Rick Repetti

Full Time Faculty

History-Philosophy and Political Science

Contact:

Phone: (718) 368-5226
Email: Rick.Repetti@kbcc.cuny.edu
Office Location: D-223, D Cluster

PERSONAL DATA

Place of Birth                          New York, NY

Citizenship                              USA

Office Contact                        CUNY/Kingsborough Community College

                                               

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

  • CUNY/KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE: DEPT. OF HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY & POLITICAL SCIENCE

2016 –                          Professor

2013 – 2016                Associate Professor

2006 – 2013                Assistant Professor (tenured Fall 2011)

2004 – 2006                Instructor (f/t)

2003 – 2004                Substitute Lecturer (f/t)

1996 – 2000                Adjunct Instructor (p/t)

 

  • VASSAR COLLEGE: EXPLORING TRANSFER PROGRAM

2008                            Visiting Lecturer: Global Ethics and Identity

2007                            Visiting Lecturer: Engaged Ethics: Integrating Contemplative Practice                                                      and social justice

 

  • CUNY/BROOKLYN COLLEGE: PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT

1991 – 2003                Adjunct / Graduate Teaching Fellow 

1998 – 1999                Deputy Chair, summers

 

  • CUNY/LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT

1998 – 1999               Adjunct Instructor

 

EDUCATION

  • CUNY/GRADUATE SCHOOL                   

2005                 PHD IN PHILOSOPHY

                                                      

  • CUNY/GRADUATE SCHOOL

2003                  M.PHIL. IN PHILOSOPHY       

 

  • CUNY/BROOKLYN COLLEGE

1989                  B.A. IN PHILOSOPHY (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude)

 

  • CUNY/HERBERT H. LEHMAN COLLEGE

1984 – 1986       MAJOR IN PHILOSOPHY

 

PUBLICATIONS:   BOOKS

  • 2019    Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will: A Buddhist Theory of Mental                     Freedom. London: Routledge
  • 2017   Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency? Ed. R. Repetti. London: Routledge (refereed). (Contributors of note include: Galen Strawson, Owen Flanagan, Jay Garfield, Peter Harvey, B. Alan Wallace, Mark Siderits, and other reputable philosophers with expertise in philosophy of religion generally and/or Buddhism specifically; the collection has already received strong positive endorsements from John Martin Fischer, Gregg Caruso, and Douglas Duckworth.)
  • 2010     The Counterfactual Theory of Free Will: A Genuinely Deterministic Form of Soft Determinism. LAP Lambert Academic (invited)

 

 

PUBLICATIONS:   ARTICLES (all refereed)

  • 2019 “Freedom of the Mind: Buddhist Soft Compatibilism,” Philosophy East and West. Published electronically February 9, 2019. (Pre-print) doi:10.1353/pew.0.0169, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/717581
  • 2018 “Symposium on Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency?”, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 25, 635-662.
  • 2018   “It Wasn’t Us: Reply to Michael Brent”, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 25, 839-855.
  • 2018   “It Wasn’t Me: Replies to Karin Meyers”, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 25, 855-886.
  • 2016   “If God Didn’t Satisfice, We Could Still Exist”, Science, Religion & Culture 2:4 (March 2016), 115-24 (invited by editor)
  • 2015  “Buddhist Meditation and the Possibility of Freedom”, Science, Religion & Culture 2:2 (May 2015), 81-98 (invited by editor)
  • 2014    “Recent Buddhist Theories of Free Will: Compatibilism, Incompatibilism, and Beyond”, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 21 (March 13, 2014), 279-352
  • 2012    “Buddhist Hard Determinism: No Self, No Free Will, No Responsibility”, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 19 (April 19, 2012), 130-97 (invited by editor)
  • 2012    “Buddhist Reductionism and Free Will: Paleo-     compatibilism”, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 19 (April 11, 2012), 33-95 (invited by editor)
  • 2010 “Earlier Buddhist Theories of Free Will: Compatibilism”, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 17 (December 21, 2010), 279-310
  • 2010     “Meditation and Mental Freedom: A Buddhist Theory of Free Will”, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 17 (July 15, 2010), 166-212
  • 2010    “The Case for a Contemplative Philosophy of Education”, New Directions for Community Colleges 151 (Fall 2010), 5-15 (invited by editor)
  • 2004    “Reply to Steven Cahn’s ‘The Ethics of Teaching: A Puzzle,’” American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 3:2 (Spring 2004), 18-19 (invited by editor)

