Academic CV

Current Appointment: Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Areas of Specialization: Feminist Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Ethics

Areas of Competence: History of Philosophy (Enlightenment to the present), Philosophy of Gender, Philosophy of Social Work

Previous Appointments

Contract Academic Faculty, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2008-2014, 2016-2017

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics at Rhodes University, South Africa, 2015-2016

Assistant Professor (and Graduate Faculty), Wilfrid Laurier University, 2014-2015

Lecturer, Brock University, Fall 2011

Education

Master: Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, Canada, June 2014

Ph.D: Philosophy (Gold Medal), Guelph-Laurier-McMaster Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Canada, October 2011

  • Dissertation: “Simone de Beauvoir’s Existentialist Ethics: What the Visible Can Teach Us About the Ethical”
  • Examination Committee: Allison Weir, Christine Daigle, Helen Fielding, Rebekah Johnston, Margaret Toye, Dorothea Olkowski

Master: Philosophy, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, June 2006

  • Thesis: “A Phenomenological Account of Merleau-Ponty’s Notion of Style: From Embodiment to Flesh,”
  • Examination Committee: Michael Berman, Christine Daigle, Duane Davis

Honours B.A. (conferred with distinction): Philosophy, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, June 2002

Publications

Not Knowing the ‘Right Thing to Do:’ Moral Distress and Tolerating Uncertainty in Medicine Clinical Ethics 12(1), 2017.

Bridging Communities: Rethinking the Intersection of Social Capital and Power” Canadian Journal of Native Studies 35(2), Spring 2016.

“Struggling with an Existential Ethics: Sartre and Beauvoir on the Ethical Implications of Transcendence” co-authored with Christine Daigle, PhaenEx 8(1), 2013.

A Guide to Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception, George J. Marshall. Reviewed in: Sartre Studies International, Vol. 15, #1, Spring 2009, 92-4.

In Preparation

Rethinking Feminist Phenomenology: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives, edited with Sara Cohen Shabot (forthcoming November 2018, Rowman & Littlefield International Press).

Refereed Papers

“The Moral Distress of Human (In)Action,” Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Ottawa (Ontario), June 5, 2015.

“Toward a Beauvoirian Ontology,” Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Waterloo (Ontario), May 29, 2012.

“Existentialist Ethics: Transcendence in Sartre and Beauvoir” co-authored with Christine Daigle, Annual Meeting of CPA/ACP (Canadian Philosophical Association), Fredericton (New Brunswick), May 30, 2011.

“Negotiating the Phenomenal Body as a Visible Body,” Annual Meeting of CPA/ACP (Canadian Philosophical Association) and CSWIP (Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy), Montréal (Québec), June 1, 2010.

“The Soft Viscosity of Appearance: Merleau-Ponty’s Debt to Buddhism,” Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Ottawa (Ontario), May 26, 2009.

“Merleau-Ponty and Nagarjuna: Beyond the Divide,” Annual Meeting of CPA/ACP (Canadian Philosophical Association), Ottawa (Ontario), May 25, 2009.

“The Riddle of Ambiguity: Existential Ethic or Ontological Catch-22?” Annual meeting of WCPA (Western Canadian Philosophical Association), Edmonton (Alberta), October 25, 2008.

“Beauvoir, Transcendence, and the Problem of Ambiguity,” Annual Meeting of CPA/ACP (Canadian Philosophical Association) and EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Vancouver (British Columbia), June 5, 2008.

“With a Little Help from His Countryman: Merleau-Ponty Shows Us What it Means to be Human,” Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), May 31, 2007.

“Estranged By Flesh or Mucous? Merleau-Ponty or Irigaray?” Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Winnipeg (Manitoba), May 29, 2004.

Non-refereed Papers

“The Painfulness of an Indefinite Questioning,” Annual Meeting of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, Superior (WI), June 23, 2016.

“Intersubjectivity and Othering: A Phenomenological Approach,” Annual Meeting of PSSA (Philosophical Society of Southern Africa), Chintsa (South Africa), January 18, 2016.

