Virtue Epistemology Expert Leads Virtuous Educator Speaker Series

Jason Baehr, professor of philosophy, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, Calif., kicks off the virtual Virtuous Educator Speaker Series on December 3 from from 3 to 4 p.m. with the topic “Integrating Intellectual Virtues into Academic Teaching and Learning.” 

Jason Baehr Virtuous Educator Speaker SeriesBaehr is the first of seven nationally and internationally recognized experts in the area of moral and intellectual virtue who will share their knowledge and expertise in a series of presentations through the 2020-21 academic year, sponsored by the Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies (EPFLS) in the University of Northern Iowa College of Education. 

Baehr specializes in theoretical and applied virtue epistemology. He is author of The Inquiring Mind and editor of Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology. From 2012-2015, he directed the Intellectual Virtues and Education Project at LMU, which was funded by a grant of over $1 million from the John Templeton Foundation, and involved founding the Intellectual Virtues Academy, a public charter middle school in Long Beach. He recently completed a book on teaching intellectual virtues, with publication expected in 2021. 

The Virtuous Educator Speaker Series is open to all UNI faculty and others interested, particularly those in educator preparation or with interests in areas such as philosophy, psychology and other social sciences. Register for this virtual event here. 

The series is an extension of work coordinated by five EPFLS faculty who received a grant from the Kern Family Foundation earlier this year, which is also helping support the series.  The faculty are Benjamin Forsyth, Suzanne Freedman, Anthony Gabriele, Elana Joram and Ron Rinehart. As a team, they are studying the cultivation of moral and intellectual virtue in two core courses in teacher education and expect to make recommendations for curricular change as a result of their review.