Graduate Placement

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This chart lists all students who have completed the M.A. degree in Philosophy at Gonzaga University since 1999.  The placement information on this page is, to the best of our knowledge, complete and accurate. However, if you have updated information, or suspect that information here is incomplete or mistaken, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, David Calhoun (calhoun at gem.gonzaga.edu).

Placement Summary Statistics

(data since 1999, updated May 11, 2012; some graduates belong to more than one category)

count

percentage

total M.A. degrees awarded

39

100%

graduates placed in Ph.D. programs

16

41.0%

graduates who have completed Ph.D. programs

8

20.5%

total graduates in all forms of teaching positions

22

56.4%

graduates in tenured and tenure-track positions

5

12.8%

graduates in adjunct teaching positions

16

41.0%

graduates in high school / prep school positions

1

2.6%

graduates in law practice

2

                  5.1%

graduates in religious vocations or careers

2

5.1%

Graduate Degrees, Theses, and Placements

Name

Degree Awarded

Thesis / Supervisor

Post-Gonzaga Placement

David Kovacs

2012

“Aquinas on Formal Objects”

John Wagner

Ph.D. program in philosophy, Fordham University

Craig Vander Hart

2012

“Recovering Hegel’s Method:

Raya Dunayevskaya, Marxist-Humanism, and the Crisis of Praxis”

Tom Jeannot

adjunct teaching in philosophy, Wenatchee Valley College

John Van Houdt

2012

“Contingency and Necessity: Hegel, Badiou, and the Logic of Quantitative Infinity”

Tom Jeannot

M.Phil. program in philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Ph.D. program in philosophy, Tilburg University (the Netherlands), teaching assignments at KU Leuven

Ricardo Davila

2011

“On What we Know There Is: A Critique of Independently Existing Essences”

Richard McClelland

adjunct teaching in philosophy, Gonzaga University; applying for philosophy grad school

Lukas Sauer

2011

“The Moral Justification of Violence in Civilly Disobedient Action”

Ellen Maccarone

applying for adjunct teaching in philosophy

Brent Diebel

2011

“Intertheoretic Relation, Reduction, and a Defense of the Legitimacy of Mental Discourse in the Sciences”

Erik Schmidt

adjunct teaching in philosophy, Gonzaga University; apply for philosophy Ph.D. study

Bruce Beerman

2011

Care and Dasein: A Study of the Notion of Care in the Early Writings of Martin Heidegger”

Tom Jeannot

adjunct teaching in philosophy, Gonzaga University

Daniel Wagner

2010

“A Thomistic Critique of Occasionalism from Natural Causality, Divine Omnipotence, and the Psychology of Human Agency”

Michael Tkacz

Ph.D. program in philosophy, University of St Thomas, Houston

Spencer Murphy

2010

“Leo Strauss, the Crisis of the West, and the Theologico-Political Problem”

Douglas Kries

adjunct instructor in philosophy, Green River Community College

Adriana Kowal

2010

“Phenomenology of ‘Le Regard’: Understanding a Merleau-Pontian Ethics Through Aesthetics”

Kirk Besmer

adjunct teaching in philosophy, Loyola University Chicago; Ph.D. program in philosophy, Marquette University

Adriane Leithauser

2009

“Schelling’s Religious Philosophy: A Step Toward a Meaningful Postmodern World?”

Tim Clancy, SJ

adjunct instructor, Gonzaga University (Philosophy and School of Business)

Elton Callahan

2009

“A Critique of Four Contemporary Versions of Divine Simplicity”

Brian Clayton

N/A

David M. Huntley

2009

“Santayana and Dewey: Two Naturalistic Responses to the Everyday”

Tom Jeannot

private law practice

Barney H. Corbin

2009

“A Thomistic Reply to the Reformed Objection to Natural Theology”

Michael Tkacz

graduate coursework in theology, Liberty University

Lara Perry

2008

“The ‘Failure’ of Physics, the Mystical Experience, and the Experiential Knowledge of the Founders of Modern Physics”

Quanhua Liu

Ph.D. program in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University

Anthony George (Major, US Army)

2008

“The Soteriology of Epictetus the Mystic: An Exposition of Stoic Religiosity and Mysticism”

Richard McClelland

Instructor, US Military Academy, West Point; Security Transition Team, Iraq

Molly Ayers

2008

“Naming the Ultimate: The Approach and Methods of St. Thomas Aquinas and Taoist Philosophers in Speaking Meaningfully About the Ultimate”

John Wagner

Assistant Director, Center for Community Action and Service Learning, Gonzaga University; adjunct instructor in philosophy, Gonzaga

Justin Anderson

2007

“Thomas Aquinas on Final Causality and a Contemporary Debate on Design in Nature”

Michael Tkacz

Ph.D. program in philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Cory S. Madsen

2007

“Method in Philosophical Theology: The Free-Will/Determinism Controversy”

Richard McClelland

non-academic employment

Emma Miner

2007

“Disability, Quality-of-Life, and Genetic Testing”

