University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children
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Three new Philosophy for Children Fellowships for graduate students have been established at the University of Washington. These fellowships are open to graduate students in the Department of Philosophy or the College of Education.

Fellows will be involved in the Center's "Philosophers in the Schools" program, which sends UW graduate and undergraduate students into Seattle public schools to conduct philosophy sessions in K-12 classrooms. For 2014-15, each Philosophy for Children fellowship will be $3,000.

Fellow Responsibilities

1. Enrollment in the Center's "Philosophy in the Schools" June workshop (which will be held this year on June 26-27, 2014). If the fellow is unable to attend the workshop, alternatively he or she may enroll in the fall quarter Philosophy for Children class, PHIL 595.
2. Involvement in teaching philosophy in Seattle schools and mentoring undergraduate students involved in the "Philosophers in the Schools" program.
3. Involvement in the High School Ethics Bowl, including helping to organize the event and attendance and involvement at the competition.

Total time commitment is expected to be an average of 5 hours per week for the three quarters of academic year 2014-15. The fall quarter will generally require more time than the winter and spring quarters, especially in the beginning of the school year.

Application Process

The fellowship application process consists of the following:
1. Please submit a one-page statement describing your interest in being involved in the "Philosophers in the Schools" program. Please include complete and current contact information. Experience in philosophy, K-12 teaching or philosophy for children is not required for this fellowship.
2. Each applicant should attach to his or her statement one letter of support from a faculty member in the applicant's department who can speak to the student's suitability for this fellowship.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to by May 15.

2015-16 Fellows

BridgetBridget DuRuz is a PhD student in the Education Department at the University of Washington where she is a coach for Teacher Candidates. She has degrees in Philosophy and Curriculum Design, and comes from a teaching career in gifted education, and as a specialist in both math and music. Her research interests center around creativity and equity, and bridging the role of Philosophy for Children and methods in Teacher Training. She is also involved with the UW Center for Philosophy in Schools and leads P4C sessions for Kindergarten and 4th grade. She attributes being a third generation native Seattleite - exposed to the openness of the Pacific Northwest - to her appreciation of creativity and ingenuity and to her curious nature of all things connected.

Joseph Len Miller Joseph Len Miller is a graduate student in the philosophy department at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research focuses on ethics and moral psychology - specifically, questions involving moral development and moral judgment. Currently a teaching assistant in the philosophy department, he is also the Ethics Instructor for the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars. In addition to his academic interests, he also has an interest in making philosophy accessible to those outside of the university setting and has worked with a wide-range of children and teens outside of academia.

Dustin SchmidtDustin Schmidt is a PhD student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. His primary interests are in Environmental Ethics. Dustin is developing a dissertation that critiques geoengineering as a morally defensible intervention to address climate change, arguing that geoengineering reflects a problematic understanding of the relationship between human beings and the non-human natural world. Dustin has taught Contemporary Moral Problems at the UW, as well as many courses such as Environmental Ethics, Medical Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, and Logic as a Teaching Assistant. This is his second time being involved with The Center for Philosophy for Children, having worked with students at Chief Sealth High School in 2013.

Debi TalukdarDebi Talukdar is working towards her Ph.D. at the College of Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research focuses on the role of philosophical inquiry as a tool for reflection in teacher education. She also teaches an introductory course in early childhood and family studies. Debi has previously worked with children and teachers at schools in India, and with the foster care/residential care system in the UK. When she is not working, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and cooking. This is her second year participating in the Center's Philosophers in the Schools Program and is excited to continue this work!

Questions about the fellowships? Contact Center director Jana Mohr Lone at