Graduate Placement

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 35 years (1982-present). During this time, 88 percent (50 of 57) of those who earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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 (23 of 57) of our graduates became tenured; 9 percent (5 of 57) of our graduates during this period have tenure track positions but have not yet secured tenure; and 22 percent (13 of 57) have continuing lecturer positions with the same university for three or more consecutive years. During this period 14 percent of our Ph.D. graduates currently have no such employment. In some of these cases, the person voluntarily left a tenured or a tenure track position.

PLACEMENT GUIDELINES

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

2017
ALLISON FRITZ (environmental ethics and aesthetics)
Currently: Instructor of Philosophy, Auburn University

2016
DAVID CHAVEZ (epistemology, philosophy of mind)
Currently: Instructor (Permanent), Central New Mexico Community College

CHRISTOPHER GIBILISCO (metaphysics, epistemology)
Currently: Adjunct Instructor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

2015
DANIELLE HAMPTON (history of modern philosophy, Locke)
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Montclair State University

TIMOTHY LOUGHRIST (epistemology)
Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, History Department, University of North Alabama.
Previously: Assistant Program Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community.)

CHRISTOPHER R. MCCAMMON (political philosophy)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, VA
Previously: Instructor of Philosophy, Languages, Literature, and Philosophy Department, Armstrong State University.

ADAM R. THOMPSON (ethics, agency and responsibility)
Currently: Assistant Director of the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2014
ANDREW J. JAEGER (metaphysics)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

2013
ABLA HASAN (philosophy of language)
Currently: Assistant Professor of Practice (Arabic), Department of Modern Languages and Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

HOWARD H. HEWITT, JR. (ethics)
Currently: Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Auburn University

MASAYA HONDA (history of ancient philosophy, ethics)
Previously: Adjunct faculty member, Philosophy, Doane University, Crete, NE

MARIA REBECA (BECKY) ZAVADA (philosophy of social science)
Currently: Assistant Professor (Philosophy and English), Language and Literature, Wayne State College

2011
JUSTIN MOSS (ethics)
Currently: Lecturer, Philosophy, Washburn University
Previously: Lecturer, University of South Dakota; Lecturer, Washburn University, Topeka, KS; Adjunct Professor, Avila University, Kansas City, MO; Adjunct Instructor, College of Saint Mary's, Omaha; Adjunct Instructor, Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE

SRUTHI ROTHENFLUCH (epistemology)
Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, University of Portland, Portland, OR
Previously: Instructor, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR

STEVEN SWARTZER (ethics)
Currently: Lecturer and Philosophy Outreach Program Coordinator, Department of Philosophy and Parr Center for Ethics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Previously: Assistant Director of the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2010
EDWARD ABPLANALP (ethics)
Deceased 2014
Most recently: Tenured Professor of philosophy and religion, Philosophy Program, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
Previously: Instructor, Nebraska Methodist College; Lecturer, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Lecturer, Metropolitan Community College; Lecturer, College of St. Mary's; Instructor, Midland Lutheran College

WILLIAM BAUER (metaphysics)
Currently: Assistant Professor (for Teaching), Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University

PATRICIA SMITH [formerly PATRICIA (PATTY) STECK] (ethics)
Currently: Tenured philosophy faculty, Humanities Division Chair and AASC Co-Chair, Philosophy Department, Century College, White Bear Lake, MN

2008
LEO IACONO (epistemology)
Currently: Faculty member, Philosophy, Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, Loyola University, New Orleans; Instructor, Saint Louis University

2005
CLAYTON LITTLEJOHN (epistemology)
Currently: Reader in Philosophy, King's College, London, UK (reader denotes a senior academic with an international reputation)
Previously: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Texas, San Antonio; Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Southern Methodist University

STEVE ODMARK (ethics)
Currently: Tenured faculty member, Philosophy Department, Century College, White Bear Lake, MN

2004
RODNEY CUPP (ethics)
Currently: Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Language and Literature, Wayne State College
Previously: University of South Dakota; University of Alabama

JOYCE LAZIER (history of philosophy, Kant)
Left the profession
Currently: Canterbury High School, Fort Wayne, IN
Previously: Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, IN (IPFW); Brown Mackie College, Fort Wayne, IN; The Canterbury School, New Milford, CT; The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ; Doane College, St. Mary's

2003
THOMAS KIEFER, JR (history of ancient philosophy)
Currently: Adjunct Professor, Creighton University

MARK MATHEWSON (ethics)
Left the profession
Currently: Academic Dean, Christian Leadership College, Bereal Church, Lincoln, NE
Lecturer, Montana Bible College; Creighton University

2001
TIM BLACK (epistemology)
Currently: Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Department of Philosophy, California State University, Northridge
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Utah; Lecturer, California State University, Fresno

JONATHAN EVANS (history of philosophy)
Currently: Department Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion Department, University of Indianapolis

PETER MURPHY (epistemology)
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion Department, University of Indianapolis
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Calgary; Utah State University; Augustana College; University of Tennessee-Knoxville

JOY REEDY (ethics)
Left the profession.

