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Isidoro Talavera, Ph.D.

Lead Faculty, Philosophy

isidoro.talavera@franklin.edu

Profile

Dr. Isidoro Talavera is a Philosophy Professor and Lead Faculty member responsible for introducing critical thinking throughout all curriculums, as well as creating and managing all of the University's philosophy courses. Prior to coming to Franklin, Dr. Talavera taught for nearly 35 years in a variety of courses at both the high school and college levels in Central and North America. His teaching experience includes serving as a distance education English Coordinator at Francisco Marroquin University, math coordinator at Colegio Metropolitano, a math instructor at Del Valle University, a philosophy instructor at the University of Missouri, business and professional ethics instructor at Lipscomb University, a logic instructor at Tennessee State and Vanderbilt Universities, critical thinking and business math instructor at Nashville High-Tech Institute, and Assistant Professor teaching mathematics and critical thinking at Tennessee State. This expertise earned Dr. Talavera the 1999-2000 Burke Award for Teaching Excellence at Vanderbilt University. His Doctoral thesis at Vanderbilt University in the field of Philosophy is entitled "Time and the Nature and Possibility of Knowledge."

Education

2006
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)
Doctor of Philosophy, Philosophy
1998
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)
Master of Arts, Philosophy
1993
University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri)
Master of Arts, Philosophy
1991
Harding College (Searcy, Arkansas)
Master of Science in Education, Mathematics Education
1990
The University of the State of NY (Albany, New York)
Bachelor of Science, Spanish Literature

