CURRICULUM VITAE
(current as of February 2013)
Mark C. Vopat
Home: (330) 577-3768(DRMV) Office: (330)941-3362
mvopat@ysu.edu



AOS: Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Applied Ethics, Children’s Rights

AOC: Logic (Formal and Informal), History of Philosophy


EDUCATION

University of Western Ontario
PhD, Philosophy
September 23, 2003

Dissertation: The Moral Status of Children: A Contractarian Approach

Supervisory Committee: Samantha Brennan, Michael Milde, John Thorp

Competency Exams: Logic (May 2001)
History of Philosophy(August 2000)

Comprehensive Exam: Ethics and Value Theory (August 2001)

Cleveland State University
MA, Philosophy 1996

Cleveland State University
BA, Philosophy 1994


AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2011 Distinguished Professorship in Teaching, Youngstown State University

2005 University of Akron, Chairs’ Award for Excellence in Teaching

1997-2001 University of Western Ontario, Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

1997-2001 International Graduate Student Scholarship

1998-2001 University of Western Ontario Special University Scholarship

1995-1996 Cleveland State University Teaching Assistantship

1994-1995 Cleveland State University Tuition Grant


PUBLICATIONS

Books

Children's Rights and Moral Parenting (forthcoming November 2014 with Lexington Press)

Journal Articles

"On the Disconnect Between Business and Professional Ethics," co-authored with Alan Tomhave (Teaching Ethics Spring 2013)

“Is a Christian-Libertarian an Oxymoron” (Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society Spring 2013)

"Magnet Schools, Innate Talent and Social Justice"
Theory and Research in Education Vol.9 No. 1 (March 2011)

"School Uniforms and Freedom of Expression"
Ethics and Education Vol.5 No.3 (November 2010)

“Justice, Religion and the Education of Children.” Public Affairs Quarterly Vol. 23, No. 3 (July 2009).

“Contractarianism and Children.” Public Affairs Quarterly 17 No. 1 (January 2003)


Book Contributions

“Child Abuse and Neglect” in the
International Encyclopedia of Ethics (published online February 1, 2013)

“Parent Licensing and Child Protection” in Taking Responsibility For Children, eds Samantha Brennan and Robert Noggle (Waterloo: Laurier University Press, 2007).

“Professions and Professional Responsibility” in Professional Ethics: An Online Text ed. The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Youngstown State University (Prentice Hall, 2007)

Book Reviews

Review of John Brenkman,
The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought Since September 11. in Philosophy in Review, Vol. 29, No. 1 (2009)

Review of Josephine Russell's How Children Become Moral Selves, in Philosophy in Review Vol. 29, No. 3 (2009)

Review of The War For Children’s Minds by Stephen Law. Philosophy in Review Vol. 27, No. 6 (2007)

Review of Element of Justice by David Schmidtz.
Philosophy in Review Vol. 27, No. 4 (2007)

Review of The Sacred Monstrous: A reflection on violence in human communities, by Wendy C. Hamblet.
Philosophy in Review, Vol. 25, No. 3, (2005).

Review of Deep Democracy, by Judith Green.
Philosophy in Review, Vol. 20, No. 5, (2000).

Textbooks

Instructor’s Manual for
Consider Ethics by Bruce N. Waller
(December 2010)


PRESENTATIONS

Refereed Papers
"Children's Rights and Sexuality"
Society for Applied Philosophy
University of Zurich
June 28–30, 2013

“Children, Sexuality and Injustice"
Midwest Political Science Association Meeting
Chicago, IL
April 11-14th 2013


"On the Disconnect Between Business and Professional Ethics"
(co-authored/presented with Alan Tomhave)
13th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum
St. Louis, MN
October 2011


“Is a Libertarian-Christian an Oxymoron?”
Religion and Society Conference
University Center
Chicago, IL
February 15-17, 2011

"Justice and the Distribution of Educational Resources"
Society for Applied Philosophy
St. Anne's College, Oxford
Oxford, UK
July 2-4, 2010

"Magnet Schools, Innate Talent and Social Justice"
Far West Philosophy Philosophy of Education Society
Utah Valley University
Provo, Utah
January 14-16th 2010

"School Uniforms and Freedom of Expression"
Midwest Political Science Association Meeting
Chicago, IL
April 22-24th 2010



“Justice, Religion and the Education of Children,”
Society for Applied Philosophy
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
June 30-July 1, 2007

“Justice, Religion and the Education of Children,” presented to the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion, at the University of Minnesota Mankato, Mankato MN
April 1, 2007


Invited Papers

“Moral Insensitivity and the Business Professional”
Association of Practical and Professional Ethics
San Antonio, TX
February 27 - March 3


"Our 21st Century Crucible"
Drama Day Workshop, University Theater
Youngstown State University
March 3, 2011

"Using 'Mac-Centric' Tools to Create Course Content"
Distance Learning Show and Tell
Williamson College of Business Administration
March 2, 2011

“Children's Rights”
Canfield High School Debate Team
Canfield High School
January 2011

"Problems in Public Education" presented to the YSU Institute for Learning in Retirement, Youngstown State University, October 16, 2009.

