David Holley (Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin), Professor and Department Chair.Before moving to Southern Miss., Holley taught at universities in Kansas, Texas, and Arizona. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware and the University of Notre Dame. He was selected as Grand Marshall – Distinguished Professor at USM for 2012.
His latest book, Meaning and Mystery: What It Means to Believe in God, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2010. His recent journal articles include:
“Confident Religious Faith and Intellectual Virtue” International Philosophical Quarterly (forthcoming, 2017).
“Practical Considerations and Evidence in James’s Permission to Believe” Religious Studies (2015).
“Religious Disagreements and Epistemic Rationality” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2013).
“How Can A Believer Doubt That God Exists?” The Philosophical Quarterly (2011).
“Treating God’s Existence As An Explanatory Hypothesis” American Philosophical Quarterly (2010). (Winner of the Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize for one of the best three published articles in philosophy of religion in 2010).
His wife, Joyce, teaches English at Petal Middle School. David and Joyce have been backpacking multiple times in the mountains of Colorado.
Michael DeArmey (Ph.D. Tulane University), Professor.
Paula Smithka (Ph.D. Tulane University), Associate Professor.
Smithka has a doctorate and a master's degree in philosophy from Tulane University as well as a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She specializes in philosophy of science with an emphasis in philosophy of biology; and has published articles in the area of social/political philosophy, particularly concerning war and peace issues. Dr. Smithka teaches courses in philosophy of science, epistemology, logic, and introduction to philosophy, including an Honors College section of the course. She developed a new course, Philosophy through Science Fiction, which was taught for the first time in the spring semester of 2012.
Paula has a new book just released in November 2015, More Doctor Who and Philosophy: Regeneration Time, again, co-edited with Courtland Lewis. Doctor Who has been telling its story for 50 years, so it’s no surprise that another volume was needed to tell more of the story of Doctor Who and Philosophy. Some author-contributors are familiar companions from the first volume but several are new companions. The book addresses many scientific, moral, epistemological and metaphysical issues that have emerged in the last 5 years of the show since the first volume: new Doctor, new topics and issues, even more fun (but serious) philosophy. Geronimo!
More Doctor Who and Philosophy: Regeneration Time, follows Paula's first Doctor Who book, edited with Courtland Lewis as part of Open Court Press’ Popular Culture and Philosophy series—Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside (December 2010). This book is fun and serious philosophy, addressing philosophical issues in the longest-running science fiction show in history, the British series Doctor Who. Author-contributors to the volume span the globe. Philosophical issues addressed in the book include: personal identity, philosophy of science, ethics, existential concerns, aesthetics, and the impact of Doctor Who on British culture in particular, but human culture more generally.
She also has another book, Community, Diversity, and Difference: Implications for Peace, edited with Alison Bailey from Rodopi Press (2002). This book contains chapters addressing nationalism, identity politics, multiculturalism, democracy, peace-making strategies, among other topics.
Her present research interests include philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, and, in the area of social/political philosophy, the issue of tolerance and war and peace issues. She enjoys travel, beaches, birds, and of course, science fiction.
Samuel Bruton (Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Associate Professor.
Daniel Capper (Ph.D. University of Chicago Divinity School), Associate Professor.
Most recently he published Learning Love from a Tiger: Religious Experiences with Nature from the University of California Press. In an accessible way this book examines a multitude of religious experiences of the nonhuman natural world from across several traditions to come to an understanding of why and how the religions of the world might engender both positive and problematic relationships with nature.
Morgan Rempel (Ph.D. University of Toronto), Associate Professor.
Dr. Rempel has a doctorate and a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto (with a minor in religious studies), as well as a bachelor's degree in psychology from York University.
He is the author of Nietzsche, Psychohistory, and the Birth of Christianity (Greenwood Press, 2003), and articles on 19th & 20th century European thought, ancient philosophy, ancient religion, genocide, philosophy and film, psychoanalytic theory, and the philosophy of religion.
The recipient of teaching awards from the Mississippi Humanities Council and the University of Southern Mississippi, Professor Rempel’s recent courses have included Existentialism and Phenomenology, Ethics and Good Living, Philosophy and Film, and the Philosophy of Love and Sexuality.
Amy A. Slagle (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh), Assistant Professor.
Ben C. Hardman (Ph.D. Temple University), Assistant Professor.
Before coming to USM, Dr. Hardman lived and worked for over a decade in Tunisia and Algeria.
Allan W. Eickelmann (D.Min McCormick Theological Seminary), Instructor.
Susan Mullican (M.A. University of Southern Mississippi), Instructor
Normia Davis, Administrative Assistant
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