Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Robert Sutton


Contact Information:

Cape Fear Community College

211 North Front Street

Wilmington, NC 28428

(910) 362-7133

mailto:rcsutton@cfcc.edu


EDUCATION:

         Doctor of Philosophy, Drew Graduate School, Madison, NJ (1988)
Dissertation: Authentic Responses to Evil In Jesus and Albert Camus

         Master of Philosophy, Drew Graduate School, Madison, NJ (1983)

         Master of Divinity, Drew Theological School, Madison, NJ, magna cum laude (1980) 

         Bachelor of Arts, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA, magna cum laude (1977)
Religion major with significant concentration in Modern Philosophy


HONORS AND AWARDS:

         Charter member of Omicron Delta Kappa, national honor and leadership society at Virginia Wesleyan College

         Marilyn Goodman Anderson Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, 2004-2005


TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

         1992-1994 - Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Logic, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

         1990-1994 - Adjunct Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics, Montclair State, Upper Montclair, NJ

         1987-1988 - Teacher Saint Vincent Martyr School, Madison, NJ

  • 1986-1988 - Writing dissertation
  • 1985 - Instructor of Ancient Civilization, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ 
  • 1982-1983 - Teaching Assistant for Philosophy of Religion, Drew Theological School, Madison, NJ

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

         1988-1989 - Producer, Phokus Video, Inc., Madison, NJ

         1982-1985 -Administrator, Drew Institute for Archaeological Research, Drew University, Madison, NJ

         1984 - Co-Administrative Assistant, The Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima, Israel

  • 1979-1983 - Research Administrative Assistant, Drew Institute for Archaeological Research, Drew University, Madison, NJ

PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS:

 

 

BOOKS:

         Human Existence and Theodicy: A Comparison of Jesus and Albert Camus. (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.). December, 1992 in the Contemporary Existentialism series.

         Review, Humphrey, John Fredrick. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 64, No. 4, (Winter, 1996), pp. 901-905.

 

ARTICLES:

* The above article was also referenced in, “Asian Philosophy and Critical Thinking: Divergence or Convergence?” by Soraj Hongladarom, Director of the Center for Ethics of Science and Technology and an associate professor of philosophy at Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. This paper was presented at the Second APPEND Conference at Chulalongkorn University, May 6-8, 1998.

* The “Realism” essay, as well as the Johnston article below and Hatcher article mentioned above, were also discussed in “Critical Thinking and the Realism/Anti-realism Debate”, also by  Soraj Hongladarom.

 * “Realism and Other Philosophical Mantras” drew a published response from David Johnston, "Hypothesis and Realism: A Comment on Sutton," Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, 1995, Vol. 15, No.1.

  • "The Right Method?" Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, (Montclair, NJ: The Institute for Critical Thinking), February, 1993, Vol. 11, No. 1.

* Donald Hatcher wrote a response to this paper, “Should Anti-Realists Teach Critical Thinking?” in Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, (Montclair, NJ: The Institute for Critical Thinking), Summer 1995, Vol.14, No. 4.   

  • "Postmodernism's Anthropologocentrism," Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, (Montclair, NJ: The Institute for Critical Thinking), May, 1992, Vol. 9, No.4. 
  • "Postmodernism One More Time: A Response to Dr. Bridges," Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, (Montclair, NJ: The Institute for Critical Thinking), December, 1991, Vol. 8, No. 4. 

* The debate in the above papers was discussed by Andrew Chrucky in his “On Tom Bridge’s Rhetoric of Objectivity.”

  • Editor, The Archaeological Diary, (Madison, NJ: The Drew Institute for Archaeological Research), Fall/Winter, Vol. 2, No.1, 1984-85.
  • "Evil: The Human Problem," The Drew Gateway, (Madison, NJ: The Drew Theological School), Spring. 1983, 47-55. 
  • Editor, The Archaeological Diary, (Madison, NJ: Drew Institute for Archaeological Research), Fall/Winter, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1983-84.

PAPERS:

  •  “Forgiveness,” paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic region of the American Academy & the Society of Biblical Literature, New Brunswick, NJ, March 15-16, 2001.  
  • 1999, “Ethics, Politics, and Public Spaces,” paper presented at panel discussion, "Ethics/Morality and Politics in the Next Millennium," University of North Carolina at Wilmington, March 30th, 1999.  
  • "Cyberspace and the Real Classroom," paper and demonstration presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic region of the American Academy & the Society of Biblical Literature, The Academic Teaching of Religion section, Wilmington, DE, March 20-21st, 1997.
  • "Evil," paper presented to the faculty and students of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Montclair State, March 20, 1993. 
  • "The Problems of Evil," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic region of the American Academy of Religion & the Society of Biblical Literature, Postmodern Philosophy and Theological Reflection, section. Philadelphia, PA, March 4-5, 1993. 

