Dr. Shannon Kincaid
Dr. Shannon Kincaid
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York
Department of Social Sciences
222-05, 56th Avenue
Medical Arts M104
Bayside, NY 11364
Office Hours (M406):
8:45-9:00, Monday thru Thursday
12:00-1:00, Tuesday and Thursday
Feel free to contact me to schedule an appointment outside my regular office hours.
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1999
Dissertation: Democracy and Culture
Chair: Dr. Peter Hare
B.A, State University of New York, College at Cortland, 1999 (summa cum laude).
Thesis Supervisor: Dr. John Ryder
Areas of Specialization and Competence:
Moral Philosophy, American Philosophy, Pedagogy, Urban Ecology, the History of Western Philosophy, Asian Philosophy.
Laboratory Institute of Merchandising
Brooklyn College, CUNY
SUNY at Brockport
SUNY at Buffalo
Fall ’08 to Present
Fall ’03 to Fall ‘08
Fall '02-Summer '03
Adj. Ass’t. Prof.
Sub. Ass't. Prof.
Adj. Ass't. Prof.
Instructor of Record
Courses Taught: Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Business Ethics, American Philosophy, Corporate Ethics (Concordia MBA Program), Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Social Philosophy, World Civilizations and Cultures, Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Education, Virtue Ethics, Medical Ethics, American Cultural Pluralism, Contemporary Moral Problems.
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1966. I grew up on the Arkansas/Missouri border in the Ozark Mountains, finally graduating from a small rural high school in Farmington, Arkansas. Throughout high school and into college, I worked as a line cook in several area restaurants, and dabbled in photography, cinematography, and electronics. Dissatisfied with my initial experiences in a university setting, I moved to New York City in the late 1980’s.
During my first years in New York, I slowly worked my way up in the restaurant industry, eventually serving as an executive chef in a Greenwich Village restaurant (Cajun/Creole), and finally, as the sous-chef of a large catering firm on Wall Street.
I left cooking to return to school full-time. Having developed a deep interest in issues of morality and social justice, and after deciding to pursue a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the State University of New York College at Cortland, I graduated summa cum laude. I was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy from SUNY/Buffalo in 1999, defending a dissertation that analyzed the relationships between democracy, morality, and culture.
I started my academic career at CUNY that same year, teaching both full and part time at Brooklyn College, and eventually reaching the rank of Associate Professor at Queensborough Community College. My research and publications continue to focus on ethics, democratic institutions, and urban environments, and I’m deeply proud and honored to teach at Queensborough.
I live in a massive housing project in Rego Park with my son (who is currently studying at LGCC) and our two cats.
PHI 101: Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 130: Ethics: Theories of the Good Life
Introduction to Argumentation and Logic
Writing Intensive Course Information and Sample Test Questions
Current Research Projects
The Ethics of the Professoriate
“Democracy and Urban Education”
“Pedagogy in Verse: A Pragmatic Approach to Using Poetry Across the Curriculum”
Informal Essays, Videos, and Monographs About Philosophy
Working Titles: Philosophical Lessons from my 62 Jobs.
“A Ray of Consciousness.”
“Philosophy: The Video Game” Philosophy Now.
“Good vs. Great Teaching.” April 2009.
The American Philosophical Association (link)
The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (link)
The Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy (link)
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (link)