Dr Samuel Douglas

Dr Samuel Douglas

Casual Academic

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Philosophy)

Career Summary

Biography

During (and since) my PhD candidature, I accrued over 10 years of experience delivering and developing philosophy coursework, with a strong focus on professional and discipline-specific ethics, for students across a range of undergraduate degree programs including Communications, Psychology, Business, Engineering and Social Science. This has involved sourcing content and relevant examples, as well as negotiating the realities of teaching difficult, unfamiliar, confronting ideas in cross-disciplinary settings. I have also developed and delivered undergraduate seminars and lectures in areas of Philosophy of Language and 20th century History of Philosophy. 

As an early career researcher, one of my primary aims is to contribute to philosophy by exploring ways that it can effectively reach, and positively impact upon, a wider audience. This will involve participating in projects that expose members of the community outside of higher education to philosophical concepts, ideas, and discussions across a range of areas such as ethics, metaphysics, critical reasoning and epistemology. Such exposure would be carried within a reflective framework, with the aim of forming an enhanced understanding of which ‘on-the-ground’ methods are most effective in these situations. My collaboration on Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity is one such undertaking.

Ultimately, the experience gained in working through community engaged projects aligns with my longer-term aim of setting up a world-standard public philosophy program. I am also seeking to develop a body of work that defends a causal theory of reference against scepticism about the existence of determinate linguistic meaning.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Professional Ethics

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Buchanan RA, Forster DJ, Douglas S, Nakar S, Boon HJ, Heath T, et al., 'Philosophy of Education in a New Key: exploring new ways of teaching and doing ethics in education in the 21st century', Educational Philosophy and Theory, (2021)

Within the rough ground that is the field of education there is a complex web of ethical obligations: to prepare our students for their future work; to be ethical as educators in ... [more]

Within the rough ground that is the field of education there is a complex web of ethical obligations: to prepare our students for their future work; to be ethical as educators in our conduct and teaching; to the ethical principles embedded in the contexts in which we work; and given the Southern context of this work, the ethical obligations we have to this land and its First Peoples. We put out a call to colleagues whose work has been concerned with the pedagogies of professional ethics, the ethical burdens of institutional injustice, and the application of ethical theory to education¿s applied fields. In the responses we received it can be seen that ethical concerns in education are broad ranging, covering terrain varying from the preparation of preservice teachers, ethics in higher education, early childhood and care, educational leadership, relational and communicative ethics. Perhaps it could also be argued that this paper demonstrates Gibbon¿s observation that ¿Assumptions about the particularity of this time as new and ripe with opportunity to make a difference through philosophy of education are not new and there¿s much to learn from the persistence of wanting to imagine that they are¿ (in Peters et al., 2020, p. 17). However, while the field of ethics is perennially concerned with human relations and pedagogical interventions to improve these, the responses collected here show that educational ethics is far from static. Educational ethics is a field that continues to develop in response to changing contexts.

DOI 10.1080/00131857.2021.1880387
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Daniella Forster, Rachel Buchanan, Jo Ailwood
2019 Forster DJ, McPherson A, Douglas S, 'Interview with Professor Meira Levinson: Democracy, dilemmas and educational ethics', Global Studies of Childhood, 9 109-119 (2019)

In the following interview, Meira Levinson (Harvard Graduate School) discusses the field of educational ethics and how it can enhance justifiable youth activism to enact citizensh... [more]

In the following interview, Meira Levinson (Harvard Graduate School) discusses the field of educational ethics and how it can enhance justifiable youth activism to enact citizenship education and recover democracy. She introduces readers to her philosophical approach for developing normative case studies that aim to be inclusive of divergent views on knowledge and value in schooling. Professor Levinson visited the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in August 2018, to advise the Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity Network project team. During her visit she discussed with local teachers and school leaders about how educational practices can ethically address differences, diversities and decision-making in pluralist democracies.

DOI 10.1177/2043610619846080
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Daniella Forster
2018 Douglas SP, 'The Qua-Problem and Meaning Scepticism', Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, 17 71-78 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.22381/LPI1720184
Citations Scopus - 11

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Douglas S, Forster DJ, 'What s in a dilemma? Generative thinking from teacher ethics', What s in a dilemma? Generative thinking from teacher ethics, Napier Building, North Terrace campus, The University of Adelaide, SA (2017)
Co-authors Daniella Forster
2010 Douglas SP, 'Implications of the non-normativity of meaning', Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference (AAP2010) Abstracts, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]

Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Douglas SP, 'Voluntary assisted dying: Solving the impossible trolley problem', (2017) [O1]
2017 Douglas SP, 'Grenfell Tower fire disaster: Engineering responsibility', (2017) [O1]
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Research Projects

Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity 2017 -

This interdisciplinary study is designed to develop ‘real-life’ case studies to help teachers learn how to make better ethical decisions at work. The research will explore teachers’ critical experiences about ethical choices and identify common difficulties and important characteristics. The project will create rich normative case studies (NCS) of modern ethical dilemmas that are recognisable to experiences in Australian schools. It will contribute to professional development in educational ethics for pre-service and serving teachers.

see: www.educationalethics.org 

A three-year fully funded PhD scholarship has been granted in the area of educational ethics with the aim of developing pedagogy to support teacher moral imagination and judgement. The scholarship is attached to an existing program of research about ethical teaching in a pluralist democracy; Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity. The program focuses on the identification, analysis and interrogation of educational dilemmas which are intrinsic to the moral nature of teachers’ work, but specifically recognisable to Australian teachers’ experiences through the identification of localised social, political, economic, and cultural characteristics and tensions. I congratulate the successful applicant, Ms Sarah Gurr.

