Officers

Leonard J. WaksPresident
Leonard J. Waks
Temple University, Emeritus

Leonard J. Waks earned doctorate degrees in philosophy (University of Wisconsin, 1968) and Organizational Psychology (Temple University, 1984). He taught philosophy and educational studies at Purdue University, Stanford University and Temple University, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State University, and is now Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership at Temple University. His work explores the intersection of technology and education, and he is the author of two books – Technology’s School (1995) and Education 2.0 (2013) and over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters. Waks was co-founder of the (US) National Technological Literacy Conferences (funded by the National Science Foundation, 1985-91) and co-director of the Summer Institute on Rethinking Technology: Philosophy of Technology since 1960 (funded by the (US) National Endowment for the Humanities, 1995). He has served on the Board of the John Dewey Society, as Associate Editor of the Society’s journal Education and Culture, as chair of its Commission on Social issues, and is the founding editor of its multi-author blog Social Issues. He is serving as conference director for the Society’s forthcoming National Conference on Democratic Education in celebration of the centennial of the publication of Democracy and Education in 2016.

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President-Elect
A.G. Rud
Washington State University

A.G. Rud is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Education at Washington State University, where he also served as dean. Dr. Rud’s research focuses on the cultural foundations of education, with particular emphasis on the moral dimensions of teacher education, P-12 educational leadership, and higher education. He is the editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series on the social and cultural foundations of education, and has edited several books, including Dewey at 150: Reflections for a New Century with former JDS presidents Jim Garrison and Lynda Stone. Rud was editor of Education and Culture, the flagship journal of the Society, from 2004-2010. His latest sole authored book, Albert Schweitzer’s Legacy for Education: Reverence for Life, is now out in paperback. He has published widely in journals such as Teachers College RecordEducation and Culture, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Educational Theory, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Review of Educational Research, and Educational Researcher. Rud was a faculty member and administrator at Purdue University before joining WSU. Early in his career he helped establish a nationally recognized program for teacher development, The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, where he was senior fellow. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MA and PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University.

Kathleen Knight AbowitzImmediate Past President
Kathleen Knight-Abowitz
Miami University of Ohio

Kathleen Knight Abowitz is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is currently serving as chair of the department and has been on faculty there since 1995. She teaches courses in social foundations, moral and political philosophy in education, and community leadership. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, studying with Professor Eric Bredo. Her scholarship uses political and moral philosophy to address questions of community, the public, and democracy as these concepts relate to education and schooling. Her latest book, Publics for Public Schools: Legitimacy, Democracy and Leadership (Boulder: Paradigm Press, 2013), is an interdisciplinary work written for educational leaders. The book employs Deweyan pragmatism and poststructuralist political theory to articulate a path for a renewed conception of, and commitment to, the public dimensions of schooling.  Her articles on citizenship, democracy, charter school policies and community have been published in American Educational Research Journal, The Urban Review, Educational Theory, Educational Policy, Review of Educational Research, Philosophical Studies in Education, Educational Studies, Teachers College Record, and the Journal of Teacher Education.

Secretary/Treasurer
Jessica A. Heybach
Aurora University

Jessica A. Heybach is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Performance at Aurora University.  She is currently serving as chair of the EdD Programs, and teaches courses in curriculum studies, philosophy in education, and qualitative research. Her scholarly interests center on issues of (in)justice and utilize philosophical inquiry to investigate the institution of schooling, as well as how Dewey’s aesthetics help to cultivate the civic identity of both students and teachers. Jessica has published in such journals as the Education and Culture, Critical Questions in Education, and Philosophical Studies in Education.

Eli kramerStudent Liaison
Eli Kramer
Southern Illinois University

Eli Kramer is a doctoral student in philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his B.A. from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies of the University of Redlands with an emphasis in “Wandering Philosophy – an approach to learning.” His work has appeared in journals such as the Philosophy of Education Yearbook, The Journal of School and Society, and he wrote the introduction to a new anthology on Richard Rorty entitled, Rorty and Beyond.  His research interests include the history and philosophy of higher learning, the history and philosophy of alternative higher education, philosophy of culture, process philosophy, and American idealism and pragmatism.


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