"Teaching Using the Socratic Method" presented to the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School graduate extension class on instructional methodology. The Chapel, Akron, OH February 23, 2009.

"Philosophy, Ideology and Politics: Trends" presented to the YSU Institute for Learning in Retirement, Youngstown State University, April 11, 2008.

“Technology and American Values presented to the YSU Institute for Learning in Retirement, Youngstown State University, May 4, 2007)

“Justice, Religion and the Education of Children,” presented to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Team: Children, Family and State Workshop on “The Good Family” at The University of Western Ontario, July 10 and 11, 2006.

“Parent Licensing and Child Protection” Responsibility and Children: A University of Western Ontario Conference in Moral, Legal, and Political Philosophy, February 23, 2002.

“Contractarianism and Children” Paying Attention to Children: Philosophical Reflections on Children's Welfare, Parents' Rights & Justice in the Family, The University of Western Ontario, March 4, 2000.

Commentary

Commented on Karen Hornsby’s paper “A Right To Education” for the April 2003 meeting of the Ohio Philosophical Association.
Commented on Amy Mullin’s paper “Children, Caregivers, and Friends: Models of Care” at the May 2002 meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association.

Editorial Activities

Board of Editorial Consultants: Public Affairs Quarterly (3yr appointment)

Associate Editor:
Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society inaugural issue.

Reviewer of Introduction to Ethics
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
April 2010

Independent reviewer of preview copy of How to Think About Weird Things for McGraw-Hill. Given an acknowledgement in the current edition of the book for previous review work on the text.

Editorial Review Board Member for THINKPhilosophy, introduction to Philosophy text for Pearson Education Publishing.

Reviewer of Hurley's forthcoming 11th edition of
A Concise Introduction to Logic

Associated Press source on Marriss Evans sperm extraction story.


TEACHING
Youngstown State University
Fall 2011 Faculty Improvement Leave

Spring 2011 Professional Ethics (Online)
Symbolic Logic
Sem: Philosophic Look at Markets

Youngstown State University
Fall 2010 Professional Ethics (Online)(3 sections)


SERVICE
Northside Hospital Institutional Review Board (Alternate)
Youngstown, OH (2007-Present)
Reading Tutor
King Elementary School, Akron OH
(Began fall 2011)

Lead a 5th and 6th Grade Math Review Group
10 students, 2 days a week for 6 weeks
(Summer 2011)

Videographer/Editor King School Class of 2011 Graduations Video
Akron, OH
Spring 2011

Classroom Volunteer
King Elementary School
(Fall 2006 – Spring 2007)

Fifth Annual Resident Research Day Judge
Northside Hospital
Youngstown, OH

(May 26, 2011)

Chair-Maag Library Electronic Textbook Center Dir. Search Committee

Provost’s Task Force on Distance Learning (2009-2010)

Learning Community Multimedia Group Leader (2010-present)

Panel Leader for Ethics Week
Williamson College of Business Administration
Youngstown State University
(Spring 2011)

CLASS Representative on Distance Learning

Faculty Senate: Integrated Technologies Committee, Chair (2009-present)

YSU Faculty Senate, At-Large CLASS representative (2009-present)
Distance Learning Advisory Committee, CLASS Representative (2008-2010)

Director, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Media Production Studio. (2007-present)

Website designer and administrator for the Department of Africana Studies. (2007-present)

Web site designer and administrator for the Ohio Faculty Senate. (2006-2008)

Web site designer and administrator for the YSU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. (2006-present)

YSU Faculty Senate, Department Senator. (2007-2009)

YSU Faculty Senate, ad hoc committee member on mediated classroom utilization (Spring 2008)

Chair, Thomas and Albert Shipka Speakers Series (2007-2009)

Panelist: YSU Association for Computing Machinery. Topic: "The Singularity" (April 29, 2008)

Vindicator Scholarship Committee (March 2008)

Ethics paper judge for the YSU-American Society of Civil Engineers engineering contest (March 2008)

Symposium participant for the University Theater production of T. S. Eliot's "Murder in the Cathedral" (October 12,2008)

Contributed to the CSP Orientation Services (SOAR) Luncheon (August 2007)

SOAR Panelist: “Candid Conversations with YSU Faculty and Staff”(Summer 2006)

Commencement Marshall, Summer 2006

Commencement Marshall, Fall 2005


OTHER EXPERIENCE

Quality Matters Certified Master Reviewer
Certified to review online courses for compliance with the QM best practices criteria.
Summer 2012

BlackBoard 9 Training (18 hrs)
Youngstown State University
November 18-20th 2009

Summer-Fall 2004 Cuyahoga County Field Director, Fingerhut for U.S. Senate Campaign

Winter 2002 Co-organized the UWO Responsibility and Children Conference

2000-2002 Research Assistant to Professor Samantha Brennan

1999-2000 Assisted in the organization of the UWO Paying Attention to Children Conference

1998-1999 Member, Society of Graduate Students Committee on By-Laws

1996-1997 Assistant Program Coordinator, Cuyahoga Community College, Center for Applied Gerontology

1994-1995 Member, Maple Heights Planning Commission

1993-1994 Chairperson, Maple Heights Fair Housing Committee

1992-1993 Member, Maple Heights Fair Housing Committee