  

PUBLICATIONS:   CHAPTERS

  • 2018  “I Could Have Done Otherwise, Had I Wanted To.” In Clarity and Vision:An Introduction to Philosophy 2d ed., eds. Ben Abelson, Marie Friquegnon, and Raziel Abelson, ch. 6. Kendall Hunt Publishing (invited)
  • 2017   “What Do Buddhists Think about Free Will?” In A Mirror Is for Reflection: Understanding Buddhist Ethics, edited by Jake Davis, ch. 14. New York: Oxford University Press (invited)
  • 2017      “Introduction: Hermeneutical Koan—What Is the Sound of One Buddhist Theory of Free Will?” In Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency, ed. R. Repetti, 1-10. Routledge (refereed)
  • 2017     “Why There Ought To Be a Buddhist Theory of Free Will.” In Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency, ed. R. Repetti, 22-33. Routledge (refereed)
  • 2017  “Agentless Agency: The Soft Compatibilist Argument from Buddhist Evitabilism, Mind-Mastery, Buddhist Meditation and Mental Freedom.” In Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency, ed. R. Repetti, 193-206. Routledge (refereed)
  • 2016  “Meditation Matters: Replies to the Anti-McMindfulness Bandwagon!” In Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement, eds. Ron Purser, David Forbes, and Adam Burke, 473-493. Springer

 

PUBLICATIONS:   BOOK REVIEWS (all invited by editors)

  • 2015 Jay L. Garfield, Engaging Buddhism: Why It Matters to Philosophy,Oxford University Press, 2015, 400pp., $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-020434-1(paperback). Science, Religion & Culture 2:2 (May 2015), 1-6
  • 2015 Christian Coseru. Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, andCognition in Buddhist Philosophy. Oxford University Press 2012. 384 pp. $78.00 USD (Hardcover ISBN 9780199843381); $29.95 USD (Paperback ISBN 9780190253110). Philosophy in Review 35:4 (August 2015), 191-193
  • 2014  Peter Boghossian, A Manual for Creating Atheists, Pitchstone Publishing,2013, 280pp., $14.95, ISBN 978-1939578099 (paperback). Foreword by Michael Shermer. Science, Religion & Culture 1:2 (August 2014), 93-96

 

PUBLICATIONS:   FORTHCOMING (invited and refereed)

  • “Meditation,” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible
  • “A Defense of Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will: A Theory of Mental Freedom,” Zygon
  • “Selfhood and Resentment.” In Fusion Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Mark Siderits, edited by Christian Coseru. (Publisher pending)
  • “Is Anything We Do Ever Really Up To Us? Western and Buddhist Philosophical Perspectives on Free Will.” In Philosophy’s Perennial Questions: Comparing Buddhist and Western Approaches, ed. Steven Emmanuel. Columbia University Press
  • Review: Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay, How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Practical Guide, Lifelong Press, 2019, 272pp., $16.99, (Paperback ISBN 9780738285320). Science, Religion & Culture
     

PUBLICATIONS:   NON-ACADEMIC

August 14, 2019 “Steel Men and Viewpoint Manicheanism,” Quillette. https://quillette.com/2019/08/14/straw-men-and-viewpoint-manicheanism/

WORKS IN PROGRESS

  • Meditation: Buddhist and Contemporary Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives. Edited collection. (Tentative publisher: Columbia University Press.)
  • Soft Compatibilism: A Counterfactual Analysis of Agential Causal Efficacy. (Tentative publisher: Lexington Books.)
  • The Spoken Tao: The Philosophy of Meditation. (Tentative publisher: Pending.)
  • APEX Level to Power: Taking Back the Power of the Tribe. Co-authored with Mark Gleason. (Tentative publisher: Pending.)
  • Review: Stefan Molyneux, Universally Preferable Behavior: A rational Proof of Secular Ethics. Freedomain Library, 2007, 134pp., $19.70, ISBN 9781975653743 (Paperback). (Tentative publisher: Pending.)
  • “Thank God for the Mafia! Why Identity Politics Is Racist.” (Tentative publisher: Pending.)

 

EDITORIAL WORK

2019 – present              Publons, Reviewer

2017 – present              Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Associate Editor and Reviewer

2014 – present             Science, Religion & Culture, Editorial Board and Reviewer

2014 – present             APA Committee on Philosophy in Two-Year Colleges, Editorial Board

2014 – present             Southwest Philosophy Review, Reviewer

2013 – present             Buddhist Studies Review, Reviewer

2013 – present             Journal of Cognitive Science, Reviewer

2018                               Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Special Issue Guest Editor

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS / PAPERS / PODCAST INTERVIEWS

  • January 2019 “A Defense of Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will: A Theory of Mental Freedom,” APA Author Meets Critics Panel Discussion (of my monograph). Ethics in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy. APA Eastern Division Annual Convention. New York City.
  • January 2019“Two Truths about Buddhist Agency: From the Personal to the Impersonal?” Panel Discussion: Ethics in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy. APA Eastern Division Annual Convention. New York City.
  • January 2018   Panel Discussion: Ethics in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy. APA  Eastern Division Annual Convention. Savannah, GA.
  • January 2018 Panel Discussion. Committee of Philosophy in Two-Year Colleges. APA  Eastern Division Annual Convention. Savannah, GA.
  • February 2017 “Buddhist Meditation, Mental Freedom, and Free Will”. Lecture and book signing, Gotham Philosophical Society. Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC
  • January 2017 “Applying the Indo-Tibetan Causal Criterion for Ontological Substantiality to the Issue of Agency”. Panel. APA Eastern Division.
  • October 2016 “Episode 261: Rick Repetti: Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will”, Podcast interview. The Secular Buddhist. Secular Buddhist Association. https://player.fm/series/the-secular-buddhist/episode-261-rick-repetti-buddhist-perspectives-on-free-will
  • October 2016  “Applying the Indo-Tibetan Causal Criterion for Ontological Substantiality to the Issue of Agency”. Panel. Philosophical Foundations of the Tantra. Joint Meeting of Society for the Study of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, and Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science. Fordham University, NYC
  • April 2016 “Philosophical Conceptions of Happiness”. Panel. 1st Liberal Arts Symposium, CUNY/Kingsborough
  • March 2016 “Animal Rights”. Panel. Ethics and Animals, CUNY/Kingsborough
  • February 2016  “Jobs and Rewards: Teaching Philosophy at Community Colleges”. Panel.APA Committee on Philosophy in Two-Year Colleges, 112th Annual Meeting of the APA, Central Division, Chicago, IL 
  • January 2016 “Jobs and Rewards: Teaching Philosophy at Community Colleges”. Panel.APA Committee on Philosophy in Two-Year Colleges, 112th Annual Meeting of the APA, Eastern Division, Washington, D.C.
  • February 2015 “How Do I Obtain and Keep a Full-Time Community College Faculty Position?” Panel. APA Committee Session, 111th Annual Meeting of the APA, Central Division, St. Louis, Missouri
  • October 2014 “Born-again Buddhists: On the Buddhist Necessity of Belief in Reincarnation.” Panel. Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy: Rebirth, 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and theSociety for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, FordhamUniversity, NYC
  • December 2013  “Author Meets Critics: Charles Goodman, Consequences of Compassion.”Panel. International Society for Buddhist Philosophy, 100th Annual Meeting of the APA, Eastern Division, Baltimore, MD
  • June 2013   “Visiting Sacred Spaces: Experiencing ‘The Other,’ Up Close and Personal.” Panel. Civic Engagement Projects. “21st Century Citizens: Building Bridges, Solving Problems.” 2013 Meeting of the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment.Denver, CO
  • February 2013 “Buddha, Not Prozac: Meditation, Free Will, and Mental Freedom.”

