Kristin Seemuth Whaley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Kristin Seemuth Whaley, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Graceland University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Seemuth Whaley’s areas of specialization are metaphysics and philosophy of religion, and she teaches the following courses for the Division of Humanities: Finding Peace in Identity, Environmental Ethics, World Philosophy, and Social Dimensions of Equality. She also teaches a section of the First-Year Seminar.          

The courses Dr. Seemuth Whaley teaches cover a variety of issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion and ethics, drawing on literature from ancient, modern and contemporary philosophy. In her teaching, Dr. Seemuth Whaley’s goal is to help students take ownership of their learning experience so they may apply skills developed in the philosophy classroom to their lives and future careers. When students take ownership of their learning in the philosophy classroom, they not only learn about significant views in epistemology or ethics; they also learn how to engage with unfamiliar lines of reasoning and become good problem solvers. They grow to be better equipped for all aspects of learning.

In her research, Dr. Seemuth Whaley’s primary focus is personal ontology, which is the study of what we are. She defends an immaterialist account of the nature of human persons that is well-suited to solve notoriously intractable puzzles. She has presented her work at the Illinois Philosophical Association and Minnesota Philosophical Society, and she will present at the American Philosophical Association Central Division annual meeting in February 2019.

Dr. Seemuth Whaley also designs and facilitates pedagogy workshops, including several offered at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Graceland University. In addition, Dr. Seemuth Whaley gave a presentation entitled “Fostering an Active Learning Environment in the Philosophy Classroom” at the 22nd Biennial American Association of Philosophy Teachers International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy in July 2018.

Philosophy is all-encompassing, but when not explicitly thinking about her work, Dr. Seemuth Whaley likes to spend some of her free time practicing Ashtanga yoga.

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Briggs Hall, Rm 21

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