University of North Florida Department of Philosophy
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Graduate Studies Coordinator
HONORS AND AWARDS
Doctor of Philosophy, 1991 Thesis: “Die Macht des Dialogs: Kritische Hermeneutik nach Gadamer, Foucault, und Rorty” (The Power of Dialogue: Critical Hermeneutics after Gadamer, Foucault, and Rorty), University of Frankfurt, Advisor: J. Habermas
M. A. in Philosophy, 1986 Thesis: “Historisches Bewusstsein nach Hegel (Historical Consciousness after Hegel), University of Frankfurt, Advisor: J. Habermas
1986-1987 Research Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: History and Discourse of the Sciences of Education, University of Frankfurt.
1987-1991 Dissertation Fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Fellowship Foundation).
1989-1990 Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University, The New School for Social Research, and at the University of California, Berkeley.
1991 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1994 Assistant Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1997 Summer Visiting Scholar as NEH Fellow, University of Boston
1997 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of History and Philosophy, University of North Florida, Jacksonville
1999 Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of North Florida, Jacksonville
2000 Summer Visiting Scholar as NEH Fellow, University of Arizona
2000-2001 Faculty Fellow, Office for Faculty Enhancement, UNF
2003 May - June, Visiting Professor, Czech Academy of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.
2004 May – June, Guestprofessor at the Alpe-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Austria.
2005 Graduate Studies Coordinator, “M.A. in Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics,” Department of Philosophy, University of North Florida
2006 July, Guestprofessor at the Alpe-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Austria.
2007, August, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Program in Religious Studies, University of North Florida
Service to the Profession
Active Membership: APA; Critical Theory Roundtable; Society for Universal Dialogue;
International Consortium for Social Theory
Manuscript Reviewer: SUNY Press, Westview Press, Metzler Verlag, (Stuttgart, Germany), The MIT Press, Penn State University Press, Langman Press, Encyclopedia of Philosophy, European Journal of Social Theory.
Academic Advisory Board Member: Handlung/Kultur/Interpretation, Journal for the Human and Social Sciences, U. of Hanover, Germany; Social Epistemology (Taylor & Francis, Routledge), London; X-Alta, H. Vaugrand/F. Ollier (edas.), Abjat/Bandiat, France.
Special Professional Activities:
Conceived, initiated, and coordinated Faculty Seminar in the Humanities, Social Science, and Social Theory at UNF. Since Fall 2000, there have been six (6) installments of the seminar (each one semester, including 6-7 sessions with faculty research presentations coupled with cutting edge readings). The seminar includes a email list-serve with around 40 faculty members from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Topics of the seminars included “The Place of Theory After Postmodernism,” Human Agency,” “Globalization,” Agency between Culture and Biology,” and “Globalization, Cultural Difference, and Universal Values.” Over 20 assistant, associate, and full professors from UNF, but also from other institutions, have presented their research in this unique interdisciplinary academic setting.
Served as MA proposal coordinator which included conceiving possible MA program in philosophy with applied focus, coordinating faculty ideas and initiatives toward that goal, and developing a 38-page MA proposal that led to the implementation of the “MA in Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics” at UNF in 2005. Served since 2005 as Graduate Coordinator of the MA.
Organized professional panels include: