Mitchell R Haney

Chair/Assoc Professor

Philosophy & Religious Studies • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Ethical Theory as well as Professional and Organizational Ethics.


B.A. Cleveland State University

M.A. American University

Ph.D. University of Memphis


Dr. Haney grew up in the small college town of Berea, Ohio. It is a suburb of Cleveland. However, due to the local college, as well as the cultural resources of Cleveland, Dr. Haney grew to love the arts (visual, theatrical, and musical). As the son of an Ad Man, and due to the power of labor in Northeast Ohio, he also witnessed and reflected upon the state of the economy and the power of business even at a young age. 


Dr. Haney graduated from Berea High School in 1985 and, immediately, went off to Mount Union College (now University). He started as a Fine Arts Major, but explored lots of other types of courses, from Poetry to Abnormal Psychology to Geology. However, in his Sophomore year, at the recommendation of a friend, he took Introduction to Philosophy. He simply fell in love with the exploration and critical reflection upon ideas. In his pre-college days, he had, as the result of good teachers, already learned that ideas were the entry way to so much about the human condition, and that ideas had power.


Dr. Haney transferred to Cleveland State University in order to have more faculty and a range of courses at his disposal, and he graduated from CSU with a BA in Philosophy in 1989. In his senior year, relatively late, he decided he wanted to explore Philosophy further and to see whether or not the life of an academic suited him. This took Dr. Haney to Washington, D.C. and The American University.


Dr. Haney entered the Masters Degree Program in Philosophy at American U, and he immersed himself in his studies. While there he made life-long friends, and read and read and read. Working full-time in AUs library made the cost of that education affordable and it gave him the opportunity to have anything he wanted to explore at his finger-tips. Dr. Haney completed his MA (writing a thesis on the philosophical worries about subjectivity in Jacques Derrida) in 1991. At this point, Dr. Haney knew he wanted to go further.


Dr. Haney, due to his wide ranging philosophical interests and background, decided to attend Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis) which had started a new Ph.D. program with a decidedly pluralistic approach to Philosophy. These were glorious years. The faculty were superb, the city amazing, and fellow students were both smart and down to earth. While there, Dr. Haney took up an interest in Ethical Theory and Metaethics under the guidance of Mark Timmons and Terry Horgan. He completed a dissertation on the Theory/Anti-Theory debate in ethics, and he was conferred his degree in 1996.


As Dr. Haney was completing his degree, he was offered a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He held that fellowship for two years, doing research, but beginning his interest in business ethics while working with Peter French. He stayed on as a full-time faculty member for one more year. In 1999, Dr. Haney was offered a Tenure Track position at Missouri Western State College (now University) in St. Joseph, Missouri. 


Dr. Haney earned tenure at Missouri Western in 2004. The following year he came to University of North Florida. Dr. Haney is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in Ethics and Applied Ethics, his research focuses on Organizational Ethics, Ethics and Social Media, and the Value of Work and Leisure to the quality of life.


Jesse Lee Meyers Teaching Award, Missouri Western State University

Publications & Presentations

 The Value of Time and Leisure in a World of Work (Lexington, 2010) with A. David Kline


Social Media and the Value of Truth (Lexington, 2012) with Berrin Beasley, Dept of Communication, UNF


Social Media and Living Well (Lexington, 2015) with Berrin Beasley, Dept of Communication, UNF


Representative articles include: “The Community of Sanity in the Age of the Meme” (2015), “Social Media, Speed, and Listening to Oneself” (2012), “The Value of Slow” (2010), “On the Need for Theory in Business Ethics” (2009), and “Corporate Loss of Innocence for the Sake of Accountability” (2004).

HaneyContact Information

Building 10, Room 2329

(904) 620-1187