Dispositions, Habits, and Virtues
2014 Annual ACPA Meeting

2014 Conference Mailing: Election Bios

ACPA Election, Sep 2014 to 2 April 2015

Candidate Biographies

Candidates for Vice-President/President-elect.

John Drummond (Fordham University) is the Robert Southwell, S.J. Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He received his B.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1975) from Georgetown University. He has taught at Georgetown University (1974–75, 1987–88), Coe College (1975–1987), Mount Saint Mary's College (now University, 1988–1999), and Fordham (1999–). He has served on the ACPA's Executive Council and its Executive Committee. His scholarly work is devoted to issues in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, theory of value, and ethics. He is co-editor of The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy and is a member of the Editorial Board of Husserl Studies. For many years he served as general editor of the series Contributions to Phenomenology. He has published Husserlian Intentionality and Non-Foundational Realism: Noema and Object (Kluwer, 1990) and A Historical Dictionary of Husserl's Philosophy (Scarecrow, 2008; reprinted in paper in 2010 as The A to Z of Husserl's Philosophy). He has edited or co-edited four books treating phenomenological themes and published approximately 80 articles in phenomenology. He also edited the special edition on Husserl of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly.

Thomas Hibbs (Baylor University) is Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethic and Culture at Baylor University, where he teaches in the graduate program in Philosophy. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Dallas and an M.M.S. and Ph.D. from Notre Dame. He was a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College for three years before moving to Boston College where he taught for thirteen years and where he was Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy. In addition to two books on film and a book co-authored with the contemporary painter, Makoto Fujimura (Soliloquies: Rouault/Fujimura), Hibbs has written three books on Thomas Aquinas: Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995); Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good (Fordham University Press, 2001); and Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice (Indiana University Press, 2007). He has also edited and/or written introductions to four scholarly books and authored more than thirty scholarly articles. He has published more than one hundred reviews and discussion articles on film, theater, art, and higher education in venues such as First Things and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2010, he received the American Maritain Association Scholarly Excellence Award and has just finished a three-year term as a Faculty Mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program.

Candidates for the Executive Council.

Michael Bowler (Michigan Tech) is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Chair of the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University. Before earning his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, he received his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis and his M.A. in Philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington. His areas of research include continental philosophy, especially contemporary German philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, and research ethics. He is the author of Heidegger and Aristotle: Philosophy as Praxis (Continuum, 2008) and is co-editor of a volume titled Hermeneutical Heidegger, which is under contract with Northwestern University Press. He recently completed work as the principal investigator on a multi-year research grant from the National Science Foundation investigating the underlying moral psychology of responsible conduct of research, results of which have appeared in Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education. He also served on the executive committee of the Engineering Ethics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Catherine Jack Deavel (St. Thomas, MN) is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Having received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University for her dissertation on formal and final causation in ancient and early modern thought, Deavel has published on various topics in the history of philosophy in journals such as International Philosophical Quarterly, Logos, New Blackfriars, and Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. Her more popular writing has appeared in several volumes of the Philosophy and Popular Culture series (Open Court and Blackwell).

Mark Gossiaux (Loyola, New Orleans) received his B.A. from Fordham University and his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans. From 2007 to 2013 he served as Philosophy Department Chair, and currently he is Director of the Catholic Studies Program at Loyola. His primary areas of research are the history of medieval philosophy (with a focus on late thirteenth century philosophy) and classical metaphysics. He has published articles in Augustiniana, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Modern Schoolman, Vera Lex, Divinatio, Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales, and Quaestiones Disputatae. He has served previously on the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the ACPA.

Gretchen Gusich (Loyola Marymount) is an assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She earned her BA in philosophy and German from Notre Dame and did her graduate work at The Catholic University of America, where she wrote a dissertation on Husserl's account of truth. She taught at Boston College for three years before moving to the tenure track at LMU. Gretchen is primarily interested in issues related to the early phenomenological understanding of truth and judgment, as well as the intersection of philosophy and literature. She has published in Analecta Husserliana and Human Studies and has worked as a referee for various journals, including the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. Gretchen was the lead local coordinator when the ACPA was hosted by LMU in 2012. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and likes to spend as much time looking at the bottom of a pool as possible.

