Jeff Frank is an Associate Professor in the Education Department. He is extremely grateful to work at St. Lawrence and welcomes student questions about the educational studies minor, ways their major field of study might intersect with education, careers in education or that build from the liberal study of education, and conversations about the continuing importance and value of the liberal arts.
In 2019 he was selected for the Owen D. Young Faculty Award by the senior class. He delivered a talk, "Character as Lived Defense of Liberal Education," during senior week.
His first book Teaching in the Now was published in 2019 as was his second book Being a Presence for Students: Teaching as a Lived Defense of Liberal Education; a list of his publications can be found by clicking the Academics tab above.
For a representative example of his scholarship, see his article "Love and Growth: On One Aspect of James Baldwin's Significance for Education." In this article, Frank develops James Baldwin's philosophy of education and then discusses how this philosophy can inform and animate teaching and teacher education.
Before coming to St. Lawrence, he was a teacher educator at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. He earned his PhD in philosophy and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and he taught high school English and coached three sports in New York's Hudson Valley. As an undergraduate he studied philosophy and literature at Middlebury College.
PhD in Philosophy and Education
BA in Philosophy
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Summa Cum Laude, Highest Honors in Philosophy
- John T. Andrews Prize (Given to top philosophy student)
- Philosophy of Education
- Liberal Education
- Teaching and Teacher Education
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- Frank, J. (in press). Civil war monuments: Mourning and terror. Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2019.
- Frank, J. (2020). Liberal education and pedagogy’s value in challenging times. Lever Press Blog. https://www.leverpress.org/news/2020-04-01-liberal-education-and-pedagogy’s-value-in-challenging-times/
- Frank, J. (2020). Schools, sex, masculinity. The Good Men Project. Retrieved from https://goodmenproject.com/gender-sexuality/schools-sex-and-masculinity-kpkn/
- Frank, J., & McDonough, J. (2020). Core practices and philosophy of education: Balancing effectiveness with goodness. Teachers College Record, 122(4).
- Frank, J. (2020). Against technology-mediated personalized learning: Resources from John William Miller and Henry Bugbee to support parental resistance. Ethics and Education, 15(1), 98-112.
- Frank, J. (2019). Being a presence for students: Teaching as a lived defense of liberal education. Amherst, MA & Ann Arbor, MI: Lever Press.
- Frank, J. (2019). Teaching in the now: John Dewey on the educational present. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue UP.
- Frank, J. (2019). A judge has failed us, but we have also failed our boys. The Star Ledger (Newark, NJ). Retrieved from https://www.nj.com/opinion/2019/07/a-judge-has-failed-us-but-we-have-also-failed-our-boys-professor-says.html
- Frank, J. (2019). Resisting locker room talk: Resources for educators. Groundworks. Retrieved from https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c8f5fb_1561e7e65c444787805954559f9aefe1.pdf
- Frank, J. (2018). Choose trust over division. The Post-Standard (Syracuse). Retrieved from https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/11/this_thanksgiving_i_choose_trust_ over_division_commentary.html
- Frank, J. (2018). We shouldn't teach young men to fear #MeToo. Education Week. Retrieved from https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/10/12/we-shouldnt-teach-young-men-to-fear.html
- Frank, J. (2018). Let's teach our sons to be 'upstanders' for women. The Post-Standard (Syracuse). Retrieved from https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/10/lets_teach_our_sons_to_be_upstanders_for_women_commentary.html
- Frank, J. (2018). Character versus privilege: Looking for leadership from elite institutions. Teachers College Record. Retrieved from http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=22520
- Frank, J. (2018). Teaching is oppositional: On the importance of supporting experimental teaching during student teaching. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 37(5), 499-512.
- Frank, J. (2018). Sheldon Wolin, Jean Vanier and the present age: Reflections on replenishment, resistance and progress. Ethics and Education, 13(3), 360-369.
- Frank, J. (2018). Technology, stupor and the future of liberal arts colleges. Hechinger Report. Retrieved from http://hechingerreport.org/opinion-technology-stupefaction-and-the-future-of-liberal-arts-colleges/
- Frank, J. (2018). Stanley Cavell and the questioning of the foregone: Openness to conversion as a political act. Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies, 5, 4-17.
- Frank, J. (2018). Snowflakes, or moral vacuum. Teachers College Record. Retrieved from http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=22276
- Frank, J. (2017). Love and work: A reading of John Williams' Stoner. Ethics and Education, 12(2), 233-242.
- Frank, J. (2017). Bound to the mimetic or the transformative? Considering other possibilities. Education and Culture, 33(1), 23-40.
- Frank, J. (2017). Realizing a democratic community of teachers: John Dewey and the idea of a science of education. Education Sciences. [Invited contribution on the 100th anniversary of John Dewey’s Democracy and Education]
- Frank J. & Rukki, C. [St. Lawrence Student] (2016). A citation analysis of philosophy of education journals. Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 26(2), 191-199.
- Frank, J. (2015). Demoralization and teaching: Lesson from the blues. Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2015, 127-134.
- Frank, J. (2015). Love and growth: On one aspect of James Baldwin’s significance for education. Teachers College Record, 117(9), 1-38.
- Frank, J. (2015). What is John Dewey doing in To Kill a Mockingbird? Education and Culture, 31(5), 45-59.
- Frank, J. (2014). James Baldwin’s “Everybody’s Protest Novel”: Educating our responses to racism. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46(1), 24-31.
- Frank, J. (2013). Mitigating against epistemic injustice in educational research. Educational Researcher, 42(7), 363-370.
- Frank, J. (2013). Reconstructing Deweyan growth: The significance of James Baldwin’s moral psychology. Education and Culture, 29(2), 121-132.
- Frank, J. (2013). The claims of documentary: Expanding the educational significance of documentary film. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 45(10), 1018-1027.
- Frank, J. (2012). The significance of the poetic in early childhood education: Stanley Cavell and Lucy Sprague Mitchell on language learning. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 31(4), 327-338.
- Frank, J. (2012). Imagining Wittgenstein’s adolescent: The educational significance of expression. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(4), 343-350.
- Frank, J. (2011). Can Perfectionism withstand the acknowledgment of slavery? Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2011, 381-387.
- Frank, J. (2011). Love and ruin(s): Robert Frost on moral repair. Educational Theory, 61(5), 587-600.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- FYS: What Does it Mean to be Educated?
- EDUC 253: Contemporary Educational Policy
- EDUC 273: Teaching and Teachers
- EDUC 353: American Philosophies of Education
- By Appt.