David Meens

Biography

What is the role of the professional intellectual in contemporary US and global society? What should it be? What are the legitimate public purposes of the modern university, and what sort of work ought those positioned there do? I believe that those whose business is the creation, conveyance, and critique of ideas - researchers, teachers, and scholars - can contribute greatly to the betterment of individual lives and to the ongoing project of creating a more just and sustainable world. My commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability informs my efforts to produce ethically responsible and socially significant research, to join with students in engaging teaching and mentorship, and to offer meaningful service within the university and beyond. 
 
As an instructor with INVST Community Studies, a small academic unit at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder and a national leader in experiential and service-based leadership education for more than twenty years, I teach upper division courses, develop curriculum, and coordinate service-learning offerings. 
 
In addition to my role as a member of the faculty, I am a Ph.D. candidate in CU's School of Education. With prior graduate-level training in the fields of philosophy and psychology, my more recent arrival in the interdisciplinary field of education studies resulted from my interest in possibilities for realizing a more just, sustainable, and democratic society. My dissertation focuses on the intersection of philosophical inquiry and social scientific methods in educational research, and on the ideals that guide, implicitly or explicitly, education reform efforts in the US. More specifically, democratic values and their implications for educational policy and practice have emerged as the core area of my research and scholarship.

Awards & Honors

Recent Honors and Awards

Research

Research Interests

  • Education Policy and Political Theory
  • Methodology and Philosophy of Social Science
  • Service-Learning, Civic Engagement, and Leadership Education
  • Feminist Theory and Gender Studies
  • Environmental Education and Ecological Citizenship
  • Philosophy and Ethics of Education

Teaching

INVS 4402: Democracy and Nonviolent Social Movements

 
INVS 3931/2: Community Leadership Internship, Parts 1 and 2
 
INVS 3041: Self and Consciousness

Service & Outreach

As an instructor with INVST Community Studies, a small academic unit at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder and a national leader in experiential and service-based leadership education for more than twenty years, I teach upper division courses, develop curriculum, and coordinate service-learning offerings. 

Selected Publications

Meens, D. E. (In press). Do our Children Need better Character Education?; Education: A Private Good?; Is Education Being ‘Dumbed Down’? Chapters 32, 38, and 47 in Berliner, D. C., Glass, G. V & Associates. 50 Myths that Are Destroying Our Nation's Schools. NY: Teachers College Press.

Meens, D. E. [Accepted]. Philosopher, Know Thyself: Metaphilosophical and Methodological Reflection in Philosophy of Education as Requisite for Successful Interdisciplinarity. Philosophy of Education 2013. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Meens, D. E. [Invited - in progress]. A review of The Last Book of Postmodernism by Michael Peters. Education Review.

 
 
Shaping Turnaround Policies and School Improvement Efforts to Advance Education and Democracy. Policy brief presentation with Kenneth Howe. The Sixth Annual National Education Policy Center (NEPC) Fellows Panel, Boulder, CO (Sept. 7, 2012).
 
 
Meens, D. (2005). Esse est Percipi: A Speculative Dialogue Concerning George Berkeley’s Doctrine of “Immaterialism.” Forms Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy 1(1), 1-11.