Bernardo Joaquin Canteñs, Ph.D.

I.  Education  

 

Ph.D. in Philosophy, MA in Philosophy, and BA in Philosophy
 

1999    Ph.D., M.A., Philosophy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

                Dissertation: Suárez (1548-1617) and Meinong (1853-1920) on Beings Reason and Non-existent Objects. 

                       

1993    B.A. Philosophy, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

           Graduating with Honors Cum Laude 

           Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Philosophy and Religious Study 

 

MA in Accounting and BA in Accounting  

 

1990-1993       M.A. Accounting, School of Business, Florida International University,  Miami, FL.

 

1983-1987       B.A. Accounting, School of Business, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

II. Leadership Workshops, Seminars, and Training

●      Showing Vulnerability as a Leader

●      Student Philanthropy: Educating Students from Acceptance Letter to New Alum

●      DEI Foundations: Implicit Bias in Higher Education

●      How to Use an Inclusive ROI Approach for Program Prioritization: Position your college for future program growth and financial sustainability while also engaging faculty.

●      Reimagine and Build a More Equitable Workplace Culture: Cultivate a workplace that centers on faculty and staff equity, health, and wellness 

●      Leading from a First-generation or Immigrant Background in Higher Ed: A Discussion Forum

●      Building a Leadership Culture in an Academic Department

●      Developing Your Skills as a Manager: A Bootcamp for Mid-Level Leaders (forthcoming)

III. Employment and Positions Held

 Current Positions

  • Associate Provost for Global Education and Online Innovation

  • Associate Provost for Online Education and Innovation

  • Chair of Philosophy Department, Moravian University 

  • Director of the Study Abroad Program to Spain  

  • President’s Council  

  • Academic Affairs Council 

  • Strategic Planning Committee: Aligning for Growth Pillar 

  • Planning and Budget Committee  

 

Previous Positions

  • Associate Provost for Online Education and Innovation, Moravian University  

  • Interim Chair of Political Science Department, Moravian University

  • Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 

  • Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee, Moravian University   

  • Chair of the General Education Committee, Moravian University

  • Co-Chair of the Global Education Initiative, Moravian University

  • Grievance and Conflict Resolution Committee, Moravian University

  • Board of Trustees Finance Committee, Moravian University  

  • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Barry University

  • Program Director of Barry University Study Abroad Program to Spain

  • Graduate Assistant, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Auditor, Coopers & Lybrand 
     

IV. Administrative Experience  

Moravian became a university in 2021. It was a liberal arts college that in 2014 began to grow its graduate programs in education, business, nursing, health sciences, and rehabilitation sciences. We currently have 25 graduate programs. Our FTE is 1820 undergraduate students and over 900 graduate students.  We have 139 full-time faculty and 155 part-time faculty, and we offer over 55 undergraduate majors and minors. 

➔   Associate Provost of Global Education and Online Innovation (2021- Present)

 

In the fall of 2021, I was promoted to Associate Provost of Global Education and Online Innovation. I will oversee both the Center for Global Education and the Office of Online Education and Innovation.

➔   Associate Provost of Online Education and Innovation (2020-Present)

 

As Associate Provost for Online Education and Innovation, I am charged with the responsibility of overseeing all of the online education at the university, faculty professional development, and online program development. I report to the Provost and the President's Council, and I work collaboratively with the Deans, Chairs of the Departments, and individual faculty members. I have been a central part of the leadership team throughout the academic planning for the academic the last years. As Associate Provost of Online education and Innovation, one of my greatest accomplishments was to oversee the transition of the entire university from in-person to online teaching during the pandemic.  

 

Selected Administrative Initiatives and Accomplishments

 

  • Manage the Office of Online Education and Innovation (OEI) at the University. The office consists of an office manager, two instructional designers, and two instructional technologists. We oversee all of the University’s online professional development, online program initiatives, and online educational standards.

  • Created a three-year plan and a new budget for OEI that allocates resources for online education for all full-time and part-time faculty.

  • Created a new budget for online education programs: MBA, Nursing, and Adult Education and Degree Completion.

  • I am the principal spokesperson for the University on issues concerning online education in regional, national, and international forums, alumni, and outside agents.

  • Created an asynchronous online course for all faculty: Designing for Quality: Best Practices in Online Course Design.This is a comprehensive online training course based on Quality Matters Standards. The facilitators of the course are Moravian Faculty who are Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewers.

  • Directed and worked with outside consultants, Extension Engine, on a $200,000 project to implement an educational program to overcome challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Created extensive summer workshops to help faculty transition from in-person to online teaching. 

  • During summer 2020, we had over 550 attendees at these workshops and more than 95% of our full-time faculty attended at least one workshop. 

  • In an independent survey, 97% of our faculty felt ready to teach fully online at the start of the fall 2020 semester. 

  • Worked to create a new partnership with Acadeum, an online consortium with thousands of online courses.

  • Created two new positions at the OEI department: Senior Instructional Designer and Manager of  Online Programs, and Senior Instructional Designer and Quality Matters Manager.

  • Hired a new instructional technologist.

  • Underwent intensive Quality Matters Professional Development:

    • Quality Matter Coordinator Workshop

    • Improving My Online Course Quality Matters Certification

    • Applying the QM Rubric Certification

    • Peer Reviewer Certification – (Official Quality Matters Certified Reviewer) 

    • Master Reviewer Certification 

    • Created extensive partnerships between faculty members and Quality Matters.

    • Over 50 of our faculty have taken the Applying the QM Rubric course

    • Over 100 QM professional development courses in 2020-2021.

  • Created Moravian Quality Online Standards based on the Quality Matters Rubric.  

