RANDALL R. CURREN
Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., 14627 USA
(585) 275-8112 Fax: (585) 273-2964 Randall.Curren@.Rochester.edu
University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. in philosophy, 1985; M.A. in philosophy, 1981
Oxford University, Department for External Studies, tutorials in political theory, summer 1977
University of New Orleans, B.A. in philosophy, magna cum laude (ranked 2nd in the College of Liberal Arts), 1977
Dissertation: "Towards a Theory of Moral Responsibility"
Committee: Kurt Baier, Joseph Camp (advisor), Thomas Gerety (Law), John Haugeland, Carl Hempel
University of Rochester
Chair, Department of Philosophy, 2003-2012; 2013-2022
Professor of Philosophy & Professor of Education (secondary as of 2005), 2003-present
Associate Professor of Philosophy & Associate Professor of Education (joint), 1995-2003
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Assistant Professor of Education (joint), 1988-1995
University of Birmingham (England)
Chair of Moral and Virtue Education (a fractional research professorship), Jubilee Centre for Character &
Distinguished Visiting Professor, JCCV (making occasional visits), 2015-2018
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, JCCV, 2019-2022
Royal Institute of Philosophy (London)
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton)
Ginny and Robert Loughlin Founders’ Circle Member, School of Social Science, 2012-13
California Institute of Technology
Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Instructor in Philosophy, 1985-87; Instructor in Philosophy, 1987-88
University of Pittsburgh
Teaching Fellow in Philosophy, 1981-83 and 1984-85; Teaching Assistant in Philosophy, 1979-81
HONORS, AWARDS, and GRANTS
Teaching Innovation Grant, for a new course in engineering ethics, University of Rochester ($8,328), 2017-19
University Research Award, “Virtues as Moral-Psychological Constructs,” with co-PIs Richard Ryan and Laura
Wray-Lake, University of Rochester ($49,365), 2014-2015.
National Doctoral Course Lecturer, Universitetet I Oslo, Oslo, Norway, May 2010
Squire Foundation APPE Award, for the essay “Governing Classrooms Well,” presented March 5, 2010
Spencer Foundation Grant, “Towards a New Synthesis in Philosophy of Education” ($40,000), 2008-10
Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant, provided by the Humanities Corridor of Central New York, for work on
UNESCO’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ($8,000), 2007-08
Scholar in Residence and Lead Tutor, PESGB Philosophy of Education International Summer School, London,
Spencer Foundation Grant, for work on a comprehensive guide to the philosophy of education ($50K), 2001-02
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, to direct a Summer Seminar for School Teachers, "Overcoming
Conflict: Aristotle on Justice, Friendship, and Virtue" ($73,000), 1997-98
Spencer Foundation Grant, "Why Justice Requires that Education Be Public and the Same for All" ($12K), 1993-94
National Science Foundation, “Constructed Response Exercises in Secondary School Science Assessment,” PI: R.
Darrell Bock (NORC); Co-PIs: Randall Curren, Megan Martin & Michelle Zimowski ($143,457). 1993
National Academy of Education Spencer Fellowship, "Freedom and the Aims of Education," 1991-92
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, "Justice, Judgment, and Education," 1991
Woodrow Wilson Foundation Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1983-84
Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 1977-78
Institute of International Education scholarship for summer study at Exeter College, Oxford University, 1977
Philosophy Faculty Award for outstanding philosophy graduate, University of New Orleans, 1977
Selected KEYNOTE, NAMED, and Notable LECTURES
“Education for Human Flourishing,” Keynote, Roundtable Conference on Human Education in the 3rd Millennium,
hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India, July, 7-8, 2019.
“Aristotle’s Eudaimonic Supposition,” Oxford Moral Philosophy Seminar Series, Somerville College, Oxford,
October 16, 2017.
