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Philosophy Department

John Poling, Ph.D.
John Poling
Department Chair, Philosophy - Associate Professor

(507) 457-1541

John D. Poling is a tenured Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Areas of interest include: Existentialism, 19th and 20th century philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Aesthetics, Kierkegaard. Dr. Poling, who has published and lectured on the painting of Georgia O'Keeffe, also teaches in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and the Lasallian Honors Program.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
Aesthetics/philosophy of art
Philosophical issues in theology
Philosophy of religion

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Philosophy of Art
Seminar: Kierkegaard
History of 19th & 20th c. Philosophy
Vices and Virtues
Philosophy in Our World
Justice and the Call to Servant Leadership (Lasallian Honors) Great Ideas in Politics and Science (Lasallian Honors) Perspectives

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Religion (AAR)
American Philosophical Association (APA)
Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) Soren Kierkegaard Society

Ph.D., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1996
M.A., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1991
M.Div., Yale Divinity School, 1987
B.U.S., European History, University of New Mexico, NM, 1978
Certificate of Completion, Intensive Danish Language Study, Levels 1-4; Studieskolen (Copenhagen, Denmark), 1971

Teaching Experience
2000 to Present: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1996-2000: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
1999-2000: Assistant Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College, MN
1994-1995: Adjunct Professor, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
1991: Instructor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
1988: Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University
1983-1986: Preservation Assistant, Yale Divinity School Library, New Haven, CT
1977: English Teacher, Right-to-Read Program (HUD), Santa Fe, NM