“Thinking Through Moral Distress with Simone de Beauvoir,” Annual Meeting of ASCP (Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy), Sydney (Australia), December 3, 2015.

“The Moral Distress of Human (In)Action,” Annual Meeting of CSSPE (Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics), Ottawa (Ontario), May 31, 2015.

“The Moral Distress of Human (In)Action,” Annual Meeting of ICNAP (International Coalition of North American Phenomenologists), St. Catharines (Ontario), May 22, 2015.

“Moral distress: Gesturing toward possibilities for preserving professional integrity,” Annual Meeting of CASWE (Canadian Association for Social Work Education), St. Catharines (Ontario), May 27, 2014.

“Moral Distress: A Question of Responsibility,” Annual Meeting of CSSPE (Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics), St. Catharines (Ontario), May 26, 2014.

“Ambiguous Appearance: Rethinking Beauvoir’s Thoughts on the Visible,” 17th International Conference, Simone de Beauvoir Society, San Jose (California), June 19, 2009.

“Engendering Intersubjectivity: The Ethics of Appearance,” Inaugural Meeting of ICNAP (International Coalition for North American Phenomenologists), Mahwah (New Jersey), May 9, 2009.

“Estranged By Flesh or Mucous? Merleau-Ponty or Irigaray?” York Sociology Graduate Student Conference, Toronto (Ontario), March 17, 2004.

Invited Talks

Talk: “Moral Distress and the Ethical Dilemma,” Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Philosophy Speaker Series, November 25, 2016

Philosophy Department Seminar: “Intersubjectivity and Othering: A Phenomenological Approach,” Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa), March 9, 2016.

Workshop: “Leadership and Business Ethics Training for MBAs,” Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa), February 27-28, 2016.

Commentary: “The Breastfeeding Feminist: Biology as Destiny?” by Rianna Oelofsen, Wild Coast Philosophy Symposium 2015 Cintsa (South Africa), October 31, 2015.

Philosophy Department Seminar: “Thinking Through Moral Distress with Simone de Beauvoir and Joan Tronto,” Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa), September 16, 2015.

Film Screening and Round-Table Discussion: “Philosophy in the Kitchen” with Domietta Torlasco and Cesare Casarino, Thinking Through Deleuze: Nomadic Subject, Global Citizenship, and Posthumanism, St. Catharines (Ontario), February 7, 2015.

Lecture: “Rethinking Thomas Nagel’s ‘On Death’,” Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti (Michigan), February 12, 2015.

Lecture: “Sexual Initiation & the Ethics of the Erotic: An Impossible Reconciliation?” University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville (Alabama), January 22, 2015.

Lecture: “Psychiatric Advance Directives: Between Paternalism and Autonomy,” Ethics Grand Rounds, Grand River Hospital, Kitchener (Ontario), June 17, 2014.

Lecture: “Moral Distress” with Dr. Natalie Needleman-Nethercroft, Ethics Grand Rounds: Grand River Hospital, Kitchener (Ontario), April 16, 2013.

Lecture: “Health Care Ethics” with Ken Roberts, Pharmacy 465: Critical Care & Emergency Medicine for Pharmacists, University of Waterloo, Waterloo (Ontario), April 2, 2013.

Commentary: “Are there Women, Really? (Re)thinking the Subject with Beauvoir and Irigaray” by Emma R. Jones, Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Vancouver (British Columbia), June 3, 2008.

Commentary: “The Vestiges of Expression: Rethinking Metaphor with Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Luc Nancy” by Donald A. Landes, Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), May 31, 2007.

Commentary: “Alterity and Expression in Merleau-Ponty: A Response to Levinas” by Scott Marratto, Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), May 30, 2007.

Commentary: “Simone de Beauvoir on Moral Justification: The Space Between Transcendental Objectivity and Relativism” by Matthew Eshelman, Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Toronto (Ontario), May 30, 2006.

Commentary: “Idealizing Harem: In Service of Post Modern Feminist Theory” by Basharat Tayyab, GLM PhD Seminar Conference, Waterloo (Ontario), April 10, 2006.