“What Can Positive Education Learn from Self-Determination Theory? Need Support and Flourishing in Schools,”
Keynote Symposium, Festival of Positive Education, Dallas, July 19, 2016
“Informing Judgment: Moral Education in the Liberal Arts,” Institute Keynote, National Endowment for The
Humanities Summer Institute on Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work, Grand
Valley State University, Michigan, June 23, 2016, http://www.gvsu.edu/neh-institute/
“An SDT-based Vindication of Eudaimonia,” Keynote Address, 6th International Conference on Self-
Determination Theory, Victoria, British Columbia, June 3, 2016
“Eudaimonia in the Classroom,” Keynote Lecture, Philosophy of Education Conference 2015, Azim Premji
University, Bangalore, India, January 19-21, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blt79TSt1tk
“Peters Redux: The Motivational Power of Inherently Valuable Learning,” R. S. Peters Memorial Lecture,
arranged by the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain in cooperation with the University of
Birmingham, Birmingham, June 12, 2014
“Meaning, Motivation, and the Good,” Conference Keynote and Professorial Inaugural Lecture, day conference on
the themes of my work, Royal Institute of Philosophy, London, January 24, 2014. Available on the RIP
Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhjZvbvpJYQ&feature=youtu.be
“Measures of Goodness,” Keynote Lecture, Second Annual Conference of the Jubilee Centre for Character and
Virtues, Oriel College, Oxford, January 9-11, 2014
“Academic Integrity,” Inaugural GEICO Lecture in Ethics, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, April 9,
“Sustainability in the Education of Professionals,” Keynote Lecture, Fourth International Conference on
Applied Ethics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, November 15, 2009
“Forms of Knowledge and Ways of Flourishing,” 17th Francis Villemain Distinguished Lecture, San Jose State
University, February 24, 2009.
“Education as a Social Right in a Diverse Society,” Keynote Lecture, Sixth International Congress on Philosophy of
Education, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, June 20, 2008
“Academic Standards and the Problem of Intergenerational Constitutive Responsibility,” Keynote Lecture,
Roehampton-PESGB Open Seminar on Ethics in Education, July 13, 2007
“Education for Survival: Culture, Curricula, and Catastrophe in the Twenty-first Century,” Keynote Lecture,
Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, Annual Conference, New College, Oxford, April 1, 2007
“Aristotle on the Necessity of Public Education,” University Distinguished Lecture, University of Wisconsin-
Madison, March 4, 2002
"The Contributions of Philosophy of Education to Educational Theory," Invited Plenary Session, National
Academy of Education annual meeting, UC Berkeley, October 12, 2001.
"Ethics and Schools," Keynote Address, Conference of Big Five School Districts of New York State, spring
meeting, Rochester, NY, June 2, 1994.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Ethics; Moral Psychology; Philosophy of Education; Ancient Greek Philosophy
Philosophy of Education: The Fundamentals (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, under contract and in progress).
Patriotic Education in a Global Age, Randall Curren & Charles Dorn (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press,
Reviewed in Theory and Research in Education, Studies in Philosophy & Education (symposium),
Journal of Social Philosophy (forthcoming symposium), Educational Theory (forthcoming review).
Living Well Now and in the Future: Why Sustainability Matters, Randall Curren & Ellen Metzger (Cambridge,
MA: MIT Press, 2017).
Chinese Edition w/ new preface, transl. Chenghua, Guan and Yongsheng, Lin (Beijing: Beijing Normal University Press,
Reviewed in Choice, Environmental Values, Science & Education, Ethics, Policy & Environment (target
précis and 6 reviews), Theory and Research in Education (4 reviews and response), Le Point/Phébé (Paris)
Philosophy of Education: An Anthology (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2007).
A Companion to the Philosophy of Education (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2003; 2006).
Chinese Edition, transl. Zhengmei, Peng (Shanghai: East China Normal University Press, 2011,).
Ethical Standards of the American Educational Research Association: Cases and Commentary, K. Strike, M.
Anderson, R. Curren, T. van Geel, I. Pritchard, and E. Robertson (Washington, D.C.: AERA, 2002).
Aristotle on the Necessity of Public Education (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
Reviewed in Ethics, Choice, The Review of Metaphysics, Political Theory, Classical Review, Philosophy in
Review, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, The School Field (7
review essays and response).
Philosophy of Education