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University of Central Oklahoma
jmock@uco.edu (405) 974-5624 Humanities and Philosophy LAR 205I , Box 184

About

Originally from Montreal, Canada, after a long time at Syracuse University in Central New York Professor James Mock relocated to UCO in 1992. His Canadian accent seems inextinguishable regardless of Herculean attempts to crush it. This has led on many recent occasions to his having to point out to those who object to immigrants (he is serious about this) that he has an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force, a Vietnam War Era National Defense Service Medal, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Disabled American Veterans for "valuable and devoted service and performance of duty while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America during time of conflict.". He did nothing whatsoever heroic, unless you count enlisting at the height of the Vietnam War as heroic. He never wants to hear about the immigrant thing again but is quite sure it is not going to go away. He has had extensive graduate study in English literature and received degrees in art history, information studies, and philosophy, with a specialization in aesthetics. His interdisciplinary PhD centered on the philosophy of representation. He has been a ‘rather good’ painter, focusing on minimalist realism, a decent ceramicist, dedicated to surrealist sculpture, and an often joyful electric guitarist. He is hopeful that all of this allows him to bring a hands-on enthusiasm to his classes in aesthetics, philosophy of music, and American humanities.

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. Philosophy and Fine Arts, Syracuse University, 1988.

M.Phil. Philosophy/Aesthetics, Syracuse University, 1984.

M.L.S. Library Science, Syracuse University, 1979.

M.A. Art History, Syracuse University, 1977.

M.A. work. English Literature, Southern Illinois University, 1968-70. All but language exam completed.

B.A., English/Philosophy, Le Moyne College, 1968.

Honors and Awards

Recent Honors and Awards:

Affiliate Supervisor, Swansea University, Wales, UK (College of Arts and Humanities), with responsibilities for doctoral research supervision, 2014 continuing..

Liberal Arts College Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015.

UCO AAUP & UCO Faculty Senate Leadership, Lifetime Service Award, 2014.

UCO President’s Vanderford Initiative Award, 2014.

Liberal Arts College Outstanding Service Award, 2013-2014.

Liberal Arts College Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2011-2012.

UCO Provost’s Award, “Modelling the Way,” 2006.

Liberal Arts College Outstanding Service Award, 2004-2005.

UCO AAUP Distinguished Service Award, 2002-2003.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Textbook Reviewing

Manuscript reviews of volumes four and five of Gloria Fiero's 2nd Edition of The Humanistic Tradition, Brown and Benchmark, 1995.

Post-Publication analysis of The Humanistic Tradition.  Brown and Benchmark, 1996.

Review of Matthews and Platt's The Western Humanities, Mayfield, 1999.

Review of Benton and DiYanni's Arts and Culture, volumes one and two, Prentice Hall, 2000.

Pre-Revision review of Matthews and Platt's The Western Humanities, Mayfield, 2001.

Pre-Revision review of Cunningham and Reich’s Culture and Values, volumes one and two, Thomson Learning, 2004.

Review of Revision Plan for Matthews, Platt, and Nobel’s The Western Humanities, McGraw-Hill, 2008.

Pre-revision Review of Henry M. Sayre’s The Humanities: Culture, Continuity & Change, Prentice Hall, 2009.

Manuscript Review for Publisher:

Ray Belliotti, Dante's Deadly Sins: Moral Philosophy in Hell, for Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Commissioned by Jeff Dean, Editor, Philosophy Publishing.

Publications:

Co-Editor with Dr. E.M. Dadlez of “Hume and the Interaction of Ideas in the long Eighteenth Century,”  a special feature section, pages 49 – 174, of the journal 1650-1850.

“David Hume, ‘Of the Standard of Taste,’ and Aesthetic Theory,” in 1650 – 1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, Vol. 12, Edited by Kevin L. Cope (New York: AMS Press, 2006), 125 – 145. 