  • Work collaboratively with the Deans to implement and sustain quality online education throughout the campus.

  • Work collaboratively with the Chairs of the Departments of both schools to provide tailored Departmental Professional Development workshops.

  • Created a Sample Online Course platform where faculty can examine successfully designed Moravian online faculty courses. 

  • Created a Standard Guide for Online Design for the College.

  • Created Apple Professional Development Seminars.

  • Created a comprehensive instructional resources site for faculty to continue to learn asynchronously how to teach online. Summer sessions were recorded and were made available to faculty in this new resource site.

  • Collaborated with the Dean of Student Success to create a resource site for students on how to learn online.

  • Created and embedded in all faculty Canvas sites Quality Matters General Standards 7 and 8 dealing with student technology support, student academic support, student institutional support, and student accessibility. 

  • Currently, we are working with the Business graduate programs and the Rehabilitation Science graduate programs to move their accreditation process to a Quality Matters format

 

➔   Co-Chair of the Global Education Taskforce

 

As the Vice-Chair of the Global Taskforce, I am responsible for leading the task force in implementing the “ubiquitous global initiative” of our 2021-2024 strategic plan. Part of this plan entails drafting the global education mission statement, global student learning outcomes, and working with faculty to create a campus-wide policy for travel away programs. Our goal is to create 15 new faculty-led travel programs and have 50% of our 2025 student class participate in a study away program in their sophomore year. 

➔   Planning and Budget Committee (2017-present; Chair, 2020-2021)

 

The Planning and Budget Committee (PBC), oversees the current year’s operating budget of $70M. We are also charged with overseeing the development of the following year’s budget and analyzing the prior year’s budget. The Committee is made up of three elected tenured faculty, the Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Finance, the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, and the Vice-President of Student Affairs. We monitor the ongoing budget situation of the College, we discuss short-term budgetary issues, and we brainstorm long-term budget-related items. Committee decisions and proposals are offered as recommendations to the President. We also report the budget situation periodically to the faculty. 

➔   Chair of the Philosophy Department (2008-Present)

 

As the Chair of the Philosophy Department, I am charged with the responsibility of overseeing the philosophy curriculum, developing a vibrant, student-centered program, developing courses for the general education program, collaborating with interdisciplinary programs throughout the University, mentoring the philosophy faculty, and assuring the quality of teaching and scholarship of our instructors. We sustain a vibrant department of 20 to 30 undergraduate majors and minors. We offer a BA in philosophy, a minor in Philosophy, a minor in ethics, and a nan ethics certificate. 

Selected Administrative Initiatives and Accomplishments

 

  • Faculty Development: Secured a new tenure track Assistant Professor position for 2022. 

  • Conducted annual evaluations of all faculty. 

  • Completed Dr. Carol Moeller’s four-year evaluation for tenured Professor.

  • Curriculum Development: In the fall of 2000, we revamped the existing philosophy curriculum to make it more relevant to our students. We created new stacked 200 and 300-level courses, and we created a new Ethics Certificate Program. 

    • Created and directed the Humanities for the Professions Program and Grant. 

    • Gone from a 10-course curriculum to a 30-course curriculum. 

    • Created interdisciplinary courses and partnerships with other departments and programs throughout the College including Public Health, Environmental Studies, Women Studies, Biology, Business, Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences, History, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies, Art, Music, Education, Sociology, Pre-Law, Neuroscience, and the Peace and Justice Program. 

    • Created a philosophy minor, ethics minor, and a philosophy track for the adult and continuing education program

  • Co-Curricular Activities: 

    • Created an undergraduate student philosophy conference (2010-present); 

    • Created a debate team (2010-present); 

    • Created a new chapter of Phi Sigma Tau (2010-present); and 

    • Created a study abroad program to Spain: Cross-Cultural Philosophies: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Southern Spain (2010-present).

 

Responsibilities as Chair of the Philosophy Department at Moravian University 

Leadership: Creating Vision and a Positive Working Environment

  • Develop a collaborative vision for the department’s future. (What kind of department do we want to be? How do we make ourselves relevant in the 21st Century?)

  • Develop a mission statement

  • Develop concrete plans for how to achieve our vision and mission

  • Develop departmental goals and student outcomes

  • Develop an assessment plan

  • Continuous reassessment of our vision, mission, and goals

Scheduling Courses

  • Create semester course schedules

  • Collaboratively create a tentative two-year rotations course schedule

  • Submit the information to the registrar

  • Hire adjuncts (if needed)

  • Make sure that cross-listed courses are identified as such 

Mentoring Faculty’s Teaching and Advising

  • Implement faculty observation and peer-review process

  • Mentor faculty to become better teachers

  • Mentor faculty to become better advisors

  • Mentor faculty to become better scholars

  • Collect and review syllabi

  • Mentor faculty through the promotion process
     

Oversee Student Activities

  • The debate team

  • Philosophy club

  • Undergraduate philosophy conference (2010-2020)

  • Honor Society Phi Sigma Tau

  • Study abroad program to Spain (2010-2018)
     

Organizing and Chairing Meetings

  • Schedule meetings, reserve rooms, send out emails and reminders, plan the agenda, and keep the minutes of the meeting

  • Planning special events: honor society inductions, end-of-semester parties, beginning of semester open houses, etc. 

  • Plan, promote, and attend campus events (open houses, accepted day, etc.)
     

Budgeting 

  • Write the annual budget for the program

  • Coordinate the payment of bills with the Business Department
     

Updating Public Relations and Marketing Materials and Website 

  • Continuously update our website

  • Develop brochures and flyers for events and programs (The Study Abroad to Spain, Ethics Minor, etc.)
     