Commentary: “Beauvoir and the Media” by Megan Penney, Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), London (Ontario), May 29, 2005.

Lecture: “The Ethics of Sartre and Beauvoir”, PHIL 1F90, Brock University, February 22, 2005.

Lecture: “Expression as a Style of Being in the World,” PHIL 5V50, Brock University, October 14, 2004.

Lecture: “Metaphysical Theories,” PHIL 1F90, Brock University, October 12, 2004.

Courses Instructed

Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • PP110 “Values and Society”
  • PP111 “Knowledge and Reality” (co-instructed)
  • PP207 “Ethical Theories”
  • PP217 “Medical Ethics” online and in class
  • PP 218 “Existentialism”
  • PP219 “Feminist Philosophy”
  • PP223 “Contemporary Moral Issues” online and in class
  • PP233 “Sex, Love, & Friendship”
  • PP 249 “Philosophy and Gender”
  • PP 480 “Feminist Theories of Embodiment”
  • PP 680 “The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir” (graduate seminar)

Department of Philosophy, Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics, Rhodes University

  • IiNtetho zoBomi
  • Existential Conversations

Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • GS 421 “Ethical Encounters”

Department of Philosophy, Brock University

  • PHIL/WISE 2P94 “Feminist Philosophy” (cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies)

Courses Assisted (led multiple weekly one hour seminars)

Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • PP110 “Values and Society”
  • PP111 “Knowledge and Reality”
  • PP223 “Contemporary Moral Issues”
  •  PP110 “Values and Society”

Department of Philosophy, Brock University

  • PHIL 1F90 “Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophical Classics”
  • PHIL 1F94 “Problems in Philosophy”
  • PHIL 2P02 “Rationalism”
  • PHIL 2P90 “The Pre-Socratics and Plato”

Fieldwork

Board Member, Community Research Ethics Board, Community Research Ethics Office, Kitchener (Ontario), March 2017 — Present.

Clinical Intern in Social Work, 1st Step: Early Psychosis Intervention Program, Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin (Ontario), Sept 2013-Dec 2013.

Clinical Intern in Medical Ethics, Grand River Hospital, Kitchener (Ontario), Jan-June 2013.

Awards and Honors

Medal of Academic Excellence, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2011

  • Awarded to one Faculty of Arts doctoral graduate for outstanding graduate work

Nominated for Student Essay Prize, Canadian Philosophical Association, 2009

 Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000), 2008

 Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000), 2007

J.R.A. Mayer Graduate Scholarship, Brock University ($750), Brock University, 2004

  • Awarded to the philosophy graduate student with the highest G.P.A.

“The Philosophic Virtue Award in Perseverance,” The University of Western Ontario, 2002

Research Assistantships

Christine Daigle, Department of Philosophy, Brock University, 2013–2014. (Editing manuscript Nietzsche as Phenomenologist)

Faculty of Social Work Equity Committee, Wilfrid Laurier University, May 2013-Dec 2013. (Developed, analyzed, and reported on “2013 Faculty of Social Work Diversity Climate Survey”)

Nick Coady and Jeanette McDonald, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Educational Development, Wilfrid Laurier University, Fall-Winter 2009-2010. (Developed and conducted a study: “Issues in Graduate Student Advising and Strategies to Address Them: A Qualitative Analysis of Focus Group Interviews and Email Surveys with Graduate Students and Graduate Faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University”)

Rockney Jacobsen, Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, Spring-Summer 2007. (Edited: PP111 “Knowledge and Reality” course text)

James Wong, Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, Spring-Summer 2006. (Researched: Michel Foucault’s notion of agency)

Christine Daigle, Department of Philosophy, Brock University, 2003–2005. (Edited: Daigle, Christine, ed. Existential Thinkers and Ethics. Montreal and Kingston: MQUP, 2006.)

Service to the Profession

Refereed papers for Clinical Ethics, 2016-Present.

Refereed papers for PhaenEx (online journal), 2009-Present.

Refereed papers, for Annual Meetings of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), 2004-Present.

