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Clarence JoldersmaClarence Joldersma

Professor of Education

cjolders@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6596
311 Spoelhof Center

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Educational Background

  • M.Phil., Institute for Christian Studies, 1983
  • M.Ed., University of Toronto, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1994

Research Interests

  • Levinas and education
  • Philosophy of science
  • Phenomenology and 20th century French philosophy
  • Epistemology and education

Books

book1

Joldersma, Clarence W. A Levinasian Ethics for Education’s Commonplaces: Between Calling and Inspiration. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

 

 

 

 

book2

Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Educating for Shalom, Joldersma, Clarence W. and Stronks, Gloria G. (Editors). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004. Recipient of the 2006 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award.

 

 

 

book3

Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Educating for Life. Stronks, Gloria G. and Joldersma, Clarence W. (Editors). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2002.  Translated into Indonesian as Mendidik untuk Kehidupan. Surabaya, East Java: Penerbit Momentum, 2007.

 

 

Selected Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Benjamin’s Angel of History and the Work of Mourning in Ethical Remembrance: Understanding the Effect of W.G. Sebald’s Novels in the Classroom,” Studies in Philosophy and Education 33:2 (2014) 135-147.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “An ethical Sinnegebung respectful of the non-human: A Levinasian environmental ethic,” Symposium: The Canadian Journal of Continental Thought 17:2 (2013) 224-245.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Resistance to consumerism from below: Putting work and labor back in school” Policy Futures in Education 11:3 (2013) 320-325.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Providential Deism, Divine Reason, and Locke’s Educational Theory,” Journal of Educational Thought 45:2 (2011) 113-125.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Education: Understanding, Ethics, and the call to Justice,” Studies in Philosophy and Education 30:5 (2011) 441-447.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “von Glasersfeld’s Radical Constructivism and Truth as disclosure,” Educational Theory 61:3 (2011) 275-293.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “How can science help us care for nature? Hermeneutics, fragility, and responsibility,” Educational Theory 59:4 (2009) 465-483.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Review of Kent Greenawalt, Does God Belong in Public Schools?” Studies in Philosophy and Education 28:6 (2009) 581-687.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “A Spirituality of the Desert for Education: The Call of Justice Beyond the Individual or Community,” Studies in Philosophy and Education 28:3 (2009) 193-208.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Beyond rational autonomy: Levinas and the incomparable worth of the student as singular other,” Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education 39:1 (2008) 21-47.
  • Deakin-Crick, Ruth E. and Joldersma, Clarence W., “Habermas, Life-Long Learning and Citizenship,” Studies in Philosophy and Education 26:2 (2007) 77-95.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Not only What or How, but Who? Subjectivity, obligation and the call to teach,” Journal of Education and Christian Belief 10:1 (2006) 61-73.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W.  “Pedagogy of the Other: A Levinasian approach to the teacher-student relationship,” in Suzanne Rice (Editor), Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2001. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society-University of Illinois, 2002.

  Selected Book Chapters

  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Neuroscience, Education, and a Radical Embodiment Model of Mind and Cognition,” in Cris Mayo (Editor), Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2013. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society-University of Illinois, 2013.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Radical Constructivism, Education and Truth as life-giving disclosure,” in Lambert Zuidervaart (Editor), Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Education: Understanding, Ethics, and the call to Justice,” in Biesta, G.J.J. (ed.) Making sense of education: Fifteen contemporary educational theorists in their own words. Dordrecht/Boston: Springer Science + Business Media, 2012.

  • Joldersma, Clarence W. and Deakin Crick, Ruth. “Citizenship, Discourse Ethics and an Emancipatory Model of Lifelong Learning,” in Mark Murphy & Ted Fleming (Editors), Habermas, Critical Theory and Education. London: Routledge, 2010.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “The Importance of Enjoyment and Inspiration for Learning from a Teacher: Levinas and pedagogy,” in Denise Egéa-Kuehne (Editor), Levinas and Education. London: Routledge, 2008.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Incarnate Being and Carnal Knowledge: The Caress Beyond the Grasp,” in John Kok (Editor), Ways of Knowing in Concert. Sioux Center, IA: Dordt Press, 2005.

  Recent Published Invited Responses

  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Walter Benjamin’s Angel of History and the Work of Ethical Remembrance in W.G. Sebald—Response to David Hansen,” in Claudia Ruitenberg (Editor), Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2012. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society-University of Illinois, 2012.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Who is the teacher? Testimony, uniqueness and responsibility—Response to Lorraine Code” in Gert Biesta (Editor), Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2010. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society-University of Illinois, 2011.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W.  “Ethics, Justice, Prophecy: Cultivating civic virtue from a Levinasian perspective,” in Ron Glass (Editor), Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2007. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society-University of Illinois, 2008.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W.  “Human rights and democracy: reading Giroux otherwise with Levinas,” in Daniel Volkey (Editor), Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2006. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society-University of Illinois, 2007.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W.  “Habermas, Generalization, and State Interests in Scientific Educational Research,” in Chris Higgins (Editor), Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2004. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society-University of Illinois, 2005.