PETER TRAMEL (ethics, epistemology)
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Fort Hays State University
Previously: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, United States Military Academy, West Point; Fort Hays State University

2000
BRIAN HUSCHLE (epistemology)
Currently: Campus Dean, Administration, Northland Community & Technical College
Previously: Liberal Arts Division Chair, Northland Community & Technical College

JONG-WANG LEE (metaphysics)
Currently: Adjunct Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Maryland University College Asia
Previously: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Yeungnam University (South Korea)

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

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

TRACY ANN SCHOLL (history of philosophy)
Currently: Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
Previously: Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University; Associate Professor, Moorhead University

XIAOMEI YANG (ethics)
Currently: Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, Southern Connecticut State University and Research Associate in the Research Center on Computing and Society, Southern Connecticut State University
Previously: East Tennessee State University; University of Nebraska at Omaha; Assistant Professor, The College of New Jersey, Ewing; Assistant Professor of Religion, Temple University

1998
PATRICK YARNELL (ethics)
Currently: Senior Instructor, Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, Iowa State University; Instructor, Dartmouth College; Instructor, Kansas State University

1996
SUNG-DONG HAN (ethics)
Currently: President, Daeduk College, Daejeon, South Korea

CHRIS MCCORD (history of philosophy)
Currently: Professor of Philosophy, Arts & Humanities Department, Kirkwood Community College

1995
STEPHEN KERSHNAR (ethics)
Currently: Full Professor and Chair of Department of Philosophy, State University of New York at Fredonia
Previously: Senior Lecturer, Wayne State University; Lecturer, Creighton School of Medicine & College of Arts & Sciences, Creighton University, Omaha; Visiting Assistant Professor, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

1993
MELANIE ARMSTRONG (ethics)
Currently: Director of Transfer and International Admissions at Nebraska Wesleyan University
Previously: Instructor, St. Mary's College

NANCY SLONNEGER HANCOCK (philosophy of language)
Left the profession
Currently: Attorney at Law, Hogan Lovells, Louisville, KY
Previously: Attorney at Law, NKU Community Connections, Northern Kentucky University and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northern Kentucky University; Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

DAVID REITER (epistemology)
Currently: Knox Online Professor at Knox Theological Seminary
Previously: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Erskine College

NNACHI JULIUS UMENNACHI (applied political philosophy)
Currently: Retired
Previously: Philosophy/Humanities Instructor and Coordinator of Honors Program, Scott Community College, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges; Instructor and Department Coordinator, Scott Community College

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

1991
ROGER EBERTZ (epistemology)
Currently: Department Head and Professor, Department of Philosophy, History and Religion, University of Dubuque
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; Lecturer, College of Saint Mary (Lincoln program), Omaha; Instructor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Instructor, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

1990
BEVERLY KRACHER (ethics)
Currently: Professor in Business Ethics, Heider College of Business at Creighton University; Executive Director of the Business Ethics Alliance

JAMES SENNETT (epistemology, rationality)
Currently: Professor of Business Ethics and Coordinator of Business Programs, 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; Lincoln Christian University

1989
(THOMAS) NIM BATCHELOR (philosophy of law)
Currently: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Elon University

LORY (DAVID) LEMKE (epistemology)
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Morris

1988
HEIMIR GEIRSSON (philosophy of language)
Currently: Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University
Previously: Grinnell College; Wartburg College; University of Nebraska at Omaha; University of Wisconsin; Washington County

1985
PIERANNA GARAVASO (philosophy of math)
Currently: Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Humanities Division, University of Minnesota, Morris
Previously: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; High and Middle School Teacher, Italian State Schools

1984
DOUGLAS HENSLEE (metaphysics)
Deceased 2010
Previously: Department of Philosophy, San Jose State University

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

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

1982
DAVID PAAS (philosophy of language)
Currently: Chairman of Economics and Business Administration, Professor of Business Law, Ralph and Winifred Rosecrance Professor in Business, Hillsdale College.
Previously: University of Nebraska at Omaha; Texas Women's University

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