English Editor and German-English Translator, Conference Proceedings of “Existential Philosophy and Ethics” held at Freie Universität, Berlin, March 10-12, 2011, November 2011-2012.

Local Coordinator for the Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), June 2011-2012.

Member, The Canadian Philosophical Association Equity Committee, 2008-2011.

Program Coordinator for the Annual Meeting of EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), June 2010-June 2011.

Co-Organizer (with Christine Daigle), Beauvoir at 100 Symposium, Annual Meeting of CPA (Canadian Philosophical Association) / EPTC/TCEP (Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), Vancouver (British Columbia), June 5, 2008.

Assistant to the Editor, About the Things Themselves/Dehors dans le monde… (Newsletter of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture), January 2004-2005.    

Service to the Institution

Faculty of Arts Council Member, September 2016 — Present.

Co-Chair, Faculty of Social Work Equity Committee, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo (Ontario), May 2013-Dec 2013.

President (elected), Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’ Association, Waterloo (Ontario),  2010-2011.

University Committee Member, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo (Ontario).

  • Review Committee: Vice President Finance and Administration, March-June 2011.
  • Senate (ex-officio), May 2010-April 2011.
  • Senate Academic Planning Committee, September 2010-June 2011.
  • Board of Governors (ex-officio), May 2010-April 2011.
  • Financial Appeals Committee, May 2010-April 2011.
  • Non-Tuition Protocol Committee, May 2010-April 2011.
  • Library Council, September 2010-June 2011.
  • Hiring Committee: Vice-President Research, February 2010-March 2011.
  • Review Committee: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, October 2010-February 2011.
  • Hiring Committee: Dean of Students (Waterloo campus and Brantford campus), July-August 2010.

VP: Policy, Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’ Association, Waterloo (Ontario), 2009-2010.

Professional Development

“Conversations Around Teaching, Assessment, and Learning” course, Grahamstown (South Africa), February – May 2016.

Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) Conference 2010, Waterloo (Ontario), October 20-21, 2010.

Foundations in University Teaching Course, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo (Ontario), April-May 2010.

AAPT-APA (American Association of Philosophy Teachers – American Philosophical Association) Graduate Teaching Seminar in Philosophy, 17th Biennial International Workshop/Conference on Teaching Philosophy, Guelph (Ontario), August 1-10, 2008.

Language Competence: French (reading)

Academic Memberships

  • The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophical Society of Southern Africa
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics
  • Canadian Bioethics Society
  • International Coalition for North American Phenomenologists
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Simone de Beauvoir Society
  • International Association for Women Philosophers
  • Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy
  • Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy
  • Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture
  • Canadian Philosophical Association

References

Dr. Christine Daigle (Academic)
Professor of Philosophy
Director, PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities
Department of Philosophy, Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1
(905) 688-5550 (ext. 3316/3315)
cdaigle@brocku.ca

Dr. Helen Fielding (Academic)
Associate Professor of Philosophy/Women’s Studies and Feminist Research
Department of Philosophy, Western University
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
(519) 661-2111 (ext. 85752)
hfieldin@uwo.ca

Dr. Dorothea Olkowski (Academic)
Professor of Philosophy
Director, Cognitive Studies Program
University of Colorado
Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150
(719) 255-4086
dolkowsk@uccs.edu

Dr. Ashwani Peetush (Teaching)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario N2G 3C5
(519) 884-1970 (ext. 3874)
apeetush@wlu.ca

Ken Roberts, RSW (Clinical)
Lead, Ethics Consultation Team
Grand River Hospital
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1G3
(519) 749-4300 (ext. 2428)
ken.roberts@grhosp.on.ca

Dr. Pedro Tabensky (Academic)
Professor of Philosophy
Director, Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGCLE)
Department of Philosophy, Rhodes University
Grahamstown, South Africa 6140
+27 046 603 8352
p.tabensky@ru.ac.za

Dr. Allison Weir (Academic)
Professor of Philosophy
Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University
North Sydney, NSW 2060
+61 (02) 9739 2729
Allison.Weir@acu.edu.au