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Key Professional Appointments

Affiliate Faculty Center for Translation Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - present

Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - present

Co-Dir., Centrality of Translation to Humanities NEH Summer Institute for College Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2012 - present

Director Illinois New Teacher Collaborative, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011 - present

Affiliate Faculty Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011 - present

Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 - present

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Education Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1998 - 2005

Visiting Assistant Professor M.A. Program in TESOL, Teachers College, Tokyo, Japan, 1999 - 2002

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Education

Ph.D., Philosophy & Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1998

B.A., Philosophy, Yale University, 1989

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Awards, Honors, Associations

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students EPS 410 (Fall 2011); EPS 500 (Fall 2011); EPS 512 (Spr. 2011); EPS 510 (Fall 2010); EPS 528 (Spr. 2010); EPS 500 (Spr. 2010); EPS 500/CI 507 (Sum. 2009); EPS 514 (Spr. 2009); EPS 512, outstanding rating (Fall 2007), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007 - 2011

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Publications

Higgins, C. (2012) Response. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education 11, (2): 123-132. Special issue: "Practices, Virtue Ethics, and Music Education: An issue of Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Educati, 132 pages

Higgins, C. (2011) Educational aesthetics. Handbook of research on the sociocultural foundations of education Routledge: New York

Higgins, C. (2011) The good life of teaching: An ethics of professional practice.. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden, MA

Higgins, C., Abowitz, K., & K. (Eds.), . (2011) How public are the public schools? (Special issue) Educational Theory

Higgins, C. (2010) Education, Crisis, and the Human Condition: Arendt After 50 Years (Special Issue) Teachers College Record  link >

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Presentations

Keynote presented at the 13th International Conference on Educational Research, "Cultivating Humanity and Transforming the Knowledge Society: For a Vision of Future Education," (2012). Education Research Institute, Seoul National University: Seoul, Korea.

Liberal learning, the knowledge society, and the wisdom of teaching (2012). Seoul National University: Seoul, Korea.

Teaching “Philosophy of Education” in a University (2012). Seoul National University: Seoul, Korea.

The Humanist Moment (2012). Seoul National University: Seoul, Korea.

Author roundtable. Discussion with members of an Interdisciplinary Humanities Group (sponsored reading group) on The Good Life of Teaching (2012). Western Michigan University: Kalamazoo, MI.

Defending the integrity of teaching. Keynote presented at the symposium, Philosophical Perspectives on the Future of Teacher Education, sponsored by the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britai (2012).: England, UK.

Teaching as an ethical quest: Pitfalls and possibilities (2012). Western Michigan University: Kalamazoo, MI.

Insider’s Tips to Getting Published (2012).: UIUC.

Panel Discussion of Naoko Saito and Paul Standish (eds), Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups (Fordham University Press, February 2012) (2012).: Pittsburgh, PA.

Practical knowledge and the fiction of professionalism (2012).: Pittsburgh, PA.

Editor’s Roundtable: Getting Your Work Published in Journals (2011).: St. Louis, MO.

The Future of Philosophy of Education (2011). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Teaching as an ethical quest: Pitfalls and possibilities (2011). The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities: UIUC.

Teaching as an ethical quest: Pitfalls and possibilities (2011). University of Oxford.

Discussant. In Arcilla, R. (chair), Dunne, J., & Hinchliffe, G. Panel Discussion of Chris Higgins’ The Good Life of Teaching: An Ethics of Professional Practice (2011). Oxford University: Oxford, UK.

Panel Discussion of René Arcilla’s Mediumism: A Philosophical Reconstruction of Modernism for Liberal Learning (2011). Oxford University: Oxford, UK.

Discussant. In Arcilla, R. (chair), Kerdeman, D., & Vokey, D., Panel Discussion of Chris Higgins’ The Good Life of Teaching: An Ethics of Professional Practice (2011).: St. Louis, MO.

Panel Discussion of René Arcilla’s Mediumism: A Philosophical Reconstruction of Modernism for Liberal Learning (2011).: St. Louis, MO.

Teaching and translation (2011).: St. Louis, MO.

Educational philosophy as humanistic conversation (2011). Institute of Philosophy of Education: Fudan University.

Why we need a virtue ethics of teaching (2011). East China Normal University: Shanghai, PRC.

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Service

Editor Educational Theory, 2013 - present

Associate Editor and Review Editor Educational Theory, 2006 - 2013

Program Chair Philosophy of Education Society, 2003 - 2004

President Middle Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society, 2002 - 2004

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Courses

Foundations of Education Studies some of the problems of formulating and justifying aims and policies in American education, of designing and systematizing the curriculum, of organization and social context of the public school system, and of the teaching-learning process; examined in terms of perspectives provided by social philosophy, history, sociology, and philosophy of education. Class Schedule Information: Students must register for one discussion and one lecture section.

Foundations of Education-ACP Course is identical to EPS 201 except for the additional writing component. Course Information: Credit is not given for both EPS 202 and EPS 201. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement. Class Schedule Information: Students must register for one discussion and one lecture section.

Uses/Abuses of Educ Research This course aims at comprehensive research literacy by considering educational research in historical, philosophical, policy and political context. Through close reading and quantitative, qualitative, and humanistic studies, the discussion of interdisciplinary perspectives on the research process, students learn to engage intelligently with multiple modes of research and deal critically with policies claiming an evidentiary warrant. Specific topics include: the relationship between research, policy, and practice; the nature of theory and method, argument and evidence in the humanities and social sciences; the tensions between advocacy and research.: the relationship between research, policy, and practice; the nature of theory and method, argument and evidence in the humanities and social sciences; the tensions between advocacy and research.

Theory, Performance, Practice Reading and group discussion of a limited number of the most important writings in educational philosophy which have had a profound influence on the progress of educational thought and practice. Course Information: 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Prerequisite: EPS 401 or equivalent; consent of instructor.

Chris Higgins

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

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