Oversee the Philosophy Department’s Curriculum

  • Prepare proposals for new courses and special topics to the Academic Planning and Program Committee (APPC).

  • Oversee the Departmental Independent Studies, Student Opportunity for Academic Research (SOAR), and Honors Theses. 

V. Major Research Grants in the Humanities

 

2019-2020 Humanities for the Professions Grant ($15,000)

 

Generously funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Humanities for the Professions project is tasked with developing a model for creating interdisciplinary programs that embed an essential component of the humanities into professional curricula. Our model will focus on virtue ethics, an important part of classical Greek philosophy, and on three professional programs at Moravian College: Business and Economics, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Sciences. For more information please visit our website.  Also, please see “Applied Humanities: A 21st Century Solution” in Academic Leader for Department Chair, Deans, and Provosts which explains more about the purpose and goals of the grant. 

 

2014-2016 CIC Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction Grant ($800,000) 

 

Two faculty members and one administrator from Moravian College participated in this online consortium grant. There were a total of twenty-one colleges and universities participating. We met over a two-year period and each faculty member designed an upper-level online humanities course. I worked on Metaethics, a 300-level capstone course for the ethics degree. We offered the course twice over a two-year period. During this time, the consortium met to discuss the best practices for online teaching. For more information about this grant, please visit “Collaborating to Add Upper-Level Humanities Courses”

 

2014-2016 NEH Enduring Questions: What is Peace? ($32,256)

 

What is Peace?  On the surface, most undergraduate students probably feel confident in answering thisquestion.  They may respond that peace is simply an absence of conflict or war, or a state of feeling content and tranquil.  With a brief moment of reflection, they begin to realize that these are superficial responses that generate even more questions. How do we define peace? Why is there so much violence? Why are there wars? Are all acts of violence wrong? What does your vision of peace look like? The NEH Grant for the proposed course What is Peace? addresses these questions and introduces undergraduate students to the complex notion of peace through its historical origins, the evolution of meaning, and relation to second-ordered concepts.  The course critically guides students through a carefully selected core reading list that presents them with a pluralistic view of theories and practices of peace, diverse approaches to peace, and numerous perspectives and prospects for achieving peace.

 

2014          Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Digital Pedagogy Course Development, Moravian College. Individual Stipend: ($2,300)

 

2006           NEH Summer Seminar Negotiating Identities in Art, Literature, and Philosophy: Cuban Americans and Cuban Culture ($2,400)  

 

This grant focused on the concept of cultural, racial, and ethnic identity. We focused on Cuban-American identity, examining and studying how cultural, geographical, and historical events influence identity. The Summer Seminar was held at the University of New York, Buffalo, NY. It was directed by Jorge J. E. Gracia, Lynette Bosch, and Isabel Alvarez-Borland. A product of this grant is the article "On the Metaphysics of Cultural Identity: A Darwinian Account" Latino Studies 7 (2) (2009): 167-196.

 

2005    NEH Faculty Research Award ($40,000)

               

The title of this project was “Peirce's Evolutionary Cosmology and the Naturalism vs. Theism Debate". This faculty Research Grant provided funds for my research on pragmatism and the philosophy of religion. A product of the investigations were the following publications: "Cognitive Faculties and Evolutionary Naturalism," American Catholic Philosophical Association Proceedings 80 (2006): 201-208; "Peirce on Science and Religion" International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 59 (2) (2006):  93-115; and "Ultimate Reality in the Philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce: To Want to Learn the Truth" Ultimate Reality and Meaning, 29 (4) (2006): 229-243.
 

VI. Awards and Visiting Fellows 

 

2005          Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. (Charles Sanders Peirce Archives) 

 

2004          American Philosophical Association Prize in Latin American Thought

 

“The APA Committee on Hispanics sponsors the annual Essay Prize in Latin American Thought, which is awarded to the author of the best unpublished, English-language, philosophical essay in Latin American thought. The purpose of this prize is to encourage fruitful work in Latin American thought. Eligible essays must contain original arguments and broach philosophical topics clearly related to the experiences of Hispanic Americans and Latino/as. The winning essay will be published in the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy.   The title of the paper was “Francisco De Vitoria's Just Intervention Theory and the Iraq War," and it was delivered in a symposium at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division in Boston, MA on December 27-30, 2004. 

 

 2003         American Philosophical Association William James Prize

 

“The Eastern Division awards the William James Prize to the best paper in the area of American philosophy that is both (a) written by a philosopher who received the Ph.D. within five years of the beginning of the calendar year in which the paper is submitted, or is a graduate student, and (b) accepted for inclusion in the Eastern Division program by the program committee through the normal process of anonymous-reviewing.” The title of the paper was “Overcoming the Evidentialist's Challenge: Peirce's Conjectures of Instinctive Reason and the Reality of God." The symposium paper was delivered at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division in Washington, DC on December 27-30, 2003.         

 

1994-1999  Graduate Research Assistantship, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, Coral 

                  Gables, Fl. 

VII. Moravian Faculty Development Grants 

 

2018          Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($1,227)

2017          Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($1,282)    

2016          Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($1,200)

2015          Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($900)

2014          Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($931)

2013           Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($1,114)

2012          Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($1,098)

2011          Faculty Development Grant Summer Stipend, Moravian College ($3,500)

2011          Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($742)

2010          Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($758)

2010          Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College ($212)

2009          Faculty Development and Research Grant, Moravian College ($1,200)

VIII.  Service 

Selected College Committees 
 

●    Planning and Budget Committee, 2018-2020.