Review of John Dilworth’s The Double Content of Art, in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 64, No. 2, Spring 2006.    

“David Hume’s and Guy Sircello’s Aesthetics”;

“Winckelmann on the Trapeze: The Delicate Balance of  Aesthetic Theory”;

 “The Workings of the Artworld: Articles of Faith,”

in The Beautiful, the Sublime, and the Grotesque: The Subjective Turn in Aesthetics from the Enlightenment to the Present. Edited by Michael J. Matthis (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010).

“Possible Influences by and upon David Hume and ‘Of the Standard of Taste’,” in Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2011.  

“Response to Andrew Ward, ‘Imagination and Experimentalism in Hume’s Philosophy’,” in Southwest Philosophy Review, July 2012.

"On Jeremy Kirby’s “Conditions for two Conditionals in Hume’s 'Of Liberty and Necessity',"with an appendix by Dr. Rick Chew presenting the formal logic important to the paper, in Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 29, No. 2, July 2013.

"On Julie Kuhlken's 'Hume and the Ethics of Taste,'," Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 30, No. 2, July, 2014.

"On David L. Hildebrand's 'Art is Not Entertainment: John Dewey’s Pragmatist Defense of an Aesthetic Distinction'," Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 31, No. 2, July, 2015.

"Making and Matching, or Schema and Correction, E.H. Gombrich's Incorrigible System," Revisions of Modern Aesthetics: International Scientific Conference, Belgrade, 2015, electronic and disk publication of all papers as the conference proceedings.

“On Nate Jackson’s ‘John Dewey and the Possibility of Particularist Moral Education’,” Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, July, 2016.

“Review of Daniel Came, Nietzsche on Art and Life,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 74, No. 2, Spring 2016.

“On Glen Tiller’s ‘Being Denied: Analytic Metaphysics and American Philosophy’,” Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 33, No. 2, July, 2017.

“On Kenneth L. Brewer’s ‘There Will be Monsters: A Defense of Noel Carroll’s Definition of the Horror Genre’,” Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, July, 2018.

"Beauty is in the Eye of the beholder and Response," in Problems in Philosophy: An Introduction to the Major Debates on Knowledge, Reality, Values and Government, edited by Steven B. Cowan (London; Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019).

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Conference Papers

"Dickie's Artworld as the Secular Sacred: Art 'Appreciators' as Congregation," at The International Conference on The Sacred and the Profane, Atlanta, Georgia, 1995. Paper and Session Chair.

"Dystopic Duality: Desire and Despair in Orwell's 1984 and Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale," co-presentation with Dr. E.M. Dadlez, at The International Conference on Desire and Despair, Atlanta, Georgia, 1996.

"It Must Have Been Burke," South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Edmond, Oklahoma, 1997. Paper and Panel Organizer and Session Chair.

"Post-Modern Architecture and Restoration Wit," International Society of Humor Studies Conference, Edmond, Oklahoma, 1997.

"Machiavelli and Moral Politics," co-presentation with Dr. Dadlez, International Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, Villanova Penn., 1997.

"Dickie's Artworld," Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 1997.

"Winckelmann on the Trapeze: The Delicate Balance of Aesthetic Theory," South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, San Antonio, Texas, 1998.

Session Chair, Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Edmond, Oklahoma, 1998.

"Hume and Standards of Taste," South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1999.

Panel Presenter, "Assessment," University Of Central Oklahoma Faculty Enhancement Day, 1999.

"The Chorus of Dissent: The Dystopian Harmony of Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and Neil Postman," International Conference on Utopia and Dystopia in Literature and the Visual Arts, Including Cinema, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999.

"Disputing About Tastes," South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2000. Paper, Co-Chair, Session Chair.

Session Chair, C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, 2000.

"Disputing About Tastes," American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New  Mexico, 2000.

Session Chair, Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Topeka, Kansas, 2000.

"Aesthetic Bliss: David Hume's Standard of Taste," International Conference on Madness & Bliss, Atlanta, Georgia, 2000. Paper and Session Chair.

