Ph.D. Michael Palmer

Faculty

Bio

I am a native of western Montana. My hometown is Missoula, which is situated at the hub of five valleys one hundred miles west of the continental divide. I attended the schools in Missoula, and later took degrees (B.A. and M.A.) in philosophy at the University of Montana. In 1980 I was awarded a grant to conduct research for my dissertation at Cornell University. I defended my dissertation at Marquette University (Ph.D., philosophy) in 1984.

My best friend and life-partner is my wife Connie, to whom I have been married for 47 years. We raised two sons, one of whom lives in Missouri and the other of whom died in an automobile accident in 1997. We have reared two grandchildren from infancy to young adulthood. Both still live with us.

I enjoy reading novels, playing chess, visiting historical sites, and travelling to foreign countries.

My wife and I are active in our local church. A professional pianist, Connie plays for three services at two churches every Sunday morning. I teach adult learners in a Sunday morning adult education class.

Awards

E.M. and Estella Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service
Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship
Smith Family Traveling Scholarship

Publications

Books
The Holy Spirit and Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Global Perspectives Vol I (Scripture and Theology). Edited by Antipas Harris and Michael D. Palmer. Seymour Press, 2019.
The Holy Spirit and Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Global Perspectives Vol II (History, Race, and Culture). Edited by Antipas Harris and Michael D. Palmer. Seymour Press,  2019.
Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice. Edited by Michael D. Palmer and Stanley M. Burgess. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
Elements of a Christian Worldview. Editor and contributing author. Logion Press, 1998.


Articles
“Conversation Partners: Gabriel Marcel and Henry Bugbee,” Marcel Studies Vol, 3, Issue No. 1, 2018, 54-55.
“Ethical Formation: The Theological Virtues” in The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation: The State of Scholarship, edited by Diane Chandler. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2017.
“Shaping Lives, Shaping Culture: The Story of Liberal Arts Education in the Middle Ages,” in What’s So Liberal about the Liberal Arts?, edited by Martin Mittelstadt and Paul Lewis. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017

Affiliations

Gabriel Marcel Society


RESEARCH INTERESTS


Moral Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy
Worldview Formation and Analysis


TEACHHING PHILOSOPHY


As a Christian educator, my chief task is to help my students flourish as human beings made in the image of God. Both as a matter of spiritual calling and professional responsibility, I seek to help my students fulfill their potential—what I have elsewhere called “moral and spiritual maturation”—nurturing in them not simply the skills and knowledge base they will need as they pursue their careers, but also certain intellectual, moral, and spiritual habits that come from exploring and embracing a spectrum of practices which nurture faith, hope, and charity.

I place high priority on certain types of thinking and responding. These include (1) helping students learn to choose (deliberately and circumspectly), (2) helping them to think imaginatively and with appreciation for fundamental questions, (3) nurturing in them an historical sensibility, and (4) encouraging them to adopt a reflective posture toward themselves and important life-questions.

These four types of thinking are necessary ingredients in the type of education that can deepen students’ capacity to assume responsibility for their lives. But important as they are, they remain partial. In the final analysis, the educator must also ask, “Toward what ought these types of thinking ultimately aim?” For the Christian, this question will be answered in terms of the larger aims of human life. The Westminster Shorter Catechism poses the ultimate question this way: “What is the chief end of man?” The answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” At its finest, Christian education concerns the manifold ways of helping students to understand this question and to live out the meaning of the answer. It is to this task that I have been called and to which I have been professionally dedicated for the past four decades.

Meet Our Faculty

Albert Ball, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor, Engineering & Computer Science

  aball@regent.edu
John Bauer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, General Education

757.352.4064 jbauer@regent.edu
Brian Baugus, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4771 bbaugus@regent.edu
Cheryl Beauchamp, M.S.

Department Chair; Lecturer, Engineering & Computer Science

757.352.4772 cherbea@regent.edu
James M. Boland, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Government, History & Criminal Justice.

757.352.4632 jboland@regent.edu
William J. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor & Research Fellow, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4216 willbro@regent.edu
Jacqueline Bruso, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Online Education

757.352.4259 jacqbru@regent.edu
Joseph J. Bucci, D.B.A.