●    Employee Recognition Committee 2018-2021.

●    Online Task Force, Fall 2017

●    Cohen Lecture Committee, 2016

●    Elected member of the Dispute Resolution Group, 2016-2018

●    Chair, General Education Committee 2013-2016.

●    President’s Council Subcommittee: Leadership/Marketing/Communications Design Team, 2013.

●    Grievance Committee-Elected Member, 2014-2015.

●    Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), 2009-2015.

●    Faculty Executive Council, 2010-2013.

●    Faculty Executive Council, Spring 2010.

●    Faculty Research and Development Committee, 2008-2009, 2009-2010.

●    In-Focus Committee, 2010-2013.

●    Committee on Themes and Academic Programming, 2009-2010.

●    Participated in the Teagle Workshop on Assessment on October 4, 2008, sponsored by the Teagle Foundation Grant.

●    Participated in the Writing Seminar at Moravian College, summer 2009

Evaluation Committees

●    Chair of the evaluation committee for Dr. Khristina Haddad for full professor, Chair of Political Science, 2021-2022

●    Chair of the periodic evaluation committee for Dr. Carol Moeller, Philosophy, 2020-2021

●    Chair of the periodic evaluation committee for Dr. Naraghi, Philosophy, 2019-2020

●    Member of the fifth-year review committee for Dr. Yayoi, Political Science, 2019-2020

●    Member of the third-year mid-term review committee for Dr. Okpotor, Political Science, 2019-2020

●    Chair of the periodic evaluation committee for Dr. Carol Moeller, Philosophy, 2018-2019

●    Mentored Dr. Naraghi through the tenure process and promotion to Associate Professor

●    Mentored Dr. Moeller through promotion to Associate Professor

●    Co-Chair of the tenure and associate professor evaluation committee for Dr. Naraghi, Philosophy, 2014-2015

●    Chair of the evaluation committee for Dr. Denton-Borhaug, Chair of Religion Department, 2013

●    Member of the evaluation committee for tenure and promotion for Dr. Radine, Religion Department, 2013

●    Co-Chair of the midterm evaluation committee for Dr. Naraghi, Philosophy, 2012

●    Chair of the evaluation committee for Dr. Arash Naraghi, Philosophy, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014

●    Chair of the evaluation committee for Dr. Moeller, Philosophy, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
 

Search Committees

●      Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Search Committee, 2018-2019.

●      Marketing Assistant Professor Search Committee, Economics and Business Department, 2018-2019.

●      Accounting Assistant Professor Search Committee, Economics and Business Department, 2016-2017.

●      Dean for the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Search Committee, 2016-2017.

●      Coordinator of Global Inclusion Search Committee, 2014-2015. 

●      Vice-President of Enrollment Committee Search Committee, 2012-2013.

●      Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Search Committee, 2009-2010.

●      Philosophy and Religion Search Committee, 2008-2009.

 

Student Organizations and Clubs

  • Faculty Advisor to the Philosophy Club, 2008-2011.

  • Founder of the Student Colloquium Series at Moravian College 2009-present.

  • Co-founder of the Phi Sigma Tau Chapter at Moravian College, 2008.

  • Coach of the Moravian Debate Team, 2009-2015 (made it to quarterfinals 2012-2015 and to nationals in 2015)
     

Service in the Profession 

  • Treasurer of the Associates for Philosophy of Religion (2017-Present) 

  • President of the Society for Philosophers of Religion, 2013-2014.

  • Vice-President of the Society for Philosophers of Religion, 2012-2013.

  • Editor of the APA Newsletter for Hispanic/Latino Philosophy, 2008-2013.

  • APA Committee on Hispanics, 2001-2004, and 2005-2008.

  • Elected to the Executive Council of the Society for Philosophers of Religion, 2008.

  • Elected Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2007.       

  • Nominated to the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2006.

  • Nominated to the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical

 Association, 2004.

  • The University of Granada, Scientific Committee for the Meeting on Pragmatism: Agency, Inference, and the Origin of Analytic Philosophy, April 19-21, 2006.

  • Coordinator/Convener of the Annual Conference for American Catholic Philosophical

  • Association (2004) Miami, FL. (Sponsored by Barry University)

  • Society for Philosophy of Religion, New Members Committee, Member, 2004.

  • Medieval Academy of America, Program Committee, Member, 2004.

  • Fides et Ratio Conference, Program Committee, Member, 2002.
     

Membership in the Profession

  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

  • American Philosophical Association

  • Society for Philosophy of Religion

  • Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

  • Society for Applied Ethics
     

Editorial Activities

  • Reviewer for International Journal of Philosophy of Religion.

  • Reviewer for Florida Philosophical Association

  • Reviewer for Sophia

  • Reviewer for Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society

  • Reviewer for Notre Dame University Press

  • Reviewer for Fordham University Press

  • Reviewer for Choice

  • Editor of the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy (2008-2013) 
     

External Reviews of Philosophy Departments and Faculty

  • External Reviewer of the Muhlenberg College Philosophy Department (Team Leader), 2014.

  • External Reviewer of East Stroudsburg University Philosophy Department, 2013.

