PhD Student Placement Record

Below is information about the current employment of all graduates from the Florida State University Ph.D. program (as well as any ABD students we are able to place) since 2001. If the person is ABD (all but dissertation), the expected graduation year will be indicated as well.

 

ABD

Aaron Brooks

Tallahassee Community College – Assistant Professor (2017 – Present)
Major Professor: David McNaughton
Dissertation Title: ABD

2017

Benjamin Kimmell

Cavalry Baptist Church – Full-time Pastor (2017 – Present)
Major Professor: David McNaughton
Dissertation Title: “Modified Molinism: A Source-Based Solution to the Problem of Human Freedom and Divine Foreknowledge”

2016

Matthew Flummer

Porterville College – Assistant Professor (2016 – Present)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "In Defense of Historicism: An Essay on the Metaphysics of Moral Responsibility"

Kyle Fritz

University of Mississippi – Assistant Professor (2016 – Present)
Major Professor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation Title: "Responsibility, Control, and the Nonvoluntary"

Daniel Miller

Fayetteville State University – Visiting Assistant Professor (2017 – Present)
Florida State University – Visiting Assistant Professor (2016 – 2017)
Major Professor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation Title: "Blameworthiness and Ignorance"

2015

Richard Cordero 

Tallahassee Community College – Adjunct Professor (2015 – 2016)
Major Professor: David McNaughton
Dissertation Title: “Particularism and Holism: Not a Necessary Marriage” 

Daniel Deen

Christ College, Concordia University – Assistant Professor (2010 – Present)
Major  Professor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation Title: "Science, Religion, and Virtue: Toward Excellence In Dialogue"

Katherine Guin

SUNY Brockport – Adjunct Professor (2015 – Present)
Major Professor: David McNaughton 
Dissertation Title: “An Aristotelian Approach to Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park” 

Megan McGrew

The Autism Learning Center – Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) (2013 – Present)
Major Professor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation Title: “Moral Responsibility and Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Project in Philosophy, Psychology, and Applied Behavioral Analysis” 

James Quigley

Web Developer (2015 – Present)
Major Professor: David McNaughton
Dissertation Title: "Caring and the Apprehension of Value"

2014

Robyn Repko Waller

Franklin & Marshall – Visiting Assistant Professor (2017 – Present)
King’s College London – Lecturer (2015 – 2017)
University of Alabama – Visiting Professor (2014 – 2015)
Major Professor: Al Mele
Dissertation Title: "A Response to Some Conceptual and Scientific Threats to Compatibilist Free Will."

Zachary Martin

Law School Admission Council – Test Specialist (2015 – Present)
Ashford University – Adjunct Instructor (2014 – 2015)
Major Professor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation Title: "Are We Free? Psychology's Challenges to Free Will."

2013

Joshua Shepherd

Carleton University – Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2017 – Present)
Oxford Uehiro Centre – Wellcome Trust Research Fellow (2014 – 2017)
Jesus College – Junior Research Fellow (2014 – Present)
Oxford Martin School – James Martin Fellow (2014 – Present)
University of Oxford– Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Neuroethics (2013 – 2014)
Major Professor: Al Mele
Dissertation Title: "Intentional Control and Consciousness"

Heather Perez

Ashford University – Associate Faculty (2014 – Present)
Major Professor: Michael Bishop
Dissertation Title: "Norms and Normativity"

Michael Robinson

Chapman University – Assistant Professor (2016 – Present)
Florida State University – Big Questions in Free Will Postdoctoral Fellow (2015 – 2016)
Washington and Jefferson College – Visiting Assistant Professor (2014 – 2015)
Florida State University – Big Questions in Free Will Postdoctoral Fellow (2013 – 2014)
Lecturer– Grand Valley State University – Visiting Assistant Professor (2010 – 2013)
Major Professor: Al Mele
Dissertation Title: "Moral Responsibility and Its Alternatives"

Daniel Haas

Red Deer College – Instructor (2012 – 2013), (2014 – Present)
Idaho State University – Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy (2014 – Present)
Major Professor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation Title: "Source Incompatibilism, Manipulation, and Basic Desert" 

Jason S. Miller

Law School Admission Council – Test Specialist (2013 – Present)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: “Free Will in Context: A Defense of Descriptive Variantism”