  Selected Academic Papers and Presentations

  • “Neoliberalism and the Neuronal Self: A critical approach to neuroscience’s application to education,” at the annual conference of the American Educational Studies Association (Toronto, ON), October 2014.  

  • “Neuroscience, Education, and a Radical Embodiment Model of Mind and Cognition,” at the ICCTE annual conference (Ancaster, ON), May 2014.
  • “Overcoming lingering dualism in cognition and learning via emotion: freedom, phenomenology, and affective neuroscience,” at the Philosophy of Education Society annual conference (Albuquerque, NM), March 2014.
  • “A New Frame for Thinking about Convictions in the Classroom,” at the annual conference of the American Education Studies Association (Baltimore, MD) October 2013.
  • “Benjamin’s Angel of History and the Work of Mourning in Ethical Remembrance: Understanding the effects of W.G. Sebald’s Novels in the Classroom,” at the biennial Kuyers Conference (Grand Rapids, MI) October 2013.
  • “Neuroscience, Education, and a Radical Embodiment Model of Mind and Cognition,” at the Philosophy of Education Society annual conference (Portland, OR) March 2013.
  •  “Resistance to Consumerism From Below: Putting work and labor back in school,” as part of a panel, responding to Trevor Norris’ book, Consuming Schools, at the Philosophy of Education Society annual conference (Pittsburgh, PA) March 2012.
  • “Sustainability Across the Curriculum Faculty Development Workshop,” Poster Presentation at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education annual conference (Pittsburgh, PA), September 2011.
  • “Radical Constructivism and Truth as Disclosure,” at the Truth Matters conference (Toronto, ON) August 2010.
  • “Who is the teacher? Testimony, uniqueness and responsibility—Response to Lorraine Code’s ‘Particularity, Epistemic Responsibility, and the Ecological Imaginary’,” invited response to the Kneller Lecture, given at the Philosophy of Education Society annual conference (San Francisco, CA) March 2010.
  • “Deepening Campus Sustainability Initiatives through Community Organizing: changing the conversation,” co-presented with Gail Heffner (Office of Community Engagement) and Randy Van Dragt (Biology) at the 8th Ball State University/AASHE Greening of the Campus VIII conference (Indianapolis IN) September 2009.
  • “An ethical Sinnegebung respectful of the non-human: il y a and the return to nature,” at the North American Levinas Society Conference, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON) June 2009.
  •  “Building Campus Sustainability on the Strengths of your Institutional and Cultural Identities: an example,” co-presented with Gail Gunst Heffner (Office of Community Engagement) at the AASHE Greening the Campus VII conference, Ball State University (Muncie, IN), September 2007.
  • The Importance of Enjoyment and Inspiration for Learning from Another,” as part of the book panel “Levinas and Education” at the North American Levinas Society conference, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) May 2006.
  • The normativity of constructivism as a theory of teaching that honors the student,” Invited Panelist at the International Symposium of the Stichting voor Reformatorishe Wijsbegeerte (Hoeven, The Netherlands) August 2005.
  • Levinas and Education: At the intersection of faith and reason book panel,” at the Philosophy of Education Society annual meeting (San Francisco, CA) March 2005.
  • “We Must be Out of our Mind: A Gadamerian Critique of Worldview,” co-presented with Darren Walhof (Grand Valley State), at the After Worldview Conference, Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, MI) September 2004.
  • Embodiment, Nursing Practice, and Religious Faith: A Perspective from One Tradition,” co-authored with and presented by Ruth Groenhout (Philosophy) and Kendra Hotz (Religion).at the Making Sense of Health, Illness and Disease conference sponsored by Interdisciplinary.Net (Oxford, UK), July 2003.
  • “The Importance of Enjoyment and Inspiration for Learning from Another,” at the annual conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (Oxford, UK), April 2003.
  • “The Importance of Enjoyment and Inspiration for Liberatory Learning:  An enrichment of Paulo Freire’s notion of subject in the context of problem-posing pedagogy by means of the thought of Emmanuel Levinas”, at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy conference, subgroup Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences (Chicago, IL), October 2002.
  • “Beyond: Towards a Precarious Pedagogy,” at the annual conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (Oxford, UK), April 2001.
  • “Pedagogy of the Other: a Levinasian approach to the teacher-student relationship,” at the annual conference of the Philosophy of Education Society (Chicago, IL), March 2001.

