• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
Paul Jeffries

Paul Jeffries

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Philosophy Department

[email protected]
920-748- 8377
Office: East 205

Basic Information


  • B.A. in Social Sciences, Colorado State University
  • M.A.R. in Theological Ethics, Yale Divinity School, Yale University
  • M.A.,  Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

  • PHL 120  Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHL 175  Vices and Virtues (FYS)
  • PHL 202  Business Ethics
  • PHL 241  Ethics
  • PHL 243  Philosophy and the Environment
  • PHL 245  Professional Ethics
  • PHL 281  Human Nature
  • PHL 300  Topics: Philosophy through Film
  • PHL 324  History of Philosophy: Classical to Renaissance
  • PHL 353  Human Rights
  • PHL 491/492  Senior Statement Seminar (co-taught with Vance Cope-Kasten)

Awards & Honors

  • AAUP Summer Institute Scholarship. Macalester College, July 2009
  • Ethical Leadership Faculty Course Creation Grants, Ripon College (2007, 2009)
  • Internship Supervisor: Phil Mack.  Ethical Leadership Program – Student Summer Internship Grant: Research Project: Philosophical Reflections on Tolerance
  • Travel grants. Ripon College, 2008
  • Who’s Who in America, 2007 – present
  • Valparaiso Practice Grant. “Practicing Our Faith with Non-Traditional, Pre-Seminary Students.”  August 2004 to June 2006 ($10,000 for a two-year program). University of Dubuque. Consulted on a $5,000 supplementary grant extension for this project, June 2006
  • Nominated to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005
  • McElroy Student/Faculty Research Project. “The Virtues of Passion: Reflections on the Ethics of Emotion.” Iowa College Foundation. Joint grant for $1,750 with my student, Christoffer Heindel. 2004-2005. University of Dubuque
  • Teaching of the Bible Grant. Office of Educational Institutions, Presbyterian Church, USA. 2003-2005 ($10,000 for a two-year program). University of Dubuque
  • Pew Younger Scholar Graduate Summer Seminar, 1998


  • “Practices of Nonviolent Intellectual Inquiry: An MacIntyrean Account of Toleration in the Pursuit of Truth.” Peace and Justice Studies Association/Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Conference. Marquette University. October 2009. (Forthcoming)
  • “Reflections on Toleration: Nonviolence and Identity.” Moderator for Ripon student panel of Luke Lockhart, Phil Mack, and Celena Simpson. PJSA/WIPCS Conference. October 2009 (Forthcoming)
  • “The Beginning and End of My Tenure at UD.” Iowa Academe 13:2 Spring 2009.
  • “The Practice of Loving One’s Enemies: The Transcultural Practice of Pursuing Truth.” Annual Conference of the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry. St. Meinrad’s Seminary,  Indiana, July 2008.
  • “Commitment to Teaching in a Postmodern Age.” Workshop for “Faith and Academic Commitments in a Postmodern World.”  Faculty and Graduate Student Symposium. Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2008.
  • “Conceptualizing and Cultivating a Virtue: Paradoxes of Courage.” Conference on the Cardinal Virtues: Courage.  Virterbo University, March 2008.
  • “Strategic Practices for Communal Formation and Renewal: Applying Lessons from Academia.”  Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry (26) 2006: pp. 63-76.
  • Book Review.  Educating People of Faith: Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities.  John Van Engen (ed.).  Teaching Theology and Religion 9.4 (2006)
  • “Reforming MacIntyre: Reflections on a Tradition-based, Ethics-oriented University Transformation.”  Analytic Teaching, Spring 2003.

Areas of Interest

  • Moral philosophy (theory and applied)
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy of education/faith and higher education