Tina Talsma

UNC Charlotte – Adjunct Instructor (2014 – Present)
Florida State University – Adjunct Instructor
Major Professor: David McNaughton
Dissertation Title: "Free Will and Divine Omniscience" 

Steven McFarlane

University of Minnesota Morris – Instructor (2016 – Present)
Major Professor: David McNaughton
Dissertation Title: “Can Value Properties Earn Their Keep? The Metaphysics of Value”

2012

John Carpenter

Florida Department of Transportation – IT project coordinator (2014 – Present)
Evergreen Solutions, LLC – Senior Analyst (2013 – 2014)
Major Professor: Russell Dancy
Dissertation Title: "Remedying Some Defects in the History of Analyticity" 

Melissa Lammey

Miami Dade College – Associate Professor (2006 – Present)
Major Professor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation Title: "Distinguishing Science from Philosophy: A Critical Assessment of Thomas Nagel's Recommendations for Public Education" 

Michael B. Miller

University of California, Santa Cruz – Graduate Program Coordinator (2017 – Present)
Florida State University
 • Adjunct Instructor, Academic Program Specialist (2014 – 2017)
 • Adjunct Instructor, Academic Program Assistant (2013 – 2014)
Major Professor: Michael Bishop Dissertation Title: "The Utility of the Illusion of Character"

2011

Amirah Albahri

Kuwait University – Professor
Major Professor: Michael Bishop
Dissertation Title: "Framework for Understanding Naturalized Epistemology" 

Justin Capes

Flagler College
 • Assistant Professor (2017 – Present)
 • Visiting Assistant Professor (2016 – 2017)
East Tennessee State University – Lecturer (2012 – 2016)
Florida State University– Big Questions in Free Will Postdoctoral Fellow (2011– 2012)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "I Couldn't Help It! Essays on Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities" 

Shidan Lotfi

University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Lecturer (2010 – Present)
Major Professor: David McNaughton
Dissertation Title: "A Theory of Flourishing"

Travis Rodgers

Valencia College – Assistant Professor (2014 – Present)
University of Central Florida – Lecturer (2012 – 2014)
Major Professor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation Title: "Accounting for Character"

Clifford Sosis

Coastal Carolina University – Lecturer (2013 – Present)
Mississippi State University, Meridian – Visiting Lecturer (2012 – 2013)
Major Professor: Michael Bishop
Dissertation Title: "Well–Being: The Good Syndrome"

Christopher Zarpentine

Wilkes University – Visiting Assistant Professor (2013 – Present)
University of Utah – Visiting Professor (2011 – 2013)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "The Fragmentation of Moral Psychology: Reason, Emotion, Motivation and Moral Judgment in Ethics and Science" 

2010

Charles Alt

Faculty at Greenwich Academy, Duff Center for STEM Initiatives (2006 – Present)
Fairfield University – Adjunct Professor (2011 – Present)
Major Professor: Michael Ruse Dissertation Title: "Refining the Boundary Conditions of the Darwinian concept of Adaptation: The Affirmation of Darwinism" 

Alison Brown

San Diego State University – Adjunct Lecturer (Present)
Dependency Legal Group of San Diego – Attorney (2014 – Present)
Hanna Brophy Law Firm – Associate Attorney (2013 – 2014)
San Diego County Office of the Alternate Public Defender – Certified Legal Intern (2012)
University of San Diego, School of Law – Research Assistant (2010 – 2012)
Major Professor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation Title: “Moral Luck and Moral Responsibility” 

Tracie Mahaffey

Florida State University
 • Teaching Faculty II (2014 – Present)
 • Assistant-in-Teaching (2010 – 2014)
University of North Florida, Visiting Instructor (2009 – 2010)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "Socialization and Psychological Autonomy" 

Scott Mueller

Freelance Editor and Proofreader (2011– Present)
University of Wisconsin Press – Editorial Assistant (2011 – 2013)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "The Phenomenology of Action and the Problem of Free Will."

