Dumsday CV

Dr. Travis Dumsday
Canada Research Chair in Theology and the Philosophy of Science
Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Concordia University of Edmonton
7128 Ada Blvd.
Edmonton, AB
T5B 4E4
travis.dumsday@concordia.ab.ca
(780) 479-9341

Citizenship

Canadian

Employment History

-Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton (August 2012-present); Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Theology and the Philosophy of Science (April 2015-present); Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta (September 2015-present)

-Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Livingstone College (August 2011-June 2012)

-Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill (June 2010-July 2011)

Education

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Calgary, 2010
M.A., Philosophy, University of Waterloo, 2006
B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Carleton University, 2005
Diploma, Liberal Arts, Augustine College, 2001

Dissertation

Title: “Defending an Essentialist Ontology of Kinds, Laws, and Biological Taxa”
Committee: Marc Ereshefsky (main supervisor), Noa Latham, Jack MacIntosh,
Terence Penelhum (internal/external), Crawford Elder (external, University of Connecticut)

Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Natural Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Scholasticism (Mediaeval & Contemporary)

Areas of Competence

Ethics, Early Modern Philosophy, Eastern Orthodox Theology

Publications

Books Edited
-The Wisdom of Youth: Essays Inspired by the Early Work of Jacques and Raïssa Maritain (Washington, D.C.: American Maritain Association / Catholic University of America Press, 2016)
Journal Articles Authored (Peer-Reviewed)

In Metaphysics / Philosophy of Science
-“MaxCon Extended Simples and the Dispositionalist Ontology of Laws.” Synthese. Forthcoming.

-“Natural-Kind Essentialism, Substance Ontology, and the Unity Problem: Two Dispositionalist Solutions.” dialectica 70 (2016): 609-626.

-“Finitism and Divisibility: A Reply to Puryear.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (2016): 596-601.

-“Non-Mereological Pluralistic Supersubstantivalism: An Alternative Perspective on the Matter / Spacetime Relationship.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (2016): 183-203.

-“Lowe’s Unorthodox Dispositionalism.” Res Philosophica 93 (2016): 79-101.

-“Atoms vs. Extended Simples: Towards a Dispositionalist Reconciliation.” Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel 43 (2015): 1023-1033.

-“Some Ontological Consequences of Atomism.” Ratio: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy 28 (2015): 119-134.

– “Using Natural-Kind Essentialism to Defend Dispositionalism.” Erkenntnis 78 (2013): 869-880.

– “Laws of Nature Don’t Have Ceteris Paribus Clauses, They Are Ceteris Paribus Clauses.” Ratio: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy 26 (2013): 134-147.

– “A New Argument for Intrinsic Biological Essentialism.” Philosophical Quarterly 62 (2012): 486-504.

– “Dispositions, Primitive Activities, and Essentially Active Objects.” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 93 (2012):43-64.

– “Natural Kinds and the Problem of Complex Essences.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (2010): 619-634.

In Natural Theology / Philosophy of Religion
-“Does a Delayed Origin for Biological Life Count as Evidence Against the Existence of God?” Sophia. Forthcoming.

-“Regularities, Laws, and an Exceedingly Modest Premise for a Cosmological Argument.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Forthcoming.

-“Transhumanism, Theological Anthropology, and Modern Biological Taxonomy.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. Forthcoming.

-“Divine Hiddenness and Alienation.” Heythrop Journal. Forthcoming.

– “How Modern Biological Taxonomy Sheds Light on the Incarnation.” Journal of Analytic Theology. Forthcoming.

-“Is There a Problem of Special Angelic Action?” Theology and Science. Forthcoming.

-“Evidentially Compelling Religious Experiences and the Moral Status of Naturalism.” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 8 (2017). Available online at https://webapp.uibk.ac.at/ojs2/index.php/EJPR/article/view/1690

-“Why the Problem of Evil Undermines the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 52 (2016): 525-544.

-“Atoms, Gunk, and God: Natural Theology and the Debate Over the Fundamental Composition of Matter.” The Thomist 80 (2016): 227-271.

-“Spatial Extension as a Necessary Condition for Being a Physical Object and Why it Matters for Philosophy of Religion.” Philosophia Christi 18 (2016): 29-46.