For more information about the scholarship please see: 

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/faculties-and-schools/faculty-of-education-and-arts/school-of-education/school-research/phd-scholarship-educational-ethics

Grants

Educational Ethics: Southern Perspectives on Dilemmas of Diversity

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects (SNaPP)

Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity Network Strengthening and Project extension

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects (SNaPP)

Publications

Buchanan RA, Forster DJ, 'Digital Dilemmas and the Mediation of the Entrepreneurial Self', Melbourne (2015) [E3]

Forster DJ, Douglas S, Griffiths TG, Buchanan R, Ford M, McPherson A, Lowe K, 'Symposium of Four Discussion Papers : Grounding the interdisciplinary pilot project Educational Ethics: Perspectives on Dilemmas of Diversity ', Grounding the interdisciplinary pilot project Educational Ethics: Perspectives on Dilemmas of Diversity , Crowne, Newcastle Australia (2017)

Douglas S, Forster DJ, 'What s in a dilemma? Generative thinking from teacher ethics', What s in a dilemma? Generative thinking from teacher ethics, Napier Building, North Terrace campus, The University of Adelaide, SA (2017)

Forster D, Douglas S, 'Normative Case Study: Aussie Rules? Resentment and refugees', Rotarua, New Zealand (2018)

Levinson M, Fay J, Lowenberg Ball D, Robinson DD, Thompson WC, de Novais J, et al., 'Bending Toward or Away From Racial Justice? An Interactive Case Study in Educational Ethics', AERA Presidential Session, Sat, April 6, 4:10 to 6:10pm, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Floor: 100 Level, Room 104D (2019)

Buchanan R, 'Digital ethical dilemmas in teaching', Encyclopedia of Teacher Education, Springer, Singapore (2019)

McPherson A, 'Directions in Empirical Studies of Educational Ethics', Encyclopedia of Teacher Education, Springer, Singapore (2019)

Webster RS, 'Education Ethics as Existential Dialectics', Encyclopedia of Teacher Education, Springer, Singapore (2019)

Fallona C, 'Manner in Teaching as an Ethical Aspect of Teacher Conduct', Search Home Log in Encyclopedia of Teacher Education, Springer, Singapore (2019)

Joseph PB, 'Cultivating Moral Imagination Through Teacher Education', Encyclopedia of Teacher Education, Springer, Singapore (2019)

Forster D, Campbell E, Colnerud GG, Fallona C, Maxwell B, Osguthorpe R, et al., 'Moral and Ethical Teaching and Teachings: Revisiting and Recasting Our Own Research for New Audiences', Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Floor: Lower Concourse, Sheraton Hall E, Toronto, Canada (2019)

Schussler DL, 'Role of Meaningful Disposition Frameworks to Enhance Teachers Moral Practice', Encyclopedia of Teacher Education, Springer, Singapore (2019)

McPherson A, Forster D, Buchanan R, 'Situated cases of ethical tensions when working with children and young people in educational contexts', Global Studies of Childhood, 9 103-108 (2019)

Osguthorpe RD, 'Tensions in Moral and Ethical Work of Teaching', Encyclopedia of Teacher Education, Spinger, Singapore (2019)

Maxwell B, McDonough K, Waddington DI, 'Teachers Freedom of Speech in the Classroom', Encyclopedia of Teacher Education, Springer, Singapore (2019)

Ford M, Forster D, Lowe K, 'Weighing Harm: White Fragility and Antiracist Resistance in Australian Education', Democratic Discord in Schools Cases and Commentaries in Educational Ethics, Harvard Education Press, Harvard Graduate School of Education 8 Story Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2019)

Forster D, 'Teaching through ethical tensions: between social justice, authority and professional codes', Rethinking Reflection and Ethics for Teachers, Springer, Singapore 33-50 (2019) [B1]

Forster D, 'Codes of Professional Ethics and Conduct in Teaching', Encyclopedia of Teacher Education, Springer, Singapore (2020)

Forster D, 'Professional ethics in Australian teaching and teacher education: Tensions and aspirations', Professional Ethics and the Moral Work of Teaching: Western Contemporary Research, Fujian Education Press, Hangzou, China (2020)

Students

Program Research Title
PhD
College of Human and Social Futures
Strengthening ‘Global’ Understandings of Sustainability in the Australian Curriculum: an Exploratory Analysis of Sustainability as a Cross-Curriculum Priority and the Relationship Between the Self and the Environment

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Associate Professor Tom Grant Griffiths University of Newcastle
Doctor Margot Winifred Ford University of Newcastle
Associate Professor Rachel Anne Buchanan University of Newcastle
Doctor Daniella Jasmin Forster University of Newcastle
Doctor Samuel Paul Douglas University of Newcastle

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Dr Samuel Douglas

Positions

Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Casual Academic
School of Education
College of Human and Social Futures

Focus area

Philosophy

Contact Details

Email samuel.douglas@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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