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Featured Alum Sam Director, '15

Majors: Philosophy, with minors in Spanish and Theology

Current Position: I am a Ph.D. student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Specifically, this means that I work as a teacher for the university and also take graduate courses, eventually ending with a dissertation. My current research deals with issues of consent, rights and autonomy in both applied ethics and political philosophy. I also have additional research projects in the history of philosophy, epistemology and philosophy of religion. Additionally, I am a Humane Studies Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University "

Why Whitworth: "Whitworth is a truly remarkable institution. Like no other place I know, Whitworth is both a university that carries out serious research projects and which also creates an atmosphere of genuine community. While I was at Whitworth, I was able to think about ideas that are important, and I was guided in this process by excellent professors who genuinely care about knowing their students and helping them."

Whitworth Activities: "While I was at Whitworth, I was a four-year member of the speech and debate, aka forensics, team. I was also the founder and president of the Whitworth Student Symposium."

Influential Whitworth Professors: “I was blessed to know numerous professors from a variety of different departments. So, my list of influential professors is pretty long, and it includes Keith Wyma, Nate King, Josh Orozco, Forrest Baird, Adam Neder, Fred Johnson, Casey Andrews, Mike Ingram, Kim Hernandez and Angeles Aller. I still exchange frequent emails and phone conversations with almost all of the professors on this list.”

Influential Whitworth Experiences: "It's hard to pick just one. Overall, I would say that my relationships with professors were the most influential part of my time at Whitworth. Whether it was traveling from state to state with Mike Ingram, staying after class to talk with Josh Orozco, spending countless office hours with Nate King and Keith Wyma, debating theology with Adam Neder, talking about music with Fred Johnson, or reading poetry with Casey Andrews, my time with professors was hugely influential for me. All of these professors showed me what it means to be excellent teachers, superb scholars and good people."

Career Goals: "After finishing my doctorate, I plan to pursue a career as a professor of philosophy at a university."

Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their philosophy degrees:

  • Cody Allen is pursuing a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Colorado. He joins Kelly Vincent, who is at U. of C. earning a Ph.D. in philosophy.

  • Lars Katz Gaarde is a Seattle-based writer and musician who works in marketing for an online education company and operates an independent recording studio.

  • Logan Gage is working on a Ph.D. in philosophy at Baylor University (Texas).

  • Amy (Bernard) Sjoquist received a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She recently completed a J.D. and LL.M., specializing in international trade law and intellectual property, at the University of Washington School of Law. She is currently doing research at the UW and teaching political philosophy at Northwest University.

  • Chris Atwood (philosophy and theology double major), earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and has completed a year of New Testament study at the University of Tübingen, in Germany. He earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Wheaton College (Ill.). He is currently a pastor/head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Miami, Fla.

  • Andrew Bower is earning a Ph.D. in human development at the University of California, Davis.

  • Amy Whisenand is pursuing an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, N.J.

  • Brittany Hoback is studying cultural anthropology at the University of Central Florida.