Ronald L. Hall, professor and department chair (Ph.D., Chapel Hill) is the author of two books, Word and Spirit (Indiana, 1993) and The Human Embrace (Penn State, 1999). His general areas of interest are existentialism and the philosophy of religion. His special areas of interest include Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard.
Susan Peppers-Bates, associate professor (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania), has reviewed the Cambridge Companion to Malebranche for the Philosophical Quarterly and has published an article, "Malebranche on Efficacious Ideas" in The Journal of the History of Philosophy. Her major areas of interest are early modern philosophy, feminist philosophy, free will and moral responsibility, and philosophy of religion.
Joshua Rust, associate professor (Ph.D., University of California - Riverside) is the author of two books, John Searle and the Construction of Social Reality (Continuum, 2005) and John Searle (Continuum, 2009). He is also the coauthor of two articles in empirical philosophy concerning the behavior of ethicists as compared to other academic professionals (Mind, European Review of Philosophy, forthcoming). On the lighter side, he has coauthored, with Susan Pepper-Bates, Ph.D., an essay which is to appear in anthology True Blood and Philosophy. His areas of interest include metaphilosophy, explanation, social construction and Wittgenstein. He is also interested in the history of twentieth century analytic philosophy and ancient philosophy.
Melinda Hall is an assistant professor of philosophy at Stetson University. She specializes in bioethics and continental philosophy, and her research interests include the intersection of contemporary bioethics and disability studies, the ethics of human enhancement, and the social and cultural construction of disability. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University; her dissertation developed a critique of the notion that enhancement—especially the genetic selection of one's offspring—is a moral obligation. Her work is published in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and the Disability Studies Quarterly.