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Department of Philosophy
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 340
Phone: 785-628-4249
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On-Campus Faculty and Staff

Eugene Rice, Ph.D.

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Chair, Professor


Born and raised in the Midwest, Dr. Rice completed his Ph.D. at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Rice teaches primarily in the area of moral philosophy,especially issues involving human rights. In addition, he teaches Eastern philosophy and World Religions. Dr. Rice and his children enjoy swimming during the long Hays summers, reading Shel Silverstein poems out loud and being close to the Rocky Mountains for camping trips. In his free time he enjoys target shooting with vintage recurve bows, hiking 14ers and watching movies (but not all at the same time).

Paul W. Faber, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor


Paul W. Faber, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, came to FHSU as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy in 1983. Before that he taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee and at his alma mater, Calvin College, in Grand Rapids. His graduate education was at the University of Notre Dame. In 1990 he began serving as the Chair of the Department of Philosophy; in 2000 he became the interim Dean of Arts and Sciences; and then in 2001 the “interim” was dropped from the title. Dr. Faber’s primary areas of philosophical research are ethics and philosophy of religion. He enjoys camping and hiking with his family in the desert and mountains. He is also known to have a weakness for dark chocolate.

Douglas Drabkin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Douglas Drabkin graduated from the University of Virginia in 1993 with degrees in literature, education, and philosophy, and has been a member of the department since 1994. He teaches a wide range of courses including Introduction to Philosophy, Bioethics, Aims of Education, Classical Greek Philosophy, Foundations of Modern Philosophy, and Aesthetics, and is currently involved in the Living and Learning Community Heart and Mind: Philosophizing About the Arts. He has published articles in the philosophy of religion, and has recently written an unusually good little book on Plato’s Republic. A fairly accomplished amateur violinist, he shamelessly scrapes away.

Carl Miller III, Ph.D., JD


Assistant Professor


Carl Miller earned a B.A. in Philosophy and English from Appalachian State University, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia, and a law degree from the George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C. His philosophical interests include the nature of the scientific method, the relation between science and religion, Biblical studies, philosophy of law (particularly constitutional interpretation), epistemology, and ethical issues in business and the professions. In his spare time, he can usually be found either woodworking with hand tools, watching old movies, or reading contentedly in a supine position.

Peter Tramel, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor


Peter Tramel graduated from Fort Hays State University with a B.A. in philosophy in 1994. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Nebraska in 2001. His areas of strongest interest are moral theory and epistemology. He also has strong interests in early modern philosophy and Kant, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, and just war theory. He taught at Fort Hays State University from 2000 - 2002, and he returned to Fort Hays in 2012, after teaching philosophy for ten years at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, where he contracted his interest in just war theory. Besides philosophy, he enjoys literature and history, bicycling, hiking, and most other forms of travel. He enjoys cooking, both indoors and out.

David Tostenson, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor


David Tostenson is originally from Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 and joined the philosophy department at Fort Hays State University in 2010. His primary areas of philosophical interest are philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology, and he also has an interest in ethics and philosophy of religion. He is particularly interested in the prospects and possibilities of studying the mind scientifically. Besides philosophy, David's interests include movies and music. He plays a little of piano and is modestly accomplished on the bass guitar. He has also been known to write a bit of short fiction.

Jodie J. Wear-Leiker


Administrative Assistant


Jodie Wear-Leiker began her career at FHSU in the summer of 2000 after leaving the field of law as a legal secretary and office manager, which she held for 14 years. In addition to her departmental duties, she serves as course administrator of several virtual college sections, including international classes. She assists adjunct and on-campus virtual instructors with administrative tasks and helps get students "connected" to their virtual classes. In 2005, she was awarded the Outstanding Technical Support Award given by the Colleague-to-Colleague organization at the Summer Institute of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology. She has presented "Connecting the Lines of Communication - Helping You Contact Your Students Virtually," outlining the administrative assistant's role of distance education classes. Outside of work, Jodie likes to swim, travel and teach her daughter how to sing and dance.

Emeritus Faculty

Stephen G. Tramel, Ph.D.


Professor Emeritus


Stephen Tramel completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska in the summer of 1970 and joined the Fort Hays State University faculty that autumn. Besides introductory courses, he presently teaches in the areas of modern symbolic logic, history of philosophy, biblical studies, and philosophy of religion. His current primary areas of philosophical research inhabit the intersection of biblical theology and philosophy of religion. Recently, he completed a substantial book titled Free Will, Nature’s Laws, and God’s Foreknowledge which is presently under consideration for publication, as well as a new and substantially revised edition of his logic textbook, Evaluating Everyday Reasoning. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Tramel enjoys working with wood, gardening, traveling, and mountain activities in the Colorado Rockies. He and his wife, Joanne, have four children and 10 grandchildren.

Richard Hughen, Ph.D.


Associate Professor Emeritus


Richard Hughen began his teaching career in the Air Force as an electronics instructor in 1964. The Air Force provided him with a scholarship for a B.S. degree in electrical engineering (University of Missouri), and as pay-back, he was sent to Vietnam for a year (1970). He obtained a Master’s degree in philosophy from University of Southern California and taught at the Air Force Academy for three years. After retirement from the USAF he obtained his Ph.D. (University of Arkansas) and came to work at FHSU in 1986. Dr. Hughen teaches Bioethics and other introductory courses, but he especially enjoys teaching Philosophy of Science and Eastern Philosophy. On a personal note, he adds that his wife has been married to him for almost 50 years, and he has been married to her for almost 30 years.

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