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Chris Mayer

Associate Dean & Associate Professor of Philosophy at United States Military Academy (West Point)

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About Me

I am a career Army officer with over nine years of experience as a higher education leader. During my time at West Point, I have successfully led curricular change, strategic planning, assessment of student learning, faculty development, and character development efforts.

Through my service as a Teagle Assessment Scholar and a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, I collaborate with others to discover higher education's best practices and to improve the quality of higher education.

I am an advocate for the liberal arts because I have seen how they inspire students and develop their intellect. I have also been thinking a lot about how to and why we must improve educational quality while expanding access and promoting degree completion for greater numbers of students.

My research interests are in the areas of: ethical theory, military ethics, character development, political philosophy, assessment of student learning, and organizational change.

Feel free to contact me to exchange ideas or to collaborate on anything I mentioned above.

Current work

Associate Dean for Strategy, Policy, and Assessment & Associate Professor

Education

Service

  • United States Military Academy (West Point)

    2014 - 2015 Member, Character Development Strategy Working Group

  • United States Military Academy (West Point)

    2014 - 2015 Department Coordinator, Department of English and Philosophy Assessment Review and Curriculum Committee

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    2014 - Present Peer Reviewer

  • United States Military Academy (West Point)

    2014 - 2014 Member, Faculty Search Committee (Philosophy Faculty), Department of English and Philosophy

  • United States Military Academy (West Point)

    2013 - 2014 Member, Faculty Search Committee, Deputy Department Head (Chemistry and Life Sciences)

Experience

  • US ARMY

    • 5/1993 - Present Various command and staff positions
  • Department of English & Philosophy, United States Military Academy (West Point)

    • 7/2002 - 5/2005 Instructor and Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    • 6/2010 - Present Associate Dean & Assistant Professor/Associate Professor
    • 10/2014 - Present Middle States Commission on Higher Education Peer Reviewer
    • 8/2011 - Present Teagle Assessment Scholar

Teaching

Courses taught: Introduction to Philosophy; Topics in Ethics, Political Philosophy; Eastern Thought; Philosophy of Religion; Composition; Advanced Composition

Publications

Memberships

  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education