Curriculum vitæ

Personal details

Name: Penelope Rush
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Qualifications & affiliations

  1. Education:
    • BA (Hons) First Class, Monash University, Australia, 1994
    • MLitt (Distinction), St Andrews University, Scotland, 1997
    • PhD, The University of Queensland, Philosophy Department, 2005.
  2. Editor:
    • Editor of category Ontological Realism for PhilPapers online research in philosophy.
  3. Member:
    • Advisory Board, Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action, Springer (2015 - ).
    • Honorary Associate/Adjunct Researcher of the Philosophy department at The University of Tasmania (2005-17)

Areas of specialization

Areas of competence

Publications

  1. Books:
    • Edited collection:The Metaphysics of Logic, Cambridge University Press, UK), expected publication date November 2014.
    • Monograph:Paradoxes of Mathematical, Logical and Scientific Realism, Synthese Library - Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Springer, Switzerland, forthcoming.
  2. Chapters:
    • Logical Realism, in The Metaphysics of Logic, Cambridge University Press, UK 2014, pp. 11-20.
    • Introduction, in The Metaphysics of Logic, Cambridge University Press, UK 2014, pp. 1-10.
    • (Forthcoming) Foundational theory: A new conceptualisation of relevant ideas, in Northcote, M (ed) 201x, Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience, IGI Global Publishing.
  3. Articles:
    • Back to Basics, New Philosopher, Issue 3, Feb 2014.
    • Being a Philosopher, New Philosopher, Issue 4, May 2014.
    • Objectivities, Studia Philosophica Estonica, 5.1, (2012), pp. 1-16.
    • Logic or reason?, Logic and Logical Philosophy, Volume 21 (2012), pp. 127-163.
    • Where Meaning Is, South African Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 29, No. 4 (2010), pp. 391-403.
    • Four Basic Logical Issues (With Ross Brady*), Review of Symbolic Logic, Vol.2 (2009), pp.488-508.
    • What is Wrong with Cantor's Diagonal Argument? (With Ross Brady*), Logique et Analyse, Vol.51 (2008), pp.185-219.
    *Articles co-authored with Brady have approximately equal input: Brady taking the bulk of the technical component, myself taking the bulk of the philosophical component.
  4. Previous research:
    • Master's thesis in Philosophy of Language: Possible World Logic and the Causal Theory.
    • PhD in Philosophy of Mathematics: The Philosophy of Mathematics and the Independent 'Other'.
  5. Reviews:
    • Review Philosophy of Mathematics, Structure and Ontology by Stewart Shapiro, Oxford University Press, for Philosophical Books, Vol 40, No. 4, Oct 1999, pp. 283-284.
    • Review The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem by Mark Steiner, Harvard University Press, 1998; for The Philosophical Quarterly, Basil Blackwell Ltd. Oxford, UK, 1999.
    • Review Critical Thinking, and The Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking by Richard L. Epstein, Advaced Reasoning Forum, 2012; for Logic and Logical Philosophy, Vol.22, Sep 2013.
    • Review Reasoning in Science and Mathematics by Richard L. Epstein, Advaced Reasoning Forum, 2012; for Logic and Logical Philosophy, Vol.22, Sep 2013.
    • Review The Applicability of Mathematics in Science: Indispensibility and Ontology by Sorin Bangu, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012; for International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, forthcoming.
    • Forthcoming review The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education, Davies, M and Barnett, R (eds) 2015, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
  6. Refereed conference proceedings:
    • Social Media and the Abstract Self in proceedings for the AiCE Conference, RMIT Melbourne 2013.
  7. Refereeing:
    • Cambridge University Press' Elements series
    • Philosophers' Imprint
    • South African Journal of Philosophy
    • Synthese.
  8. Refereed conference presentations:
    • AiCS Computer Ethics Conference, Melbourne, December 2013. Title: Social Media and the Abstract Self.
    • The Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association (2012): Realism, Tolerance and the Paradox of Independent Reality.
    • School of Philosophy Seminar Series Presentation (2008): Crispin Wright's 'Objectivities'.
    • The Australasian Association for Continental Philosophy (2007): Where is Meaning?.
    • The Australasian Association of Logic Conference, Perth (2005): Logic and Thought.
    • The Postgraduate Philosophy Conference, Melbourne (2001): Derrida and Mathematics.
    • The Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Tasmania (2001): The Link between Mathematical Realism, Theology and Phenomenology.
    • The Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Sydney (1998): A Reply to Current Trends in the Philosophy of Mathematics.
    • The Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, New Zealand (1997): If Gödel was a Rightward Realist.
  9. Paid/invited appearances:
    1. Interviews:
      • (2014) Interviewed by Beth Matthews on Radical Philosophy, 3CR Community Radio, 11th July.
      • (2014) Interviewed by Richard Marshall at 3am Magazine, December 5th.
    2. Lectures and talks:
      • (2015) Guest Speaker for the Annual Berkeley Lecture, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland.
      • (2016) Guest Lecturer for the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Annual Lecture series 2016-17.
    3. Seminars and conferences:
      • Visiting Fellow to the project Foundations of Logical Consequence, Arché Centre, St Andrews University, Scotland (from 12/9/2010 to 12/11/2010).
      • Guest Speaker at Logic or logics conference, St Andrews, September 2010.
      • Seminar presentation for Logic Reading Group, St Andrews, October 2010. Title: The Interrelationship of Essential Concepts.
      • Participation in The 13th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science Beijing (2007), by invitation (Ross Brady) under ARC grant: What's wrong with Truth Functional Semantics? with Ross Brady.
      • Participation in The 2nd World Congress and School on Universal Logic Xi'an (2007), by invitation (Ross Brady) under ARC grant. Presented 1½ hour tutorial: The Basic Laws of Logic.
  10. Currently submitted:
    • What's Wrong with Truth-Theoretic Semantics? under revision for re-submission to Logique et Analyse.
    • Myriad Philosophical Methodologies currently submitted to Journal of Philosophical Research.
    • Independence and Justification - Shapiro and Frege currently submitted to Nous.

