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Stephen Joel Garver
261 Rochelle Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
215.482.3364
garver@lasalle.edu
www.joelgarver.com
date of birth:
1 September 1969   •   Abington, Pennsylvania

education:
University of Pennsylvania   •   BA 1991
        Philosophy and English

Syracuse University   •   PhD 1996
        Dissertation: Responsible Believing
        Advisor: William P. Alston

La Salle University   •   presently pursuing MA
        Theological Studies


areas of specialty:
Epistemology
Philosophical Theology
Ethics


areas of competence:
History of Philosophy
Metaphysics
Religion and Postmodernism

employment:
2002 - present   •   La Salle University
        assistant professor of philosophy

1997 - 2002   •   Gwynedd-Mercy College
        philosophy instructor

1996 - 2002   •   La Salle University
        adjunct professor of philosophy

1996   •   Cabrini College
        philosophy instructor

1996   •   Open Door Christian School
        elementary art instructor

1987 - 1993
1994 - 1996   •   New Life Youth and Family Services
        summer instructor; substitute teacher


experience:

LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

2002 - 2005  -  SPRING         two sections
  • Philosophy 152 - "Moral Choice"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content
  • part of core curriculum Doubles component
  • course linked with English 108 - "College Writing II"


2002 - 2005  -  AUTUMN         two sections
  • Philosophy 152 - "Moral Choice"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content
  • part of core curriculum Doubles component
  • course linked with English 107 - "College Writing I"


2002 - 2005  -  AUTUMN         two sections
  • FYO 100 - "First Year Odyssey"
  • one credit orientation course for incoming students
  • part of core curriculum


2002 - 2005   -  SPRING         two sections
2002 - 2005   -  AUTUMN         two sections
  • Philosophy 151 - "The Human Person"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content
  • part of core curriculum Doubles component
  • course linked with Psychology 155 - "Introduction to Psychology"


2005  -  SPRING         one section
2003  -  SPRING         one section
2002  -  SUMMER II         one section
1997  -  SPRING        one section
  • Philosophy 267 - "Philosophical Approaches to God"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


2004  -  SPRING         one section
2002  -  SPRING         one section
1997  -  AUTUMN         one section
  • Philosophy 152 - "Moral Choice" (was "Moral Inquiry & Choice")
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


2004  -  SUMMER II         one section
2002  -  SPRING         one section
2001, 2000, 1998  -  SPRING
                        three sections each semester
2000  -  SUMMER II        one section
1998  -  AUTUMN        one evening section
  • Philosophy 151 - "The Human Person" (was "Concepts of Humanity")
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


1999 - 2001, 1997  -  AUTUMN
                        three sections each semester
1998, 1996  -  AUTUMN         two sections
  • Philosophy 151 - "The Human Person" (was "Concepts of Humanity")
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content
  • students were freshmen in the Academic Enrichment Program
  • sections in 1999-2001 were in the "Doubles/Metro" curriculum (pilot program in 1999)


1998 - 2001  -  SUMMER
  • Academic Enrichment Program - orientation week
  • responsible for guiding student groups, tutoring, evaluating writing, and other teaching
  • 1997 - taught section on reading philosophy
  • 1998 - taught sections on documenting sources
  • 1998 - led large group discussion of O'Brien's The Things They Carried
  • 1999 - led discussions on O'Brien's The Things They Carried
  • 1999 -led discussion of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan
  • 2000 - led discussion on Stone's Platoon
  • 2001 - taught sections on reading and writing philosophy

1999  -  SPRING        one section of each
  • Philosophy 308 - "Philosophy of History"
  • Philosophy 311 - "Problems of Knowledge" (evening)
  • Philosophy 206 - "Social and Political Philosophy"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


1997  -  SPRING        two sections
  • Philosophy 152 - "Moral Inquiry and Choice"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


GWYNEDD-MERCY COLLEGE

2000 - 2002  -  SUMMER SESSION I
                        one section each session
  • Philosophy 308 - "The Good Society"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


2000 - 2002  -  SPRING ACCELERATED
                        one section each session
  • Philosophy 305 - "Contemporary Philosophy"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


2001, 2000  -  FALL ACCELERATED
                        one section each session
  • Philosophy 100 - "The Human Condition"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


1999  -  SUMMER SESSION I        one section
  • Philosophy 240 - "Logic"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


1999  -  FALL ACCELERATED        one section
1999  -  SPRING ACCELERATED        one section
1999, 1998  -  SUMMER SESSION II        one section
1997  -  AUTUMN        one section
  • Philosophy 101 - "Ethics: The Moral Quest"
  • responsible for teaching, grading, and content


CABRINI COLLEGE

1996  -  SUMMER        one section
  • "Philosophy of Love"
  • responsible for grading, teaching, and content


NEW LIFE YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

1996  -  SUMMER        one section
  • "Introductory Philosophy"
  • nine-week course introducing philosophy and critical thinking to gifted students
  • students were older delinquent and dependent youth, ages 15-17