Department Chair; Associate Professor, Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4553 jbucci@regent.edu
Young B. Choi, Ph.D.

Professor, Engineering & Computer Science

757.352.4949 ychoi@regent.edu
Douglas H. Cook, J.D.

Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4331 dougcoo@regent.edu
Kevin R. Crawford, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

Undergraduate Communication Studies Program Coordinator

757.352.4254 kevicra@regent.edu
Michael Crews, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4333 mcrews@regent.edu
Laura M Dimler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychology

757.352.4166 ldimler@regent.edu
Jacqueline Earle, Ph.D.

Practitioner-in-Residence, Business, Leadership & Management

  jjackson@regent.edu
Michael D. Elam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4878 melam@regent.edu
Jenny Sue Flannagan, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Director of Student Teaching

757.352.4123 jennfla@regent.edu
Thomas C. Folsom, J.D.

Senior Lecturer

Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4668 thomfol@regent.edu
Peter Fraser, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4562 pfraser@regent.edu
Cheryl A. Gould, Ed.D.

Department Chair; Assistant Professor, Education & Interdisciplinary Studies

757.352.4029 chergou@regent.edu
Kevin Grimm, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4551 kgrimm@regent.edu
Dominick D. Hankle, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Associate Professor, Psychology

757.352.4762 dhankle@regent.edu
Eric Harrell, MFA

Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Music

757.352.4211 eharrell@regent.edu
Barbara Harrington, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4561 bharrington@regent.edu
James M. Henderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies & Christian Ministry

757.352.4993 jamehe1@regent.edu
Nicholas Higgins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4780 nichhig@regent.edu
Michael Hill-Kirkland, Ph.D.

Professor, Performing Arts & Music

Supervisor for MFA in Acting Program

757.352.4730 michhil@regent.edu
David Impellizzeri, ABD

Instructor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4237 dimpellizzer@regent.edu
Tabmitha Jervey, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4140 tjervey@regent.edu
C. Eric Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology

757.352.4742 ejones@regent.edu
Donald Joyner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4756 dtjoyner@regent.edu
John Keeler, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4248 johnkee@regent.edu
Thomas A. Keiser, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies & Christian Ministry

757.352.4047 tkeiser@regent.edu
Stephen M King, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4753 smking@regent.edu
Dan Koev, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4659 dkoev@regent.edu
Don Krudop, DMA

Professional in Residence, Performing Arts & Music

Director of Choral Activities

757.352.4204 donkrud@regent.edu
Jeremy Larson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4221 jlarson@regent.edu
Patricia Lutz, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Assistant Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4432 plutz@regent.edu
Micah Mattix, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4464 mmattix@regent.edu
Joshua McMullen, Ph.D.

Interim Dean

Department Chair; Associate Professor, General Education

757.352.4776 jmcmullen@regent.edu
Olga B. Moseley, ABD

Instructor, Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4670 obutenkomose@regent.edu
Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

Director of Graduate Programs in Communication

757.352.4203 sperry@regent.edu
Matthew Pevarnik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4750 mpevarnik@regent.edu
William Reddinger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4470 wreddinger@regent.edu
William Skiles, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, General Education

757.352.4745 wskiles@regent.edu
Peggy Southerland, B.A.

Department Chair; Professional-in-Residence, Media & Visual Arts and Performing Arts & Music

757.352.4698 peggys@regent.edu
Helen Stiff-Williams, Ed.D.

Professor

Education & Interdisciplinary Studies

804.739.7852 helesti@regent.edu
Rostern Tembo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4405 rtembo@regent.edu
Charles Turnitsa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Engineering & Computer Science

757.352.4691 cturnitsa@regent.edu
David Wallace, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies & Christian Ministry

757.352.4645 dwallace@regent.edu
Kenneth Wantz, Ph.D.

Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4755 kwantz@regent.edu
Stephen A. Webb, M.S.

