Dr. Christopher Higgins earned a BA from Yale in Philosophy and his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education from Columbia University.  Dr. Higgins served on the faculty of Teachers College at Columbia before coming to Illinois. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership and the Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Higgins book, The Good Life of Teaching: An Ethics of Professional Practice, examines the nature of meaningful work and the ethical and existential dimensions of teaching. His scholarly work also explores teacher education, the teacher-student relationship, and what makes a public school public. Dr. Higgins serves the campus and the field of teaching in many ways, and he was recently acknowledged by the College of Education with the “Outstanding Faculty Award for Service.” He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of courses, but he reports that one of his favorite is the “Foundations of Education” course, which invites students to reflect on the aims of education (including their own), the role of school in society, and the demands of democratic education.