Dr. Scott Davidson (Chair)
Ph.D., Duquesne University (2002)
M.A. Duquesne University (1998)
B.A. Kansas State University (1994)
Scott Davidson is Professor at Oklahoma City University and has served as Chair since 2007. He teaches courses in ethics, political philosophy, Ancient Greek philosophy, and Contemporary Continental philosophy. He is co-editor of the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy (www.jffp.org) and was founding editor of Etudes Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies (ricoeur.pitt.edu). He has published numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to contemporary French philosophy. He has translated six books from French, including most recently Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Didier Franck's Flesh and Body (Bloomsbury, 2014). And he has also published the edited collections: Totality and Infinity at 50 (Duquesne, 2012) and Ricoeur Acrss the Disciplines (Continuum, 2010). For more information about his work, see https://okcu.academia.edu/ScottDavidson
Dr. Robin Meyers
Ph.D. University of Oklahoma (1991)
M.Div. Phillips University (1979)
BA Wichita State University (1975)
In addition to being a professor of rhetoric in the Philosophy Department since 1991, Dr. Robin Meyers has been senior minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC Church of Oklahoma City since 1985. Dr. Meyers earned a PhD from the Communication Department at the University of Oklahoma, for his work in the area of persuasion and preaching. His dissertation was published as a textbook for preachers, entitled With Ears to Hear: Preaching as Self-Persuasion (Pilgrim Press, 1993). Dr. Meyers has published three additional books, Morning Sun on a White Piano: Simple Pleasures and the Sacramental Life (New York: Doubleday, 1998), endorsed by Bill Moyers; The Virtue in the Vice: Finding Seven Lively Virtues in the Seven Deadly Sins (Health Communications, Inc., 2004), endorsed by Desmond Tutu; and Why the Christian Right is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, and Your Future (San Francisco: Jossey/Bass, 2007), endorsed by Bill Moyers, Desmond Tutu, John Shelby Spong, and William Sloane Coffin Jr. His most recent book is entitled Saving Jesus from the Church (Harper Collins, 2009).
Dr. Meyers is a frequent speaker at church workshops, academic conferences, and political events around the country, and is an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. He has appeared on Dateline NBC, The McNeil-Leher Hour, ABC World News Tonight, and numerous PBS programs. In 2001, he became spiritual advisor to the first woman executed in the state of Oklahoma, and is featured in an HBO documentary, The Execution of Wanda Jean. Dr. Meyers was the Earl Preacher at the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California; was named the Angie Debo Civil Libertarian of the year by the ACLU of Oklahoma, and has been a guest preacher at the Riverside Church of New York City. Dr. Meyers is married to Shawn Meyers, an Oklahoma City artist, and they have three children, Blue, Chelsea, and Cass.
Dr. Nathan Ross
Ph.D., DePaul University
B.A., Humboldt State University
Nathan Ross is Associate Professor of philosophy at Oklahoma City University. Having studied at DePaul University and various universities in Germany, he has a deep interest in teaching and researching the history of philosophy, with a special focus on German language philosophy. He is interested in understanding how the ways that we acquire knowledge about the world relate to other modes of experience, such as the experience of beauty, the good, justice or injustice. He is engaged in a number of research projects that deal with the philosophical meaning of art and aesthetics in German philosophy from the 19th and 20th century: a book-length study of the history of aesthetic experience, with special focus on its political meaning; a translation of Georg Bertram's Art as Human Practice (Suhrkamp, 2014); and an edited volume on the role of aesthetic experience in the philosophies of Theodor W. Adorno and Walter Benjamin. His first book, On Mechanism in Hegel's Social and Political Philosophy, was published by Routledge in 2008, and he has published essays in Philosophy Today, The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Epoché. For more, see: https://okcu.academia.edu/NathanRoss
Dr. Jacob Stutzman
Ph.D University of Kansas (2012)
MA Texas State University-San Marcos (2005)
BA Truman State University (2001)
Since coming to OCU in 2009, Dr. Stutzman has served as an Assistant Professor of rhetoric and the Director of Forensics, reviving the University’s speech and debate team. His primary research interests are the function of religion in American political discourse, interfaith dialogue and education, and traditional argumentation theory. He is active in the National Parliamentary Debate Association, the National Communication Association, and the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre, and Communication Association. In addition to directing the Public Speaking courses on campus, he teaches courses on argumentation, critical thinking, persuasion, political rhetoric, and rhetorical criticism.
Dr. Leo G. Werneke
Dr. Werneke is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Oklahoma City University. He received his B.A. in philosophy in 1964 from Oklahoma City University, the M.A. in philosophy in 1966 from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), and the Ph.D. from Queens College, Dundee University in 1984. He served for many years as department chair and for ten years as Dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Werneke’s primary interests are ethics, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, history of modern philosophy, phenomenology and existentialism.
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