A truly one-of-a-kind department
At SFA’s Division of Multidisciplinary Programs, you’ll find a diverse, inquisitive group of professors interested in, well, everything: Metaphysics. Theology. The philosophy of mathematics. Environmental ethics. Humor. Harry Potter. Cthulhu.
In other words, if you’re looking for a department where you can blaze your own trail and create a completely unique major tailored to your interests, you’ve come to the right place.
Dr. Joyce Johnston
Dr. Joyce Johnston has taught all levels of French language, Francophone literature, culture and civilization as well as introductory Spanish. Her primary research interests are 19th century French women dramatists, French theater, gender and humor. She is the author of the book Women Dramatists, Humor and the French Stage: 1802-1855. Johnston holds a Master of Arts in French literature and a Ph.D. in French literature from Indiana University.
Dr. Ben Dixon
Dr. Ben Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Nevada and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include ethical theory and environmental ethics. His 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.
Dr. Kelly Salsbery
Dr. Kelly Salsbery holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics from the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Syracuse 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.
Dr. Anne Collins Smith
Dr. Anne Collins Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and classics and a Master of Arts in philosophy from The Catholic University of America and a Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests include ancient and medieval philosophy, classical metaphysics, science fiction and philosophical issues in pop culture texts, with a special emphasis on Harry Potter.
Dr. Owen Smith
Dr. Owen Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from The Catholic University of America and a Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests include classical philosophy and mythology, as well as special topics courses on mysticism and esoteric Platonism, Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and interdisciplinary research on ethical issues in social work and philosophical aspects of popular culture.
Dr. Paul Shockley
Dr. Paul Shockley holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from SFA, a Master of Theology in bible exposition and systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in the history of ideas/humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Texas A&M University.
Geivonna Little has been the administrative assistant for the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs since 2016. She coordinates business matters for the Pre-Law Academy. Previously she has worked as senior secretary at Grace Presbyterian Church in Missouri.