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I have a PhD from the Department of Philosophy, University at Albany, State University of New York.

My research focus is at the intersection of philosophy of science and philosophy of mind.  In particular, I am interested in how presumptions about the nature of explanation affect arguments for an explanatory gap.  I hope to continue focusing on issues of causation more broadly and on how beliefs about qualia might be affecting discussions of conscious experience.

I also have an interest in how we might teach to better include more students who have traditionally been underrepresented in philosophy. Philosophy as a discipline has many of the hallmarks of disciplines known to provoke stereotype threat in students. I am interested in how teaching for a growth mindset could help all students better engage with philosophy, but how it is disproportionately helpful to students who might be affected by stereotype threat.

I am currently employed as an Instructional Consultant, Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership, University at Albany, State University of New York. 
I work with faculty and graduate students to support them in their efforts to improve their teaching as well as providing broader professional development. I also have responsibility for the Teaching Development and Future Faculty Program, which helps graduate students prepare to teach and for jobs in faculty positions after they graduate.

A copy of my current teaching portfolio in PDF format can be found at the bottom of this page.


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Kimberly Van Orman,
Apr 21, 2016, 7:44 PM