        Philosophy Department Colloquium, William Paterson University,Wayne, NJ

  • November 2012 Response to Owen Flanagan’s “Buddhist Quietism about Free Will.”Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy, Columbia University,NYC
  • December 2012  “The Dharma-responsive Theory of Free Will: Enough ‘Freedom to’ to Attain ‘Freedom from.’” Paper. Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy, Columbia University, NYC
  • October 2011  “Free-Will-Possessing and Enlightened Buddhist Brains in Vats.” Panel Five: Freedom & Responsibility. Contemporary Perspectives on Buddhist Ethics, conference, Columbia University, NYC. http://www.cbs.columbia.edu/buddhist_ethics/panel-five.html
  • April 2009 “Socrates, Meet Buddha: On the Use of Mindfulness Meditation in the Philosophy Class.” Paper. 2nd Mindful Learners Conference: Classroom Practices and Faculty Conversations, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC
  • April 2009 “Mindfulness Meditation and Autonomy: A Buddhist Theory of Free Will.” Paper. Asian American / Asian Research Institute, CUNY, NYC. https://youtu.be/kaaz_liRKjI
  • May 2008 “Opening the Circle.” Interactive workshop. 4th Annual General Education Conference, CUNY/Baruch College, NYC
  • May 6, 2008 “Reflective Practices.” Faculty development seminar. Teaching Learning Center, CUNY/Borough of Manhattan Community College, NYC
  • May 2007  “The Knower and the Known: Contemplative Practice in Teaching.” Interactive workshop. 3rd Annual CUNY General Education Conference, CUNY/Queens College, Queens, NY
  • March 2007  “Creating Space for Silence: Interdisciplinary Contemplations on Identity.” Chair. Conference on College Composition and Communication, NYC
  • March 2007 “Philosophical Contemplations on the Self, from the Self.” Panel. Conference on College Composition and Communication, NYC
  • October 2006   “The DaVinci Code: A Discussion.” Lead discussion. Italian Heritage and Culture Month. CUNY/Kingsborough, Brooklyn, NY
  • October 2006    “African Philosophy in the Philosophy Curriculum?” Panel. Philosophy & African Diaspora Culture. 5th Work in Progress at CUNY on the African Diaspora Interdisciplinary Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC
  • August 2006      “Interactive Workshop on Contemplative Practices in Philosophy Class.” Workshop. 16th Biennial International Workshop Conference of American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Washington & Jefferson College, Pittsburgh, PA
  • August 2006    “Workshop on the Double Use of Multiple Choice Quizzes.” Workshop. 16th Biennial International Workshop Conference of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Washington & Jefferson College, Pittsburgh, PA
  • August 2006 “Interactive Workshop on the Use of the Student's Own Philosophical Beliefs.” Workshop. 16th Biennial International Workshop Conference of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Washington and Jefferson College, Pittsburgh, PA
  • July, 2006  “Inner and Outer Peace.” Meditation. CUNY/Kingsborough Community College. “Meditation on Peace” event, Brooklyn, NY
  • April 2006   “Contemplative Studies.” Panel. Mindful Learners: Uses of Contemplative Practice in the Classroom Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, sponsored by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, NYC
  • March 2006  “The Spirit of Robert's Rules of Order.” Paper. 2nd Annual International Convention of the Student World Assembly, McGill University, Montreal, CA
  • March 2006  “Global Democracy.” Panel. 2nd Annual International Convention of the Student World Assembly, McGill University, Montreal, CA

 

