UAH Philosophy Faculty

a.clingANDREW CLING, Professor and Associate Dean. Dr. Cling received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 1987 and his B.A. from the University of Missouri. Prior to his appointment at UAH in 1988, he taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, The College of William and Mary, and Texas A&M University. Dr. Cling's research is focused on questions about the nature and extent of knowledge. His work has been published in The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Psychology, and Philosophical Studies. He is currently completing a book on the problem of the criterion. Dr. Cling received the UAH Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1993. Office: Morton Hall 325 Phone: 824-2334

FischerJEREMY FISCHER, Assistant Professor. Dr. Fischer received his B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to his appointment at UAH in 2014, he taught at the University of Calgary for two years. Dr. Fischer's primary research interests are Ethics and Moral Psychology (especially the nature and moral significance of emotions), and further interests include Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Philosophy of Race. Office: Morton Hall 332E Phone: 824-2644

HeikesDEBORAH HEIKES, Professor. Dr. Heikes earned her B.A. at the University of Kansas, M.A. at Baylor University, and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. While these degrees are in philosophy, she began life as a photography and printmaking major at the University of Houston. Dr. Heikes' primary philosophical interests lie in epistemology and philosophy of mind. Other interests include the works of Kant and Wittgenstein, feminist philosophy, philosophy of language, and ethics. While her research is largely directed toward establishing a ground for objectivity, her most recent work has sought to understand rationality as a virtue concept. Visit Dr. Heikes' class site for additional details. Office: Morton Hall 334 Phone: 824-2335

JonesNICHOLAOS JONES, Associate Professor. Dr. Jones earned his B.A. at Saint Francis College (PA) in 2000, and his Ph.D. in philosophy at The Ohio State University in 2006. One part of his current research focuses on the ways in which network diagrams amplify cognition in explanation, model construction, hypothesis generation, and other practices from systems biology. Another part of his current research focuses on explicating the metaphysical aspects of Huayan Buddhism as developed in the 7th century by Fazang. Perhaps the central issue unifying these projects stems from our finitude: how can we frame our lives inquiring about nature and dealing with dissatisfaction given that the tools we have to work with are unavoidably limited? This issue also informs past work about the role of idealizations in scientific explanation and confirmation, as well as an attempt to design a support tool for ethical decision-making. Office: Morton Hall 332A Phone 824-2338

NaleJOHN NALE, Visiting Assistant Professor. Dr. Nale comes to UAH from the University of North Florida via the University of Southern Maine. He completed his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2011 at Penn State University with a dissertation reinterpreting Descartes' mind-body problem. He continues this research program today, writing a counter-history of the mind-body problem that highlights the significance of the race concept to that discourse. When is not working, he loves running, bicycling, and music. Office: Morton Hall 332B Phone: 824-2337

w.wilkersonWILLIAM WILKERSON, Professor and Honors College Dean. Dr. Wilkerson received his B.A. in Humanities from Willamette University in Oregon in 1990, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University in 1997. He has published over a dozen articles in philosophy of mind, twentieth century European philosophy, and gay and lesbian philosophy in the such journals as Philosophical Psychology, Continental Philosophy Review, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy and Epoché. He was co-editor, with Jeffrey Paris, of New Critical Theory: Essays on Liberation, a collection of essays on Critical Social Theory and is the author of a book on sexual identity called Ambiguity and Sexuality, published with Palgrave Macmillan press. He works primarily in the European philosophical tradition, studying how we find meaning both in the world and in our own lives. He also has research and teaching interests in political philosophy, Marxism, feminist philosophy and gender studies. He is currently working on a book on freedom and time in the existentialist tradition and editing a collection of essays (with Shannon Mussett) on Simone de Beauvoir for SUNY Press. When he is not thinking about these things, he enjoys gardening, woodwork, cooking, and reading books that have plots. Office: Morton Hall 332A Phone: 824-2339

pottengerJOHN POTTENGER, Professor of Political Science. Dr. Pottenger received his B.A. and M.A. from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Maryland. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political theory and philosophy. He is especially interested in problems of epistemology, ethics, and theory construction of Platonic philosophy, political theology, and philosophy of science. Representative publications include: "Religion, Politics, and the Challenge of Political Hermeneutics, "American Review of Politics (1997); "The Sage and the Sophist: A Commentary on Plato's Lesser Hippias," Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy (1995); The Political Theory of Liberation Theology: Toward a Reconvergence of Social Values and Social Science (1989). Office: Morton Hall 250D Phone: 824-2313

d.rochowiakDANIEL ROCHOWIAK, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science. Dr. Rochowiak received his B.S. from St. Bonaventure University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Director of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Alabama In Huntsville. Blending theory and practice his research focuses on explanation, cooperation, and communication. His research efforts have been funded by National Science Foundation, Marshall Space Flight Center, the US Army Missile Command, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and the Tennessee Valley Authority in areas ranging from intelligent control of AGVs to process planning for composite materials and fish farming. His current research interests concern multi-metric critiquing, general argument patterns, and multiple knowledge representations in distributed learning. His teaching interests focus on artificial intelligence and the epistemology of science and technology. He is currently a Co-Principal Investigator for UAH's high-performance computer network. Office: Technology Hall N340 Phone: 824-6234

GoochAUGUSTA GOOCH, Instructor. Dr. Gooch received her B.A. from Hunter College and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas in 1982. She also completed a M.A. in Aesthetics at the University of Dallas. Her teaching career began with logic classes at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas in Arlington. She taught literature and writing for several years at North Lake Community College in Irving, Texas, before moving on to Illinois State University and UAH. Her publishing and conference research include Edith Stein's metaphysics, challenges to materialism, and literary ontology. Her teaching focuses on issues of human dignity and free will as well as on contemporary feminist concerns of inclusion, privilege, and social situation. Office Morton Hall 332D Phone: 824-2336