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Faculty & Staff

Amy  Shapiro, Professor of Philosophy
Amy H. Shapiro, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Alverno College, co-Chair of Alverno College Women's and Gender Studies, and co-coordinator of the Research Center on Women and Girls Interest Group (which she has coordinated or co-coordinated for more than twenty years). From 1997-2005 she directed the Holocaust Education and Resource Center at the Milwaukee Coalition for Jewish Learning. With Myrna Goldenberg she is co-editor of Different Horrors/Same Hell, Gender and the Holocaust, a collection of interdisciplinary essays to be published in 2013 by the University of Washington Press. Her research is primarily in women, gender, epistemology, and Holocaust. Her present interest is in women's education, pedagogy, contemplative studies, food studies, and neuroplasticity.

Courses she has taught include:   Perspectives on Freedom, Themes in Philosophy: Confronting Evil, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and Survey of Women’s and Gender Studies, Philosophy of Food, Themes in the Humanities: Confronting the Holocaust, and independent studies with advanced level  students in philosophy of language,  contemporary French feminism, the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and contemplative studies.  

Donna Engelmann, Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy Department Chair
Donna has been teaching at Alverno College since 1989.  She teaches Search for Meaning, Philosophy of Love and Friendship, American Philosophy and Ethics, and independent studies with advanced level students in a range of topics including bioethics, feminist epistemology, politics and ethics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science.   She also teaches a course in global criminal justice and a course for transfer students on the impact of technology on our lives.  She’s active in the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, the American Philosophical Association, and she served as President of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers.  She is working on a book that relates her studies in feminist ethics and politics to what and how she teaches in philosophy.  

Tim Riordan, Professor of Philosophy
Tim Riordan, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy and previously served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Alverno College.  He has taught a variety of courses at the college in philosophy and in cross-disciplinary humanities courses. In addition to his teaching he has been heavily involved in developing programs and processes for teaching improvement and curriculum development. He has participated in national initiatives on the scholarship of teaching, including the American Association for Higher Education Forum on Exemplary Teaching and the Association of American Colleges and University’s Preparing Future Faculty Project. He has regularly presented at national and international conferences, consulted with a wide variety of institutions, and written extensively on teaching and learning. He is co-editor of the 2004 Stylus publication, Disciplines as Frameworks for Student Learning: Teaching the Practice of the Disciplines and author of the 2008 article, “Disciplinary Expertise Revisited: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Philosophy,” published in Arts and  Humanities in Higher Education. He was named the Marquette University School of Education Alumnus of the Year in 2002, and he received the 2001 Virginia B. Smith Leadership Award sponsored by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

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