  • Outside Reviewer for Oxford College of Emory University 3-year Review Process for Faculty Member in the Humanities
     

Community Service 

  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Lehigh Valley

  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Stroudsburg 
     

Service at Barry University (2000-2008)

  • Program Director of Barry University Study Abroad Program to Spain, 2005-2007

  • Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Advancement of Tenure, 2003-2005

  • Faculty Evaluation and Mentoring Task Force, Member, 2003

  • Faculty Liaison to Business Affairs, 2003-2004

  • General Education Curriculum Committee, Member, 2001-2004

  • Pre-Law Assessment Committee, Member, 2001-2004

  • Founder and Advisor of the Student Philosophy Association at Barry University, 2000-2007

  • Founder and Director of Barry University's Student Colloquium Series, 2000-2005

IX. Areas of Scholarly Specialization and Competency

 

American Pragmatism, Hispanic/Latino/s Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Spanish Renaissance Philosophy, and Ethics (Virtue Ethics, Applied, Ethics of Abortion, and Meta-ethics)

X. Teaching Experience

 

 

Recent Courses Taught

●      100-level

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Logic: Critical Thinking

Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion

 

●      200-level

Advanced Logic

Medieval Philosophy

Early Modern Philosophy

American Pragmatism

Latin American Philosophy   

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Medieval Spain (travel course)

Religious Experience and Divine Hiddenness (travel course)

 

●      200-level -Ethics

Ethics 

Applied Ethics

Ethics Bowl

Medical Ethics

Ethics for the Public’s Health

Environmental Ethics

Sport Ethics

Advanced Topics in the Ethics of Abortion

Virtue Ethics

Aristotle on Friendship (half credit)

Ethics Issues in Human Genetics (half credit)

Personhood and the Ethics of Abortion (half credit)

 

●      300 Level Advanced

Metaphysics

Meta-Ethics

Online and Hybrid Courses 

●      Introduction to Philosophy (2012)

●      Ethics (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

●      Meta-Ethics (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

●      Advanced Topics in the Ethics of Abortion (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

●      Personhood and the Ethics of Abortion-Winter (2014, 2015, 2016)

●      Sports Ethics (2015, 2017)

●      Virtue Ethics (2016, 2017)

●      Ethics for the Public’s Health-Hybrid (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

●      American Pragmatism Hybrid-Hybrid (2016)

●      Judaism, Islam, and Christianity in Medieval Spain-Hybrid (20010-2017)

Senior Thesis, Independent Studies, and Advisee to Student Scholarly Presentation

●      Alicia Wallace, “The Flaws of Error Theory, Scholars Day, 2018.

●      Taylor LaValva, Peter Railton's Instrumental Theory of Rationality, 2016

●      Nicole L. Metzger, The Abortion Controversy: A Feminist-Particularist Perspective, 2016

●      Lily DiMattia From Non-Moral Normativity to Moral Normativity, 2016

●      Elaine Horan John Mackie's Error Theory, 2016 

●      Samantha Keenan, Symbolic Logic, 2016.

●      Libario Obeid, Ethics of Abortion, 2015.

●      Armando Chapelliquen, Justice: From Theory to Action, 2011-12

●      Joe Munley, An Economic Evaluation of the Close in Major League Baseball, 2010.

●      Maggie Riegel Make Love to the paradox: An Existential Musing of Notes from the Underground, 2009.

●      Petro Torenta, Peirce's Argument for the Reality of God, 2004

●      Leigh Ruffino, Peirce's Categories, 2002

XI. Publications and Scholarship

 

As a scholar, my research in American philosophy, philosophy of religion, Hispanic-Latino/a philosophy, medieval philosophy, and ethical studies has received international recognition. I was awarded the first American Philosophical Association Prize in Latin American Thought in 2004 and the American Philosophical Association William James Prize in 2005. I have received three external grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of my research and teaching. I was the editor of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues. Moreover, I have published over twenty articles on a wide range of philosophical topics in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in prestigious publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, Cambridge Scholars, Brill Publishers, and Bloomsbury Publishers. Last year, I completed and published a book entitled A Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion: Understanding the Moral Arguments. I’m currently working on two new manuscripts.

Books 

  1. An Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion: Understanding the Moral Arguments. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
     

 Works Edited

  1. The Ethics of Abortion: New Arguments and New Insights to Old Arguments, Guest Editor of Philosophies’ Open Access Journal Special Issue, forthcoming 2021.

  2. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Volume 12 (2) Spring 2013.

  3. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Volume 12 (1) Fall 2012.

  4. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Volume 11 (2) Spring 2012

  5. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Volume 11 (1) Fall 2011.

  6. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Volume 10 (2) Spring 2011

  7. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Volume 10 (1) Fall 2010.

  8. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Volume 9 (2) Spring 2010.

  9. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy: Special Issue on the Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, Volume 9 (1) Fall 2009

  10. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy: Special Topic on Hispanic and          

          American Philosophy, Volume 8 (2) Spring 2009.

  1. APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy: Special Topic on Immigration,   

          Volume 8 (1) Fall 2008.
 

Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries 
 

  1. “Meinong and Suárez on Beings of Reason” forthcoming 2021.

  2. “Applied Humanities: A 21st Century Solution” in Academic Leader for Department Chairs, Deans and Provosts, September 15, 2019. https://www.academic-leader.com/topics/curriculum-planning/applied-humanities-a-21st-century-solution/

  3. “Philosophy, Law and Mysticism in Renaissance Spain” in A Companion to Spanish Renaissance. Edited by Hilaire Kallendorf, Brill Publishing 2018. 

  4. “What is Philosophy of Religion?” http://philosophyofreligion.org/?p=23862, 2014.

  5. “Suárez’s Argument for the Existence of God” Interpreting Suárez: Critical Essays. Edited by Daniel Schwartz, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

  6. "Is Political Forgiveness Possible?" in Politics, Pluralism and Religion, Cambridge, England: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010, 213-232.

  7. "Francisco de Vitoria and Bartolome de las Casas on the Rights of the American Indians" Blackwell Companion to Latin American Philosophy. Edited by Susana Nuccetelli, Ofelia Schutte, and Otavio Bueno. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2010, 23-35.

