Ph.D., Philosophy, Baylor University
M.A., Philosophy, Baylor University
B.A., Union University, summa cum laude
Philosophy of Religion
Christ-Centered Critical Thinking
Foundations of College Success
2013-present, Assistant Professor, Shorter University
2010-2013, Instructor, Baylor University
- Baylor’s H.E.B. Foundation Faith and Learning Dissertation Fellowship, Baylor Graduate School
- Presidential Research Fellow, Baylor University, 2012-2013
- Academy for Teaching and Learning Graduate Fellow, Baylor University, 2012-2013
Awards and Honors (selected):
- Bringing Theory to Practice Seminar Grant, Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2014. Principal investigator, grant writer. Grant for Shorter University’s Quality Enhancement Plan.
- Outstanding Dissertation Award, Baylor Philosophy Department
- Conyers Graduate Scholar, Baylor University
- Bringing Theory to Practice Seminar Grant, Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2013. Primary grant writer. Grant for Baylor’s Academy for Teaching and Learning.
- Baylor’s Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award nominee, Spring 2012 and Fall 2011
- Dean’s Scholarship, Baylor Graduate School, 2007-2012
- Full Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Stipend, Department of Philosophy, Baylor University, 2007-2012
- American Philosophical Association Pacific Graduate Student Paper Award, March 2013
- American Philosophical Association Central Graduate Student Paper Award, February 2012
- American Philosophical Association Pacific Graduate Student Paper Award, April 2011
- Elizabeth Tigrett Medalist, Union University, 2007
“Theism, Coherence, and Justification in Thomas Reid’s Epistemology.” In Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge and Value, edited by Todd Buras and Rebecca Copenhaver. Mind Occasional Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
“Why Care for the Severely Disabled? A Critique of MacIntyre’s Account.” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 39, no. 4 (2014): 459-473.
Review of Bioethics for beginners: 60 cases and cautions from the moral frontier of healthcare by Glenn McGee.Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 35, no. 6 (2014): 469-472.
“Reconciling Robert Adams’ Accounts of Virtues and Motivational Virtues.” Southwest Philosophy Review27, no. 2 (2011): 123-140.
Conference Presentations (selected):
- “Making Sense of Thomas Reid’s Principles of Common Sense.” Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy Spring Conference, Princeton Theological Seminary, March 2015.
- “Anselm’s Apophatic Ontological Argument?” Biennial Meeting of the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers, Baylor University, Waco, TX, October 2014.
- “Wise Ignorance: Wendell Berry on Living and Teaching with Propriety.” Sixteenth Annual Christianity in the Academy Conference, Memphis, TN, March 2014.
- “William Alston’s Defense of the Divine Mystery Thesis.” Southeast Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, Birmingham, AL, March 2014.
- “Thomas Reid on Arguing for First Principles.” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2013.
- “Wise Ignorance: Wendell Berry on Caring for Creation.” National Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, Milwaukee, WI, November 2012.
- “Does Theism Play a Plantingian Role in Reid’s Epistemology?” International Bicentennial Conference of the Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary, September 2012.
- “Aristotelian Compassion.” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 2012.
- “Wendell Berry on the Prudent Life.” Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century University, 2011 Baylor Symposium on Faith & Culture.
- “Why Care for the Severely Disabled? A Critique of MacIntyre’s Account.” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2011.
- “Reconciling Robert Adams’ Accounts of Virtues and Motivational Virtues.” Baylor University Graduate Philosophy Colloquium, August 2011.
- “Does God Intend Everything He Commands?” National Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 2010.
- “A Double Take on Double Effect: What Is the Principle of Double Effect Supposed to Establish?”Human Dignity and the Future of Health Care, 2010 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture.
- “Coherence and the Justificatory Role of Theism in Thomas Reid’s Epistemology.” Annual Conference of the British Society for the History of Philosophy: Thomas Reid from His Time to Ours, University of Aberdeen and University of Glasgow, Scotland, March 2010.
- “The Viability of a Divine Will Theory of Moral Obligation: A Reply to Robert Adams.” Eastern Regional Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Wake Forest University, March 2010.
- “Closed Causal Systems and the Hume-Edwards Principle.” Midwestern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Oklahoma Baptist University, April 2009.
- “A Teleological Account of Time’s Arrow.” North Texas Philosophical Association, University of North Texas, March 2009.
- “Community, Human Nature, & the Care of the Severely Disabled: A Critique of MacIntyre’s Account.” International Society for MacIntyrean Philosophy Annual Conference, St. Meinrad School of Theology, August 2008.