-“The Problem of Divine Hiddenness: Is the Devil in the Details?” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2016): 395-413.

-“Anti-Theism and the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” Sophia 55 (2016): 179-195.

-“Divine Hiddenness and the One Sheep.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 79 (2016): 69-86.

-“Divine Hiddenness and Special Revelation.” Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 51 (2015): 241-259.

-“How Divine Hiddenness Sheds Light on the Problem of Evil.” International Philosophical Quarterly 55 (2015): 315-323.

-“C.S. Lewis on the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” Anglican Theological Review 97 (2015): 33-51.

-“Why Pan-Dispositionalism is Incompatible with Metaphysical Naturalism.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 78 (2015): 107-122.

-“Dispositionalism, Categoricalism, and Metaphysical Naturalism.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 88 (2014): 101-112.

-“Divine Hiddenness as Deserved.” Faith and Philosophy 31 (2014): 286-302.

-“Nominalist Dispositionalism and a Cosmological Argument.” Philosophia Christi 16 (2014): 423-432.

-“Purgatory.” Philosophy Compass 9 (2014): 732-740.

-“Divine Hiddenness and the Opiate of the People.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 (2014): 193-207.

-“Divine Hiddenness and Divine Humility.” Sophia 53 (2014): 51-65.

-“Monasticism and the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” Greek Orthodox Theological Review 59 (2014): 129-144.

-“Ramified Natural Theology in the Context of Interdenominational Debate.” Philosophia Christi 15 (2013): 329-336.

-“Divine Hiddenness and Creaturely Resentment.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 72 (2012): 41-51.

-“Divine Hiddenness as Divine Mercy.” Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 48 (2012):183-198.

– “Why (Most) Atheists Have a Duty to Pray.” Sophia 51 (2012): 59-70.

– “Counter-Cultural Religious Experiences.” Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 47 (2011): 317-330.

– “Divine Hiddenness, Free-Will, and the Victims of Wrongdoing.” Faith and Philosophy 27 (2010): 423-438.

– “Divine Hiddenness and the Responsibility Argument.” Philosophia Christi 12 (2010): 357-371.

– “Robert Boyle on the Diversity of Religions.” Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 44 (2008): 315-332.

– “Locke on Competing Miracles.” Faith and Philosophy 25 (2008): 416-424.

– “Religious Experience: An Unguarded Front in Hume’s Account of Miracles.” International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (2008): 371-379.

– “Neuroscience and the Evidential Force of Religious Experience.” Philosophia Christi 10 (2008): 137-163.

In the Scholastic Tradition (Mediaeval & Contemporary)
-“Maritain on Limbo and Demonic Beatitude.” The Things that Matter: Essays on the Later Work of Jacques Maritain. Ed. Heidi Giebel. Washington, D.C.: American Maritain Association / Catholic University of America Press. Forthcoming.

-“A New Argument for the Incompatibility of Hylomorphism and Metaphysical Naturalism.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. Forthcoming.

-“A Cosmological Argument from Moderate Realism.” Heythrop Journal. Forthcoming.

-“Natural Evil, Evolution, and Scholastic Accounts of the Limits on Demonic Power.” Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology 24 (2015): 71-84.

-“Can Causal Chains Extend Back Infinitely? Entailment, Determinism, and a Cosmological Argument.” Forum Philosophicum 19 (2014): 193-208.

-“A Thomistic Response to the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 87 (2013): 365-377.

– “Alexander of Hales on Angelic Corporeality.” Heythrop Journal 54 (2013): 360-370.

– “An Argument for Hylomorphism or Theism (But Not Both).” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 86 (2012): 245-254.

-“Is There Still Hope for a Scholastic Ontology of Biological Species?” The Thomist 76 (2012): 371-395.

– “Why Thomistic Philosophy of Nature Implies (Something Like) Big-Bang Cosmology.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85 (2011): 69-78.

– “Have the Laws of Nature Been Eliminated?” Reading the Cosmos: Nature, Science and Wisdom. Ed. Giuseppe Butera. Washington, D.C.: American Maritain Association / Catholic University of America Press, 2011. 111-128.

