The Virtuous Educator Speaker Series

Guest speakers address moral and intellectual virtue

Nationally and internationally recognized experts in the area of moral and intellectual virtue 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. 

Helping support the series is a grant awarded by the Kern Family Foundation to five EPFLS faculty members. 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.  

Eight public sessions are planned, beginning December 3 with a visit by philosopher Jason Baehr. All presentations are currently planned as virtual events. 

Who should attend: The Virtuous Educator Speaker Series is open to all UNI faculty, particularly in educator preparation and those interested in areas such as philosophy, psychology and other social sciences..

Planning committee: The five faculty receiving the Kern grant have coordinated these sessions: Benjamin Forsyth, Suzanne Freedman, Anthony Gabriele, Elana Joram and Ron Rinehart. 

Upcoming Speaker

Daniel Lapsley: “The Psychology of Virtues and Varieties of Character Education”

Daniel Lapsley Virtuous Educator Speaker SeriesDaniel Lapsley, ACE Collegiate Professor and former chair, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, is the second of the seven-speaker Virtuous Educator Speaker Series at the University of Northern Iowa.  He will speak from 1 to 2 p.m. on January 29 on "The Psychology of Virtues and Varieties of Character Education. " REGISTER HERE for this virtual event. 

Lapsley’s research focuses on various topics in adolescent social cognitive and personality development, including work on adolescent invulnerability and risk behavior, narcissism, separation-individuation, self, ego and identity development and college adjustment. He also studies the moral dimensions of personality and other topics in moral psychology and has written on moral identity and moral and character education.

Professor Lapsley is the author or editor of seven books, including Personality, Identity and Character: Explorations in moral psychology (co-edited with D. Narvaez; 2009); Character psychology and character education (co-edited with F. C. Power; 2005); Moral development, self and identity (co-edited with D. Narvaez; 2004); and Moral psychology (1996; translated into Korean and Mandarin Chinese). He has published more than 120 articles and chapters on various topics on adolescent development and educational psychology and currently serves on the editorial boards of the periodicals Applied Developmental Science, Educational Psychologist and the Journal of Early Adolescence. Lapsley is also a Fellow of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and he serves as the Senior Academic Advisor for the Alliance for Catholic Education.

Remaining Speaker Schedule 

February 18, 6 p.m.: Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame, “Child Well-being and the Evolved Nest: Fostering Optimization While Avoiding Adversity”

February 19, 1-2 p.m.:  Darcia Narvaez, “Meeting Basic Needs and Getting Kids on Track to Fulfill Their Potential”

March 5, 1-2 p.m.: Barbara Hofer, Middlebury College, “Epistemic Cognition and Teacher Education: Beliefs about Knowledge and Knowing and Why they Matter.” 

March 26, 1-2 p.m.: Richard Osguthorpe, Brigham Young University, “Dispositions of the moral educator: Destabilizing social reproduction through transformative teaching.”

April 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Karen Bohlin, Boston University, “Educating for Character: Why Practical Wisdom Matters.

April 29, 6 to 7 p.m.: Heather Battaly, University of Connecticut, “Intellectual Virtues and Vices in the Classroom.” 

Previous speakers:

Jason Baehr, Loyola Marymount University, "Integrating Intellectual Virtues into Academic Teaching and Learning"