The Department is strongly committed to helping its graduates secure academic jobs at respected institutions. Advisors help students prepare for the Philosophy job market by writing letters of recommendation, scrutinizing and offering advice on dossiers and writing samples, practicing mock interviews, and attending the conventions at which interviews are done. We also try to help students get the kind of professional experience (such as publications and papers at conferences) that maximize the chances of a successful job search. As the following data shows, we have been uncommonly successful at securing employment for our graduates.

The Department has compiled its placement record over the past 31 years (1982-present). During this time, 80 percent (30 of 38) of those who earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Nebraska have found secure or somewhat secure employment in the academy in areas related to their research (or have become university administrators). During this period 40 percent (15 of 38) of our graduates are now tenured; 25 percent (9 of 38) of our graduates during this period currently have a tenure track position; and 15 percent (6 of 38) have continuing lecturer positions with the same university for three or more consecutive years. During this period 20 percent of our Ph.D. graduates currently have no such employment. In some of these cases, the person voluntarily left a tenure track position.

Placement Guidelines

All University of Nebraska–Lincoln Philosophy Ph.D. Graduates, 1982 to present:

1982
MARK TIMMONS (ethics, Kant)
Currently: Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona
Previously: Illinois State University, Memphis State University

DAVID PAAS (philosophy of language)
Currently: Ralph and Winifred Rosecrance Professor in Business, Hillsdale College.
Previously: University of Nebraska-Omaha, Texas Women's University

1983
WAYNE WASSERMAN (ethics and epistemology)
No current information
Previously: Hollins College

1984
MARVIN EDWARD KANNE (history of philosophy, Dewey)
Left the profession

DOUGLAS HENSLEE (metaphysics)
No current information
Previously: Department of Philosophy, San Jose State University

1985
PIERANNA GARAVASO (philosophy of math)
Currently: Professor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Morris

1988
HEIMIR GEIRSSON (philosophy of language)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Iowa State University
Previously: University of Wisconsin, Washington County; University of Nebraska-Omaha; Wartburg College, Grinnell College

1989
LORY DAVID LEMKE (epistemology)
Currently: Instructor, University of Minnesota, Morris

THOMAS NIM BATCHELOR (philosophy of law)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Elon College

1990
ROBERT WILSON LAWRENCE (epistemology)
No current information

JAMES SENNETT (epistemology, rationality)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Brenau University.
Previously: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pacific Lutheran University; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Palm Beach Atlantic College; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, McNeese State University

BEVERLY KRACHER (ethics)
Currently: Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Society, College of Business Administration, Creighton University

1991
ROGER EBERTZ (epistemology)
Currently: Professor of Philosophy, University of Dubuque

1992
YORAM LUBLING (history of philosophy, Dewey)
Currently: Professor of Philosophy, Elon College

1993
DAVID REITER (epistemology)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Erskine College

MELANIE ARMSTRONG (ethics)
No current information
Previously: Instructor, St. Mary's College

NNACHI JULIUS UMENNACHI (applied political philosophy)
Currently: Instructor and Department Coordinator, Scott Community College

NANCY SLONNEGER HANCOCK (philosophy of language)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northern Kentucky University

1995
STEVE KERSHNAR (ethics)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, SUNY College at Fredonia
Previously: Montana State University, Wayne State University,

1996
CHRIS MCCORD (history of philosophy)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Kirkwood Community College

SUNG DONG HAN (ethics)
Currently: President, Daeduk College, South Korea

1998
PATRICK YARNELL (ethics)
Currently: Instructor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor , Iowa State University and Kirkwood Community College, Instructor, Colorado State University

1999
NANCY BRAHM (epistemology)
Left the profession
Previously: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Cal State, Chico; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Bakersfield.

T. ANN SCHOLL (history of philosophy)
Currently: Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
Previously: Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Associate Professor, Moorhead University

XIAOMEI YANG (ethics)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Southern Connecticut State University
Previously: Assistant Professor, The College of New Jersey, Ewing; Assistant Professor of Religion, Temple University

2000
BRIAN HUSCHLE (epistemology)
Currently: Liberal Arts Division Chair, Northland College

CANDICE UPTON (ethics)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Denver

JONG WANG LEE (metaphysics)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Yeungnam University (South Korea)

2001
PETER TRAMEL
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Fort Hays State University

JONATHAN EVANS (history of philosophy)
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Indianapolis

TIM BLACK (epistemology)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Cal State, Northridge

PETER MURPHY (epistemology)
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Indianapolis

JOY REEDY (ethics)
Left the profession.

2003
MARK MATHEWSON (ethics)
Currently: Academic Dean, Christian Leadership College

TOM KIEFER (history of ancient philosophy)
Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor, Creighton University

2004
JOYCE LAZIER (history of philosophy, Kant)
Adjunct Professor at IPFW in Fort Wayne, IN

RODNEY CUPP (ethics)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Wayne State College

2005
STEVE ODMARK (ethics)
Currently: Faculty, Century College

CLAYTON LITTLEJOHN (epistemology)
Currently: Lecturer at King's College London (tenure equivalent)

2008
LEO IACONO (epistemology)
Currently: Lecturer at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2010
EDWARD ABPLANALP (ethics)
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Illinois Central College

WILLIAM BAUER (metaphysics)
Currently: 1 year visiting appointment at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University

PATRICIA STECK (ethics)
Currently: Tenured on the philosophy faculty and Humanities Department chair at Century College in White Bear Lake Minnesota

2011
STEVEN SWARTZER (ethics)
Previously: Assistant Director of the Ethics Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (continuing position)
Currently:  Visiting Lecturer and Outreach Fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

SRUTHI ROTHENFLUCH
Currently: Instructor, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon

2013
ABLA HASAN
Currently:  Assistant Professor of Practice of Arabic at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

MASAYA HONDA

BECKY ZAVADA

HOWARD H. HEWITT, JR.
Currently:  Instructor at Auburn University