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Robert Kirkman is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Ethics and Technology. His research centers on practical ethics and related issues in political philosophy, cognitive theory and the philosophy of science. He has a substantive focus in environmental ethics and policy, especially ethics of the built environment as it plays out in metropolitan regions of the United States.

He also has an emerging research program in ethics education and assessment for undergraduate students in the context of STEM degree programs. 

Dr. Kirkman is author of The Ethics of Metropolitan Growth: The Future of our Built Environment (Continuum, 2010) and Skeptical Environmentalism: The Limits of Philosophy and Science (Indiana University Press, 2002). He has also published numerous articles in scholarly journals in the fields of environmental philosophy, science and technology studies, urban planning, and science and engineering education.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Kirkman has been developing an innovative, problem-based approach to teaching and learning in practical ethics, political philosophy, and philosophical analysis for public policy. In recognition of his teaching, he has received a Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellowship (2013) and the Eichholtz Faculty Teaching Award (2013) from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Georgia Tech.
 
 
 
 
ABBREVIATED CURRICULUM VITAE
ROBERT KIRKMAN

                                                             
CURRENT POSITION
Associate Professor, School of Public Policy
Director, Center for Ethics and Technology                   
Georgia Institute of Technology
685 Cherry St.
Atlanta, GA 30030

EDUCATION
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (1995) State University of New York at Stony Brook
Master of Arts in Philosophy (1992) State University of New York at Stony Brook
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History (1990) Miami University

AWARDS AND HONORS

Geoffrey Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
Distinguished Faculty Award, Learning Communities Program, SUNY at Stony Brook, 2001
Chateaubriand Scholarship in the Social Sciences and Literature, 1993-1994

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Books
Robert Kirkman, The Ethics of Metropolitan Growth: The Future of our Built Environment. London: Continuum, 2010.

Robert Kirkman, Skeptical Environmentalism: The Limits of Philosophy and Science. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.

Journal Articles (with peer review)
Robert Kirkman, Douglas S. Noonan, and Sean K. Dunn, “Urban Transformation and Individual Responsibility: The Atlanta BeltLine”, Planning Theory 11 (2012): 418-434.

Robert Kirkman, “Did Americans Choose Sprawl?” Ethics and the Environment 15 (2010): 123-142.

Jason Borenstein, Matthew Drake, Robert Kirkman, and Julie L. Swann, "The Engineering and Science Issues Test (ESIT): A Discipline-Specific Approach to Assessing Moral Judgment" Science and Engineering Ethics 16 (2010): 387-407

Robert Kirkman, “Darwinian Humanism and the End of Nature”, Environmental Values 18 (2009): 217-236.

Robert Kirkman, “At Home in the Seamless Web: Agency, Obduracy, and the Ethics of Metropolitan Growth” Science, Technology & Human Values 34 (2009): 234-58.

Robert Kirkman, “Teaching for Imagination: Assessment of a Course in Environmental Ethics” Teaching Philosophy 31 (2008):333-350.

Robert Kirkman, “Failures of Imagination: Stuck and Out of Luck in Metropolitan America” Ethics, Place and Environment 11 (2008):17-32.

Robert Kirkman, “Darwinian Humanism: A Proposal for Environmental Philosophy” Environmental Values 16 (2007): 3-21.

Matt Drake, Paul M. Griffin, Robert Kirkman, and Julie L. Swann, “Engineering Ethical Curricula: Assessment and Comparison of Two Approaches” Journal of Engineering Education 94 (2005): 223-231.

Robert Kirkman, “Technological Momentum and the Ethics of Metropolitan Growth,” Ethics, Place and Environment, 7 (2004):125-139.

Robert Kirkman, “The Ethics of Metropolitan Growth: A Framework” Philosophy and Geography 7 (2004): 203-220.

Robert Kirkman, “Reasons to Dwell On (if Not Necessarily In) the Suburbs,” Environmental Ethics 26 (2004): 77-95.

Robert Kirkman, “Through the Looking-Glass: Environmentalism and the Problem of Freedom,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 36 (2002): 29-43.

Robert Kirkman, “Why Ecology Cannot Be All Things to All People: The ‘Adaptive Radiation’ of Scientific Concepts,” Environmental Ethics 19 (1997): 375-390.

Journal Articles (without peer review)
Robert Kirkman, “Transitory Places,” Environmental Philosophy 9 (2012): 95-104.

Robert Kirkman, “Ethics and Scale in the Built Environment,” Environmental Philosophy 2 (2005): 38-52.

Book Chapters
Robert Kirkman, “A Little Knowledge of Dangerous Things: Human Vulnerability in a Changing Climate,” in William Hamrick and Sue Cataldi, eds., Merleau-Ponty and Environmental Philosophy: Dwelling on the Landscapes of Thought (Albany: SUNY Press, 2007), pp.19-35.

Robert Kirkman, “Beyond Doubt: Environmental Philosophy and the Human Predicament,” in Bruce V. Foltz and Robert Frodeman, eds., Rethinking Nature: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004), 165-179.

Robert Kirkman, “Rousseau in the Suburbs: Geography, Environment, and the Philosophical Tradition,” in Gary Backhaus and John Murungi, eds., Earth Ways: Framing Geographical Meanings, (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2004), 43-58.

Robert Kirkman, “The Problem of Knowledge in Environmental Thought: A Counter-Challenge,” in Roger S. Gottlieb, ed., The Ecological Community: Environmental Challenges for Philosophy, Politics, and Morality, First Edition (New York: Routledge, 1997), 193-207.

Conference Proceedings
Jason Borenstein, Matthew J. Drake, Robert Kirkman, and Julie L. Swann, “The Test of Ethical Sensitivity in Science and Engineering (TESSE): A Discipline-Specific Assessment Tool for Awareness of Ethical Issues.” AC 2008-339. Proceedings of the 2008 Annual ASEE Conference (CD-ROM), American Society for Engineering Education.

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