Principal Lecturer, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4609 swebb@regent.edu
Caramine White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4614 cwhite@regent.edu
Vincent Williams, MFA

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757-352-4373 vwilliams@regent.edu
David Xu, MFA

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4235 dxu@regent.edu

Adjunct

Mark Ackerman
Laura L Allnutt, Ms.
Jonathan K. Alston
Lilia Anand
Mary Angela Andrews
Harry M Argo, Mr.
Lance Bacon
Jeff T Bajah, Mr.
Christopher A Baker, Dr.
Diane M. Ball
JaNee D Bartley, Mrs.
Gregory M Baumgardner, Mr.
Debra B Bazemore, Mrs.
Gregory Beck
Hanisha M. Besant
Stephen Bialowas, Dr.
Paul E Bidanset, Mr.
Shannon Bilunas
Craig H Blackman, Mr.
Rachel Blisson
Shermeka S. Bolden
Paul W Boller, Mr.
Nicholas Bottis
J. Dennis Bounds
Daniel J Bourgoine, Mr.
Adam Jerome Bova
Marshall W Bowles, Dr.
Alicia Boyd
Chester Elijah Branch
Elizabeth Branum, Ms.
Bryan Breland
Marcus W Bridges, Dr.
Mark Brown
Crystal Brown
Carla Brown
Glenice Burchard
Olga A. Butenko Moseley
Lisa Byrum
Megan M. Cannedy
Steven Carlin
Christopher Carrothers
Sarah Carson
Zackery Carter
Dawn Casas
Roberto Castaneda
Daniel Castellucci
Melody Cazort
Mary-Lynn Chambers, Dr.
Margaret L Charlton, Dr.
Jessica L Charney, Mrs.
Marlo Chavarria
Marie N Chavarria, Mrs.
David Christian
Jesse Chupp
Katharine Elizabeth Clemons
Marla J Coats, Mrs.
Richard Coffelt
Elliott Cooke
Willie Cordy
Michael Creef
Denise G Crews, Dr.
Danielle M. Crowley
David L Cullipher, Mr.
Angelo Dart
Wesley T. Davey
Benjamin Davis
Joshua Davis
Michael Davis
Matthew J. Davis
Stephen Dawson, DSL
Joseph Ireland DeLong
Shawna M. Diehl
Martin Dignard, Ph.D.
Mary Dixon
Otha J Dixon-McKnight, Dr.
Taylor Raye Doughtie
Dorothy Downing
Patricia Drown
Sharene N Duncombe, Mrs.
Anita K. Dunn
Jacqueline Earle
Peter James Eaton
Elizabeth Elam
Mark Ellis
Mark A Engel, Mr.
Maria-Cristina Espinoza-Alguera
Natalie Esposito Churchill
Jacquelyn Evans
James Ewing
Michael Ferber
Cassandra Ferreira
Wyatt Fisher
Lisa A Flanagan, Mrs.
Margaret Fletcher
John C Forkner, Mr.
David L. Foster
Joy Francis
Mark Frederick
David French
James R. Frohlich
Richard Fuhr
Takenya Fulks
Laura Fuller
David J Gardner, Mr.
Mark O Gatlin, Mr.
Bruce W Gay, Dr.
Mary L Gierszewski, Ms.
Marti Glass
Terilyn Goins
Ascencion Gomez
Peggy Gomez
Molly-Catherine K Goodson
Kyle Graham, Mr.
Sherilyn Grant
Gary Grimm
Christine L Habrle, Ms.
Lisa A Hacker, Mrs.
David A Hackworth
Clinton Hale
Phillip A. Hall
Gale D Hall
Kristin Hanley
Mary M Harlinger
Andrea L Harrison, Dr.
Viva Marie Hathaway
Lisa Hawkins
Edward Heath
John R Hendrickson
Carol Hepburn
Matthew S Hill, Dr.
Sofoklis Hiotellis
Ann Marie Hohman
Steven L Holeman, Mr.
Andrew S Hollis, Mr.
