@ the APA

Organizers of AILACT Sessions at APA Divisional Meetings

  • APA Eastern
    Ben Hamby [email] 2017-2020
  • APA Central
    Frank Fair [email] 2017-2019
  • APA Pacific
    Peter Tan [email] 2017-2019

Eastern Division  

Call for Papers for the AILACT session at the APA East, in Savannah Georgia, from January 3-6, 2018.

Session topic: “Four decades of Informal Logic and Critical Thinking”

Session agenda: Square number anniversaries (especially those divisible by 10), make for obvious, but important opportunities to reflect on the past, present, and future. Therefore, on the occasion of AILACT’s 40th anniversary, panel discussants will offer reflections of the “where have we come from, where are we now, where are we going” kind.

Instead of full length papers, 4 panel participants will each deliver a brief 10-15 min presentation, followed by a 10-min audience discussion. Any presentation regarding the evolving state of practice of our specialization will be considered.

Abstracts of proposals (200-300 words) should be emailed to bhamby@coastal.edu. by August 31st.


Central Division

AILACT Session at 2017 Central Division Meeting, March 1-4, 2017, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center, Kansas City, MO.
Friday, March 3, 2017, 7:00-10:00 PM

TOPIC: Richard Paul’s Impact on Critical Thinking

CHAIR: David Wright (Sam Houston State University)

  • Donald Hatcher (Baker University): “Richard Paul and the Philosophical Foundations of Critical Thinking”
  • Frank Fair (Sam Houston State University): “Nosich on the Superiority of the Paul/Elder Approach to Critical Thinking”
  • Amanda Hiner (Winthrop University): “Transformational Instruction: How Teaching Paulian Critical Thinking Fosters Authentic, Fair-Minded Student Research”
  • Kevin Possin (Winona State University): “Thinking Critically about Paul’s Critical Thinking

Please contact Kevin Possin.
From Kevin: “Paul’s influence on the definition and teaching of critical thinking is undeniable, but not without criticism. Please join us for a lively discussion!”


Pacific Division

Call for Papers for the 2018 AILACT session at the Pacific Division APA

I hope to schedule a 3-hour panel regarding current best practices for teaching critical thinking and informal logic to underrepresented students. This can include teaching foreign students, experience in teaching critical thinking and/or informal logic in foreign countries; instructing first generation college students, non-traditional students, or students with disabilities. I’m hoping for a panel of 5-6 participants.

Please contact Peter Tan at ptan@msmu.edu