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Alexis Melissa Elder 

Email: first name dot last name AT gmail dot com

EDUCATION

PhD     Philosophy, University of Connecticut, December 2013

Dissertation: Metaphysics of Friendship

Committee:  Paul Bloomfield (chair), Donald Baxter, Joel Kupperman, Michael P. Lynch 

MA      Philosophy, University of Connecticut, May 2010

BA       Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University, May 2005

                                     

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Ethics, Philosophy of Technology 

AREAS OF COMPETENCE

Social Philosophy, Metaphysics, Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016-present       Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth

2014-2016           Lecturer, Quinnipiac University

2014-2016           Lecturer, Southern Connecticut State University

2013-2014           Visiting Assistant Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2017                "What Words Can't Say: Emoji and other nonverbal elements of technologically mediated communication," Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society, Volume 15 (4).

2014                “Excellent Online Friendships: An Aristotelian defense of social media,” Ethics & Information Technology, Volume 16 (4), pp. 287-297.    

2014                “Zhuangzi on Friendship and Death,” Southern Journal of Philosophy, Volume 52 (4), pp. 576-593.

2014                “Why Bad People Can’t Be Good Friends,” Ratio, Volume 27 (1), pp. 84-99.

2013                “Anosognosia, Proprioception, and the Richness of Conscious Experience,” Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 20 (3-4), pp. 83-101.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

2017            "Figuring Out Who Your Real Friends Are," Experience Machines: The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds (ed. Mark Silcox), London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield International.

2017            "Robot Friends for Autistic Children: Monopoly money or counterfeit currency?" Robot Ethics 2.0 (eds. Patrick Lin, George Bekey, Keith Abney, and Ryan Jenkins), Oxford University Press.

2016            "Forgiveness and Friendship," The Philosophy of Forgiveness - Volume 1 (ed. Court Lewis), Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press.

Conference Proceedings

2015             “False Friends and False Coinage: A tool for navigating the ethics of sociable robots,” Computers & Society (ACM SIGCAS Newsletter), Volume 45 (3), pp. 248-254.

2015            “Boundary Enforcement and Social Disruption through Computer-Mediated Communication,” 
Computers & Society (ACM SIGCAS Newsletter), Volume 45 (3), pp. 45-51.

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY 

Refereed Papers

2017                 "Why Not Just Step Away from the Screen and Talk Face to Face? The moral import of communication medium choice," Society for Philosophy and Technology, Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, June 14-17

2017                "What Words Can't Say: Emoji and other elements of technologically-mediated communication," ETHICOMP, University of Turin, Turin, Italy June 5-8

2016                "Can Something Be Both Offensive and Meaningless?", Minnesota Philosophical Society, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota, November 5

2016                "Repeatable Reasons, Irreplaceable Friends," Philosopher's Cocoon Philosophy Conference, Tampa, Florida, October 8-9

2016                 "Taking Control of the Conversation: Autonomy and Computer-Mediated Communication," IACAP (International Association for Computing and Philosophy) Conference, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy, June 14-17

2016                  “How Asynchronous Communication Technology Helps Women Take Control of Their Conversations,” Feminist In(ter)ventions: Women, Community, Technology, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, April 15-16

2016                  “What’s Wrong with Robot ‘Friends’ for Lonely Seniors?” Pacific APA, San Francisco, California, March 30-April 3

2015                  “Ontology of Friendship,” Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, November 7-8 

2015                “False Friends and False Coinage: A tool for navigating the ethics of sociable robots,” ETHICOMP, De Montfort University, Leicester, United     Kingdom, September 7-9

2015                “Boundary Enforcement and Social Disruption through Computer-Mediated Communication”, ETHICOMP, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom, September 7-9

2015                “How Flashcards Solve the Problem of Equitable Participation Distribution,” Teaching Academy, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, May 11-12

2015                “A Theory of Intergroup Offense and Respect,” South Carolina Philosophy Society Conference, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, March 27-28

2015                “Ontology of Friendship,” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, March 13-14 (accepted)

2015                “Ontology of Friendship,” North Carolina Philosophical Society Conference, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 27-28

2014                “Virtual Friends Can Be Virtue Friends,” ETHICOMP, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris, France, June 26-28

2010                “Cosmopolitanism, Self-Interest, and Immigration,” Social Bonds: From Self to Polis Graduate Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, May 14-15

