Dr. Shannon Kincaid

Dr. Shannon Kincaid

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Queensborough Community College

The City University of New York

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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.

Teaching Experience:                                                                                                       

Queensborough/ CUNY


Laboratory Institute of Merchandising

Brooklyn College, CUNY

Concordia College

SUNY at Brockport   

SUNY at Buffalo  

Fall ’08 to Present 

Fall ’03 to Fall ‘08

Fall '02-Summer '03


Spring 1999

Fall 1998  


 Associate Professor

Assistant Professor

Adj. Ass’t. Prof.   

Sub. Ass't. Prof. 

Adj. Ass't. Prof.    

Adj. Lecturer   

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. 

Curriculum Vitae

Course Materials

            Sample Syllabi:

                        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. 

External Resources

            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)

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.