Online Class in Introduction to Philosophy

Taught by Dr. James W. Gustafson

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    For information on this course, go to <http://faculty.necc.mass.edu/jgustafson/index.html>. If you would like to browse the course, simply e-mail Dr. James Gustafson at jgustafson@necc.mass.edu and let him know of your interest.  Dr. Gustafson's résumé is printed below.

James Walter Gustafson
25 Liberty Street
Haverhill MA 01832

Email: jegust@comcast.net jgustafson@necc.mass.edu

978 373 9606


Summary of Professional Accomplishments





Northern Essex Community College
Haverhill, Massachusetts

Professor of Philosophy, 1970-2001

White Pines College (Now Chester College)
Chester, New Hampshire

Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, 1967-1970
College Chaplain

Education


Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts>

PhD: Philosophy. Concentration: Metaphysics 1967
Dissertation: Causality and Freedom in Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Alexander, and Brand Blanshard.

Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California

Master of Divinity 1959

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts 1956
Major: Philosophy Minor: Greek



Professional experience



I have taught philosophy since 1966

1966 Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts

1967-1970 White Pines College (now Chester College), Chester, New Hampshire

1970 to the present at Northern Essex Community College (Emeritus since 2002)

2000 – Online philosophy course, Yorktown University Graduate Division


    Visiting lecturer:

            New Theological College, Dehradun, India, 2003, 2004, 2005

Scott Theological College, Machakos, Kenya 1993, 1996, 1999

            Romania Bible Institute & Seminary, 1997

Romania Baptist Seminary, Bucharest, 1998

University of Oradea, Romania, 1999




Teaching at Northern Essex Community College

I was appointed Associate Professor of Philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Fine Arts in 1970, after four years of part-time teaching at Bridgewater State College, White Pines College and NECC. In three years I was promoted to Professor.

I helped to expand the curriculum in philosophy by adding courses and creating the Philosophy Option in the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

I helped create and teach inter-disciplinary team-taught courses such as the 2001 course and Bioethics, which were offered many times in the 1970s and 1980s.

I have introduced impersonations into my philosophy courses, an innovation which students enjoy and which was featured a year ago at the New England Consortium Conference held at Holy Cross College. I have also made video recordings of my renderings of Aquinas, Pascal, Hume, Kierkegaard and other philosophers, which are available on tape to my students.

I have taken advantage of training in new teaching technologies, creating a CD on philosophy of religion and an online version of Introduction to Philosophy. I have also conducted distance education classes for Introduction to Philosophy. Other online courses include Issues in Philosophy and History of Modern Philosophy

For 25 years I served as faculty advisor to the Open Door Christian Fellowship, a student club that fosters the spiritual life of students and has conducted various programs for the college community, such as films and food drives for shelters in Lawrence and Haverhill.

Courses I have taught at NECC:

Introduction to Philosophy

Ethics

Issues in Philosophy

Practical Logic

History of Philosophy

World Religions

Contemporary Western Religions

Introduction to Psychology

English Composition I

2001 The Shape of the Future

Bioethics

Christian Ethics




Publications

The Quest for Truth, an Introduction to Philosophy. 5th edition

Copley Custom Publishing, 2004

Ethical System: Basic Moral Philosophies, Kitale, Kenya, Amani Educational Services, 2004

Ecology and The Good, published in Nature magazine, 1973


Additional professional activities

I have written articles and book reviews, have reviewed texts in philosophy, critical thinking, and ethics prior to publication, and have presented lectures, such as a paper on Jonathan Edwards at the 1994 meeting of the Jonathan Edwards Society at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

I received grants for training in multimedia teaching formats and for distance learning for 1998.

Delegate: Peace Is the Name of God conference, Bucharest, 1998, an international gathering of over 400 delegates representing all major world religions.

I taught philosophy in Romania several times over the last few years at the University of Oradea and at the Baptist Seminary in Bucharest, as well as at the Romania Bible Institute there.

I spent a sabbatical in England (1987), doing research at Oxford and Cambridge. I have also traveled to Israel with a former seminary professor, as well as to Scandinavia. In 2000 I preached in Scotland during a pulpit exchange with Rev. Alexander Green, Church of Scotland, Strathblane.

Most recently (2005) I completed my sixth teaching mission at Scott Theological College in Machakos, Kenya. I am also adjunct lecturer at New Theological College, Dehradun, India.

As a leader of short-term mission expeditions for West Congregational Church, I have become acquainted with Christian work in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, and Trinidad.

Among my many avocations, most noteworthy is our family’s work on a 280 acre forest in Vermont. In recognition of our stewardship since 1963, we were voted Outstanding Vermont Tree Farmers of 1997.