  8. "Francisco Suárez." The History of Western Philosophy of Religion. Volume 3 Early Modern Philosophy. Edited by Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis. Durham: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2009, 75-87.

  9. "On the Metaphysics of Cultural Identity: A Darwinian Account" Latino Studies 7 (2) (2009): 167-196.

  10. "Why Forgive: A Christian Response" Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82 (2008): 217-228

  11. "Dewey's Pragmatism and Social-Political Philosophy: Comments on Rosa Mayorga’s ‘Hispanic Philosophy, American Pragmatism, and Cuba’” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2009.

  12. "Comments on Jaime Nubiola's "Charles Peirce and the Hispanic World" APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2009.

  13. "Forgiveness and its importance in Post-War Ethics" Journal of Religion, Disability and Health, 12 (3) (2008): 251-266.

  14. "Ultimate Reality in the Philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce: To Want to Learn the Truth" Ultimate Reality and Meaning, 29 (4) (2006): 229-243.

  15. "Peirce on Science and Religion" International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 59 (2) (2006):  93-115.

  16. "Cognitive Faculties and Evolutionary Naturalism," American Catholic Philosophical Association Proceedings 80 (2006): 201-208.  

  17. "Francisco de Vitoria's Just Intervention Theory and the Iraq War" APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Vol. 4 (2) Spring 2005, 1-8.

  18. "Overcoming the Evidentialist's Challenge: Peirce's Conjectures of Instinctive Reason and the Reality of God" Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 40 (4) 2004: 771-786.

  19. "What kind of beings (entia) are beings of reason and what kind of being (esse) do they have? Suárez on beings of reason" American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 77 (2003) 171-187.

  20. "Peirce and the Spontaneous Conjectures of Instinctive Reasoning" Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 76 (2002) 89-101.

  21. "Ultimate Reality in the Metaphysics of Francisco Suárez." Ultimate Reality and Meaning Vol. 25 (2) (2002): 73-92.

  22. "A Solution to the Problem of Personal Identity in the Metaphysics of St. Thomas." American Catholic Philosophical Association Proceedings Vol. 75 (2001):  121-134.

  23. "The Relationship Between God and Essences and the Notion of Eternal Truths According to Francisco Suárez." The Modern Schoolman Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 71(2) (2000): 127-143.

  24. "Suárez y Descartes sobre la noción de verdades eternas y su relación con Dios" Sapientia Vol. 55 (2000): 25-36.  

  25. "The Interdependency Between Aquinas' Doctrine of Creation and The Principle of the Limitations of Act by Potency." American Catholic Philosophical Association Proceedings Vol. 74 (2000): 121-140.
     

Book Reviews

  1. Review of F. Thomas Burke, What Pragmatism Was for Choice, 2014.

  2. Review of Robert Schwartz, Rethinking Pragmatism: From William James to Contemporary Philosophy for Choice, 2013.

  3. Review of Jorge J. E. Gracia, Forging People: Race Ethnicity, and Nationality in Hispanic American and Latino/a Thought for Choice, 2012.

  4. Review of Alvin Plantinga and Michael Tooley, Knowledge of God for American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84(3) (2010): 644-7.

  5. Review of Annuario filosofíco: pragmatismo hispanico for Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44(4) (2008): 739-47.

  6. Review of Ward, Roger. Conversion in American Philosophy for Transactions of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society 42 (2005): 444-50.

  7. Review of Dekker, Eef. Middle Knowledge for American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 78 (2004): 499-503.

  8. Review of Shanley, Brian J. O.P.  The Thomist Tradition for Theological Studies 64 (2003): 205-6.

  9. Review of Deely, John. What Distinguishes Human Understanding?  for The Review of Metaphysics 57 (2003): 145-8.

  10. Review of Flannery, Kevin, L. S.J. Acts Amid Precepts for Louvain Studies 28(2003): 384-93.  

  11. Review of Griffiths, Paul J. Problems of Religious Diversity. Exploring the Philosophy of Religion, for Theological Studies 63 June (2002): 435.

 

Other Publications

Zero-tolerance is compatible with Christian's Forgiveness." The Miami Herald, Letters to the Editor. May 18, 2002.   

 

Articles Works- in-Process

“A Challenge to Anthony Kenny’s Pro-Life Identity Argument”.

“A Critique of Michael Tooley’s Pro-Choice Desire-to-Exist Argument”

“Arguments on Potentiality in the Abortion Ethical Issue”

“Religious Relativism: Is Religious Belief Necessary for Salvation?” 

“Pragmatists’ Theories of Truth at a Time of Alternative Facts”

“Suarez on the Various Kinds of Distinctions”


XII. Presentations
 

Academic Presentation (From the most recent)

  1. “A Critique of Don Marquis’s Deprivation View for the Moral Wrongness of Abortion” 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, August 2020.

  2. “On Suarez’s Various Kinds of Distinctions” American Catholic Philosophical Association, Minneapolis MN November 2019.

  3. “On the Relativism of Religious Beliefs” Society for Philosophers of Religion, The Hilton Head, Hilton Head, South Carolina March 1, 2019. (59)

  4. “A Challenge to Anthony Kenny’s Identity Anti-Abortion Argument” Society for Applied Ethics, Ariënslaan 1, 3573 PT Utrecht, Netherlands, June 29 to July 1, 2018.

  5. “A New Model for Religious Experience” Society for Philosophers of Religion, New Orleans, LA, March 1, 2018.

  6. “A Critique of Anthony Kenny’s Anti-Abortion Identity Argument” 2017 Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association Conference at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA on November 1, 2018. 