In Ethics
-“Why Governments that Fund Elective Abortion are Obligated to Attempt a Reduction in the Elective Abortion Rate.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 13 (2016): 87-94.

-“Dispositionalism and Moral Nonnaturalism.” Journal of Value Inquiry 50 (2016): 97-110.

– “On Cheering Charles Bronson: The Ethics of Vigilantism.” Southern Journal of Philosophy 47 (2009): 49-67.

– “Anonymity and Privacy: Conceptual Links and Normative Implications.” The Contours of Privacy. Ed. David Matheson. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 71-84.

– “Group Privacy and Government Surveillance of Religious Services.” The Monist 91 (2008): 170-186.

– “Abortion and Non-Fallacious Potentiality: A Reply to Berkich.” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 47 (2008): 387-394.

– “The Failed Marriage of Evolution and Ethical Antirealism.” Science et Esprit: Revue de philosophie et de théologie 58 (2006): 287-297.
Invited Publications
-“Religious and Paranormal Experiences as Evidence for Purgatory.” Purgatory: Philosophical Dimensions. Edited by Benjamin McCraw and Kristof Vanhoutte. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.

-“E.J. Lowe on the Unity Problem.” Studia Philosophica Estonica 7 (2014): 195-218. (Special issue on the theme “Aristotelian Metaphysics: Essence and Ground” edited by Riin Sirkel and Tuomas Tahko.)

-“Discovering the Early Church.” Turning East: Contemporary Philosophers and the Ancient Christian Faith. Ed. Rico Vitz. Yonkers, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2012. 33-45.
Book Reviews
-“Structure and the Metaphysics of Mind: How Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body Problem,” by William Jaworski. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review. Forthcoming.

-“Hidden Divinity and Religious Belief: New Perspectives,” edited by Eleonore Stump and Adam Green. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Journal of Analytic Theology. Forthcoming.

-“Kant on Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason,” by Lawrence Pasternack. New York: Routledge, 2014. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2016): 761-765.

-“Systematicity: The Nature of Science,” by Paul Hoyningen-Huene. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Review of Metaphysics 69 (2016): 389-391.

-“Neo-Scholastic Essays,” by Edward Feser. South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/62130-neo-scholastic-essays/

-“Pragmatic Pluralism and the Problem of God,” by Sami Pihlström. NY: Fordham University Press, 2013. Religious Studies and Theology 34 (2015): 131-132.

– “Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred,” by Jeffrey Kripal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 81 (2013):529-538.

-“Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering,” by Eleonore Stump. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2012): 390-393.

– “Health, Rights, and Human Dignity: Philosophical Reflections on an Alleged Human Right,” by Christian Erk. Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2010. Review of Metaphysics 65 (2011): 157-159.

– “Metaphysics and God: Essays in Honor of Eleonore Stump,” edited by Kevin Timpe. New York and Oxford: Routledge, 2009. European Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 3 (2011): 249-253.

– “Academic Freedom After September 11,” edited by Beshara Doumani. New York: Zone Books, 2006. Science et Esprit: Revue de philosophie et de théologie 60 (2008): 75-80.

– “Emotional Experience and Religious Understanding: Integrating Perception, Conception and Feeling,” by Mark R. Wynn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 46 (2007): 817-819.

– “Socratic Virtue: Making the Best of the Neither-Good-Nor-Bad,” by Naomi Reshotko. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Review of Metaphysics 61 (2007): 446-447.

– “Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism,” by Paul Boghossian. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Science et Esprit: Revue de philosophie et de théologie 59 (2007): 93-97.

– “Strangers on the Shore: The Beatitudes in World Religions,” by Albert B. Randall. New York: Peter Lang, 2006. Science et Esprit: Revue de philosophie et de théologie 58 (2006): 320-324.

Conference Presentations

-“Does a Delayed Origin for Biological Life Count as Evidence Against the Existence of God?” Presented at the annual conference of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, San Antonio, November 16, 2016.
** Also presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith, Concordia University of Edmonton, May 7, 2016.

-“Three Competing Accounts of Existence (Plotinian, Thomist, Scotist) and a Disjunctive Argument Against Naturalism.” Presented as part of a panel on Duns Scotus at the Western Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Alberta, October 29, 2016.