"Hume and Pragmatism," South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2001. Paper, Co-Chair, Session Chair.

"Santayana and the Harmonization of Life Elements," American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2001.

Commentator, "Hume and the Secondary Quality Analogy," by John Corvino. Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2001.

"Closet Platonists: Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and Art as Imitation," International Conference on Parody and Imitation, Atlanta, Georgia, 2001. Paper and Session Moderator.

"Humean Nature," South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, South Padre Island, Texas, 2002. Paper, Co-Chair, and Session Co-Chair.

“On the Beautiful: David Hume and Guy Sircello,” American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2002. Paper and Session Chair.

“Order from Chaos: John Dewey’s Aesthetics Reconsidered,” International Conference on Chaos and Order, Atlanta, Georgia, 2002.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

“The Discerning Judge: Hume and Art Criticism in the Eighteenth-Century,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Fort Worth, Texas, 2003. Paper, Co- Chair, and Session Chair.

“John Dewey’s Aesthetics Reconsidered: Order from Chaos,” American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003.

“Post-Modern Architecture and ‘Knowing Play’,” International Conference on Silence and Laughter, Atlanta, Georgia, 2003.

“The Workings of the Artworld: Articles of Faith,” American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2004.

“Hume’s Aesthetics,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2004. Paper, Co-Chair, and Session Chair.

“Beauty and Utility in the Aesthetics of David Hume,” Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Fort Hays, Kansas, 2004.

“Truth or Lies: The Anti-Literary Foundations of  Philosophy,” International Conference on Truth and Mendacity, Atlanta, Georgia, 2004. Paper and Session Chair.

“Hume the Aesthetician,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Saint-Simons Island, Georgia, 2005. Paper and Co-Chair of three sessions.

“Plato, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer: The Value of Art,” American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2005.

“Realistic? Who says so?: Assessments of ‘Realism’ and Depictions of War,” International Conference on Arms and Letters, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005.

“Hume’s Aesthetic: The value of a Developed Taste,” Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Durango, Colorado, 2005.

“Hume’s Aesthetic Thought,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Coco Beach, Florida, 2006. Paper and Co-Chair of two sessions.

“Stanley Kubrich Versus Oliver Stone: ‘Realism,’ War, and  the Viewer,” American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2006.

“Hume’s Aesthetics and Moral Re-Evaluations of Beauties and Blemishes,” Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Topeka, Kansas, 2006.

“Shock and Awe: The Sublime from Immanuel Kant to George W. Bush,” International Conference on Fear and Awe, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006.

“The Artful Hume,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2007. Paper and Co-Chair of two sessions.

“’Realism’, War, and the Viewer,” Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts, American Philosophical Association, Chicago, 2007.

“Novels and Manifestoes: Robert Grudin and John Gardner,” American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2007.

“David Hume, George Santayana, and the Harmonization of Life Elements,” Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2007.

“Love and Lust: the March from Plato through Hobbes to the Present,” International Conference on Love and Sex, Atlanta, Georgia, 2007.

Chair, “Sun Tzu to Tarentino, Far West Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Las Vegas, 2008.

“Stone vs. Kubrick, War and the Viewer’s Response,” Far West Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Las Vegas, 2008.

“Art, Beauty, and Hume,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2008. Paper and Co-Chair of two sessions.

Session Chair and Discussion Moderator, “Concepts and Definitions, “American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2008.

“Hume and Eloquence: The Art of Persuasion,” American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2008.

Commentator, "Sin and Performance," by Laura Bernhardt. Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Hays, Kansas, 2008.

“Hume, Eloquence, and Contemporary Psychology,” Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Oklahoma City, 2008. Paper and Session Chair.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

“Hume and the Arts,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2009. Paper and Co-Chair of two sessions.

Session Chair and Discussion Moderator, “Aesthetics and Ethics,” American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2009.

