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Steve Zusman

Social Sciences, Education and World Languages
Philosophy
Instructor of Philosophy

My name is Steve Zusman and I have been a faculty member at Waubonsee since Fall semester 2012.  I have an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Mathematics, and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I completed all coursework towards my Ph.D.  My area of interest is Ethics, although I have always been fascinated with all of those ‘deep’ questions that philosophers look to answer.  I have more than 10 years of experience teaching Philosophy on the College Level (including at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State University, Heartland Community College, Indiana University Northwest, and Lincoln College-Normal).  As an instructor, I strive to pass on my enthusiasm for this subject to my students.   In my courses there is a focus on examining values, expanding knowledge, and building critical thinking skills.  I enjoy teaching immensely and value discussion, learning, and debate on the many interesting issues within the field of philosophy.  I am very excited to be teaching here at Waubonsee!

Here are some of the courses I frequently teach:

PHL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

PHL 101: Introduction to Logic

PHL 105: Introduction to Ethics

PHL 110: Introduction to Critical Thinking

PHL 120: Introduction to World Religions

When I am not teaching, I spend a majority of my time with my family.  I am happily married and have two wonderful children, a boy and a girl.  I like sports, movies, music, and traveling, although I’ve found that traveling with two kids takes a lot of work! 

Here are some useful links to learn more about Philosophy:

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - a peer-reviewed academic resource in Philosophy.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - a nice resource for more in-depth articles on different areas of Philosophy.

Project Gutenberg - offers numerous free online texts of major philosophical (as well as literary, etc.) works.

Philosophical Gourmet Report - this is a (somewhat controversial) ranking of Philosophy graduate programs and also contains post secondary considerations. 

EpistemeLinks - provides links to Philosophy resources on the internet.

CONTACT INFO

Bodie Hall, Room 233
Sugar Grove Campus
(630) 466-7900 ext. 6802
szusman@waubonsee.edu

Office Hours:
Please see syllabus or contact me.