Stephen F. Austin State University

Directors, Faculty and Staff

Directors

Michael J. Martin, PhD
Michael J. Martin, PhD - Director, Divison of Multidisciplinary Programs Educational Background: Quincy University, 1995, BA English; Illinois State University, 1997, MA English; Illinois State University, 2002, PhD English Research/Areas of Interest: Contemporary American Literature, American Road Narrative, Literature of 9/11, American Literature and Culture of the 1950s, Young Adult Literature, Literary Theory, American Studies Office: Ferguson Room 289 Phone: 936.468.6537
Dr. Martin is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs. He has been a member of the faculty since August 2004. In his role as Director of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs, he directs and does all advising for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, co-directs the Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies, and oversees the interdisciplinary minor programs. Dr. Martin received his BA in English from Quincy University. He earned his MA and PhD in English from Illinois State University. Dr. Martin primarily teaches courses in Contemporary American Literature, Freshman Composition, Literary Theory, Young Adult Literature and capstone courses for the interdisciplinary majors.
H. Stephen Cooper, PhD, LCSW, LCCA
H. Stephen Cooper, PhD, LCSW, LCCA - BAAS Program Director Educational Background: SFASU, 1993, BS Psychology; SFASU, 1999, Master of Social Work; The University of Texas at Austin, 2008, PhD, Social Work Research/Areas of Interest: child and adolescent mental health, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice, rural social work, community practice, interorganizational relationships, and civic engagement Office: Ferguson Room 273AC Phone: 936.468.6066
Dr. Cooper is an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts and an Associate Professor of Social Work. He has been a member of the faculty since August 2001 and has served in a variety of capacities, including Program Director for the School of Social Work's Community Resource Center and Coordinator of their Initiative for Rural Research and Development. Dr. Cooper earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from Stephen F. Austin State University. He earned his PhD in Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Cooper teaches primarily BSW courses and has taught across the BSW curriculum with an emphasis on research, statistics, policy, and community/organizational theory and practice. He has also taught research, statistics, and mental health courses in the MSW program. His work experience includes law enforcement, child/adolescent community mental health, adolescent residential treatment, therapeutic wilderness programming, administration, and network planning/development.

Faculty & Staff

Ben Dixon, Ph.D.
Ben Dixon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Philosophy Educational Background: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1997, BA Philosophy; Bowling Green State University, 2001, MA Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2005, Ph.D. Philosophy Research/Areas of Interest: Ethical Theory and Environmental Ethics Office: Boynton Building, Room 208E Phone: 936.468.1053
Dr. Ben Dixon received his PhD in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University where his research focused on ethical theory and environmental ethics. Prior to coming to Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Dixon was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Count and served as the William Lyon Visiting Chair in Professional Ethics at the United States Air Force Academy. Since coming to Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Dixon has continued to write and research in the areas of moral progress and environmental ethics. Dr. Dixon's most recent publication focuses on the idea of sustainability and he is working on a larger project that provides a non-speciesist account of human dignity.
Kelly Salsbery, Ph.D. Educational Background: Iowa State Univ, May 1983, BA in Philosophy, BS in Physics & Mathematics; Univ of Iowa, Grad Prog, Northern Illinois Univ., May 1987, MA Philosophy; Syracuse Univ, Aug 1993, MA Philosophy; Syracuse Univ., May 1995, PhD Philosophy Research/Areas of Interest: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Science & Technology, Philosophy of Computing & Information, Philosophy of Religion and Applied Ethics Office: Boynton Building, Room 208D Phone: 936.468.2042
• Dr. Kelly J. Salsbery began teaching at SFA in 2001 as an Assistant Professor in the SFA Philosophy Program. He is tenured and is the University Pre-Seminary Advisor. Kelly is originally from Cherokee, Iowa. He has a B.S. in physics and mathematics with an astronomy minor, and a B.A. in philosophy (with a religious studies emphasis) from Iowa State University in Ames. He also did some graduate work in physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Kelly has an M.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He graduated with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Syracuse University (in Syracuse, New York) in 1995. Kelly previously taught philosophy part-time at Syracuse University, as an adjunct at Le Moyne College (in Syracuse), and for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University. His research areas of interest include metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science and technology, philosophy of computing and information, philosophy of religion, and applied ethics. Kelly enjoys reading, movies, computers, the Internet, science fiction, studying Norse/ Germanic & Celtic mythology and religion, listening to music, and spending time with his wife, Annette, their daughter, Miranda, and their dogs, a Blue Heeler-mix named Edison & a Jack Russell-terrier mix named Liberty (alias - the Terrierist!).
Anne Collins Smith, Ph.D.
Anne Collins Smith, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies Educational Background: The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1983, BA Philosophy and Classics (magna cum laude); The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1984, MA Philosophy; The University of Texas at Austin, 1991, Ph.D. Philosophy Research/Areas of Interest: Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, Classical Metaphysics Office: Boynton Building, Room 208A Phone: 936.468.2327
Anne Collins Smith earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the interdisciplinary program in classics and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation was a translation of Thomas Aquinas's Expositio Super Librum de Causis, with an analysis focusing on issues of natural theology.

More recently, however, her research has been in the area of philosophy in popular culture. While in graduate school, she was recruited to teach a course on Philosophy in Star Trek, an unusual subject in 1990, for UT's Informal Classes program. She has since taught regular college courses addressing philosophical issues in Star Trek, science fiction movies and television, Harry Potter, martial arts, and cyberspace with academic depth and rigor. Her presentations and publications focus on philosophical issues in a variety of popular-culture texts with a special emphasis on Harry Potter.

Dr. Smith also teaches introductory philosophy courses as well as Elementary and Intermediate Latin.
Owen Smith, Ph.D.
Owen Smith, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies Educational Background: The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1982, BA Philosophy (summa cum laude); The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.,1995, Ph.D. Philosophy Research/Areas of Interest: Philosophy of Religion, Gnosticism, Ancient & Medieval Metaphysics Office: Boynton Building, Room 208B Phone: 936.468.2367
Owen M. Smith earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the interdisciplinary program in classics and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation, Approaches to the Agnostos Theos [Unknown God] in Second-Century Middle Platonic Natural Theology and the Valentinian Gnosticism of the Tripartite Tractate (NHC I,5), addressed the intersection of metaphysics and epistemology in the philosophy and religion of late antiquity.

Dr. Smith's interests in philosophy and classical studies have informed upper-division courses in classical philosophy and mythology, as well as special topics courses on mysticism and esoteric Platonism. His current research involves applying the tools of classical myth analysis to modern literary mythoi such as Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. He also does interdisciplinary research on ethical issues in social work and philosophical aspects of popular culture.

Dr. Smith also teaches introductory courses in philosophy as well as language instruction courses in Latin and classical Greek.
Paul R. Shockley, Ph.D.
Paul R. Shockley, Ph.D. - Adjunct Faculty, Philosophy Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin, 1994, BA in History; Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX.,2002, ThM Bible Exposition & Systemacti Theology; Univ of Texas-Dallas, Richardson, TX., 2003, MA in History; Texas A & M Univ, College Station, TX. 2010, PhD in Philosophy Office: Ferguson Building, Room 287 Phone: 936.468.6537
Molly Smith - Adjunct Faculty, Applied Arts & Sciences Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin, BS Degree Office: McKibben 324L Phone: 936.468.2084
Sue Dockery - Administrative Assistant Office: Ferguson Building, Room 289 Phone: 936.468.6537
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