hub

Submission deadline: August 1, 2024

Conference date(s):
January 8, 2025 - January 11, 2025

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Conference Venue:

American Association of Philosophy Teachers and the American Philosophical Association
New York, United States

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Teaching While Contingent Faculty

The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) and the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) seek presenters for a session on “Teaching While Contingent Faculty” at the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub at the 2025 APA Eastern Division meeting, January 8–11, 2025, in New York, New York. The AAPT-APA Teaching Hub is a collaborative meeting space hosting a series of interactive workshops and conversations designed specifically for philosophers and created to celebrate teaching within the context of the APA divisional meetings. The Teaching Hub aims to offer a range of high-quality and inclusive development opportunities that address the teaching of philosophy at all levels.

SESSION GOALS: This session aims to discuss the challenge of teaching as contingent faculty, either as an adjunct or a full-time contract worker. Contingent faculty often face heavy teaching loads, minimal job security, and scarce benefits. As such, we welcome strategies to address the particular issues that contingent faculty members face both individually and as teachers.

We welcome proposals on any topic related to this theme, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Strategies for teaching large class sizes (or many sections of the same course)
  • Managing heavy grading loads, tactics for streamlining grading without sacrificing fairness or quality
  • Avoiding classroom burnout
  • Juggling positions at multiple institutions
  • Tips for course design in light of job insecurity 
  • Balancing student engagement and course tailoring with the demands of high teaching loads
  • Making time for research (or staying on the job market) while on a teaching-only contract
  • Bringing one’s research into the classroom as a means of student engagement and developing personal research projects

FORMAT: Rather than a traditional paper presentation, Teaching Hub sessions are expected to be highly interactive. Proposals should indicate how audience members will participate in the session. The primary goal for the Teaching Hub is for attendees to walk away with something concrete to deploy in their own classrooms/teaching context.

What does the Teaching Hub mean by “highly interactive”? This includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Presenters focusing less time on arguments for teaching some content or teaching a particular way, and more time on what it would actually look like to teach that content or teach in that way.
  • Presenters thinking of the audience as their students and themselves as the facilitator/teacher. How could you cover the same content in a way that your audience participates in active learning activities during the session time?
  • Presenters offering clear, practical examples of teaching methods, classroom activities, policies, practices, etc.



  • Proposals should be sent to Savannah Pearlman ([email protected]) by August 1, with the subject line “Teaching While Contingent Faculty: AAPT-APA TH 2025.” 
  • In the body of the email, please include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), position (if any), and email contact information.
  • Attached to the email, please include anonymized submission of 500–750 words (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) detailing the following: (1) describe the focus of your session, (2) an overview of how you plan to use your session time, including details on how you will make the session highly interactive, (3) what you hope the audience will take away from your session, and (4) if you have a strong preference for how much time you’d like. Depending on the number of acceptances and other factors, presentations typically range from 25 to 50 minutes. (Feel free not to mention this if you’re happy to tailor your timing to the session overall.)
  • We aim to ensure representation of a range of voices and expect to select presenters by August 21. 

Questions about this session should be directed to Savannah Pearlman at the above email address. For general information about the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub, please visit the Teaching Hub page. For specific information about the Teaching Hub at the 2025 Eastern APA meeting in New York, please contact co-chairs Savannah Pearlman ([email protected]) and Chris Blake-Turner ([email protected]).

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