  7. “On the Nature of Religious Assent” Society for Philosophers of Religion at The Hilton Head, Hilton Head, South Carolina March 1, 2017.

  8. “God and Created Persons: An Aristotelian Friendship Paradigm” Society for Philosophers of Religion, San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 2016

  9. A commentator on “The Doctrine of the Trinity Constitutes a Logical Contradiction or Mystery of Faith” Society for Philosophers of Religion at The Hilton Head, Hilton Head, South Carolina February 27, 2015.

  10. “Losing My Religion: A Pragmatist’s Responses to Religious Identity Crises.” Presidential Address, Society for Philosophers of Religion. Charleston, SC. February 28, 2014.

  11. “Beyond Putting in the Time”, Moravian College Faculty, March 26, 2013 

  12. “A New Argument from Divine Hiddenness: Reasonable Lost Belief” Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association, Muhlenberg College, April 14, 2012.

  13. “A New Argument from Divine Hiddenness: Reasonable Lost Belief” Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association, Muhlenberg College, April 14, 2012.

  14. “La Raza Cosmica,” Moravian College, Bethlehem PA, November 29, 2011

  15. “Philosophical Debate: On the Hiddenness of God” Moravian College Debate, Bethlehem, PA November 10, 2011

  16. “What are the Philosophical Classics?” Friends of Reeves Library, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, October 18, 2011

  17. “A New Argument from Divine Hiddenness: Reasonable Lost Belief” delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at The Hilton Head, Hilton Head, South Carolina on February 27, 2011.

  18. “Comments on “Peirce’s Metaphysics of Objective Idealism,” delivered to the American Philosophical Association(Eastern Meeting), Boston, MA on December 29, 2010.

  19. “Comments on Bagley’s ‘Can God be Virtuous?’” delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California in February 2010.

  20. “Comments on Terrence Tilley's ‘Some Ontological Arguments,’” delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at The Hilton Head, Hilton Head, South Carolina on February 23, 2009.

  21.  "Comments on Rosa Mayorga's ‘Hispanic Philosophy, American Pragmatism, and Cuba,'" delivered to the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Meeting), Philadelphia, PA on December 29, 2008

  22. "Comments on Jaime Nubiola's ‘Charles Peirce and the Hispanic World,’” delivered to the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Meeting), Philadelphia, PA on December 29, 2008

  23. "Why Forgive" was delivered to the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Omaha, Nebraska on October 30- November 1, 2008.

  24. "Comments on Sam Harris' The End of Faith, delivered at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA on October 28, 2008

  25. "Peirce's Early Logic, Metaphysics, and the Progress of Science" delivered to the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, at Michigan State University, Michigan, on March 13-15, 2008.

  26. "Toward an Understanding of Forgiveness," delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at Wilmington, North Carolina on February 23, 2008.

  27. "Toward an Understanding of Forgiveness," delivered to the faculty of Niagara University, Niagara, NY on February 25, 2008.

  28. "Philosophy and the Liberal Arts," delivered to the faculty of Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA on February 14, 2008

  29. “Philosophical Reflection on Cultural and Aesthetic Identity: The art of Alejandro Mendoza and Laura Luna," delivered at the 1st Annual Cuban Identity: Religion, Philosophy, and Visual Arts Conference, at Barry University, Miami FL. on March 22, 2007.

  30. "A Problem with the Theistic Doctrine Salvation: A Solution from Suárez's Doctrine of Eternal Truths," delivered to the faculty of Duquesne University, Pittsburg, PA on March 2007

  31.  "Evolution and Reliable Cognitive Faculties: A Reply to Plantinga's Argument against Naturalism" delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at The Hilton Head, Hilton Head, South Carolina on February 23, 2007.

  32. "Cognitive Faculties and Evolutionary Naturalism," delivered to the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Granville, Ohio, on October 27-29, 2006.

  33. "Peirce's Early Conception of Logic," delivered at the III Meeting on Pragmatism: Agency, Inference, and the Origins of Analytic Philosophy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain on April 19-21, 2006,

  34. "A Reply to Plantinga's Argument Against Naturalism," invited talk delivered to the faculty of the philosophy department at Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain on March 23, 2006.

  35. "A Prolegomena to Peirce's Philosophy of Religion," invited talk delivered to Seminarios del Grupo de Estudios Peirceanos, Universidad de Navarro, Pamplona, Spain, on February 15, 2006.

  36. "On the Relationship Between Science and Religion: A Prolegomenon to Peirce's Philosophy of Religion" invited talk delivered at Belen Jesuit Preparatory High School to the Faculty Members on April 20, 2005.

  37. "The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez," invited guest lecture at Belen Jesuit Preparatory High School to the Seniors Honor Philosophy Class on April 8, 2005.

  38. "Is the Iraq War a Just War? Vitoria and the Iraq War" invited talk delivered to the Comité  de Seminarios y Conferencias Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades at Saint Louis University, Avda. Del Valle, 23 - Padre Rubio Hall, Madrid, Spain on March 22, 2005.

  39. “Does Anyone Merit Salvation? Does Anyone Merit Salvation More than Anyone Else?” delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at The Hilton Head, Hilton Head,   South Carolina on February 25, 2005.

  40. "Francisco de Vitoria's Just Intervention Theory and the Iraq War" (winner of the Prize in Latin American Thought) symposium paper delivered to the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division in Boston M.A. on December 27-30, 2004.

  41. "An analysis of Hamer's The God Gene: The consequences of a God Gene for the Existence of God," delivered to The Dominican Saints Speak to Your Issues Colloquium, Miami, FL on November 15, 2004.

