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Dr Jonathan Wolfe Leader MA, PhD, SFHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

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A Senior Teaching Fellow, I am Programme Lead for Pre-Masters in the Academic Centre for International Students (ACIS), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and additionally, I am Director of Programmes in the Centre for Higher Education Practice (CHEP) in the Faculty of Social Sciences. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

My BA (Hons) in Philosophy was awarded by the University of Lancaster in 1982 after which I studied for my MA in Philosophy at the University of Warwick (1983). After moving to London, I worked for twelve years in the voluntary sector, initially with a charity for the homeless and then as a senior residential social worker working with adults recovering from mental illness. During this period, I conducted part-time research at the LSE and completed my teacher training at Goldsmiths’, University of London. I have held Senior Lectureships at the University of East London and the University of the Arts, London, where, until 2011 I was Course Leader for the Personal and Professional Development programme in the Faculty of Media.

My PhD, from the University of Southampton (2010), was awarded for my research on the German Jewish polemicist and political theorist, Hannah Arendt. I give lectures and presentations on both Arendt and the pedagogy of critical thinking and have written reviews for Bloomsbury Publishing, Sage Publications and Oxford University Press on book proposals in each of these fields. I am currently working on a book proposal of my own on the life and work of Hannah Arendt.

Research interests

I am working on a book proposal about the life and critical thought of Hannah Arendt. My research draws, in part, on resources within the Parkes Centre for Jewish/Christian Relations (Arts and Humanities) and spans both the Humanities generally and the Social Sciences. My specific interests concern the impact of Arendt’s critical thought in terms of its lasting value and contemporary relevance and understanding what we can learn from her highly visible life.

 

Lectures/conference papers:

  • SCOPE for Criticality in HE: The Critical Thinker as Curator. University of Leeds Symposium on ‘Questioning Criticality: What is Criticality in HE?’, 21 November 2019
  • Children in politics: From Little Rock to the Extinction Rebellion. Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, 31 August 2019
  • Hannah Arendt on the Eichmann trial and the Banality of Evil. Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, 30 August 2019
  • Hannah Arendt and Little Rock. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 20 August 2019
  • Toilets, Trump and the Myth of the Independent Learner: Some Lessons for Thinking Critically. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 21 August 2018
  • Stance, Structure & Significant Others: Getting Personal about Position. St Andrews EAP Conference: No Innocent Bystanders: Stance and Engagement in Academic Discourse, 24 February 2018
  • The Little Rock Nine: Reflections on the Day Childhood Ended. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 22 August 2017
  • The Little Rock Nine: Reflections on the Day Childhood Ended. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 2 August 2016
  • Enemy of the State: Hannah Arendt & the Perils of Critical Thinking. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 18 August 2015
  • Hannah Arendt’s Absurdities: The Grace of a Jewish Thinker. Parkes Centre Lecture, University of Southampton, 10 February 2015
  • Who Was Hannah Arendt? Reflections on a Critical Life. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 19 August 2014
  • Who Do We Think “They” Are? Identity & Multiculturalism. TEATime Workshop, University of Southampton, 7 November 2012
  • From Dependence to Interdependence: On Developing Students’ Understanding of the Nature of Knowledge. Learning & Teaching Day London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, 19 January 2011
  • Encouraging Students to Get Out More: Critical Thinking as an Antidote to Too Much Self-Reflection’. PPD Network Forum, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, 17 February 2010
  • Putting the Person Back into Personal & Professional Development: Reflections on PPD in the Context of Entrepreneurial Learning. PPD Network Forum, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, 5 June 2008.

I lead and teach on the English for Masters Study module (HUMA6016/5015) and I am Module Leader for Critical and Contextual Thinking for Masters Study (HUMA5011/5014) in addition to the Research Project module (HUMA5004). Each of these modules is a core component of the Pre-Masters programme.

Dr Jonathan Wolfe Leader
Room 2107, Building 65
Avenue Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
Email: J.W.Leader@soton.ac.uk
Tel: 02380 596822

Room Number: 65/2107

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