- “Hanging from Edwards’ Infinite Chain: Is an Infinite Regress of Causes Possible?” Central Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Union University, May 2008.
“Divine Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Christianity: A Response to Nicholas Wolterstorff.” Third Annual Christian Scholars Forum, University of Texas at Austin, April 2008.
- “Life Is a Miracle: The Spirituality and Philosophy of Wendell Berry.” Pristine Harmony: A Conference on Christianity and the Environment, The MacLaurin Institute, The University of Minnesota, September 2006.
- “The Controlling Influence of Religion in Theoretical Thought: A Meditation on the Thought of Herman Dooyeweerd.” Eleventh Annual Christianity in the Academy Conference, University of Memphis, March 2006.
Society of Christian Philosophers
Evangelical Philosophical Society
Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers
Dissertation research fellowships provide financial support to doctoral students who are in the stages of conducting research and writing their dissertation. Funding can be used to support travel, field work, supplies, language training, and even living expenses. Often these fellowships have “no strings attached” – their intention is simply to support scholars completing original research in a particular field of study. Check out and bookmark these 30 unique dissertation research fellowships for domestic and international doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities.
World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship
The World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship program is an annual grant competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history. The fellowship’s objective is to support the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of fieldwork, archival research, and language training. In evaluating applications, the Foundation will accord preference to those projects that could directly inform U.S. policy debates and thinking. The Foundation will award up to twenty grants of $7,500 each.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
This fellowship provides one year of support to 30 individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgement of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, and show promise. The fellowship pays a stipend of $21,000. Applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States.
AAUW American Dissertation Fellowships
Dissertation Fellowships provides $20,0000 to offset a woman scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Open to applicants in all fields of study.
Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship
The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) is an annual competitive program that awards up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Foundation is particularly interested in regional dynamics and local ecosystems, demographic dimensions of entrepreneurship, economic growth, entrepreneurship policy, declining business dynamism, future of work, economic inequality and mobility, and programmatic research.
Jennings Randolph (JR) Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program
Each year, the United States Institute of Peace awards approximately 10 Peace Scholar Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are researching and writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peace building. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome. Fellowships last for 10 months, starting in September. Peace Scholar Awards are currently set at $20,000 for 10 months and are paid directly to the individual.
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Grant
The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies. Grants of up to $20,000 are available for advanced doctoral students in education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a doctoral program. Non-U.S. citizens enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution are also eligible to apply.
Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies
The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students to apply for the 2013 Mellon-CES Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers for up to $3500 in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. To be eligible to receive the fellowship, applicants must also be enrolled in an institution that is a member of the CES Academic Consortium.
International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers 9-12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing on ethical and religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Awards are based on a rigorous national competition, with at least 22 winners who receive a stipend of $25,000. These fellowships are supported by the Newcombe Foundation and are administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies
The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. In each round, ten Fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.
Geography and Spatial Sciences Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (GSS-DDRI)
The Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. GSS provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities. GSS gives 30-40 awards each year. Awards may not exceed $16,000. An advisor or another faculty member must serve as the principal investigator (PI) of the proposal.
Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program
The annual C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program invites applications from doctoral students, mainly at U.S. universities, who are writing theses in fields that address the Institute’s primary interest areas in valuation and taxation, planning, and related topics. Fellowships of $10,000 each support development of a thesis proposal and/or completion of thesis research.
National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States.
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
These fellowships are designated for graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing in a department of art history in the United States. Fellowships are for one year and provide a $25,000 stipend and $2,000 travel allowance. The fellowships may be carried out in residence at the Fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The fellowships, however, may not be used to defray tuition costs or be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant.
Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
These fellowships are for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. Applicants may be of any nationality but must be enrolled in a U.S. doctoral program and be studying in the U.S. Proposed research may be conducted at a single or multiple sites abroad, in the U.S., or both. Fellowships are for 9-12 months and provide an annual stipend of up to $25,000.
DAAD Research Grant
Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates who would like to conduct research in Germany. This grant is open to applicants in all fields. However, there are restrictions for those in healthcare related fields, including dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine; please contact the DAAD New York office if your academic pursuits are in these fields. Applications accepted in November for 10-month and short-term grants, and in May for short-term grants.