2010                “The Congruence of Cosmopolitanism and Self-Interest,” Existing Ethically in the 21st Century Graduate Conference, Marquette, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 27 

Panels Organized

2016 Evolving ethical opportunities and risks of communication technologies for women, with Frances Grodzinsky and Amanda Moras, Feminist In(ter)ventions: Women, Community, Technology, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, April 15-16

Comments

2016                Comments on Allauren Forbes' "Philia and Relational Autonomy in Mary Astell’s A Serious Proposal to the Ladies", Philosophers' Cocoon Philosophy Conference, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, October 8-9

2015                Comments on Katherine Johnson’s “Is Ignorance Bliss?”, Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, November 7-8 

2015                Comments on Pierre Le Morvan’s “Secrecy, Transparency, Fact, and Falsehood”, Information Ethics Roundtable, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, April 9-10

2015                Don Fallis’s “Shedding Light on Keeping People in the Dark”, Information Ethics Roundtable, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, April 9-10

2012                Comments on Susanne Burri’s “The Fair Distribution of Bad Luck”, Yale-UConn Graduate Conference, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, April 27-28 

Session Chair

2013                “Do We Have a Duty to Resist Oppression?” Workshop, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, September 20-21

2011                “Ontology and Levels” Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, October 7-8

2011                “Character: East & West” Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, May 20-21


INVITED TALKS 

2016                "Social Technology and the Good Life," Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson, Connecticut, September 27-28

2015                “Excellent Online Friendships”, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson, Connecticut, April 28


AWARDS & HONORS

2012                UConn-Waterbury Campus Director’s Special Commendation for Teaching Excellence, Fall Semester

2011-2012       Selected as Head Teaching Mentor for the University of Connecticut Philosophy Department graduate students

2011                UConn-Waterbury Campus Director’s Special Commendation for Teaching Excellence, Spring Semester


FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS

2012                Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut Graduate School

2008-2013       University of Connecticut Teaching Assistantship

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Minnesota Duluth

    Ethics and Society (Fall 2016, Summer 2017, Fall 2017)

    Values and Technology (Spring 2017, Fall 2017)

    Medical Ethics (Fall 2016)

    Environmental Ethics (Spring 2017)

Southern Connecticut State University

    Moral Problems in the Law (Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, writing intensive)

    Women, Community, Technology (for Women's Studies, Spring 2016)

    Ethics: Know Thyself (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)

    Logic (Spring 2014)

    Death and the Meaning of Life (Spring 2015, Fall 2015)

    Critical Thinking & Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)

Quinnipiac University

    Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016) 

    Philosophy & Gender (Spring 2015, cross-listed with Women's Studies)

University of Connecticut

    Philosophy & Gender (Fall 2010)

    Philosophy & Social Ethics (Fall 2010 – Spring 2013)

    Problems of Philosophy (Spring 2012)

University of Connecticut (Teaching Assistant)

    Philosophy & Social Ethics (Fall 2008 – Spring 2010)

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Committee Member

Eric Ciardiello, “Multinational Constitutionalism: Resolving Conflicts    Among Group Rights within the State”, Southern Connecticut State University, Spring 2015

Teaching Training and Certification

    SCSU Teaching Academy, Spring 2015

    UConn Philosophy Department Teaching & Mentor Program Certification, Spring 2010

    UConn Institute of Learning Teaching Certification, Fall 2008

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Peer Review

    Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society

    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology

    Ethics & Information Technology

    Erkenntnis

    Yale-UConn Graduate Conference (2012, 2013)

To Profession

    Program Chair, ETHICOMP 2018, 2017-present

    Coordinator, Society for Women In Philosophy (UConn branch), 2012-2013

    President, Philosophy Graduate Student Association, UConn, 2010 – 2011

To Department 

    Founder/Coordinator, Philosophy Writing Bootcamp, SCSU, 2015-present

    Founder/Coordinator, Philosophy Faculty Research Group, SCSU, 2014-present

    Co-Organizer, Philosophy Department Reunion, SCSU, 2013-14 

    Member, Philosophy Department Grade Appeal Committee, SCSU, 2013-present

    Head Teaching Mentor, Philosophy Department, UConn, 2011 – 2012

    Mentor, Philosophy Department Teaching Mentor Program, UConn, 2008-2011

    Graduate Advisor, UConn Philosophy Club, 2008-2013

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Philosophical Association

American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Society for Women in Philosophy