Invited Lectures and Presentations: 

  • “How can science help us care for nature? Hermeneutics, fragility, and responsibility,” Invited Lecture, Department of Theory & Policy Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, November 26, 2010.
  • “Teaching for Shalom,” two keynote lectures at the annual Theory of Education Conference, Stapleford Centre (Swanwick, UK) January 2006.
  • “Not only What or How, but Who? Subjectivity, obligation and the call to teach in higher education,” Invited ARIHE lecture, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) November 2004.
  •  “Educating for Shalom: Called to Responsibility, Justice, Delight and Gratitude,” three invited lectures, Lilly Lectures on Christian Vocation, at Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA) April 2004.
  •  “Beyond rational autonomy: Levinas and the incomparable worth of the student as singular other,” Invited ARIHE lecture at the Intelligibility and the Transcendent Symposium on Levinas, at the Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto, ON) March 2005.
  • “The Other and the Self: An introduction to the thought of Emmanuel Levinas,” at Christ Church (Deal, UK) April 2003.
  • “Trust, Welcome and Hospitality: Levinas and Education,” at the University of Bristol, School of Education (Bristol, UK) April 2003.

Selected Awards & Grants

  • External Grant through the Calvin Development Office, “Neuroscience and Education: Knowledge, Applications, Perspectives,” for faculty development in the Teacher Education program, December, 2013. 
  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship major grant, co-written by Lambert Zuidervaart (Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto), for a subvention for the edited volume, Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion, Fall 2012.
  • Collaborative Change Award, Calvin College, with Gail Heffner (Office of Community Engagement), Matt Heun (Engineering), and Dave Warners (Biology), for leadership in promoting  a culture of sustainability at Calvin College, February 8, 2012.
  • Submitted a grant proposal, entitled “A Levinasian Analysis of Education as Institution and Organization,” to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program for Summer 2010 (not approved).
  • Calvin Research Fellowship grant, to write an essay engaging Levinas’s ethics to rethink our relation to the non-human world, January 2009.
  • Summer Calvin Research Fellowship grant, to write an article about infusing sustainability across the liberal arts curriculum and to attend the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) leadership workshop on sustainability across the curriculum, San Diego State University, Summer 2007.
  • Teagle Foundation grant, as member of an interdisciplinary team working on the project, “Strengthening Liberal Arts Education by Embracing Place and Particularity,” 2005-2007.
  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship grant, for a book project entitled Between Ethics and Justice: Education in a Levinasian Mode, 2004-2006.
  • Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education (ARIHE) Lecturer for 2003-05.
  • Interim Study Leave, for a chapter in Levinas and Education (Routledge), Denise Egéa-Kuehne (Editor), January 2005.
  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship grant, as member of an interdisciplinary team writing a book on Nursing Ethics and Practice, Transforming Care, led by Ruth Groenhout (Philosophy), Kendra Hotz (Religion), and Mary Doornbos (Nursing), 2002-2004.
  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship grant, for co-editing, with Gloria Stronks, a book of essays by Nicholas Wolterstorff, Educating for Shalom (Eerdmans), 2001-2003.
  • National Science Foundation grant, as part of a seven-member interdisciplinary team headed by Nathan Lewis (Cal Tech) and Peter Mahaffy (Chemistry; King’s University College) for a project dealing with cross-cultural issues for science education in chemistry and physics, 2001-2002.
  • Calvin Alumni Association grant, for participating in a symposium in philosophy of education in Leeds, UK, Summer 2001.
  • National Science Foundation grant, for a project on developing educational materials in science education, as part of a team headed by Jim Jadrich (Physics), 1999-2001.
  • Lilly Fellows Summer Seminar grant, for attending an interdisciplinary seminar and project on pedagogy and public theology, Villanova University, Summer 1997.

 

 Interdisciplinary Working Groups  

  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (CCCS) grant, as member of an interdisciplinary working group, Late Medieval Mysticism as the Inner Reformation of the Body and Soul,” led by Henry Luttikhuizen (Art History), 2009-2010.
  • CCCS grant, as member of an interdisciplinary working group, “Climate Change: Complexity, Uncertainty and the Precautionary Principle,” led by Del Ratsch (Philosophy), 2009-2010.
  • CCCS grant, for leading an interdisciplinary working group, on the topic “Sustainability across the Curriculum of Higher Education,” 2007-2008.
  • CCCS grant, as member of an interdisciplinary working, on the topic “Cosmopolitanism in a World of Clashing Faiths,” led by Ruth Groenhout (Philosophy, Calvin) and Darren Walhof (Political Science, Grand Valley State) 2007-2008.

  • Metanexus Local Society Initiatives grant, as member of an interdisciplinary working group on the topic “Nature, Genetics and Ethics,” led by Ruth Groenhout (Philosophy), 2005-2006.
  • CCCS grant, as member of an interdisciplinary working group, on the topic “Physical Science, Phenomenology, and Philosophical Hermeneutics,” led by Matt Walhout (Physics), 2004-2005.
  • CCCS grant, as member of an interdisciplinary working group, on the topic “Agricultural Biotechnology,”led by Uko Zylstra (Biology) and David Koetje (Biology), 2003-2004.

  • CCCS grant, for leading an interdisciplinary working group, with Lambert Zuidervaart (Philosophy), on the topic “Habermas and Civil Society,” 2001-2002.
  • CCCS grant, as part of an interdisciplinary working group, on the topic “Care Theory,” led by Jan Curry (Geography), Helen Sterk (CAS), and Ruth Groenhout (Philosophy), 1999-2001.