Instructor, Philosophy Program
Phone: 814-871-5646
Office: PC 3206H
barnhize001@gannon.edu

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies

Biography

Hi!  My name is Mrs. Barnhizer, and I am originally from Northern Michigan, lived in Boardman, OH  for several years, and have lived in Erie, PA since 1994. 

I love the great outdoors, and will swim in Lake Erie through October as long as the water temperature is not below 58 degrees!  I also grew up sailing, and my Dad helped build a tall ship in Traverse City, MI, the schooner, MADELINE. 

I have a great love for teaching, and strive to make all of my PHILOSOPHY courses relelvant to our society today.  Indeed, anyone who takes the time to ask important questions, and who truly tries to answer them, is a philosopher.  Thoughtful reflection helps us do our very best in life. 

What really matters to you?  Where do you want to go in life, and how are you going to get there?  Is there an external world of physical objects outside of our thoughts and ideas?  Do we have free will?  Who is the moral person?  What is the right thing to do?  What is God like?  What does it mean to be conscious? Will we ever create a conscious morally responsible robot?

Some of these questions have been asked for centuries.  Others are new challenges to the philosophers.  How might YOU respond to them?  We explore these and other fascinating questions in my PHILOSOPHY courses!

 

Courses Taught

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

*  ETHICS

*  CRITCAL THINKING

*  LOGIC

*  EXISTENTIALISM

*  AESTHETICS

*  PHILOSOPHY OF GOD

*  WOMAN:  A PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUE

*  CONTEMPORARY RELIGIOUS FIGURES

Educational History

GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, B.A., PHILOSOPHY

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY, M.A., PHILOSOPHY

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY, SECONDARY CERTIFICATIO IN  ENGLISH, LANGUAGE, ARTS

GANNON UNIVERSITY, GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN GERONTOLOGY

 

Professional Experience

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY, 2006 - PRESENT, PHILOSOPHY LECTURER

GANNON UNIVERSTIY, 2006 - PRESENT,  PHILOSOPHY LECTURER

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY, 1984 - 2007, PHILOSOPHY LECTURER

NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE, 1979 - 2003, PHILOSOPHY LECTURER

Professional Societies

CO-DIRECTOR OF THE EVELYN LINCOLN INSTITUTE FOR ETHICS AND SOCIETY, MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY, 2012 - PRESENT