1994  -  SUMMER        three sections
  • "Literature and Human Values"
  • nine-week course using literature to engage students in thinking about moral philosophy
  • students were delinquent and dependent youth, ages 11-17


SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

1993  -  SPRING, AUTUMN
                        three sections each semester
1994  -  SPRING        three sections
  • "Philosophy 191 - "Ethics and Values Theory"
  • teaching assistant responsible for leading discussion sections and all grading of exams and essays


1992  -  AUTUMN        three sections
  • Philosophy 207 - "History of Western Philosophy I: Ancient"
  • teaching assistant responsible for leading discussion sections, assisting in designing exams, and all grading of exams and essays


committee work and university service:

2005
• faculty representative on Funding Board, La Salle University
• member, Core Curriculum Advisory Board

2004 - 2005
• faculty member of Judicial Board, La Salle University
• member, Arts and Sciences Technology Committee
• freshman advisor for incoming students as part of EARS pilot program

2003 - present
• chair, web committee and departmental webmaster, Philosophy Department, La Salle University

2003
• redesigned and updated entire philosophy department website
• Branch Out – took three separate groups of students to Branch Out service projects: 5 October, 2 November, and 7 December 2003

2002 - present
• core curriculum faculty member, involved in bi-weekly meetings, planning, and workshops

1999-2001
• participant in La Salle campus group Communio promoting issues of faith, culture, and the mission of a Catholic university.

1998
• faculty advisor, La Salle Bowling Club, La Salle University.

1997-1999
• volunteer for LaSalle University's annual "Branch Out" day of community service.


presentations and publications:

2005
• Commentor on a paper given at the American Catholic Philosophical Assocation annual meeting, University of Notre Dame - South Bend, IN - October 29, 2005

• Invited panelist/present in discussion of Roger Haight's Jesus: Symbol of God, La Salle University - Philadelphia, PA - October 18, 2005

• "Intertextuality and Metalepsis in Matthew's Gospel" - lecture at Tenth Presbyterian Church - Philadelpha, PA - part of an onoing series in adult scripture class - July 2005

• "The Law of God and the Law of Man: Theonomy" - lecture at Tenth Presbyterian Church - Philadelphia, PA - part of an ongoing series on law in adult education forum - June 19, 2005

• "Joy Comes in the Morning: Comedy and the Christian Narrative" - invited lecture at Art & Soul Conference, Baylor University - Waco, TX - April 8, 2005

• "Baptism: Theology and Practice" - two lectures of St. Philip's Reformed Episcopal Church - Warminster, PA - March 12, 2005

• "The Openness of God" - lecture at Calvary Presbyterian Church - Willow Grove, PA - part of ongoing series on doctrine of God in adult education forum - March 6, 2005

2004
• "No Shadow of Turning: Classical Theism and the Openness of God" - two lectures presented in August at the Covenant Worldview Institute - Tokyo, Japan.

• Led two theological lectures and discussions in August at Mitaka Evangelical Church - Tokyo, Japan.

• Informal presentation on classical theism and the openness of God with faculty of Nagoya Theological Seminary - Nagoya, Japan.

• "'Just War' and Christian Ethics" - lecture at Calvary Presbyterian Church – Willow Grove, PA – part of ongoing series on ethics in adult education forum – April 4, 2004

• "Radical Orthodoxy RoundTable" - invited facilitator in moderated online discussion sponsored by the Disseminary (www.disseminary.com, associated with Seabury-Western Seminary) – January and February 2004

2003
• "Postmodernism and Christian Faith" - four lectures presented in July at the Biblical Horizons Conference - Niceville, Florida.

• Invited panelist/presenter in discussion of Luigi Giussani's The Risk of Education at the International Institute for Culture, Philadelphia, PA (April 10, 2003)

• Invited participant in The Risk of Education seminar, Georgetown Conference Center (April 4-5, 2003)

2002
• Review of Robert Letham's The Lord's Supper: Eternal Word in Broken Bread, in The Dallas Morning News (January 5, 2002).

• Review of John M. Frame's No Other God: A Response to Open Theism, in The Dallas Morning News (March 2, 2002).

• Guest column, " 'Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum.' Sure About That?" in the Religion section, The Dallas Morning News (March 20, 2002).

2001
• Gave lecture "Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?" sponsored by philosophy department, Campus Ministry and Service, and Communio campus group - La Salle University.

2000
• Gave talk to a group of freshman regarding the history, place, and importance of the liberal arts.

• "Fix" - poem published in About Such Things literary magazine (volume 4, number 2: Autumn 2000).

1999
• Discussion panelist on the 1998 papal encyclical Faith and Reason - La Salle University.

1998
• "Exploring a Sixth Sense", a review of Luigi Giussani's The Religious Sense in re:generation quarterly 4:3 (Fall 1998).