GRANTS / AWARDS AT CUNY/KINGSBOROUGH  

  • 2016 President’s Grant for Scholarly and Applied Research – course release to work on formal book proposal for Buddhism and Free Will monograph
  • 2010/2011  PSC-CUNY PSCREG-41-167 Research Award for “Buddhism and Free Will” – $1,928.50
  • 2009/2010  PSC-CUNY PSCREG-40-225 Research Award for “A Genuinely Deterministic Theory of Soft Determinism” – $2,660.00
  • 2009/2010  Faculty Fellowship Publication Program – course release
  • 2008/2009    PSC-CUNY PSCREG-39-253 Research Award for “Mindfulness Meditation and Free Will” – $3,990.00
  • 2007/2008   PSC-CUNY PSCREG -38-109 Research Award for “Does Mindfulness Meditation Enhance Philosophical Engagement” – $1,000.00
  • 2006    CUNY Faculty Development Grant for “Reflective Practice: Medium & Message”, a learning community exploring use of contemplative practices in Classical Philosophy, English, Speech, and Student Development courses, with Kate Garretson and Holly Krech Thomas - $10,000.00
  • 2006     Kingsborough Community College “President’s Innovative Pedagogy Award” for contemplative pedagogy course, “Reflective Practice: Medium & Message”, shared with Kate Garretson and Holly Krech Thomas

 

DISTINCTIONS AT CUNY/GRADUATE SCHOOL

1990 – 2003
Awarded Graduate University Tuition Scholarships and Graduate University Tuition Fellowships (several times for each type)

1996 – 2000
Awarded 3-year Graduate Teaching Fellowship (twice)

1990 – 1993
Awarded three Graduate Research Assistantships, assigned to Jerry Katz

 

DISTINCTIONS AT CUNY/BROOKLYN COLLEGE

1989
Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Alpha Sigma Lambda Award,Departmental Honors in Philosophy, Philosophy   Department Senior Scholarship, College Senior Award, Mangione   Memorial Award, Gold Pen (Journalism) Award, Howard Hintz (refereed)Essay Award: “Critique of Nozick's Entitlement Theory”     

1988
Howard Hintz Essay Award: “Locke's Proviso and the Minimal State”, Hirsch Scholarship

1987
Howard Hintz Essay Award: “Lifeboat Ethics: The Singer-Hardin Debate”, Saul Lyons Scholarship

1986
Dean's List

 

DISTINCTIONS AT CUNY/LEHMAN COLLEGE 

1985 - 1986
Lehman Scholar

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

February 2018

Certification as Mindfulness Practitioner Levels 1, 2, 3, and Master Udemy Certification Program

December 2017
Certification as Life Coach Udemy Certification Program

October 2017
Certification as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner Udemy Certification Program

July 2017
Certification as Philosophical Counselor Philosophical Practitioner Certification Training ProgramAmerican Philosophy Practitioners Association, NYC

2003 – 2005
Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, New York, NY Training towards certification for QGT (Qualified Gestalt Therapist)Gestalt Psychotherapist in Training One-year of client counseling One year of supervision

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES / CONFERENCES

January 2019

Annual Meeting of the APA, Eastern Division
Three-day philosophy conference, NYC

January 2017 

Annual Meeting of the APA, Eastern Division
Three-day philosophy conference, Baltimore, MD

Summer 2016

Conference on Buddhist Ethics. Three-day philosophy conference, by invitation only. Dickinson College, PA.

May 2016

Peace Building through Intercultural Dialogue
7th Annual Friendship Dinner, Turkish Cultural Center, Baku Palace,Brooklyn, NY

April 2016

Global Citizenship Alliance
8-day global citizenship seminar, Salzburg Austria

March 2016

Annual Meeting of the APA, Central Division
Three-day philosophy conference, Chicago, IL

January 2016
Annual Meeting of the APA, Eastern Division 
Three-day philosophy conference, Washington, DC

December 2014

Annual Meeting of the APA, Eastern Division
Three-day philosophy conference, Philadelphia, PA

December 2013

Annual Meeting of the APA, Eastern Division
Three-day philosophy conference, Baltimore, Maryland

June 2013 

The Democracy Commitment & the American Democracy Project

2013 Joint National Meeting

Three-day conference, “21st Century Citizens: Building Bridges, Solving Problems.” Denver, Colorado

July/August 2012 

Bridging Cultures Summer Institute Six-day curriculum and faculty development project, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: “Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking.” University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

May 2009 

American Philosophy Practitioners Association

Annual Meeting, CUNY/City College, NYC

May 2008


Making It Work and Making It Matter

 4th Annual CUNY General Education Conference, CUNY/ Baruch College, NYC

May 2007

Professing Liberal Education: What Do We Need to Know? What Do We Need to Do?

