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Faculty

         

Associate Professor Matthew D. Lund, Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago. On Sabbatical

Lund's areas of scholarly research include Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, and the Philosophy of Psychology/ Cognitive Science. He also has interest in the History of Science, the Philosophy of Art and Literature, and Nietzsche. At Rowan he teaches Philosophy of Science, Symbolic Logic, Metalogic, Introduction to Philosophy, Epistemology, Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics, Nietzsche, and American Philosophy. He has also taught Moral Philosophy and Philosophy of Art in the past. His book, N.R. Hanson: Observation, Discovery, and Scientific Change (Humanity Books), appeared in January 2010. He can be reached at x4539, or email lund@rowan.edu.


Professor Dianne C. Ashton, Ph.D. Religion Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia. 

Ashton's areas of scholarly research include American Judaism, women and Judaism, and religious life in America. She is currently the Editor of the scholarly journal, American Jewish History. Her most recent book is Hanukkah in America: A History (NewYork University Press, 2013).  Her other  publications include Rebecca Gratz: Women and Judaism in Antebellum America (Wayne State University Press,1997); Jewish Life in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Historical Association, 1998); and Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality (Beacon Press, 1992), co-edited with Ellen Umansky.   Ashton teaches the Senior Seminar in American Studies as well as Religion in America and a variety of other courses within Religion Studies. She has also coordinated the interdisciplinary program in American Studies. You can visit the homepage for American Studies here.  She listens to all kinds of music, hates winter, loves summer and claims to find archives exciting. She can be reached at x4076, or email ashtond@rowan.edu.


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Assistant Professor Nathan Bauer, Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Chicago 

Bauer received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2008. Much of his current research concerns Kant, both as a prominent figure in the history of philosophy and as a relevant guide to contemporary issues in epistemology and ethics. His broader interests include modern and ancient philosophy and the history and philosophy of science. He can be reached by email at bauer@rowan.edu.


Associate Professor David Clowney, Ph.D. Philosophy, Temple University, Philadelphia. Interim Co-chair

When not playing blues and Jazz harmonica, Clowney teaches and does scholarly research in the areas of ethics (including environmental and business ethics), aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and logic. He can be reached at x4211, or email clowney@rowan.edu. To learn more about his courses click here.


 

Professor Emeritus, Jim Grace, Ph.D. Religion Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia. 

Grace's areas of scholary research and teaching include the sociology of religion, with a focus on New Testament and other early Christian writings. He has just completed a manuscript entitled, FindingJesus On Your Own.  For more information on the study of the historical Jesus, Grace invites you to visit the Rutger's Religion page and the Jesus Quest page.




Associate Professor Ellen Miller, Ph.D. Philosophy, York University, Toronto. Interim Co-chair

Miller’s areas of scholarly research include Philosophy of Art, Continental Philosophy, Feminist Theory (especially Feminist Ethics and Philosophy of Religion) and Ethics. At Rowan she teaches courses in Informal Logic, Ethics, Philosophy and Gender, and Social and Political Philosophy. She can be reached at x4835, or via email: millere@rowan.edu (note the "e" after "miller"). For more information about her research, publications and current courses, click here

Assistant Professor, Bruce Paternoster, Ph.D. Philosophy, Yale University

Bruce Paternoster received his Ph.D. in 1973. After a brief period as Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, Camden, he returned to his native state of Indiana to teach at the University of Evansville. Remaining at UE for fourteen years, Paternoster left as Department Chair in 1990 to become the first full-time Assistant Dean of Glassboro State College, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. There he participated in the exciting transition of GSC to Rowan University. In 1998, Bruce took a position at the Princeton-based Educational Testing Service, where he managed staff in a number of outcomes assessment tests, including the Major Field Tests, the Test of English for Foreign Learners (TOEFL), and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Teaching was never far from his mind, so when he retired from ETS in 2007, Paternoster returned to Rowan as an adjunct instructor. He currently occupies a temporary full-time position teaching courses in Philosophy of Science, World Philosophy, Symbolic Logic, and Philosophy of Medicine. His principal areas of interest and research are Plato’s uses of allegory and myth and, in general, the role played by models and metaphors in the growth of knowledge.


Professor, Youru (Charlie) Wang, Ph.D. Religion Studies,Temple University, Philadelphia.

Wang’s research interests include the re-interpretation of Chinese Buddhist, especially Chan/Zen, thought and early Daoist thought in contemporary contexts, and the comparative study and dialogue between Western postmodern and Chinese thought. He is the author of Linguistic Strategies in Daoist Zhuangzi and Chan Buddhism: The Other Way of Speaking (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) and the editor of Deconstruction and the Ethical in Asian Thought (Routledge 2007). His articles have appeared in journals such as International Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy East and West, Asian Philosophy, and Journal of Chinese Philosophy. He is a member of the editorial board for the Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy published by Springer.  He teaches Religions of the World, Religions of Asia, Asian Thought, Introduction to Buddhism, Introduction to Daoism, and Select Topics in Philosophy and Religion Studies at Rowan. He can be reached at x4077 or by email at wang@rowan.edu.

 


 

Assistant Professor Abe Witonsky, Ph.D. Philosophy, Temple University. 

Witonsky's areas of scholarly research and teaching include philosophy of mind and logic of everyday reasoning. Witonsky can be reached at x3057, or email witonsky@rowan.edu.


 


The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies also employs a number of adjunct faculty on a temporary basis.  Ken Banner, Paul Galetto, and Robert Miller are the adjunct faculty members teaching courses in Religion Studies.

Adjunct faculty teaching courses in Philosophy include Oscar Barragan, Vincent Beaver, Patrick Casey, Jessie Dern, Serguie Denissov, Edward Kazarian, Mike Kearns, Karl Hein, Phillip Honenberger, Sean Landis, Nathan Morton, Dwight Murph, Philip Osborne, George Shea, Trevor Taniguchi, and Charles Weidler.

Any further questions about the department or our programs and classes, please call the department secretary, Terry Magliocco 856-256-4075.