Colleen McCluskey (SLU) is currently associate professor in the department of philosophy at Saint Louis University. She received her PhD from the University of Iowa. Her research interests include the history of medieval philosophy, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of race. She is co-author (along with Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung and Christina Van Dyke) of Aquinas's Ethics: Metaphysical Foundations, Moral Theory, and Theological Context, as well as papers published in The Thomist, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vivarium, History of Philosophy Quarterly, and a number of edited volumes. Current research projects include a book on Thomas Aquinas's theory of wrongdoing and a paper on Peter Abelard's use of racial concepts in the personal letters.

Michael O'Neill (Providence) received his B.A. in history from Fordham University and then his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. Currently associate professor of philosophy at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, he is also the college's post-baccalaureate fellowships and scholarships coordinator. His teaching and research interests focus on understanding and responding to critiques of classical liberalism, on the philosophy of history, and on Alasdair MacIntyre's thought. His published articles have appeared in Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, The St. Anselm Journal and in edited volumes. O'Neill served as chair of the philosophy department of Providence College from 2011 until 2014; was a member of the program committee for the 2014 ACPA conference; and serves on the steering committee for the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry (ISME). He lives in Franklin, Massachusetts, with his wife and children

Bernard Prusak (King's College, PA) is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King's. He was educated at Williams College; Exeter College, Oxford University; and Boston University, where he took his Ph.D. in philosophy. His research focuses in moral and social philosophy. He has published widely in scholarly journals such as the ACPQ, Social Theory and Practice, the Journal of Social Philosophy, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, and the Hastings Center Report on such topics as parental obligations and children's rights, conscience, forgiveness, and double-effect reasoning; he also writes frequently in Commonweal magazine, where he worked as an editor before graduate school. He was an officer of the ACPA from 2009 to 2012 and has served on the editorial boards of Public Affairs Quarterly and Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. Dr. Prusak also served on the Program Committee for the ACPA's fall 2010 meeting. His book Parental Obligations and Bioethics: the Duties of a Creator appeared fall 2013 in the series Annals of Bioethics published by Routledge. He is now working on a book for Paulist Press with the tentative title Faith and Reason in Theory and Practice: An Introduction to Catholic Moral Philosophy.

Eileen Sweeney (BC) is professor of philosophy at Boston College. She received her BA in philosophy at the University of Dallas and her MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on medieval and ancient philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy and literature, and theories of the passions. Recent monographs include Logic, Theology and Poetry in Boethius, Abelard, and Alan of Lille: Words in the Absence of Things (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006), Anselm of Canterbury and the Desire for the Word (The Catholic University of America Press, 2012). Dr. Sweeney is currently preparing From the Liberal Arts to Science: The Transformation of the Paradigm of Knowledge from the 12th to the 13th Century. Her articles have appeared in a number of journals, including The Thomist, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, International Philosophical Quarterly, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, The Saint Anselm Journal, in addition to a number of edited volumes. Dr. Sweeney served on the ACPA executive council from 1996 to 1998.

Pol Vandevelde (Marquette) is Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University. Before receiving his doctorat from the University of Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve in 1990, he studied in Frankfurt and Freiburg. He is interested in issues related to interpretation theory, theory of meaning, language, and literature. He has authored, translated or edited fourteen books and published sixty articles and book chapters in French, English, and German. His research has been funded in part by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific research (FNRS) and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. His authored books include: Être et Discours: La question du langage dans l'itinéraire de Heidegger (1927-1938) (Académie Royale de Belgique, 1994), The Task of the Interpreter: Text, Meaning, and Negotiation (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), and Heidegger and the Romantics: The Literary Invention of Meaning (Routledge, 2012). He was awarded the "First Prize" of the Royal Academy of Belgium in 1993, the Way Klingler Humanities Fellowship in 2010 ($60,000), and the "Prix Mercier" from the University of Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve in 2013. He is the co-director of the book series Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics with Continuum (now Bloomsbury). Since 2012 he is a permanent invited professor at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile.

Kevin White (CUA) is an associate professor in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. His work on Thomas Aquinas includes a study of Aquinas's quodlibetal questions; an English translation of Aquinas's commentary on Aristotle's De sensu et sensato; an edition of three previously unpublished chapters from Aquinas's commentary on Aristotle's Meteora; and articles published in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, The Review of Metaphysics, Nova et Vetera, and The Thomist. He is, with Romanus Cessario, co-translator of John Capreolus on the Virtues (The Catholic University of America Press 2001). During 1997-98, he served as Treasurer of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.