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Merritt Award for Philosophy of Education

Since 1993, James Merritt, philosopher of education and professor in the college of education and Helen Merritt, artist and professor of art history in the college of visual and performing arts have sponsored a series of presentations and colloquia featuring premier scholars whose works have deeply influenced educational thought and practice at local, national and international levels. As the first professor of philosophy of education at NIU, it has been Dr. Merritt's conviction that philosophy has a strong, positive role to play in teacher education. His enduring hope is that this series will continue to bring philosophical thought to a wider audience in order to enhance both our educational commitments and our participation as democratic citizens.

Recipient List

2017

Dr. Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr., University of Miami
”An Educational Cabinet of Curiosities: 40 Years of Research in the Philosophy, History and Sociology of Education”

2016

Dr. Angela Hurley, Transylvania University
”The Importance of All We Do Not See”

2015

Dr. Daniel Liston, University of Colorado Boulder
”Emotions in Teaching”

2014
Dr. Cris Mayo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Learning New Connections: Philosophy of Education, Relationality, and Educational Technology”
2013
Dr. Thomas Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College and University of Massachusetts
"Does Teaching Children Philosophy Educate Them?: Anti-Platonic Reflections on Doing Philosophy with Young People"
2012
Dr. Barbara Thayer-Bacon, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
"Maria Montessori: Educator for Peace"
2011
Dr. Harry Brighouse, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"How Should We Judge School Reforms?: The Place of Values in Evaluation."
2010
Dr. Deron R. Boyles, Georgia State University
"Considering Philosophy For Education: A Curmudgeonly Challenge to Commercialism, Reductionism, and the Quest for Certainty"
2009
Dr. Barbara S. Stengel, Millersville University
"Beyond the Comfort Zone, or Sallying Forth with Don Quixote: Facing Fear with a Philosopher of Education"
2008
Dr. Lewis Gordon, Temple University
"A Pedagogical Imperative of Pedagogical Imperatives"
2007
Dr. Wilma Miranda, Northern Illinois University
"Classrooms as Dangerous Educational Outposts? Arendt and Dewey on the Crisis in Teacher Authority"
2006
Dr. David Hansen, Teacher's College
"John Dewey and the Education of Public Interest"
2005
Dr. James Garrison, Virginia Tech University
"Compassionate, Spiritual, and Creative Listening in Teaching and Learning"
2004-05
Dr. Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago
"Liberal Education and Global Responsibility"
2003-04
Dr. Nicholas C. Burbules, University of Illinois<br "Philosophy of Education as a Form of Inquiry"
2003
Dr. Deborah Britzman, York University
"After-Education"
2002
Dr. James Palermo, Buffalo State University<br "Post Structuralist Readings of the Pedagogical Encounter"
1999
Dr. Clint Collins, University of Kentucky
"A Philosopher's Concern: Regarding the Young as Equals"
1998
Dr. Richard Brosio, Ball State University
"In the Spirit of Our Public Intellectuals: Problems and Possibilities for School and Society"
1996
Dr. Betty Sichel
"Moral Stories and Moral Education"
1998
David S. Ballantine, Jr., Chemistry
Linda M. Johnson, Accountancy
Jay A. Stravers, Geology
1994
Dr. Richard Angelo, University of Kentucky
"Scenes of Instruction In School and Out: Notes on Educational Worldmaking"
1996
Elizabeth Kay, Allied Health
Sean Shesgreen, English
Gordon Hilton, Political Science
1993
Dr. Hugh Sockett, George Mason University
"The Moral Base for Teacher Professionalism"

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Philosophy of Education

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Leslie A. Sassone, Ph.D.
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