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Robert Walsh, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor

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Personal Summary

Most of my adult life has been spent either going to school, teaching school or working as a counselor with handicapped populations. I taught at the high school level for five years and have been teaching at the college and university level for 25 years.  I have taught Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Montana, Western Oregon State University, Montana State University-Bozeman, Carroll College, and elsewhere.

Teaching Business Ethics has become a specialty area.  I have taught courses in Business Ethics numerous times in the past at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and have always enjoyed working with business students.  I believe that Ethics is the backbone of successful business practice. I especially enjoy discussing the various aspects of case studies, joining with students in friendly discussion, and assisting students to achieve moral excellence in their personal and professional lives.  I have written a two-volume Business Ethics textbook entitled Entrepreneurial Ethics.

My areas of academic expertise are in 19th and 20th century French and German Continental Philosophy, especially Phenomenology and Existentialism with a focus on Ethics.  I have published numerous academic articles in scholarly journals on the work of philosophers in the Continental tradition, including Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas.  My research and written work, along with works-in-progress, is available at RDwalsh.net for reading and downloading.  I have presented papers at professional philosophy conferences extensively over the years in the U.S. and abroad.  I spent a year in Brussels, Belgium and Paris, France on a Smith Family Fellowship completing my Ph.D. dissertation entitled "The Priority of Responsibility in the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas."  I had the privilege of interviewing Professor Levinas personally at his home in Paris.  I also have academic competence in the History of Philosophy, Philosophical Counseling practice, the interface of Psychology and Philosophy, and Aesthetics.

In addition to my formal academic training, I have also worked extensively with various populations of persons with special needs, including socially and emotionally maladjusted adolescents; autistic children (at Bruno Bettelheim's Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago); victims of head trauma (at Elwyn Institute, Elwyn, PA); elderly developmentally disabled persons (at the Devereux Foundation), etc.  While studying for my Ph.D. at Marquette University, I conducted anger management classes for perpetrators of domestic violence.  Earlier in my career, I was a mental health counselor, and, later, the Director of Rehabilitation and Inmate Services at a large correctional facility in New Jersey.  At one point, I even taught a preschool class for a year in San Francisco!  In order to support my academic training, I sold pipe and tubing on the international market, designed educational programs for residential treatment centers, and have had numerous small businesses of my own, including a full-service painting company registered in Montana.

I am a member of The American Philosophical Association (APA); The Society for Business Ethics (SBE); and The Society for Existential and Phenomenological Philosophy (SPEP), and the American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA).

Lleisure activities I enjoy include mountain biking and road biking, camping in the vintage '67 Aristocrat camper-trailer I rebuilt (towed by a 1976 F-150 that I also rebuilt), golf, skiing, fly fishing, snowshoeing in the back country, working out at the gym, ballroom dancing, and choral singing.

Education

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, Marquette University, 1989
  • M.A. Philosophy, Villanova University, 1982
  • M.A. Educational Psychology, The University of Chicago, 1972
  • B.A. Philosophy / Theology, Villanova University, 1970
  • Certificate in Advertising, Charles Morris Price School, 1967

Courses Taught

Business Ethics and Social Responsibiliy
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Ethics