Chateaubriand Fellowship – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
The Chateaubriand Fellowship – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) provides funding for PhD candidates currently enrolled in a U.S. university to conduct research in France at a French university, a school of engineering, a national laboratory or a private enterprise, with a link to a Doctoral School. The fellowship is for 4-10 months, provides travel, health insurance and a monthly stipend of 1,400 Euros. Non-U.S. nationals are eligible to apply for a Chateaubriand Fellowship as long as they are currently enrolled in an American university.
Chateaubriand Fellowship – Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
The Chateaubriand Fellowship – Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) provides PhD candidates currently enrolled at a U.S. university the opportunity to conduct research in France in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The fellowship lasts for 4-8 months and provides travel, health insurance and a monthly stipend of 1,500 Euros. Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university.
Title VIII Research Scholar Program
The program offers support for graduate students, faculty, Ph.D. candidates, post-doctorate, and independent scholars to conduct policy-relevant research for 3-9 months in Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Southeast Europe and Moldova. The total value of Title VIII Research Scholar fellowships ranges from $5K to $25K each. Typical awards include: international roundtrip airfare from the scholar’s home city to his/her host city overseas, academic affiliation at a leading local university, visa(s), opportunity for housing with a local host family and a living stipend. Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.
IAF Grassroots Development PhD Fellowship Program
The IAF Grassroots Development Fellowship provides support for Ph.D. candidates currently enrolled in a U.S. university to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields or other disciplines related to grassroots development issues. U.S. citizens and citizens of independent Latin American and Caribbean countries (except Cuba) are eligible to apply. Fellowships last between 4 and 12 months and include round-trip travel, a research allowance, health insurance and a stipend of $1,500 per month for up to 12 months.
Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being
The fellowships, which include an annual stipend of up to $30,000, are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. Fellows can be doctoral students based at any academic institution in the United States and will be selected from a range of academic disciplines. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Kim Foundation Fellowships
The D. Kim Foundation provides fellowships and grants to support graduate students and young scholars who are working in the history of science and technology in East Asia from the beginning of the 20th century, regardless of their nationality, origins, or gender. Comparative studies of East Asia and the West as well as studies in related fields (mathematics, medicine and public health) are also welcome. Fellowships up to $25,000 each will be awarded to PhD candidates who are writing their dissertations. Travel grants ($2,500) are also available.
Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program
Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program aims to expand the scholarship of Cuban, American, Latin, hemispheric, and international studies by providing funding to doctoral students interested in using the resources available at the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) for dissertation research. Two fellowship types are offered, Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships, which provide one month residence and $1,500, and Graduate Research Fellowships, which provide $3,000/month for 1-3 months in residence.
History of Science Fellowships
The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an independent research library in Philadelphia, accepts applications for short- and long-term fellowships in the history of science, technology, medicine, and industry. The center provides dissertation fellowships of $26,000 for work that is in some way tied to the history of materials and materiality, chemistry, and related sciences. Applications come from a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.
American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships of up to $23,000 to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Awards are made in all fieds. Applicants must have a well-defined research, study or creative arts project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.
CJH Graduate Research Fellows
The Center for Jewish History in New York City offers 10-month fellowships to PhD candidates supporting original research using the collections at the Center. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner. It is required that each fellow spend a minimum of 3 days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $17,500 for one academic year. It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.
Josephine De Karman Fellowships
DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. A minimum of ten (10) fellowships, $22,000 for doctoral students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year. Only doctoral students and undergraduate students about to enter their final year of study/dissertation are eligible. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.
Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship
The one-month fellowship is offered annually, and is designed to provide access to Yale resources in LGBT Studies for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area. This fellowship supports scholars from any field pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale. Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars, and all faculty are invited to apply. The fellowship provides an award of $4,000, which is intended to pay for travel to and from New Haven and act as a living allowance. The fellowship must take place between September and April.
Health Policy Research Scholars
Health Policy Research Scholars is a national change leadership development opportunity for full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations or historically disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program, from any academic discipline who are training to be researchers and are interested in health policy research. The program is led by Johns Hopkins University, with participants completing their doctoral programs at their home institutions across the U.S. Participants will attend at least one annual gathering (travel funded by the program), participate in leadership development trainings, coursework and mentoring, and receive an annual stipend of up to $30,000 for up to four years. Participants are also eligible for a competitive dissertation grant of up to $10,000.
Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship
The Stephen F. Cohen–Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program for Russian Historical Studies supports the next generation of US scholars to conduct their doctoral dissertation research in Russia. The program will provide up to six annual fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $22,000, for doctoral students at US universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The Program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th – early 21st century Russian historical studies.
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