2009

Joseph Long

The College of Brockport, SUNY
 • Assistant Professor (2014 – Present)
 • Visiting Assistant Professor (2011 – 2014)
Florida State University– Visiting Instructor (2010 – 2011)
Major Professor: J. Piers Rawling
Dissertation Title: "Kinds and their Terms: On the Language and Ontology of the Normative and the Empirical" 

Jamie Watson

Broward College – Assistant Professor (2014 – Present)
Young Harris College – Assistant Professor (2009 – 2014)
Major Professor: Michael Bishop
Dissertation Title: "A Priori Justification and Experience" 

2008

Adam Feltz

Michigan Technological University – Assistant Professor (2013 – Present)
Max Planck Center for Human Development Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition– (2009 – 2012)
Schreiner University – Assistant Professor, Director of Behavioral Philosophy Lab (2008 – 2013)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "The Relevance of Folk Intuitions to Philosophical Debates" 

2007

Lisa Liseno

Florida State University
 • Assistant Dean of the Graduate School (2014 – Present)
 • Academic Center for Excellence, Instructor (2008 – 2014)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "The Problem of Akratic Action"

Jason Zinser

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point – Assistant Professor (2017 – Present)
University of Wisconsin, Marathon County – Senior Lecturer (2010 – Present)
University of North Florida – Visiting Assistant Professor (2007 – 2010)
Major Professor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation Title: "Modal Concepts in the Biological Sciences" 

2006

Charles Hermes

University of Texas–Arlington – Undergraduate Adviser and Visiting Assistant Professor (2007 – Present)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "Scientific Essentialism and the Lewis/Ramsey Account of Laws of Nature" 

Elizabeth Kanon

Texas State University – Lecturer (2010 – Present)
University of North Florida – Visiting Assistant Professor (2006 – 2009)
Major Professor: Peter Dalton
Dissertation Title: "Stipulating Moral Status" 

2005

George Abaunza

Felician College – Associate Professor and Chair (2000 – Present)
Bergen Community College – Lecturer/Instructor (1996 – 2000)
Major Professor: C. David Gruender
Dissertation Title: "Making Artists of Us All: The Evolution of An Educational Aesthetic" 

Jeremy Kirby

Albion College – Assistant Professor (2006 – Present)
Major Professor: Russell Dancy
Dissertation Title: "Material Migration and Aristotelian Metaphysics" 

Thomas Nadelhoffer

College of Charleston
 • Associate Professor of Philosophy (2016 – Present)
 • Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2012 – 2016) 
 • Affiliate Faculty of Psychology (2014 – Present)
 • Roster Faculty of Neuroscience Program (2015 – Present)
Dickinson College
 • Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2006 – 2012)
 • Roster Faculty of Law and Policy Program (2006 – 2012)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "Intentions and Intentional Actions in Ordinary Language and the Criminal Law"

2004

Stephen Morris

College of Staten Island – Assistant Professor (2009 – Present)
Western Missouri State University – Assistant Professor (2005 – 2009)
Florida A & M University – Instructor (2004 – 2005)
Florida State University – Instructor (2004 – 2005)
Major Professor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation Title: "Deciphering the Secret Chain: An Evolutionary Perspective on Enlightened Self-Interest"  

Deena Hurst

Research Associate for the Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University (2005 – Present)
Major Professor: Donald Hodges
Dissertation Title: “America’s National Interest: Politics of Deceit”

2003

Christopher Pynes

Western Illinois University
 • Professor of Philosophy (2014 – Present)
 • Associate Professor of Philosophy (2009 – 2014)
 • Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2005 – 2009)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Lecturer of Philosophy (2003 – 2005)
Major Professor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation Title: "Human Cloning and Moral Status"  

2002

Justin Barnard

Union University – Associate Professor and Director of the Carl F.H. Henry Institute for Intellectual Discipleship (2007 – Present)
Crichton College – Assistant Professor (2005 – 2007)
Messiah College – Lecturer (2002 – 2004)
Major Professor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation Title: "Rationally Justified Belief and Mental Causation: An Epistemic Argument Against Physicalism"

Gregory Smith

Patrick Henry College – Professor of Philosophy
Major Professor: Russell Dancy
Dissertation Title: "Aristotle and Cognitive Intentionality"

2001

John Farnum

Portland Community College – Instructor (2000 – Present)
Major Professor: Peter Dalton
Dissertation Title: "Habermas and the American Context: Toward a Theory of a Substantive Democracy"  

Bradford Hadaway

Georgetown College – Professor (2001 – Present)
Major Professor: Maria Morales
Dissertation Title: "Hobbesian Individualism and the Self: Bringing Hobbes to Bear on the Communitarian Critique of Liberalism" 

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