Terry House
Denise R Houser
Jonathan Howell
Russell Huizing
Darnell Huntley
Stephanie Iaquinto
Connie Ingram
Erin-Sean Ireland
Jeffrey Jarnot
Joshua Lynn Jenkins
David J Jennings
Sarah Jones
Kristin H Kain-Kuzniewski
Herman Kastroll
Michael Kelly
Nona B Kelly, Ms.
Jeffrey Kennedy
Kristyl W Kepley, Dr.
Charity A Kewish
Sean F Kirkpatrick, Mr.
Sean Kirnan
Marcie-Anna Klaustermeyer
John F Klem
Penny Kohns
Thomas Kreischer
Donald W Krudop
Michele LaCorte
Alycia LaFavor
Mark LaVoie
Mark Wayne LaVoie
Lindsey Lahaie
Michele A Lahaie, Ms.
Eric M Lansing, Mr.
Kevin Larsen
Laura Latora
Paul C Leccese
Karen Legg
Sarah E Leland, Mrs.
James B Lewis, Dr.
O. Fred Liggin IV
Heidi Livingston
Arthur Livingston
Rebecca Loaiza
Laura A Lowell
Michael Thomas Lucas
Michael L Mahan
Robert Malcolm
Juana Malone
Anne Mannarino, Ed.D.
Melissa A Marsh
Johnathan C Martin
Garry Martin
Kristina Martin
Perry Martini
Olena Maslennikova
Joshua Matlack
Stuart Mattfield
Marisa May
John McClary
John McCloud
Jeanne McDonnell
Dena McElligott
Sean David McGoran
Jamie Michelle McKinney
Jennifer Lynn McMullen
Suzette Meeks
Brian Melton
Patricia Jeannette Mercier
John Miller
Roderick R Mills, Mr.
Dana Milstein
William Minner
Terry Minter
Alyssa G Moore, Ms.
Anne Marie G Morgan
Mary T Morgan, Ms.
James Moten
Anthony Stephan Mulford
Ryan Murnane
Steven Todd Murphy
Kevin Lee Myatt
John B Nelson
Heather L Newton
Gerald Nichter
Steven Noffsinger
Amanda F Noon, Mrs.
Richard Nugara
Michael O'Donnell
Jason O'Neal
Thomas Cooper Owens
Ryan Pace, MFA
Paul Palma
Jamie L Parent, Ms.
LaQuiche R. Parrott
Cary Paulk
Heidi Peelen
Alicia L Peltier
Dayne Peterson
Alicia Plant, Dr.
Heather Anne Plym
Alva Poole
Michael Porter
Thomas Powell
John Powers
Jonathan Dale Powers
Amber L. Quarles
Shaker Ayyanar Rajasekar
Julie Gail Reams
Amy Rickards
Paul W Rickert
James Rolen
Roger Rome
Ethan F Ross
D Rouleau, Mr.
Stephen Russell
Megen Saez
Charles Sanders
Timothy Schauer
Sarah Schulte
Jessica T Scott, Mrs.
Bradley Shedd
Sonja Sheffield
James Edward Silver
Bryan Sims
Amanda Skrobacki
Steven B. Snyder
Stephanie B Snyder, Mr.
Don Solomon
Joel Solomon
Ronald T Sones
Julianne Spatacean
Richard Stultz
Mercedes Sullivan
Peter Surran, Mr.
Michelle Adora Tabbanor
Anne B Tew, Mrs.
Blisson Thangamani
Debra Touhey
Douglas W Turrell, Mr.
Lauren J VanTalia, Dr.
Deborah Vaughn
Pee N Vululleh, Dr.
Adam Wagner
Terry Weaver
Sue D Weaver
Wendel R. Weaver
Sara Lyn Wells
Kerry K Westerwick, Mrs.
James Wheeler
Mark S Wheeler
Joseph M Wiegand
Philip Joel Williams
Delnora J Williams
Arlene M Williams
Kathryn I. Wilson
William Scott Wilson
William B. Wilson
Kevin Wolfe
James Wood
John P. Wright
Amanda Wynn, Ph.D.
Joy Lucille Yaeger
Jonathan G Zachary, Mr.
Cheryl A Zell, Mrs.
Mark Zillges
Winell S de Mesa, Dr.