Adam Potthast

Adam Potthast

Academic Affairs - Director of Assessment and Faculty Development

Saint Mary's Hall, SM126D    |    Campus Box: #1514
(507) 457-6628   |   apotthas@smumn.edu


Dr. Potthast is the Director of Assessment and Faculty Development at Saint Mary's. He believes assessment is a form of academic inquiry focused on student learning and must be intimately connected to faculty development to give students the most innovative teaching each faculty member can embrace. He earned his PhD in ethics and philosophy and is the co-author of Ethics for Dummies.

I am a Minnesotan by marriage and my wife and I have one son, who amazes us on a daily basis. I enjoy all of the outdoor activities Winona has to offer. I also like to cook (particularly bread and Asian-inspired dishes), and home improvement DIY projects. I watch way too much HGTV. In my spare time, I read philosophy and poke around with technology.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Ethics, healthcare policy, assessment, teaching and learning.

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests

    Assessment, Faculty Development, Philosophy of Technology, Kantian Ethics, and the Meaning of Life

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    None Yet

  • Professional Organizations

    Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum (2005-present)

    American Association of Philosophy Teachers (2005-present)

    Society for Philosophy of Technology (2016-present)

  • Education

    PhD in Philosophy, University of Connecticut at Storrs in 2005. I wrote my dissertation on Morality and Personal Identity. 

    MA in Philosophy, University of Connecticut at Storrs in 2000. 

    BA with General Honors in English and Philosophy, Truman State University in 1998

  • Experience

    I was Assistant Professor of Professional Ethics at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO from 2005-2010. I was Associate Professor of Philosophy at Park University from 2010-2018 in Parkville, MO. I was also Faculty Senate President, Director of the General Education Program, and Chair of Art, Design, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Park University.

    I have taught ethics, political philosophy, history of philosophy, metaphysics, feminist philosophy, interdisciplinary studies, and the philosophy of humor.