 3rd Annual CUNY General Education Conference, CUNY/Queens College, NYC

April 2007   

 Salzburg Global Studies Program

 9-day Global Citizenship Seminar, Salzburg, Austria

March 2007 

Conference on College Composition and Communication

 Three-day pedagogy conference, NYC

February 2007 

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

Human Research Protections Training Program, CUNY

January 2007 

Designing & Publishing Classroom-Based Research: Winter Seminar

Four-day workshop, Kingsborough Center for Teaching & Learning’s Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL), facilitated by Connie Schroeder (U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) in support of SoTL research pilot, “The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Sessions in the Philosophy Classroom”

October 2006

The Fifth Work in Progress at CUNY on the African Diaspora                                                          Interdisciplinary Conference

Conference on African philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

August 2006 

Biennial International Workshop Conference

Four-day workshop conference of The American Association of Philosophy Teachers, on philosophy pedagogy, Washington and Jefferson College, Pittsburgh, PA

2003 – 2005 

The Free Will Circle

CUNY Graduate Center, NYC

Founder/organizer: Weekly free will reading/discussion group

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: GENERAL

2017 – present  

 Philosophical Practitioner, Life Coach, CBT Practitioner, Brooklyn, NY

 Private practice

2000 – present

Meditation & Yoga Instructor

Natural Balance Wellness Center, Brooklyn, NY

2007 – 2008 

 Paradocs, New York, NY, copyeditor

2002 – 2003

Gestalt Psychotherapist, under supervision. Gestalt Center for

 Psychotherapy and Training, New York, NY

1990 – 1998

Freelancer, copy edited several books and/or journal articles for Jerry Katz (CUNY Graduate School), Professors Beth Singer and Gertrude  Ezorsky (Brooklyn College)

1996 – 1998 

Mitchell Madison Group, New York, NY

 Copyeditor, consulting firm

1986 – 1996

Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn, LLP, New York, NY

Litigation paralegal/legal proofreader, corporate law firm (extensive analytic and organization skills)

 

INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY 

2019 - present

Problems in Philosophy, designed, fully online course         

2013 - 2017 

Philosophy of Religion, web-enhanced, linked with English CompositionII, Integrative Studies Program, Learning Community

2010 - 2017  

Problems in Philosophy, designed, web-enhanced, hybrid, and/or linked with English Composition I

2007 - 2017

Honors Global Ethics, designed, hybrid, linked with Salzburg Seminar International Studies Program and Global Citizenship Alliance

2012 - 2014 

Philosophy in Asian Traditions, web-enhanced, linked with English

Composition II, Advanced Learning Community

2007 - 2012

History of Philosophy: The Classical Philosophers, web-enhanced, linked with English Composition I, Open Doors Learning Community

2009 

Ethics, web-enhanced, linked with English Composition II, Advanced Learning Community

2009    Honors History of Philosophy: The Classical Philosophers, hybrid

2008

Global Ethics and Identity, co-designed/co-taught with Vassar College

Prof. Peggy Piesche

2007  

Engaged Ethics: Integrating Contemplative Practice & Social Justice,co-designed/co-taught with Vassar College Prof. E. H. Rick Jarow

  

CONTEMPLATIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS

2016 – present

Buddhist Philosophy and Practice Discussion Group, Facebook, moderator, https://www.facebook.com/groups/BuddhistPhilosophyPractice/

2016 – present

Buddhism and Free Will Discussion Group, Facebook, founder/administrator, https://www.facebook.com/groups/620183721485783/

2012 – present   

Rockaway Meditation Group, Facebook, founder/administrator, https://www.facebook.com/groups/496565260387501/

2011 – present 

  KCTL Contemplative Practices Meditation Group, Facebook, founder/administrator, https://www.facebook.com/groups/209051622606199/

2007 – present 

CUNY Contemplatives Network, Facebook, founder/administrator, https://www.facebook.com/groups/189993227719128/

2005 – present

CUNY Contemplatives Network, PBworks wiki, founder/administrator, http://cunycontemplatives.pbworks.com/