"The Gordian Knot of Influences: Hogarth’s Analysis of Beauty, Gerard’s Essay on Taste, and Hume’s Better Way in 'Of the Standard of Taste,'" American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2009.

Session Chair and Discussion Moderator, Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Reno, Nevada, 2009.

“The Always Relevant Hume: David Hume’s Influence on William Hogarth and The Analysis of Beauty,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Salt Lake City, 2010. Paper and Chair of two sessions.

Session Chair and Discussion Moderator, “Responding to Artworks,” American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2010.

Invited Comment, “Response to Cressida Gaukroger, ‘Unifying Taste: Public Approval and Character traits in Hume’s ‘Standard of taste’,” ‘37th International Hume Conference, University of Antwerp, Department of Philosophy, Antwerp, Belgium, 2010. (With electronic publication for members of the Hume Society.)

Invited Comment, “Response to Donald Bruckner, ‘Against the Tedium of Immortality’,” Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Washington, Pennsylvania, 2010.

“Possible Influences by and upon David Hume and ‘Of the Standard of Taste’,” Southwest Philosophical Society, Memphis, Tennessee, 2010.

“Influences by and upon David Hume and His development ‘Of the Standard of Taste’,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Saint Simon’s Island, Georgia, 2011. Paper and Organizing Chair of three sessions.

“David Hume and William Hogarth,” American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2011.

“Hume and Gerard on Matters of Taste,” American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2011. Paper and Session Chair.

“David Hume, William Hogarth and the Analysis of Beauty,” Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2011.

“Influences by and upon David Hume and His development ‘Of the Standard of Taste’,” American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, 2011. (A modified version of the Pacific Division paper.)

“Hume, Association, Aesthetics, and a Standard of Taste,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Asheville, North Carolina, 2012. Paper and organizing chair of three sessions.

International Conference on How to Make-Believe: The Fictional Truths of the Representational Arts. University of Lund, Sweden, 2012. Attendance and participation.

“Response to Susan Songsuk Hahn,’How Can a Skeptic Have a Standard of Taste?’," American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2012.

“David Hume and Limitations on the Association of Ideas in ‘Of the Standard of Taste’,” American Society for Aesthetics: Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2012.

“David Hume, the Association of ideas and ‘Of the Standard of Taste’,” Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Storm Lake, Iowa, 2012.

Response to Jeremy Kirby’s “Conditions for two Conditionals in Hume’s  “Of Liberty and Necessity,” with a distributed two page appendix presenting the working out of the formal logic by Dr. Rick Chew, Southwestern Philosophical Society, New Orleans, 2012.

“The Association of Ideas and David Hume’s Aesthetics,” South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Austin, Texas, 2013.

Response to Dabney Townsend, “Hume on Tragedy,” American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2013.

"Why Care? David Hume and the Value of Taste," Canadian Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Victoria, Canada, 2013.

"Making and Matching, or Schema and Correction, E.H. Gombrich's Incorrigible System," American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2013.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

"Darwinian Art History Without Aesthetics in Ernst Gombrich's Anti-Hegelian System," International Congress of Aesthetics Meeting, Krakow, Poland, 2013.

"On Julie Kuhlken's 'Hume and the Ethics of Taste,'," Southwestern Philosophical Society, Fredericksburg, Texas, 2013.

"On Maité Cruz Tleugabulova's 'Hume's Predominant Emotions'," American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, 2013.

21st Century Theories of Literature Conference. Warwick University, Coventry, UK, 2014. Attendance and participation.

"David Hume, Personal Identity, and Aesthetics," South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Galveston, Texas, 2014.

Response to John Dyck, “Aesthetic Judgment Doesn't Require Global Engagement,” American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2014.

"Novels and Manifestoes: Robert Grudin and John Gardner," Canadian Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, St. Catherines, Canada, 2014.

"Darwinian Art History Without Aesthetics in Ernst Gombrich's Anti-Hegelian System," American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2014.

"Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and the Value of Art: A comment supplementing 'Schopenhauer Versus Nietzsche on the Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience'," American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 2014.

"On David L. Hildebrand's 'Art is Not Entertainment: John  Dewey’s Pragmatist Defense of an Aesthetic Distinction'," Southwestern Philosophical Society, Lawrence, Kansas, 2014.

"David Hume: Attenuated Deism and Personal Identity," South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Point Clear, Alabama, 2015.

Response to Laszlo Kajtar, “What Mary Didn't Read: On Literary Narratives and Knowledge,” American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2015.

"David Hume, Personal and Narrative Identities," Canadian Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Canada, 2015.

Participant, International Exploratory Workshop: Fictionality, Narrativity, Literariness: Speculative Approximations. University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2015.

"Making and Matching, or Schema and Correction, E.H. Gombrich's Incorrigible System," Revisions of Modern Aesthetics: International Scientific Conference, Belgrade, 2015.

"E.H. Gombrich's Problematic Theories on Art as Linguistic," American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2015.

Realism and Viewer Response,” 52nd Annual Western Canadian Philosophical Association Conference, University of Saskatchewan, October, 2015.

“On Nate Jackson’s ‘John Dewey and the Possibility of Particularist Moral Education’,” 77th Annual Meeting, Southwestern   Philosophical Society, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 2015.

“On Belen Pueyo’s ‘Experience and Aesthetic Quality. On the Continuities within John Dewey’s Philosophy,” 73rd Annual Meeting, American Society for Aesthetics, Savannah, 2015.

“David Hume, George Dickie, and Immanuel Kant; Hume’s Better Way,” South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Oklahoma City, 2016.

“On Thomas Leddy’s ‘The Synthesis/Cycle View of the Aesthetics of Nature’,” American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2016.

“The Anti-Hegelian Underpinnings of Ernst Gombrich’s Art and Illusion and His Significant Dependence on the Thought of Sir Karl Popper,” 5th International Conference on the Philosophy of Art, Dubrovnik, 2016.

“Wollheim Contra Gombrich,” Canadian Society for Aesthetics 53rd Annual Meeting, University of Alberta, 2016.

“E.H. Gombrich’s Psychology and His Theory of the Art Object,” American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2016.

“On Glen Tiller’s ‘Being Denied: Analytic Metaphysics and American Philosophy’,” 78th Annual Meeting, Southwestern          Philosophical Society, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2016.

“On Dabney Townsend’s ‘Aesthetic Quasi-Realism,” 74th Annual Meeting, American Society for Aesthetics, Seattle, Washington, 2016.

“David Hume, Mark Johnson, George Lakoff, and the Trump Campaign,” South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Salt Lake City, 2017.

“On Robert Sinnerbrink’s ‘None of That Deserves to be Shown’,” American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2017.

“Rational Relativism; John Dewey and Richard Wollheim,” Canadian Society for Aesthetics 54th Annual Meeting, Ryerson University, 2017.

“John Dewey, Richard Wollheim and Rational Relativism,” American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2017.

“On Kenneth L. Brewer’s ‘There Will be Monsters: A Defense of Noel Carroll’s Definition of the Horror Genre’,” 79th Annual Meeting, Southwestern Philosophical Society, Waco, Texas, 2017.

“Considerations on Enrico Terrone’s ‘Mental File Generators’,” 75th Annual Meeting, American Society for Aesthetics, New Orleans, 2017.

“On Larry Shiner’s “Nietzsche’s Nose: Towards an Olfactory Aesthetics’,” American Society for Aesthetics Conference, Asilomar, California, 2018.

“John Gardner: Philosophical Novelist,” American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2018.