• "Not In Their Genes: a review of Andrew Niccol's film Gattaca" in About Such Things literary magazine (volume 2, number 2: Autumn 1998).

• "Bahnsen on Self-Deception" in Christendom Essays, ed. by James B. Jordan.

• "Oh My God, They Killed Kenny!" - lecture sponsored by the English department and Academic Enrichment Program at La Salle University.

1997
• "An Introduction to the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar" - three lectures presented in July at the Biblical Horizons Conference - Niceville, Florida.

• "Interpreting Tarantino" in About Such Things literary magazine (volume 1, number 2: Spring 1997).

1996
• "Responsible Believing" - lecture presented as part of the Fall Philosophy Series at La Salle University.



selected web publications:
All of the following publications are available on the Web at: http://www.joelgarver.com and are listed in their order of publication on the web or in print, if earlier.

The number of documented hits is measured from the time that a counter was added to the publication in question until 6 October 2004.

2005
  • translation of a Latin letter of Bishop John Davenant

2004
  • "D.A. Carson on Deconstruction: A Critique and Explanation" (557 hits since February 2004)
  • "The Early Scots Reformed on Baptism" (224 hits since May 2004)
  • "Ex Opere Operato" (411 hits since February 2004)
  • "Nominalism and the 'Modern': A Genealogical Narrative" (240 hits since February 2004)
  • "Sacraments and the Solas" (282 hits since February 2004)
  • "There is Another King: Gospel As Politics" (310 hits since February 2004)
  • "Turretin on Baptism" (188 hits since February 2004)

2002
  • translation of "Instruction in Christian Doctrine for Young Children," John Calvin (1785 hits since March 2002)

2001
  • "Baptismal Regeneration" (2688 hits since August 2001)
  • "A Brief Catechesis on Covenant and Baptism" (1491 hits since October 2001)
  • "Of Creation and the Freedom of God" (313 hits since August 2001)
  • "Fiesta and Eucharist" (146 hits since May 2001)
  • "Liberty of Conscience" (1012 hits since May 2001)
  • "Rahner and de Lubac on Nature and Grace" (1199 hits since October 2001)

2000
  • "Mark's Jesus and Our Suffering" (629 hits since May 2001)
  • "Matthean Apocalypse and the Parable of the Talents" (575 hits since September 2001)

1999
  • "Aristotle on Anger: Ancient Greek Ethics and Practices of the Self" (1179 hits since May 2001)
  • "Bahnsen on Self-Deception" (593 hits since May 2001)
  • "Baptism in Matthew and Mark" (698 hits since May 2001)
  • "Baptism: Reformed and Catholic" (2130 hits since November 2000)

1998
  • "A Primer on Presuppositionalism" (7179 hits since March 2000)
  • "A Sixth Sense: A Review of Luigi Giussani's The Religious Sense" (391 hits since October 1999)

1997
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Sketch (15,444 hits since March 2000)
  • "On the 'Catholic Question'" (2409 hits since October 1999)

1996
  • Responsible Believing: dissertation (1276 hits since August 2001)


community service & other experience:

2005
• helped organize multi-family yard sale to benefit an orphanage in Liberia
• leader of adult scripture classes, Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA)

2004
• outside thesis reviewer and commentor for honors program Philadelphia Biblical University (Langhorne, PA).
• leader of adult scripture classes, Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
• mentor for several seminary students, Westminster Theological Seminary (Glenside, PA)

2003
• hosted visiting, non-degree student from Japan during Spring semester

2002
• fine arts committee member, Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
• co-leader of adult scripture class on the Epistle to the Philippians, Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
• mentor for several seminary students, Westminster Theological Seminary (Glenside, PA)

2000-present
• co-librarian, Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA).

2000
• outside thesis reviewer and commentor for honors program Philadelphia College of the Bible (Langhorne, PA).

2000-2001
• member Rev. Dr. James M. Boice memorial committee Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA).
• regular substitute teacher of adult education class on the Gospel of John, Tenth Presbyterian Church.

1998-2002
• member and volunteer of Weaver’s Way Food Cooperative (Philadelphia, PA).

1999-2000
• teacher of adult education class on the book Judges Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA).

1997-2000
• volunteer for La Salle Campus Ministry Center leading scripture discussion group.

1998-1999
• diaconal board member at Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA).

1997-present
• toddler room nursery volunteer, Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA).

1996-present
• founding and core member of the Biblical Horizons web-community of scholars, pastors, seminarians, and interested laypersons.

1996 - SPRING
• substitute teacher for elementary and middle school art classes at Open Door Academy.

1995-1996
• team teacher of adult education class on Leviticus Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA).

1988-1992; 1994-1999 - SUMMERS
• worked at New Life Youth and Family Services teaching art (technique, history,appreciation) to delinquent and dependent youth, ages 11-17



associations:
American Philosophical Association
Society of Christian Philosophers
American Catholic Philosophical Association




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