 


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION - American Academy & the Society of Biblical Literature (Mid-Atlantic Region) Annual Meetings

  • 2007 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, Baltimore, MA, March 1-2
  • 2006 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, Baltimore, MA, March 16-17.
  • 2006 Section Chair, Religious Ethics I.  Theme: Social Ethics, Baltimore, MA, March 16-17
  • 2004 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, Baltimore, MD, March 18-19
  • 2002 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, Baltimore, MA, March 14-15
  • 2001 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, New Brunswick, NJ, March 15-16
  • 2000 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, Glen Mills, PA, March 23-24
  • 1999 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, Arlington, VA, February 25-26
  • 1998 Section Chair, Social Scientific Study of Religion, New Brunswick, NJ, March 12-13
  • 1997 Section Chair, Social Scientific Study of Religion, Wilmington, DE, March 20-21 
  • 1996 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, Baltimore, MD, March 28-29
  • 1995 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, Boston, MA, March 30-April 1  (Tri-regional meeting)
  • 1994 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, New York, Union Theological Seminary, March 17-18
  • 1993 Section Chair, Philosophy of Religion, Philadelphia, PA, March 4-5

CAMPUS-WIDE FORUMS - Organized, often moderated and presented the following papers at interdiciplinary forums designed to encourage student dialogue at Cape Fear Community College.

·         “Being Human? ” - BEING HUMAN forum, April 15th, 2010

·         “Does Evolution Explain Human Nature?“ - EVOLUTION forum, November 5th, 2009

·         "Does it Really Matter? Or, Why Vote? " - GET OUT THE VOTE forum, September 26th, 2008

         "Let Me Tell You About My Home" - One Book One Community forum, October 26th, 2007

         “Critical Thinking: One Size Fits All?” - CRITICAL THINKING forum, March 28th, 2007

         “Discussion on the Middle East “ - HISTORY AND RELIGION OF THE MIDDLE EAST forum, October 26, 2006

         "Religion in Public Schools?" - RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS forum, April 6th, 2006

         "Morality and Politics?" - MORALITY AND POLITICS forum, October, 2004

         "Happiness?" - THE QUESTION OF EVIL forum, October, 2003

         "Science and Religion?" - THE QUESTION OF EVIL forum, March, 2003

         Evil?"  - THE QUESTION OF EVIL forum, February, 2003

         "King's Inclusive Rationality," - DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING forum, January 17, 2003

         "Forgiveness?" - THE QUESTION OF FORGIVENESS forum, November 7, 2002

         "The Truth?" - THE QUESTION OF THE TRUTH forum, April 4, 2002


ETHICS SEMINIAR - (Sponsored by Coastal Area Health Education Center) - co-designed and led ethics seminar for RNs & LPNs working in health care setting

  • "Everyday Ethical Dilemmas in Health Care", June 30th, 1997

TELEVISION PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION:

         "Discussion on the Middle East," taped and aired on the Wilmington, NC, The  Learning Network.  2007.

         "Religion in Public Schools?" taped and aired on the Wilmington, NC, The  Learning Network.  2006.

         "Beauty?" taped and aired on the Wilmington, NC, The Learning Network. 2005

         "Belief," taped and aired on the Wilmington, NC, The  Learning Network.  2005.

         "Education?" taped and aired on the Wilmington, NC, The  Learning Network.  2005.

         "Religious Paths: Hinduism," One hour interview for the Wilmington, NC, The Learning Network with a local person who is a practicing Hindu.  2004.

         "The September Project," Producer.  A one hour panel discussion on 9/11 for the Wilmington, NC, The Learning Network.,  2004.


AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

  • Existentialism
  • Continental Philosophy (Modern and Postmodern)
  • Philosophical and Related Diagnoses of Culture
  • Philosophy of Religion

AREAS OF COMPETENCE:

  • Major Philosophical Figures in the Modern and Postmodern Periods.
  • German Philosophy from Kant through Marx, including Hegel and the German Idealistic tradition.
  • World Religions & Mythology
  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Ethics
  • Logic
  • Social & Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Art, and Literature

LANGUAGES: French, German, and Greek. (Reading Level)


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