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Erinn Gilson, PhD - Assistant Professor, Philosophy & Religious Studies

Erinn Gilson, PhD 

Assistant Professor, Philosophy & Religious Studies

Erinn Gilson earned a B.A. in philosophy from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Memphis. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at UNF, as well as the Coordinator for the interdisciplinary Gender Studies Minor. 


Her research focuses on the idea of vulnerability, understood not just in the conventional sense of susceptibility to harm but also as a form of openness to the unknown. This kind of vulnerability is integral to learning since it enables transformative experiences. This perspective led her to seek to integrate community-based learning into her courses in order to provide occasions for students to experience affective as well as cognitive surprises that can help them learn. Dr. Gilson taught a course on food, eating, and values for UNF’s Venture Studies Program for first year students in Fall 2011 and 2012, which included an introductory CBTL experience volunteering at a local farm, Down to Earth Farm.


As a Community Scholar she has developed an upper level philosophy course on food justice with a more extensive CBTL component. The syllabus can be found here