Prizes Awarded

Career history

  1. Current employment:
    • Online Lecturer: January 2013 - December 2015. Academic Skilling Lecturer Online, Student Centre, University of Tasmania.
  2. Recent employment:
    1. Visiting Fellow:
      • (2010) Visiting Fellowship to the project Foundations of Logical Consequence, Arché Centre. University of St Andrews, Scotland (from 12/9/2010 to 12/11/2010).
    2. Teaching:
      • (2012) University of Tasmania. Advanced Honours Symposia Coordinator. Tutoring and co-ordinating symposia lecture series for advanced honours students from all schools across the Faculty of Arts.
      • (2010) University of Tasmania. Taught and constructed Special Topic Philosophy of Mathematics for Honours and third year students. Sole responsibility for all aspects of the course.
      • (2009) University of Tasmania. Employed under an ARC grant awarded to Dr James Chase, to co-ordinate and lecture Philosophy of Language 2/388 and Introduction to Logic 2/391.
      • (2008-9) University of Tasmania. Taught and co-ordinated Critical Thinking, Summer School intensive online course.
    3. Tutoring:
      • (2010) University of Tasmania: Critical Thinking
      • (2008): University of Tasmania: Introduction to Logic HPA 2/391, Gender Studies HAF 103.
    4. Research Officer:
      • (June 2009 - December 2009): Research assistant for Jeff Malpas. Editing, researching and providing feedback for a book of collected works.
      • (March 2008 - October 2008): Level 8, half time. Employed under La Trobe University Central Large Grant awarded to Ross Brady Jan 2008.*
      *This involved continuing work on a major ARC-funded project begun in 2006. Primarily working towards completion of a book, Entailment Logic: Theory and Application, joint authored with Ross Brady. A number of joint papers were produced and presented at major conferences.
  3. Past employment:
    • (1 Feb 2007 - 30 Nov 2007): University of Tasmania: Lecturer Level A, step 7, 60% of full time.
      Semester 1:
      • Honours Topic in Logic and Philosophy of Science (HPA 412). Unit co-ordinator. Created and lectured entire course. Examiner.
      • History and Society (HPA 228/328). Unit co-ordinator (shared role with one other). Created and lectured ⅓ of the course content, ⅓ tutoring. Examiner.
      • Introduction to Logic (HPA 291/391). Tutored and improved handbook.
      • Honours examiner.
      Semester 2:
      • Philosophy of Science (HPA 213/313). 20 students. Unit co-ordinator. Lectured and tutored entire course. Built and maintained online WebCT website: notes, audio streamed lectures. Examiner.
      • Modern Philosophy (HPA 268/368). 27 students. Unit co-ordinator. Lectured and created ¾ of course. Built and maintained online WebCT website: notes, audio streamed lectures. Examiner.
      • Philosophy of Language (HPA 288/388). 25 students. Unit co-ordinator. Lectured and created ½ of course. Built and maintained online WebCT website: notes, audio streamed lectures. Examiner
      • Temporary substitute lecturer (University of Tasmania) for Game Theory and Knowledge and Belief and Ethics.
    • (3 Jan - 31 Oct, 2006) Research Officer Level 6, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne. Writing and researching with Ross Brady, as part of his ARC grant detailed above.
