Philosophy Faculty

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My Approach to Philosophy and Teaching

Philosophy deals with Big Questions like Does God exist? What is justice? Is there a soul?  Such important questions are best approached less through lecture and more by discussion and student driven activities.  Expect hard work but philosophy is worth the effort. And it can be a lot of fun.

Educational Background

  • A.B., Loyola University
  • M.A., Loyola University
  • Post masters work, University of Illinois, Chicago

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • PHI 101 Critical Thinking
  • PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 115 Ethics
  • PHI 150 Business Ethics
  • PHI 220 Philosophy of Religion

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My Approach to Philosophy and Teaching

Harper College is home to a diverse student body enrolled in courses for a variety of reasons, from pursuing an associate's degree, to accumulating transfer credits, to simply continuing education as an adult. I firmly believe that the study of philosophy, or perhaps more accurately, the pursuit of wisdom, is an important stepping stone for anyone on one of these journeys. In my own classes, students' pursuit of wisdom follows the principles of Socratic Practice. As Michael Strong, author of The Habit of Thought, explains, Socratic Practice "is a learning process in which students work as a team to understand difficult theoretical material on their own." Through such practice, students develop independent judgment, thoughtfulness, understanding, commitment, a willingness to accept criticism, independent learning, self-respect, and intellectual integrity. My classroom, therefore, looks more like a laboratory than a lecture-hall, wherein my students develop skills necessary to achieve success in any major or life-endeavor.

Educational Background

  • B.A., John Carroll University
  • M.A., Boston College
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • PHI 101 Critical Thinking
  • PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 205 Religions of the World
  • PHI 232 History of Modern Philosophy

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My Approach to Philosophy and Teaching

I take the view that Philosophy as a discipline has two elements, and I try to reflect that in my teaching.  First, Philosophy, most importantly, involves the asking of the most basic questions that guide our lives, questions of how we can best live meaningful lives, and it pushes us to ask these questions in a way that challenges our  assumptions about their answers.   But philosophy is also a skill, so I teach with an eye to helping students develop the tools to think carefully about these questions and develop their ability to express their ideas in writing.

Educational Background

  • B.A., Boston College
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D., Loyola University

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • PHI 101 Critical Thinking
  • PHI 102 Symbolic Logic
  • PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 115 Ethics
  • PHI 220 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHI 160 Non-Western Philosophy
  • PHI 231, PHI 232 History of Philosophy

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Educational Background

  • B.A, Mississippi State University
  • M.A., University of Kentucky
  • Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science, University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Courses Taught

  • FYS 101 First Year Seminar
  • PHI 101 Critical Thinking
  • PHI 102 Symbolic Logic
  • PHI 105 Intro to Philosophy
  • PHI 115 Ethics
  • PHI 150 Business Ethics
  • PHI 190 Philosophy and Gender
  • PHI 205 Religions of the World
  • PHI 220 Philosophy of Religion

mhorton@harpercollege.edu

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My Approach to Philosophy and Teaching

I aim to expose students to a variety of philosophical points of view and to help students to sharpen their own reasoning skills.  Class discussions, small group discussions and projects, and debates all play a significant role in my classes. I try to make assignments, expectations and grading standards as clear as possible.

Educational Background

  • A.A., College of Lake County
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • PHI 102 Symbolic Logic
  • PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 115 Ethics
  • PHI 120 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHI 170 Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 180 Biomedical Ethics
  • PHI 190 Feminist Philosophy

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Educational Background

  • ABD, Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago
  • M.A., Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago
  • M.A., Philosophy of Religion, Trinity International University
  • B.A., Philosophy, Religious Studies, Westmont College

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Religions of the World
  • Critical Thinking
  • Philosophy of Religion

jbenson@harpercollege.edu

My Approach to Philosophy and Teaching

My approach to teaching presents Philosophy not only as an academic discipline questioning the nature of reality, knowledge, and the good, but also as a mode of orienting one’s mind toward the world. This entails thinking deeply, actively, and critically to understand the structure of worldviews, ideas, and arguments.

Educational Background

  • Georgia State University: BA, Philosophy, Religious Studies
  • Northern Illinois University: MA, Philosophy

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • World Religions
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Death and Dying
  • “Fast Track” Classes

achackal@harpercollege.edu

My approach to Philosophy and Teaching

 

At its core, philosophy is an activity.  It’s the critical exploration of profound questions and the thoughtful use of knowledge to improve one’s life.  In my courses, students do this by selecting projects and discussion topics based on what they find interesting and meaningful, thereby constructing their own learning experience.