  42. "Faith and Science in Dialog: A Continuation," delivered at the Barry University Faculty Scholars Day, Miami FL on November 10, 2004.

  43. "Francisco de Vitoria's Just Intervention Theory and the Iraq War," delivered to American Catholic Philosophical Association in Miami, FL on November 5-7, 2004.

  44. "Is Scientific Inquiry Compatible with Religious Belief?" delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at the Radisson Admiral Semmes Hotel in Mobile, AL on March 4-6, 2004. 

  45. "Peirce's Scientific Spirit and the Highest Maxim of Logic: On the incompatibility between Philosophy and Christianity," delivered to the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy at Birmingham-Southern College on March 4-6, 2004. Commentator: Lawrence Cahoone, College of Holy Cross.

  46. “Comments on ‘Defending God's Strong Conservation’" by Louis A. Mancha, Jr. Ashland University to the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Houston, TX on October 31 - November 2, 2003.

  47. "Peirce's Conjectures of Instinctive Reason and the Reality of God: Overcoming the Evidentialist's Challenge," delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at the Hilton Head, Hilton Head, SC on February 28 -March 2, 2003. Commentator: Forrest Wood, University of Southern Mississippi.

  48. "Ultimate Reality in The Philosophy of C.S. Peirce: To Want To Know The Truth,” delivered to the International Society For the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning at the University College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON Canada on August 13-16, 2003. Commentator: Professor Noel Boulting, Kent England

  49. "Overcoming the Evidentialist's Challenge: Peirce's Conjectures of Instinctive Reason and the Reality of God," delivered at the University of Miami Colloquium Series to the Philosophy Department, Coral Gable, Fl. on September 12, 2003.

  50. "On Scientific Inquiry and Religious Belief," C. S. Lewis National Faculty Forum (Free Speech: Academic Freedom and Religious Expression) at University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. on October 11, 2003 (Paper was accepted but never delivered in person).

  51. "Overcoming the Evidentialist's Challenge: Peirce's Conjectures of Instinctive Reason and the Reality of God" (winner of the William James Prize) symposium paper delivered to the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division in Washington D.C. on December 27- 30, 2003.

  52. "Is it Rational to Believe in God?" delivered to the Society of Christian Philosophers at Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania on November 14-16, 2002. 

  53. "Peirce and the Spontaneous Conjectures of Instinctive Reasoning," delivered to the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Cincinnati, OH on November 1-3, 2002.  

  54. "Catholic-Christian Perspective on War," delivered at the War and Peacemaking: A Religious Perspective from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam Conference at the University of Miami, Miami, FL on March 21, 2002. 

  55. "What Does it Mean to Be A Christian?" delivered to the Society of Christian Philosophy at Bethel College, St. Paul, MN on March 7-9, 2002

  56. “What Does It Mean to Be a Christian? An Experiment in Christian Pragmatism” delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion, Savannah, A, in February 2002.

  57. "A Solution to the Problem of Personal identity in the Metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas," delivered to the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Albany, NY on November 9-11, 2001. Commentator: Fulvio di Blasi, University of Notre Dame

  58. "Comments on Michael J. Lapierre's ‘Gabriel Vasquez's Idea of Ultimate Reality and Meaning'," delivered to the International Society for the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning at University College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON Canada on August 15-18, 2001

  59. "Ultimate Reality in the Metaphysics of Francisco Suárez," delivered to the International Society for the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning at University College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON Canada on August 15-18, 2001Commentators: Fiore Mester, Toronto, ON Canada and Michael J. Lapierre, Regis College, Toronto, ON Canada

  60. "A Gracian and Stumpian Solution to the Problem of Personal Identity in the Philosophy of   Thomas Aquinas," delivered to the Society of Christian Philosophers at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY on March 1-3, 2001

  61. "The Interdependency between Aquinas' Doctrine of Creation and His Metaphysical Principle of the Limitations of Act by Potency," delivered to the American Catholic Philosophical Association at the University of Dallas, Dallas, TX on November 3-5, 2000. 

  62. "Problems with Aquinas' and Suárez's Conception of the Soul" delivered to the Comité de Seminarios y Conferencias Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades at Saint Louis University, Avda. Del Valle, 23 - Padre Rubio Hall, Madrid, Spain on June 14, 2000.

  63. "Aquinas and Suárez on the Soul," delivered to the Society of Christian Philosophers at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC on May 11-13, 2000.

  64. "Aquinas and Suárez on the Soul and Body," delivered to the Society of Christian Philosophers at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA on March 25-27, 2000.

  65. "The Interdependency between Aquinas' Theological Doctrine of Creation and The Principle of the Limitations of Act by Potency," delivered at the Fides and Ratio 2nd Annual Conference at St. John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL on February 25, 2000.

  66. "Suárez versus Descartes: On the Relationship between Eternal Truths and God," delivered to the Florida Philosophical Association at the University of Miami, Miami, FL on November 11-13, 1999.

  67. "La Noción de Necesidad y Verdades Eternas Según Suárez," delivered to the Jacque Maritain Society in Miami, FL on July 18, 1999.  

  68.  "The Morality of the Social Means of Communication," delivered at Pax Institute's Annual Communication Conferences at the Radisson Mart Plaza, Miami, FL on August 7, 1999.

  69. "Eternal Essences and God: According to Suárez," delivered to the Society of Christian Philosophers at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI on March 25-27, 1999.

  70. "What Beliefs are Morally Good, Epistemically Correct and Right," delivered to the Society of Christian Philosophers at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ on March 12-14, 1998.