    • (2005) Tutor for Introduction to logic, University of Tasmania. Duties included taking all tutorials and marking assignments and exam.
    • (16 Jul 2001 - 16 Jul 2002) Lecturer for Beginning Logic, La Trobe University. Duties included writing and marking all assignments for the course and structuring and presenting all tutorials and lectures. Tutored Knowledge, Existence and Truth.
    • (1997-1999) Tutorial Assistant, University of Queensland:
      Lectured:
      • Introduction to Logic (first year course).
      Tutored:
      • Philosophy of Mind (first and second year courses).
      • Philosophy of Language (first and second year courses).
      • Social Issues (second and third year courses).
      • Critical Reasoning (first year course).
      • Introduction to Philosophy (first year course).
    • (2001) Adult Educator at the Council for Adult Education Flinders Street, Melbourne.
    • (1987-1999) Private Guitar/Mathematics/English teacher.
    • (1991-92) Music teacher, Balwyn Secondary College.
  4. Research:
    • (1 Mar 2007 - 31 Aug 2007): Research Officer Level 7: 50% of full time, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne.*.
    *This involved co-authoring a number of papers with Ross Brady, as part of his ARC grant detailed above.

Experience & certification

  1. Course development:
    Portfolio provided on request, primary responsibilities outlined above.
    • Co-developed “Good Thinking” breadth unit, 2014-15.
    • Created series of online workshops for Student Learning, 2013-15.
    • Contracted to radically rewrite the Critical Thinking HPA 103 course content for University of Tasmania, 2009.
    • Contracted to radically rewrite the Critical Thinking HPA 103 course content for University of Tasmania, 2009.
    • Improved HPA291/391 Introduction to Logic, Study Guide, 2006 for 2007 version.
    • Created all course content for Honours subject Analytic Philosophy, Realism and Anti-Realism for 2007.
    • Helped structure, research and prepare a new 3rd year subject: History and Society, 2007. Created first 6 lectures.
    • Created ½ course content for Philosophy of Language.
    • Created ⅓ course content for Modern Philosophy.
    • Created ⅓ course content for Modern Philosophy.
    • Created and maintained WebCT sites for HPA 2/313, HPA 2/368 and HPA 2/388.
    • Active in improving/updating Critical Reasoning, University of Queensland. All suggested changes to assignment and examination topics were adopted.
    • Constructed eight Adult Education courses - all accepted.
    • Created all course content for Logic 1BL, La Trobe.
  2. Certification:
    • 2014: Certificate of successful completion: Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe ANU MOOC: ANU-ASTRO1x (Astrophysics). Final Grade: 93%
    • 2007: Certificate of Completion: Foundations of Teaching and Learning Program.
    • 1999: Certificate of Completion: Philosophy for Children Conference.
  3. Past membership:
    • Student Philosophy Association, University of Queensland (1997-9)
    • Alumnus Association of the University of St Andrews (from 1996)
    • Qualified Employee of Monash University Equal Opportunities Unit Disability Liaison Office (1994)
    • Debating Society, Melbourne University (1990)
    • American Philosophical Association (1999-2000).

Personal/community contribution

References

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