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 shared 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.  

The Virtuous Educator Speaker Series, a virtual series of presentations, was open to all UNI faculty, particularly in educator preparation and those interested in areas such as philosophy, psychology and other social sciences. The five faculty receiving the Kern grant have coordinated these sessions: Benjamin Forsyth, Suzanne Freedman, Anthony Gabriele, Elana Joram and Ron Rinehart. 

Speakers  and Presentations

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

Daniel Lapsley, University of Notre Dame, "The Psychology of Virtues and Varieties of Character Education"

Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame, "Child Well-Being and the Evolved Nest: Fostering Optimization While Avoiding Adversity" and "Meeting Basic Needs and Getting Kids on Track to Fulfill Their Potential" 

Barbara Hofer, Middlebury College, "Epistemic Cognition and Teacher Education: Beliefs About Knowledge and Knowing and Why They Matter.

Richard Osguthorpe, Brigham Young University, "Dispositions of the Moral Educator: Destabilizing Social Reproduction through Transformative Teaching." 

Karen Bohlin, Montrose School, "Educating for Character: Why Practical Wisdom Matters." 

Heather Battaly, University of Connecticut, "Intellectual Virtues and Vices in the Classroom."