SUMMARY (1988-2010)

105 people received the PhD in Philosophy from UMass between 1988 and the present. Of these, we think we have reasonably good information concerning 90. While we doubt that the others are currently teaching philosophy, we aren’t sure. In many cases we don’t know whether the individuals in question made a serious, sustained effort to find academic work. Since we don’t know what happened to these people, we have chosen to leave their names off the list. If anyone has information concerning any of these people, we hope they will share it with us.

Of the 90 about whom we think we have good information, quite a few either are currently teaching philosophy in a college or university, or formerly were teaching philosophy but have now retired or otherwise moved on. Some of those who are now teaching are tenured; others are in tenure-track jobs; others currently hold post doctoral fellowships; others are working as adjuncts. If we also include people who have found positions as academic administrators or the like, we can say that 78 of the 90 found work in philosophy (or academic administration). Our placement rate thus calculated is 86%.

Ten of the people who got PhDs in this period and about whom we have information did not aggressively seek work as teachers of philosophy. Some already had other career ambitions. Some went to law school. Some just decided to do something else. If we exclude these people from our calculations, then we can say that there are 80 graduates who aggressively (and in some cases persistently) sought employment in philosophy, and about whom we have information. Of these, 78 got jobs in philosophy (or academic administration). Our placement rate thus calculated is 97.5%.

The list that follows contains the names of the 78 people who got jobs in philosophy during this period. It also contains the names of two people who went directly to law school after receiving the PhD.

We have a longer document that contains information about every person who ever got a PhD in Philosophy at UMass. That list contains 169 names and goes back to 1952. Anyone interested in seeing that document may request a copy from the Department Administrative Assistant.

We recognize that there are gaps in our information. We also suspect that some of the information included here may turn out to be misinformation. We apologize for any errors. We hope that anyone having better information will share it with us.

graduate degrees awarded 105
information available 90
academic positions 78
tenure track positions 52
T Tenured job TT Tenure-track job
PD Post Doctoral Fellowship Lect Lecturer
Adj Adjunct position VAP Visiting Assistant Professor
DNS Did not engage in a sustained, aggressive search for a job in philosophy. Dec Deceased
Ret Retired, having worked for a significant period of time as a teacher of philosophy. In some cases, the person has actually retired; in other cases, the person has left the position for some other reason – e.g., to take up another career.
Year Name Institution Status
2014 Binkoski, Jim Dartmouth College Lect
Buetow, Heidi University of Massachusetts, Lowell Lect
Hill, Scott Auburn University Lect
2013 Friesen, Lowell University of Winnipeg,
and Booth University College
2011 Cowling, Sam Denison University TT
Cushing, Jeremy University of Delaware Adj
Krakauer, Barak University of California, Santa Cruz Adj
2010 Ahlstrom, Kristoffer University of Kent, Canterbury TT
Bhattacharjee, Indrani Azim Premji University, Bangalore TT
Dunn, Jeffrey DePauw University TT
Platt, Andrew Stony Brook University TT
2009 Bohn, Einar University of Oslo TT
Doviak, Dan Muhlenberg College TT
Klocksiem, Justin University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa VAP
Kosciuk, Christopher Suffolk County Community College TT
Masto, Meghan Lafayette College TT
Michaelian, Kirk Bilkent University, Ankara TT
Sarch, Alexander Law School DNS
Trogdon, Kelly Virginia Tech TT
2008 Leibowitz, Uri University of Nottingham TT
Rubin, Michael University of Western Australia TT
Torre, Stephan University of Aberdeen, Scotland TT
2006 Hine, Kristen Towson University TT
Lascano, Marcy California State University at Long Beach TT
Raibley, Jason California State University at Long Beach TT
2005 Bell, Tom Law School DNS
Heathwood, Chris University of Colorado TT
Lukas, Mark Longwood University TT
2004 McDaniel, Kris Syracuse University T
Rosental, Creighton Mercer University T
Senn, Scott Longwood University TT
2003 Griffith, Meghan Davidson College T
Leighton, Kim American University T
Susse, Jennifer Michigan State University T Ret
Vessel, Jean-Paul New Mexico State University T
2002 Berkich, Don Texas A&M University Corpus Christi T
2000 Kaufman, Dan University of Colorado T
Wielenberg, Erik DePauw University T
1999 Bardon, Adrian Wake Forest University T
Bradley, William (Ben) Syracuse University T
Sayson, Ciriaco University of Philippines T
Theriault, Henry Charles Worcester State College T
1998 Beall, JC University of Connecticut T
LaPorte, Joseph Hope College T
Moore, Eric Longwood University T
Schaefer, Neil University of California at Santa Cruz Adj
Yeh, Joseph Transylvania University TT Dec
1997 Denby, David Tufts University Senior Lecturer
Eberle, Christopher US Naval Academy T
Fryc, Thomas Utica College T
Kervick, Daniel Plymouth State University Ret
Macdonald, Amie John Jay College T
Melconian, Markar Cal State Northridge Adj
Rini, Adriane Massey University T
1996 Adkins, Karen Regis College T
Barnbaum, Deborah Kent State University T
Feit, Neil SUNY Fredonia T
Goddu, Geoffrey University of Richmond T
Litch, Mary University of Alabama at Birmingham TT Ret
Mazdumar, Rinita University of New Mexico T
Nagel, Mechthild SUNY Cortland T
Reid, Heather Morningside College T
Tessman, Lisa SUNY Binghamton T
1995 McLeod, Owen Lafayette College T
1994 Davidson, Jack Texas Lutheran University TT
1993 Hughes, Cheryl Wabash College T
Sider, Ted NYU T
Sullivan, Thomas Roger Williams University University Chaplain
1992 Black, Andrew University of Missouri at St. Louis T
Curran, Angela Carleton College T
Silva, Jose University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez T
1991 Cowles, David Arizona State University Ret
Dodson, Kevin Lamar College T
Johnson, David Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts T
Kaufman, Cynthia De Anza College T
Leaman, George Philosophy Documentation Center Executive Director
Pienknagura, Alex Universidad Simon Bolivar T
Skelly, Brian University of Hartford Adj
1990 Christopher, Paul U.S. Military Academy at West Point T Ret
Dixon, Beth SUNY Plattsburgh T
Frazier, Robert Christ Church College of Oxford University Lecturer
Gabriel, Carol University of Southern Maine Adj
Markosian, Ned Western Washington University T
McNamara, Paul University of New Hampshire T
1989 Brown, Alison Northern Arizona University T
Faber, David Tabor College T
Haji, Ishtiyaque University of Calgary T
Lorraine, Tamsin Swarthmore College T
1988 Blackson, Thomas Arizona State University T
Bodanszky, Eva Rutgers University Adj
Cormier, Lucille Fitchburg State College Adj