Work Experience

2020 - Present
Franklin University, Lead Faculty, Philosophy

Publications & Presentations

Talavera, I. (2021). WHAT IS CRITICAL ETHICS AND WHY IT MATTERS?. Academia Letters, Article 147. https://doi.org/10.20935/AL147.. Academia Inc. — Open Access — Distributed under CC BY 4.0.
Talavera, I. (2019, Oct. 18). The Problem of Using Teaching Technologies to Enhance Student Learning: A Call for Critical Thinking. Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference, Franklin University, Columbus, OH.
Talavera, I. (2019, Apr. 6). What is Critical Ethics and Why it Matters?. The Great Lakes Philosophy Conference, Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan.
Talavera, I. (2019, Jan. 9). The Fallacy of Misplaced Empiricism in Theistic Religion. SISTERS IN ARMS: REINVENTING THE BOND BETWEEN PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
Talavera, I. (2016, Oct. 7). The Impossibility of a Civil Society. Learning Showcase Poster Conference, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.
Talavera, I. (2016, Jul. 27). The Acquisition of Scientific Knowledge via Critical Thinking: A Philosophical Approach to Science Education. Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Talavera, I. (2016, Jun. 10). Diversity, Inclusive Excellence, and Critical Thinking. Innovations in Teaching & Learning 2016 conference, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.
Talavera, I. (2015, Jun. 30). The Problem of Teaching Critical Thinking: Three Approaches. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference 2015, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.
Talavera, I., & Whittaker, T. (2014, Nov. 14). Critical Thinking in the Information Technology Program: A Deciding Factor for Employability. Learning Showcase, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.
Talavera, I. (2014, Nov. 14). Teaching Science as Critical Thinking. Learning Showcase, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.
Talavera, I. (2014, Aug. 31). The Impossibility of a Civil Society. Oxford University Round Table, Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Talavera, I. (2013). The Fallacy of Misplaced Temporality in Western Philosophy, Natural Science, and Theistic Religion. Natural Science and Theistic Religion. Forum on Public Policy/ A Journal of the Oxford Round Table.
Talavera, I. (2013, Jun. 7). Transforming Teaching Based on Ethical Codes: A Call for Critical Thinking. Teaching and Learning Conference, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.
Talavera, I. (2012, Aug. 7). Science and Religion: Drawing the Line. Oxford Round Table Paper, Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Talavera, I. (2012, Mar. 4). Seeing by Example: Moral Perception and Mental Modeling. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics/ Twenty First Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Talavera, I. (2011, Aug. 10). Response to The Dome in Christian and Islamic Sacred Architecture. Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Talavera, I. (2011, Aug. 8). Beyond Ethical Codes: A Call for Critical Thinking in Religious Culture. Oxford Round Table Paper, Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Talavera, I. (2010, Mar. 13). Discovering Success through Critical Thinking. National Association of Developmental Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Talavera, I. (2010, Apr. 30). A Philosopher Looks at Cultural Adjustment to Life in another Country: The Challenge of Cultural Relativism. NAFSA Region VI /Association of International Educators Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Talavera, I. (2010, Jul. 30). Science Contra Religion: Experiential, Epistemic, and Modal Limitations. Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, Oxford England.
Talavera, I. (2009, Apr. 23). Critical Thinking: The Vital Connection among Courses. Innovative Educators Educational Conference, International Webinar.
Talavera, I. (2009, Mar. 8). Ethical Foundations. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics / Eighteenth Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
Talavera, I. (2009, May. 1). Critical Thinking: Building Bridges among International Education Programs. NAFSA Region VI /Association of International Educators Conference, Columbus, OH.
Talavera, I. (2008, Mar. 1). Critical Thinking: The Vital Connection among Developmental Courses. National Association of Developmental Education Conference, Boston, MA.
Talavera, I. (2008, May. 23). Using Critical Thinking to Integrate Ethics and Social Responsibility in Discipline-based Courses. Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium and Teaching Workshop, Bentley College, Waltham, MA.
Talavera, I. (2008, Oct. 25). Critical Thinking: The Vital Connection among Math Courses.. Mathematical Association of America Conference, Columbus, OH.
Talavera, I. (2007, Mar. 24). Critical Thinking for Academic Enrichment. National Association of Developmental Education Conference, Nashville, TN.
Talavera, I. (2006, Nov. 11). Aristotle's Twofold Conception of Time. The Tennessee Philosophical Association Meeting, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Talavera, I. (2006, Aug. 6). Why the Educator Cannot Teach Critical Thinking. International Conference of The American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA.
Talavera, I. (2005, Oct. 28). Can the Developmental Teacher Achieve Higher Standards and Real Achievement When Constrained By Common Syllabi, Texts, and Tests?. The Tennessee Association of Developmental Education Conference, Chattanooga, TN.
Talavera, I. (2005, Mar. 12). The Impossibility of Community Responsiveness and Civic Engagement. Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists 70th Annual Conference, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.
Talavera, I. (2004, Oct. 28). Why the Developmental Teacher Cannot Achieve Excellence in the Classroom. The Tennessee Association of Developmental Education Conference, Memphis, TN.
Talavera, I. (2004, Aug. 8). Why the Teacher Cannot Teach (or the Student Cannot Learn). International Conference of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.
Talavera, I. (2002, Nov. 16). The Impossibility of a Code of Ethics. The Tennessee Philosophical Association Meeting, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Talavera, I. (1996, Nov. 2). A Defensible Attack on Gettier's Counterexamples. The Tennessee Philosophical Association Meeting, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Talavera, I. (1996, Jul. 20). The Daedalus Dilemma. Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN.
Talavera, I. (1993, Jan. 1). The Problem of Induction: The Scandal of Philosophy. 10th Annual Research and Creative Activities Forum, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

Professional Service

2020
Committee Member
Critical Thinking and Ethics Outcomes Champion/Franklin Univ.
2020
Committee Member
Academic Dismissal/Re-Admission sub-committee member/Franklin Univ.
2020
Committee Member
Academic Standards committee member/Franklin Univ.
2020
Committee Member
General Education committee member/Franklin Univ.
2020
Reviewer/Paper Reader
Transfer Credit Evaluator (Humn. 210-211)/Franklin Univ.
2018
Committee Member
Academic Research Commitee