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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.

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Sarah Stitzlein
University of Cincinnati

Sarah Stitzlein is Professor of Education and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership from Miami University and earned her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from the University of Illinois. As a political philosopher of education, Professor Stitzlein employs Deweyan pragmatism and political theory to analyze and critique issues of justice and equality in schools.  She offers normative arguments for improved education for democracy that supports the agency of students and teachers while also rallying citizens to fulfill their responsibilities to public schools as central institutions of democracy.  Her work has appeared in leading journals, including Educational Theory, Teachers College Record, and Review of Educational Research.  Her most recent books include American Public Education and the Responsibilities of its Citizens: Supporting Democracy in an Age of Accountability (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Teaching for Dissent: Citizenship Education and Political Activism (Routledge, 2014).  Her research has been supported by the Spencer Foundation, Templeton Foundation, American Association of University Women, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Center for Ethics and Education. Her research interests carry over into her service, as she directs the Center for Hope and Justice Education and edits the journal Democracy & Education.

Leonard J. WaksPast President
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.

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 Policy Analysis Archives, Educational Studies, 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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