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Fall 2001
Presidential Address
Professional Positions
Other Interests

Betsy Decyk at CSULB, phone number (562) 985-4346
   Philosophy is a logical-linguistic subject.  Because of this, there are very few pictures associated with philosophical texts.  The purpose of visualization is to provide a new way to understand a text, which may lead to further insights.
descartes spinoza leibniz

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FALL, 2001

Office Hours for Fall 2001:
MHB 905        
Monday           3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday           3:00-4:00 p.m
Wednesday         9:00-10:00 a.m
And by appointment
Philosophy 204: History of Modern Philosophy
(click link for teacher's description of the course)
Catalogue Description: Western Philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, 
including the development of modern scientific processes, and the philosophical systems
of empiricism, rationalism, idealism, etc.

              Tuesday 4-7 pm                              LA5-246                             16545             
Psychology 130: Critical Thinking
(click link for teacher's description of the course)
            Catalogue Description: Prerequisites: Completion/concurrent enrollment in 
            ENGL 100 or equivalent. The nature of critical thinking; models and strategies; 
            common fallacies of reasoning; self-regulation in the thinking process; 
            application of critical thinking to specific areas. Not open to students with credit in PSY 230.
                       MWF 8-8:50                        Psy 200              Section 2 / 16972
University Honors Program 100: Angles of Vision
(click link for teacher's description of the course)
            Catalogue Description: This course emphasizes the kind of analytical and critical 
            approaches that lead to the original and creative thinking.  The course concentrates on the 
            development of seminar skills: the open exchange of viewpoints in discussion, close reading of
            major texts, preparation of analytical essays and oral presentations, extensive examination of 
            explicit models and techniques of reasoning, conceptualization of research problems, and writing
            a documented paper.  This course will confer in GE Category A.3 Required of all UHP students
                        MW 2-3:15                              ED1-041                                  Section 2 
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Current Presentations:
The Drama of Ideas: Using a Theater Metaphor to Teach the History of Modern Philosophy
American Association of Philosophy Teachers' 13th International Workshop/Conference
Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; August 5, 2000
Creating Faculty Communities for Teaching
American Association of Philosophy Teachers' 13th International Workshop/Conference
Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; August 5, 2000.
Inter-actions: Promoting Constructive Communication and Productive Participation in the Classroom.
General Education Summer Institute, California State University, Long Beach; August 10, 2000.
Pedagogical Innovations from a Shopping Cart
Debra McGinnis (primary presenter) with Sydney Fox. Betsy Decyk
General Education Institutes, California State University, Long Beach; Summer 2000; Winter, 2001; Summer, 2001.
 Consider the FACTs - FAculty Communities for Teaching
American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division meetings. 
New York, New York, December, 2000. 

Questioning Your Choice of Hats: Critical Thinking in the Pre-college Classroom. 
CAPS, California State University, Long Beach, February, 2001.

Curiouser and Curioser: Philosophy As Adventures in Wonder-land.  
Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA.,  March 2001.

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Selected Publications:
(to read the introductory paragraph of each publication click the link)
"Cartesian Imagination and Perspectival Art" in Descartes' Natural Philosophy.
        Edited by Stephen Gaukroger,John Schuster and John Sutton.  London: Routledge, 2000.

"Using Examples to Teach Concepts" in Changing College Classroooms: New Teaching and Learning Strategies
for an Increasingly Complex World.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Publishers, 1994.

"Appreciating a Situation" in the Journal of Social Philosophy, Volume XXV, Number 2, Fall, 1994.

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presidential address at the AAPT 1996
Presidential Addressto the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. 
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; August, 1996.

professional possitions
  • Executive Director, American Association of Philosophy Teachers
  • & Editor, AAPT News
  • http://aapt-online.dhs.org
  • Project Leader, Center for Faculty Development, Fall 2001
  • Lecturer Senator, CSULB
a mentoring and peer coaching program at California State University, Long Beach

  • B.A.,   Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, Mount Holyoke College, 1970
  • M.A.,  Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University, 1974
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University, 1981
  • Certified Mediator, Dispute Resolution Services, Los Angeles County Bar Association

other interests

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Email: bdecyk@csulb.edu
last updated: September, 2001.
Web Nerds: Betsy Newell Decyk+Marika Decyk
FIT: Faculty Integrating Technology - a program sponsored by CSULB New Media Center and the University Library.