Rose Mary Volbrecht

hospital work

David Weise

2006

“Capitalism or Freedom: A Critique of the Capitalist Claim of the Maximization of Human Freedom”

Brian Steverson

adjunct instructor in philosophy at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Spokane Community College, and Spokane Falls Community College

Brian Buckley

2006

“Applications of Communitarian Ethical Principles to a Bioethics Setting”

Tim Clancy, SJ

Ph.D. in philosophy, Loyola-Chicago (2011); Lecturer in philosophy at Santa Clara University

John Sherman

(Major, US Air Force)

2005

“The Telos Metaethic”

Brian Steverson

instructor in philosophy, Air Force Academy

Ross Anthony Tippit

2005

“A Comparison of Two Critiques of Modern Epistemology: Thomistic Realism and Philosophical-Hermeneutics”

Tim Clancy, SJ

adjunct instructor in philosophy, St. John’s University, NY

Margaret Gathoni Muchiri

2005

“A Critical Review of Traditional Cultural Practices in Africa with Regard to Oppression of Women: Focus on Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation”

Rose Mary Volbrecht

Ph.D. program in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University (2009)

Britni Weaver

2003

“Primary Being and Accidents: Aristotle's Metaphysics Applied to Questions of Race Discrimination and Slavery”

David Calhoun and John Wagner

Instructor (full-time, tenured 2008) and Department Chair, Spokane Falls Community College

Mark Tschaepe

2003

Ph.D. in philosophy, Southern Illinois University (2008); Faculty, Center for Learning Innovation (Philosophy), University of Minnesota Rochester

Fr. Wilbroad Mwape

2003

“The Unmoved First Mover Proof and Modern Science: A Defense of the Motor Causality Principle”

Michael Tkacz 

work in Catholic priesthood as hospital chaplain (Charleston, SC) and religious broadcasting (Zambia)

Stephen Dilley

2002

“Written on The Heart: A Critical  Assessment of Explanations for Universal Religious Belief”

Brian Clayton and Douglas Kries

Ph.D., Arizona State University (2007), Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure-track), St Edwards University, TX

BonnieJean Kurle

2002

“How to Cheat at Language Games: An Analysis of Unruly Illocutions”

Richard McClelland

Ph.D. in philosophy, Purdue University (2011); independent scholar

Simeon Enemuo

2001

“An Exercise in Wondering: An Illumination of Nigeria’s Problems as Guided by Lonergan, Gadamer, and Marxism”

Tom Jeannot and Mark Alfino

semi-professional soccer, Spokane Shadow

John Russell

2001

“Contemporary Fideistic Assessments of Human Activity after MacIntyre”

Douglas Kries

Ph.D. program in Philosophy, Duquesne University; teaching appointments at several schools, including St. Vincent College and Trivium School, MA

Fr. Uchechukwu Obisike

2001

“The Similarity of the IGBO Political System to Aristotle’s Best Regimes: One Proof that Africa is not a Dark Continent”

Doug Kries

work in Catholic priesthood as hospital chaplain (Spokane, WA) and parish priest (Rosalia, WA)

Brian Sterner

2000

“Epistemic Foundations of Socratic Pedagogy”

David Calhoun and Bernard Tyrrell

Ph.D. program in philosophy, University of South Florida

Matthew Newcomb

2000

“Situating the author by way of the Reader in Literature and History: A study and Critique of the Reception Theories of Wolfgang Iser and Hans-Robert Jauss”

Tim Clancy and Mark Alfino

Ph.D. in English, Pennsylvania State University (2007), associate professor of English at SUNY New Paltz

Christopher Kozoll

2000

“Implications of Dewey’s Theory of Moral Autonomy for Rawls’ Theory of Civil Disobedience”

Brian Steverson and Mark Alfino

JD in Law, University of Colorado School of Law (2004), private law practice

Alyssa Pitstick

1999

“Human and Non-Human Animals: What’s the Difference?  The Human Person in His Natural Context”

Michael Tkacz

STL, International Theological Institute, Gaming, Austria (2002), STD, Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome (2005), tenure track appointment at Hope College (Holland, MI)

Joel N. Steinmetz

1999

“Is Scientific Natural Theology Possible? Facing the Implications of Scientific Demarcation”

Brian Clayton and Michael Tkacz

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Catholic University (2008); visiting and adjunct teaching; philosophical coaching

Richard Carpenter

1999

“The Transcendental Object as Manifested in the Work of Art”

Quanhua Liu

Independent musician

In addition to Ph.D. program placements listed here, Gonzaga Philosophy M.A. students who graduated prior to 1999 have been placed in philosophy programs at institutions such as Boston College, University of Colorado, University of Hawaii, and University of Southern California, and in programs in other disciplines such as political science at Georgetown and anthropology at Washington State University.  Gonzaga Philosophy M.A. graduates from prior to 1999 have gone on to hold tenured positions at such institutions as Seattle University, Duquesne University, Washington State University, North Idaho College, Patrick Henry College, and Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

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