2009 – 2012

Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, blog facilitator, www.achme.org

 

CONTEMPLATIVE EXPERIENCE: GENERAL

2007 – present 

Contemplative Practices Faculty Interest Group

Kingsborough Center for Teaching and Learning

CUNY/Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY

Lead weekly, year-round meditation and contemplative studies group for faculty, staff and students

2007 – present

CUNY Contemplatives Network Co-founder/administrator

2000 – present 

Natural Balance Massage & Wellness Center, Brooklyn, NY

Provide meditation workshops, yoga classes, and yoga therapy in community wellness center                                           

2020 

Meditation Day Retreat, Natural Balance Massage & Wellness Center, Brooklyn, NY

2019

Meditation Half-Day Retreat, Natural Balance Massage & Wellness                                              Center, Brooklyn, NY

2019 

Meditation Day Retreat, Natural Balance Massage & Wellness Center,                                          Brooklyn, NY

2018

Meditation as Philosophy, 4-week series, Natural Balance Massage & Wellness Center, Brooklyn, NY

June 2016

Buddhist Ethics Conference 3-day conference, invitation only, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

April 2016

Contemplative Community Building Retreat  4-day Fellows retreat, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society Fetzer Institute’s Seasons Retreat Center, Kalamazoo, MI

2012 – 2013

Rockaway Meditation Group Founder, lead meditations in Rockaway yoga community in the wake ofHurricane Sandy

May/June 2012

National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer InstituteTwo-week institute,“Investigating Consciousness: Buddhist and Contemporary Perspectives”, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

2011 – 2014

CUNY Fall Mindfulness Lecture Series  CUNY Graduate Center, NYC

Co-organizer, monthly colloquia inviting Dharma teachers,  philosophers, neuroscientists, and other leading intellectuals to l ecture/discuss mindfulness meditation

May 20-22, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Teaching on Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Bodhicitta, and Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of  Life,  Radio City Music Hall, NYC

April 2009

The Contemplative Heart of Higher Education

Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Three-day contemplative pedagogy convention

April 2009 

 Classroom Practices and Faculty Conversations

 2nd Mindful Learners Conference

CUNY/Graduate Center, NYC

Organizer, led meditation, panel presentation

November 2007 

Retreat for Academics

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Trinity Conference Center, West Cornwall, CT 

Four-day contemplative pedagogy retreat,

August 2006 

Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, held at Smith College,  Northampton, MA Five-day contemplative pedagogy training program,

April 2006 

Mindful Learners: Uses of Contemplative Practice in the Classroom  CUNY/Graduate Center, NYC Sponsored by Center for Contemplative Mind in Society Organizer, led meditation, panel presentation, break-out workshop leader 

Oct. 2003-May 2005  

Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy andTraining   NYC and West Cornwall, CT Two-year full-time post-graduate Gestalt psychotherapy trainingprogram Four three-day retreats 64 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

August 2003 

Insight Meditation Society Barre, MA Three-day mindfulness                                                          meditation training retreat with Dhamma Dena

2001 – 2003 

Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Teach yoga and meditation in several Brooklyn Community Centers

2000 - 2002 

South Shore H.S., Brooklyn, NY

 Continuing Adult Education Program

Teach yoga and meditation courses

2001

CUNY/Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

 Continuing Adult Education Program

Teach yoga course

2000

Integral Yoga Ashram

 Yogaville, Virginia

Three-day yoga training retreat

 

COURSES TAUGHT: CUNY/KINGSBOROUGH  

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy in Asian Traditions
  • Problems in Philosophy: God, Humanity, and Nature
  • Global Ethics
  • Honors Global Ethics
  • Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • History of Philosophy: The Modern Philosophers
  • History of Philosophy: The Classical Philosophers
  • Logic
  • Courses taught in Learning Communities
  • Courses taught as hybrids
  • Courses taught online

  

COURSES TAUGHT: VASSAR 

  • Engaged Ethics: Integrating Contemplative Practice and Social Justice
  • Global Ethics and Identity

 

COURSES TAUGHT: CUNY/BROOKLYN

  • Knowledge, Existence, Value (Core)
  • Ethics and Society
  • Ethical Theory
  • Ethical Issues in Business
  • Yoga (in the Continuing Adult Education program)

 

COURSE TAUGHT: CUNY/LAGUARDIA

  • Introduction to Philosophy

 

COURSES TAUGHT: CONTINUING ADULT ED PROGRAM (South Shore H.S.)

