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Clarence JoldersmaClarence Joldersma

Professor of Education

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

Weekly Schedule
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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

Publications, Presentations, and Professional Services

  • Joldersma, Clarence W. A Levinasian Ethics for Education’s Commonplaces: Between Calling and Inspiration. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Peer reviewed.
  • 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. Peer reviewed.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Review of Eric Severson, Levinas's Philosophy of Time: Gift, Responsibility, Diachrony, Hope” Symposium (April 8, 2014). Peer reviewed.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. Review of Chris Higgins, The Good Life of Teaching, Paideusis: International Journal of Philosophy of Education 21:1 (2013) 54-56. Peer reviewed.
  • 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. Peer reviewed.
  • 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. Peer reviewed.
  • “Overcoming lingering dualism in cognition and learning via emotion: freedom, phenomenology, and affective neuroscience” Philosophy of Education annual conference. Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Response to Nakia Pope (Texas Wesleyan), “Damning the Gospel of Critical Thinking,” Philosophy of Education annual conference. Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM.
  • "A New Frame for Thinking About Convictions in the Classroom," American Education Research Association Annual Meeting. Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, Maryland. 10/01/2013
  • "Benjamins Angel of History and the Work of Mourning in Ethical Remembrance: Understanding the effects of W.G. Sebalds Novels in the Classroom," Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning conference: "Virtues, Vices, and Teaching,". Calvin College Prince Conference Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 10/03/2013
  • “Neuroscience, Education, and a Radical Embodiment Model of Mind and Cognition” ICCTE annual conference. Redeemer University, Ancaster, ON.
  • Faculty Development Grant for Teacher Education in Neuroscience and Education, Calvin Donor
  • Article referee for the journal, Critical Research on Religion
  • Peer review for a book proposal, Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
  • Peer reviewer for refereed article in the journal, Studies in Philosophy and Education
  • 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. Peer reviewed.
  • 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. Peer reviewed.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. "Review of Gert Biesta's Good Education in a time of Measurement," Journal of Education and Christian Belief. (2012)
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. "Review of Robert Bellah, Religion in Human Evolution," Perspectives (2013).
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Review of Brady Wagoner et al. (eds.), Culture & Social Change,” Teachers College Record (March 29, 2013). Peer reviewed.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Review of Brady Wagoner et al. (eds.), Culture & Social Change: Transforming Society Through the Power of Ideas,” Teachers College Record (March 29, 2013). Peer reviewed.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Review of Chris Higgins, The Good Life of Teaching,” Paideusis: International Journal of Philosophy of Education 21:1 (2013) 54-56. Peer reviewed.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. "Resistance to consumerism from below: Putting work and labor back in school," Policy Futures in Education 11:3 (2013) 320-325. Peer reviewed.
  • "Brain Matters: An Argument for Neuropragmatism and Schooling," Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference. Benson Hotel, Portland, Oregon. 03/17/2013
  • "Neuroscience, Education, and a Radical Embodiment Model of Mind and Cognition," Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference. Benson Hotel, Portland, Oregon. 03/16/2013
  • Subvention for publication of the book Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (CCCS)
  • Contributing editor to Claudia Ruitenberg (Ed.), Philosophy of Education Society 2012. Urbana-Champaign, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2012.
  • External referee for tenure and promotion for a faculty member at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, fall 2012.
  • Peer reviewer for refereed article in Interchange, November 2012.
  • Member of the Program Committee (Gert Biesta, Chair), Philosophy of Education Society annual conference (San Francisco, CA) March 2010. Reviewed 15 full-length papers and 11 alternative-session proposals.
  • Member of “Creation Care on the Home Front,” The Plaster Creek Working Group, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship Grant, June 23-25, 2009
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Christian Scholars Review
  • Member of the Senate of the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Chair of the session, “Corporealities,” with papers by Sheldon Hanlon (McMaster) “The Way of the Body in Levinas” and Jon Short (Wilfrid Laurier) “The Corporeal Beyond Relation,” at the North American Levinas Society Conference, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON), June 2009.
  • Peer-reviewed book chapter: Joldersma, Clarence W. and Deakin Crick, Ruth. “Citizenship, Discourse Ethics and an Emancipatory Model of Lifelong Learning,” in Murphy, Mark & Fleming, Ted (editors), Habermas, Critical Theory and Education. London: Routledge, 2010.
  •  “Who is the teacher? Testimony, uniqueness and responsibility—Response to Lorraine Code’s “Particularity, Epistemic Responsibility, and the Ecological Imaginary,” invited response given at the Philosophy of Education Society annual conference (San Francisco, CA) March 2010.
  • 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. “Review of Benjamin Lazier’s God Interrupted: Heresy and European Imagination between the World Wars,” Perspectives 61:4 (2009) 268-269.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “Review of Lambert Zuidervaart’s Artistic Truth: Aesthetics, Discourse and Imaginative Disclosure” Journal of Education and Christian Belief 13:1(2009) 100-102.
  • 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. “How can science help us care for nature? Hermeneutics, fragility, and responsibility,” Educational Theory 59:4 (2009) 465-483.
  • Joldersma, Clarence W. “The Importance of Enjoyment and Inspiration for Learning from a Teacher: Levinas and pedagogy,” in Egéa-Kuehne, Denise (Editor), Levinas and Education: At the intersection of faith and reason. London: Routledge, 2008.
  • 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.
  • Internal grant: Applying Levinas' scholarship in ethics to global environment concerns.
  • Conference presentations/talks:
    • Truth Matters Conference (co-sponsored by Calvin, ICS, VU, Dordt) Radical Constructivism and Truth as Disclosure
    • 8th Ball State University/AASHE Greening of the Campus Conference, "Deepening Campus Sustainability Initiatives through Community Organizing: changing the conversation".
    • North American Levinas Society Annual Conference, "An ethical Sinnegebung respectful of the non-human: il y a and the return to nature" .
    • Calvin Parents’ Council fall conference, "Deepening Campus Sustainability Initiatives through Community Organizing: changing the conversation".