Professor of Philosophy
Associate Dean for Academic Inclusive Excellence
(on teaching sabbatical, 2022-2023)

Courses Taught
Educational Background

B.A., Taylor University
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia

Get to Know Prof. Shady

At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be a philosopher? How did you know?

My sophomore year of college… as a freshman I was enrolled in Intro to Philosophy as a Gen Ed course. I LOVED IT and decided I wanted to major in wondering about things! My sophomore year, a Philosophy professor suggested I go to grad school to be a professor. I had been planning for a career in missions (long story), and I wasn’t sure about this. But the summer between my sophomore and junior year abroad, while doing a missions internship with youth in Ireland, I discerned a calling from God to minister to college students in the US. And here I am…

Tell us about a member of your “cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1) — who’s an earlier Christian whose story inspires, convicts, or challenges you?

Sor Juana de la Cruz (d. 1695)… her life story is amazing. She went from being a peasant to having the largest library in the Americas during her lifetime. She was brilliant, well-read, a playwright and poet, and she did not bow down in the face of challenges to women’s ability to teach and serve in the church. She was also a humble teacher, and quite funny.

What are your three favorite movies?

Big Fish, Black Panther, Cars

If we asked the people who know you best to describe you, which three adjectives would they be most likely to use?

Compassionate. Strong. Insightful.

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