  • Meditation
  • Yoga

 

SERVICE AT CUNY/KINGSBOROUGH

2020 – present             PSC-CUNY Grievance Counselor (Kingsborough)

2019 – present             PSC-CUNY Delegate Assembly (Kingsborough/CUNY)

2016 – present             College Council, Chair of Instructional Committee

2015 – present             College Council, Instructional Committee

2014 – present             Departmental Personnel & Budget Committee

2014 – present             College Now (early college) Course Coordinator 

2006 – present             Kingsborough Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Board

2006 – present             Contemplative Practices Faculty Interest Group facilitator

2014 – 2018                  Ethics Assessment Team Leader

2006 – 2018                  Student World Assembly, Faculty Advisor

2007 – 2017                  Vassar College Exploring Transfer Program, Campus Coordinator

2006 – 2017                  Salzburg / Global Citizenship Alliance Seminar campus coordinator

2006 – 2016                  Learning Communities participant

2006 – 2016                 Philosophy Club, Faculty Advisor

2014 – 2015                 Philosophy Search Committee, Chair

2014 – 2015                 Liberal Arts Advisory Board

2014                             College Council, Legislative Committee

2013 – 2014                Presidential Search Subcommittee Chair

2006 – 2014                Department Curriculum Committee

  

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS / ACTIVITIES

2016 – present         Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Fellow.
           
2014 – present          Gotham Philosophical Society, Attendee & Presenter.
           
2009 – present         Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, Member.
           
2009 – present         American Philosophy Practitioners Association, Member.
           
2007 – present         Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy, Attendee & Presenter.
           
2005 – present         CUNY Contemplatives Network, Founding Member.
           
2005 – present         American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Member.
           
1990 – present         American Philosophical Association, Member and Presenter.
           
2016 – 2017         APA Committee on Two-Year Colleges, Chair.
           
2003 – 2017         CUNY Cognitive Science Speaker Series.
           
1991 – 2017         CUNY Graduate School Philosophy Colloquia, Attendee.
           
2014 – 2016         APA Committee on Two-Year Colleges, Associate Chair.
           
2006 – 2016         Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Member.

 

  

PERSONAL  

I have been practicing and teaching meditation and yoga for multiple decades, professionally and as an avocation. I'm a certified Philosophical Counselor, with certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, and Life Coaching, with two years training and one year client supervision in Gestalt Psychotherapy. As an athlete, I exercise daily. I’ve competed as a distance runner, completed nine marathons, and hold the rank of 4th degree black belt in karate (5th being the highest degree in my style, pre-JKA Shotokan).

 

REFERENCES

Jay Garfield                                                        Galen Strawson

Department of Philosophy                             Department of Philosophy

Smith College                                                    University of Texas at Austin

Dewey Hall 106                                                 2210 Speedway, Stop C3500

Northampton, MA 01063                                Austin, Texas 78712

(413) 585-3649                                                  (512) 471-6776

jgarfield@smith.edu                                        gstrawson@austin.utexas.edu

 

Owen Flanagan                                                Gregg Caruso

Department of Philosophy                            Department of Philosophy

Duke University                                               SUNY Corning

201E West Duke Building, Box 90743         1 Academic Dr., Chemung 201N

Durham, NC 27708                                         Corning, NY 14830

(919) 660-3050                                                (607) 962-9519

ojf@duke.edu                                                  gcaruso@corning-cc.edu

 

Christian Coseru                                             Lou Marinoff

Department of Philosophy                           Department of Philosophy

College of Charleston                                    City College of CUNY

66 George Street                                            160 Convent Avenue

Charleston, SC 29424                                    New York, NY 10031

(843) 953-1935                                                (212) 650-7000

coseruc@cofc.edu                                          lou.marinoff@appa.edu