Philosopher Jane Drexler, PhD — Associate Professor of Philosophy at Salt Lake Community College — provides a wonderfully informative, relatable…and always entertaining (she’s a hoot!) overview of her approach to teaching, inspired by her unique life experience and philosophy as a way of life. This video was part of her 2020 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award (in lieu of a longer discussion, which would have taken place in person if not for COVID).
In addition to being an amazing human being, Jane is phenomenal philosopher and valued member of the Philosophy as a Way of Life project, funded by the National Endowment of Humanities and by the Mellon Foundation.
***This video is provided here on our resource page by permission of our Stoa friend and colleague, Jane. Muchas Gracias, Jane!***
Jane Drexler is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Salt Lake Community College. Since arriving at SLCC in 2007, Drexler has served as Faculty Senate President (2012-2014) and in several other faculty leadership roles. She won the SLCC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 2016, and the National Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course design in 2010.
Jane is a presenter, contributor and participant in the Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, funded by the National Endowment of Humanities and by the Mellon Foundation. She is currently member-at-large of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) Executive Board, Chair of the AAPT International Conference-Workshop organizing committee, and member of the American Philosophy Association’s (APA) Committee on Teaching Philosophy. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Teaching Philosophy, the premier journal for the discipline’s pedagogy in the U.S. She has essays published in general-audience and peer-reviewed journals and books; most recently, in the book Philosophers in the Classroom (Hackett, 2018), a collection of essays from 24 of the discipline’s most award-winning professors (Jane’s is the only essay from a professor at a community college).
Jane is a recreational cyclist, beginner rock climber, not-bad guitarist, not-great violinist, somewhat-adventurous hiker, and occasional world-traveler; who sometimes prefers to binge-watch Netflix than to read a philosophical tome.