Professional and Community Involvement

Brief Summary of Significant University Service

Faculty Senate:

  • Senator from Liberal Arts, 1993-1994, 2017-2019.
  • Parliamentarian, 1994-1995, 2015-2016.
  • Secretary/Treasurer, 1995-1996, 1996-1997, 1998- 1999.
  • Reporter/Historian, 1999-2000.
  • Designed and implemented the very first senate web site.
  • Ad hoc parliamentary advisor, 2004-2005.
  • Parliamentarian, 2005-2006, 2016-2017.
  • Vice-President, 2006-2007.
  • President, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015.
  • (I have served on many senate committees, needless to list here.)

Faculty Handbook Service:

I was a member of the first UCO Faculty Handbook Tenure and Promotion Task Force, which produced that section of the Handbook. I have been on all subsequent Handbook Tenure and Promotion Revision taskforces, as well as serving three years on the Academic Affairs Handbook Revision Committee. I served on the College of Liberal Arts tenure and promotion policy task force, which produced the service section of the college document, as well as chairing two committees (one in spring 2016) revising the service section of the document.

Faculty Handbook Editorial Board, 2011-2015, 2017-2019.

University President’s Council:

I was appointed to the President’s Council for 2012 and was involved in university strategic planning.

State Regents for Higher Education Faculty Advisory Council:

Representative, 2013-2014, Chair 2014.

UCO Appellate Committee on Dismissal of Tenured Faculty members:

2016-2019.

University Curriculum:

  • Academic Affairs Council, Chair, Curriculum Committee, 2002-2004.
  • Academic Affairs Council Executive Committee, 2002-2004.
  • Graduate Council, Curriculum Committee, 2001-2007.
  • Graduate Council Representative to the Academic Affairs Council Executive Committee, 2002-2005.
  • Touchstone Competencies (University Core Assessment), 2003.
  • University Curriculum Process Revision Task Force, 2004.
  • University Curriculum Process Revision Implementation Task Force, 2005.

Graduate Affairs:

  • Member of the University Graduate Council, 2001-2007, 2009-2015, 2017-2020.
  • Member of three-person oversight and advisory board chosen by Graduate Dean Bernard, 2012-2018.
  • Representative on the Faculty Handbook Editorial Board, 2017-2019.   

AAUP Executive Committee:

  • Liberal Arts College Representative, 1997-1998.
  • Membership Chair, 1998-1999.
  • President Elect, 1999-2000.
  • President, 2000-2001.
  • Past-President, 2001-2002.
  • Liberal Arts Representative, 2002-2006.
  • Secretary, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010.

Academic Association Office

President of the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, 2012 through 2014

Oklahoma City Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians:

  • Campus Host, year- around monthly meetings, 1995-2019.
  • Treasurer, 1995-1996.
  • Secretary, 1997-1999, 2005-2007, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016. 2016-2017.
  • President, 1999-2001.
  • Vice-President, 2004, 2011, 2012.

Classes Taught

  • Aesthetics (PHIL 3993)
  • American Humanities (HUM 3063)
  • American Philosophical Thought (PHIL 2143)
  • American Philosophical Thought (PHIL 2143)
  • Contemporary Moral Problems (PHIL 1123)
  • General Humanities I, Ancient through Medieval (HUM  2112, HUM 2113)
  • General Humanities II, Medieval to Modern (HUM 2223)
  • Gnosticism (PHIL 4911)
  • Languages of Art (PHIL 3993)
  • Literature in Life/ Literature and Culture (HUM 2243)
  • 19th and 20th Century Humanities (HUM 3053)
  • Philosophy in Life / Philosophy and Culture (HUM 2333)
  • The Philosophy of Horror (PHIL 4921)
  • Philosophy of Music (PHIL 4913)
  • Renaissance and Baroque Humanities (Hum 3043)
  • Seminar in Surrealism (HUM 4913)
  • Visions of Dystopia (PHIL 4911)
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (PHIL 4901)
  • Enlightenment Humanities (Hum 3423)
  • Humanities Capstone (Hum 4803)
  • Philosophical Writing (Phil 4513)

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