-“Substance Ontology and the Metaphysics of Laws: Some Neglected Connections.” Presented as part of a joint session of the Canadian Philosophical Association and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Calgary, May 29, 2016.

-“Maritain on Limbo and Demonic Beatitude.” American Maritain Association, Fordham University, February 26, 2016.

-“Spatial Extension as a Necessary Condition for Being a Physical Object (And Why it Matters for Philosophy of Religion).” Evangelical Philosophical Society, Atlanta, November 17, 2015.

-“A New Argument for the Incompatibility of Hylomorphism and Metaphysical Naturalism.” American Catholic Philosophical Association, Boston, October 9, 2015.
**Also presented at the American Maritain Association, University of San Francisco, February 27, 2015.

-“Divine Hiddenness and the One Sheep.” British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, Oriel College, Oxford University, September 11, 2015.

-“Why Assisted Suicide Should not be Publicly Funded in Canada.” Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics, University of Ottawa, June 1, 2015.

-“Natural-Kind Essentialism, Platonism, and the Unity Problem.” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Ottawa, May 31, 2015.

-“Dispositionalism, Categoricalism, and Metaphysical Naturalism.” American Catholic Philosophical Association, Washington D.C., October 10, 2014.

-“Analytic Philosophy of Science and Scholastic Philosophy of Nature in the Service of Natural Theology.” Dominican Colloquium, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, July 18, 2014.

-“Natural Evil, Evolution, and Scholastic Accounts of the Limits on Demonic Power.” American Maritain Association, Providence College, February 27, 2014.

-“How Divine Hiddenness Sheds Light on the Problem of Evil.” Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Victoria, June 3, 2013.

-“Moderate Locationism and Natural-Kind Essentialism.” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Victoria, June 2, 2013.

-“Monasticism and the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” Society of Christian Philosophers Mountain-Pacific Division meeting, University of Colorado at Boulder, March 8, 2013.

-“An Argument for Hylomorphism or Theism (But Not Both).” American Catholic Philosophical Association, Los Angeles, Nov. 3, 2012.

-“Laws of Nature Don’t Have Ceteris Paribus Clauses, They Are Ceteris Paribus Clauses.” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Waterloo, May 27, 2012.

-“Integrating Paranormal Research and Religious Studies? A (Sympathetic) Critique of Kripal’s Proposal.” American Academy of Religion, Southeast Division, Atlanta, March 3, 2012.

– “A Property-Based Cosmological Argument.” American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Feb. 15, 2012.

– “Why Thomistic Philosophy of Nature Implies (Something Like) Big-Bang Cosmology.” American Catholic Philosophical Association, St. Louis, Oct. 28, 2011. Winner of the 2011 ACPA award for best paper by a scholar under 35.

– “How is a Substantial Form Related to its Propria?” American Maritain Association, St. Mary’s College, Oct. 14, 2011.

– “Why (Most) Atheists Have a Duty to Pray.” American Philosophical Association, Central Division, April 1, 2011.

– “Divine Hiddenness as Divine Mercy.” Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Division, Fordham University, March 18, 2011.

– “Dispositions as Activities.” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Dec. 30, 2010.

– “Does Aquinas Have a ‘Bundle Theory’ of Substantial Form?” American Maritain Association, Walsh University, Oct. 15, 2010.

– “Do Consumers Have Duties Toward Corporations?” Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics, Concordia University, June 1, 2010.

– “Natural Kinds, Laws, and the Problem of Complex Essences.” Metaphysics of Science conference, University of Nottingham, September 13, 2009.
** Also presented at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, April 11, 2009.

– “Scientific Essentialism and the Global Laws Problem.” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Carleton University, May 28, 2009.

– “Intercultural Religious Experiences.” Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, Carleton University, May 27, 2009.

– “The Price of Free Mass: Against Property Primitivism.” Canadian Philosophical Association, Carleton University, May 25, 2009.

– “Divine Hiddenness and the Responsibility Argument.” Canadian Philosophical Association, Carleton University, May 25, 2009.

– “Scientific Essentialism and Thomistic Philosophy of Nature: Some Interconnections and a Common Problem.” Institute for the Study of Nature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 13, 2008.