 

Educational Background

  • B.A., Philosophy and Intellectual History; New College of Florida
  • M.A., Philosophy with Concentration in Religious Studies; University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Post-masters work, Philosophy; University of Illinois, Springfield

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Business Ethics
  • Religions of the World
  • Philosophy of Religion

acostell@harpercollege.edu

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking
  • World Religions
  • Ethics
  • Fast Track

mfoote@harpercollege.edu

Educational Background

  • BA (philosophy and psychology) Youngstown State University - 2001
  • MA (philosophy) University of Cincinnati – 2005
  • PhD (philosophy) University of Cincinnati - TBD

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Logic

nhogan@harpercollege.edu

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Religions of the World
  • Business Ethics

emartin@harpercollege.edu

My Approach to Philosophy and Teaching

Teaching is an art form. I take a multi-faceted approach designing and incorporating the largest variety of methodologies possible, combined with an overriding desire to make course materials relevant and contemporary to students.  Real-life challenges are integrated with the objective to shape a learner-based  experience.

Educational Background

  • M.A.R., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Master of Arts Religion)
  • B.A., Trinity College (Communication and Organizational Leadership)

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Religions of the World
  • Religion in America

amaass@harpercollege.edu

Educational Background

  • B.A. Loyola University
  • M.A. Northwestern University
  • M.Div. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Additional study: University of Edinburgh, Oxford University

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Non-Western Philosophy
  • Religions of the World
  • Death & Dying

tmcintyr@harpercollege.edu

My Approach to Philosophy and Teaching

I believe very strongly that one should only teach if they enjoy doing it. When you have a passion for something it ought to show. I endeavor to share both my subject expertise and enthusiasm with my students in an open, accepting, safe and stimulating classroom

Educational Background

  • B.A., Central Bible College
  • M.A., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
  • M.L.I.S., Dominican University
  • D. Min., Trinity International University

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Religions of the World
  • Death & Dying
  • Religion in America

wpankey@harpercollege.edu

Educational Background

  • A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Maitrise de Philosophie from Universite de Paris – Sorbonne (Paris IV)
  • J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking

srajkovi@harpercollege.edu 

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Rochester, 1995
  • MFA, Media Study, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Religions of the World

broddy@harpercollege.edu

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Brunel University
  • M.A., University of Illinois
  • B.A., Babes-Bolyai University

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • PHI 101 Critical Thinking

ssabou@harpercollege.edu

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • World Religions

ashear@harpercollege.edu

Educational Background

  • M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics

dschaffe@harpercollege.edu

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking

msigler@harpercollege.edu

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking

dthomas1@harpercollege.edu

My Approach to Philosophy and Teaching

Teaching is what I love to do, the classroom is my favorite place on Earth, and seeing the light of recognition in a student’s eyes is what makes it all worthwhile. My highest goal is to see the sleeping philosopher reawaken in each student, lighting again the impulses of reflection and wonder.  

Educational Background

  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Springfield College in Illinois
  • Bachelor Arts in Philosophy: University of Illinois - Springfield
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy: Trinity International University
  • Master of Library and Information Science: University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Religions of the World
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy

cullman@harpercollege.edu

My Approach to Philosophy and Teaching

“Religion”--Everyone knows the historical horror stories.  Yet, all faith traditions have innumerable examples of positive life-changing experiences. My goal is to expose students to both the positive and negative of the world’s major living faiths. Lectures integrate the academic with real-life examples drawn from my own worldwide 45-year quest.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY (World Religions)
  • M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY (Missiology, Theology)
  • B.A., Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ (Religions)

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • World Religions
  • Nonwestern Philosophy
  • Death and Dying
  • Religion in America

jwasserm@harpercollege.edu

Educational Background

  • ABD, Philosophy 1997, Loyola University
  • MA, Philosophy 1991, Loyola University
  • MHum, Humanities 1989, Wright State University
  • BA, Philosophy 1987, Wright State University

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Business Ethics
  • Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Religions of the World
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Nonwestern Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Symbolic Logic

dwilliam@harpercollege.edu

Educational Background

  • M. A. San Diego State University
  • Ph. D. Marquette University

Philosophy Courses Taught

  • Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Religions of the World
  • Religion in America

mwion@harpercollege.edu