Syracuse University’s Kal Alston Elected President of the Philosophy of Education Society

Kal Alston has been elected president of the Philosophy of Education Society (PES). She will serve as president-elect for the 2019-2020 year before coming president of the organization in 2020-2021.

Dr. Alston currently serves as a professor of cultural foundations of education and associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Education at Syracuse University in New York. Since joining the university in 2005, she has served in various university-wide roles including senior vice president of human capital development, as well as both senior associate provost and associate provost for academic administration. Earlier in her career, she was an educational policy studies faculty member and director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Alston has been very active within the Philosophy of Education Society. She previously served as chair of the Commission on Professional Affairs, the Committee on Race and Ethnicity, and the Just Community Committee, which is an outgrowth of recent work completed to articulate an anti-harassment policy for the society.

“My graduate advisor and cohort mates, my own former grad students, and former and current colleagues continue to be involved in the society,” said Dr. Alston. “Then, as now, I have an interest in promoting the study of philosophy of education, the continuation of that work in schools and colleges of education, and the broadening of conversations in and around the society about how our concerns are woven into addressing important ethical, educational and social equity issues.”

Dr. Alston holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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