– “Natural Kinds, Complex Essences, and the Real Difficulty Facing Scientific Essentialism.” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of British Columbia, June 4, 2008.

– “On Cheering Charles Bronson: The Ethics of Vigilantism.” Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics, University of British Columbia, June 4, 2008.

– “Revisiting the Fifth Way? The Physical Intentionality Debate.” American Maritain Association, University of Notre Dame, October 25, 2007.

– “Locke on Competing Miracles.” Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, University of Saskatchewan, May 30, 2007.

– “Aquinas’ Grand Unified Theory of Ethics.” Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Saskatchewan, May 28, 2007.

– “Aquinas on the Laws of Nature.” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Saskatchewan, May 28, 2007.

– “Heathwood on the Argument from Pointless Desires.” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, February 24, 2007.

– “On Laws of Nature.” American Maritain Association, Aquinas College, November 3, 2006.

– “Neuroscience and the Evidential Force of Religious Experience.” Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, York University, June 1, 2006.

Commentaries and Invited Presentations

-“Could a Neoplatonic Conception of Transcendence Help with the Problem of Divine Hiddenness?” Workshop presentation to faculty and graduate students, Oklahoma State University, February 23, 2017.

-“Divine Hiddenness: If God is Real, Why Doesn’t He Show Himself to Me?” Public lecture at Oklahoma State University, February 21, 2017.

-“Can Neuroscience Explain Mystical Experience?” Presented as part of the Theology & Science Research Cluster, Concordia University of Edmonton, November 29, 2016.

-Commentary on Jonathan Ichikawa’s “On the Assertability of Contextualism,” Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Calgary, June 1, 2016.

-“Transhumanism Through the Lens of Modern Biological Taxonomy,” presented at the Templeton Foundation workshop on theology and human enhancement, Orlando, April 16, 2016.

-“Regularities, Laws, and an Exceedingly Weak Premise for a Cosmological Argument,” presented at the Toronto Philosophy of Religion Work-in-Progress Group, Ryerson University, March 18, 2016.

-“Kinds, Substances, and the Unity Problem: Two Dispositionalist Solutions,” colloquium at the University of Alberta, September 15, 2015.

-“Evidentially Compelling Religious Experiences and the Moral Status of Naturalism,” presented at the Moral & Religious Epistemology Workshop at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University, July 2015.

-“The Possibility of Miracles,” public presentation for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Regina, March 19, 2015.

-Participated in public discussion panel (with Don Page and Randal Rauser) on science & Christian faith at Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church (St. Albert, Alberta) on November 2, 2014.

-Commentary on Dustin Crummett’s “Divine Hiddenness and Why Swinburne, Schellenberg and Dumsday All Get the Responsibility Argument (At Least Partly) Wrong,” Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, University of Victoria, June 3, 2013.

-Commentary on Klaas Kraay’s “Peter van Inwagen on Gratuitous Evil,” Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Victoria, June 2, 2013.

-Commentary on Noel Saenz’s “Against Browerian Simplicity,” Society of Christian Philosophers Mountain-Pacific Division meeting, University of Colorado at Boulder, March 8, 2013.

-“Monasticism and the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” Religious Studies colloquium, Concordia University College of Alberta, January 22, 2013.

-“Neo-Aristotelian Categories and the Problem of Circular Dependence.” Colloquium at Wake Forest University, Nov. 16, 2012.

-“A Thomistic Response to the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” Colloquium at the University of Gdansk, July 24, 2012.

-Commentary on Mark Gardiner’s “Interpreting Religious Language: Methodology and Holism.” Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Waterloo, May 27, 2012.

-Commentary on Elliot Rossiter’s “On the Concept of Fideism.” Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, University of Waterloo, May 29, 2012.

– “Dispositions, Rylean Inference Tickets, and Natural Kinds.” UNC Chapel Hill visiting scholars mini-conference, December 4, 2010.

– Commentary on Justin Remhof’s “Nietzsche’s Reconception of Science: Overcoming Nihilism.” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, December 30, 2009.

– “Natural Kinds, Laws, and the Problem of Complex Essences.” Colloquium at the University of Gdansk, September 16, 2009.
** Also presented at the history and philosophy of science research group, University of Calgary, March 24, 2009.

