Dr. Regina Turner
Dr. Turner is the Lead Instructor for and a full-time faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. She completed an Associate of Arts degree at Southeastern Illinois College in English and Philosophy where she discovered an interest in teaching at the community college level. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where she majored in Philosophy and minored in History and also a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the same institution. At the University of Kansas at Lawrence, she completed a Master of Philosophy degree and a Ph.D. both of which are in Philosophy. Her Ph.D. dissertation is entitled "Kierkegaard's Defense of Reason. " While at KU, she was awarded a post-baccalaureate scholarship.
While pursuing her graduate degrees, Dr. Turner received training and experience in the field of teaching. During her years in the graduate Philosophy Departments at Southern Illinois University and the University of Kansas, she worked for a total of eight years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at those institutions. Courses in which she served as the assistant to a Full/Associate Professor or which she taught include "Introduction to Philosophy," "Introduction to Ethics," "The Progress of Science in Western Civilization," "Introduction to Logic," "Western Civilization 104, 105, 205" and "Western Civilization 234 and 235. "
Also while pursuing her graduate degrees, she served as an Advisory Editor for the Kinesis: Graduate Journal in Philosophy, as Book Review Editor for the Auslegung: A Journal of Philosophy, and as a member of the Editorial Committee for Premise: The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal.
Dr. Turner has taught at Butler Community College since 1992. Courses taught include "Philosophy I" (under the traditional delivery system and as a telecourse), "Ethics" and "Comparative Religions. " Her other primary duties are those as her Department's academic lead.
Dr. Turner's philosophy of education is that of the Classical Liberal Tradition. Her academic interests have centered primarily on European philosophy, particularly on German philosophy in the areas of Metaphysics and Epistemology and on Existential Philosophy with her doctoral dissertation being devoted to the Existential philosophy of the Dane Søren Kierkegaard.The central question of the dissertation concerns Kierkegaard's view of reason - What view of reason does he as an anti-rationalist reject, and what view of reason and its uses does he as a non-irrationalist accept?
Other academic interests include studies in the world's major living religions, history and anthropology. She has also volunteered in and tutored G.E.D students in the areas of English, Reading, Basic Mathematics, Algebra and Geometry. She is a member of the following professional organizations: The American Philosophical Association, The American Association of University Women and The International Federation of University Women.
Non-academic interests include traveling throughout the Southern United States, pop music from the 1960's,1970's and 1980's and science fiction whether in print, on television or in computer games. Her favorite pastime is driving her 1973 Dodge Charger SE on sunny Saturday afternoons.