New Faculty 2016-2017

Matthew MooreDr. Matthew Moore will join the Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology in Fall 2016.  Dr. Moore received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 2012.  Since he graduated he has been working as an assistant professor at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.  Dr. Moore is interested in what role the community has in hindering deviant behaviors and has published several articles on suicide, social capital, and crime examining the link to the community.  His articles have appeared in Deviant Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, Social Indicators Research, and other peer-reviewed journals.  In the Fall 2016 semester, Dr. Moore will be teaching two sections of Social Statistics and Deviance and Society.  When Dr. Moore is not at work he enjoys playing with his dogs and going on walks.

Scribner Image Dr. Vaughn Scribner received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2013, and has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCA  since.  His research focuses on  how early American colonists understood the position(s) in the British Empire.  Dr. Scribner has published a number of articles, ranging from investigations of colonial American tavern culture to the rise of professional theater in America to colonist’s attempts to harness the mystical properties of mineral springs.  In addition to teaching various courses, He also serves as Faculty Advisor for UCA’s award-winning Phi Alpha Theta chapter (the history honor society).  His wife, Kristen, and he loves to travel the world, try new restaurants, binge watch new television shows, and, of course, dote over their beloved cat, Diego.



Dr. Sharon Mason has joined the Department of Philosophy and Religion as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2016-2017 academic year. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington and has an M.A. in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. Her research is in contemporary epistemology, focusing on theories of knowledge, the first-person perspective, and epistemic agency. One theme that guides her work is that we are human knowers, embodied, less-than-ideal but also capable of reflecting and having our deliberative reasoning influence what we believe. She has developed and taught courses in epistemology, the history of early modern philosophy, philosophy of science, ethics, logic, philosophy of food, and the philosophy of mind. This fall she will be teaching Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy for Living. She likes to garden and places high value on a good cup of tea.