– Commentary on Robbie Moser’s “Aquinas on the Species-Concept Distinction.” Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Saskatchewan, May 28, 2007.

– “Anonymity and Privacy: Conceptual Links and Normative Implications.” Given at the Contours of Privacy conference, Carleton University, November 5, 2005.

Scholarships and Awards

-Travel grant for Workshop on Divine Hiddenness (2017)
Source: Norris Foundation, Oklahoma State University
Value: $1700

-Travel grant for Workshop on Theology and Human Enhancement (2016)
Source: John Templeton Foundation
Value: Travel, room and board, honorarium

-Travel grant for the Moral & Religious Epistemology Workshop at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University (2015)
Source: Prindle Institute for Ethics
Value: Travel, room and board, honorarium

-Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Theology and the Philosophy of Science (April 1 2015 – April 1 2020)
Source: Canadian Federal Government
Value: $125 000

-Travel grant for the Hylomorphism Workshop at Wake Forest University (2014)
Source: Wake Forest University philosophy department endowment
Value: Travel, room and board, honorarium

-Munich Summer Seminar on Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion Grant (2012)
Source: John Templeton Foundation
Value: Travel, room and board

– Purdue Summer Seminar on Perceptual, Moral, and Religious Skepticism Grant (2011)
Source: John Templeton Foundation
Value: $5000

– Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2010-2011)
Source: Canadian federal government
Value: $42 000

– St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology Stipend (2010)
Source: John Templeton Foundation
Value: $2700

– Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (2007 – 2010)
Source: Canadian federal government
Value: $105 000 ($35 000 per year for three years)

– Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship (2009)
Source: Killam Trusts
Value: $25 000 (Reduced to $3000 research grant due to previous holding of CGS)

– J.B. Hyne Research Innovation Achievement Award (2009)
Source: University of Calgary
Value: $500

– Dean’s Research Excellence Award (2007)
Source: University of Calgary
Value: $3000

– Dean’s Entrance Scholarship (2006)
Source: University of Calgary
Value: $6000

– Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2005)
Source: Ontario provincial government
Value: $15 000
(Renewed for 2006, but had to decline as the award is only tenable at Ontario universities)

– President’s Graduate Scholarship (2005)
Source: University of Waterloo
Value: $3000
(Also renewed for 2006, but had to decline due to the move to Calgary)
– Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2005)
Source: Carleton University
Value: Non-monetary, awarded at convocation

Professional Activities

-Member of the program committee for the annual conference of the Canadian Philosophical Association (2015 and 2016)

-Vice president of the Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers (June 2012-June 2015)

– Referee for Mind, Philosophical Studies, Synthese, Erkenntnis, Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Acta Biotheoretica, Studia Neo-Aristotelica, Toronto Journal of Theology, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Diametros, Philosophia Christi, dialectica, and The Thomist.

-Faculty advisor for the Concordia Pro-Life Club

-Assistant to the general editor (Giuseppe Butera) of the American Maritain Association’s book series (2015-present)

-Past chair of Concordia’s Research Ethics Board (2014-2016); past member of Concordia’s General Faculty Council (2014-2016); current board member of the Canadian Centre for Scholarship & the Christian Faith

Languages

– Reading knowledge of French and Mediaeval Latin; beginner’s knowledge of Georgian (still learning language)

Courses Taught

Institution Dates Courses Taught
Concordia University of Edmonton 2012-present PHIL 102 / 202 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 101 / 201 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 241 Western Philosophy – Modern
PHIL 250 Foundations of Ethics
PHIL / REL 275 Reasoning: Scientific and Religious
PHIL 475: The Philosopher’s Craft: Reasoning – Scientific and Religious
REL 373 Contemporary Issues in Religious Ethics
MA BCS 625 Philosophical Theology from the Patristic Era to the Reformation

Livingstone College 2011-2012 PHIL 230 Introduction to Philosophy
REL 233 Introduction to Ethics
REL 331 Sociology of Religion
REL 334 Religion and Literature
REL 435 Philosophy of Religion
REL 430 Religion and Science
REL 432 Issues in Contemporary Theology

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