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Russ Jacobs

College of Arts and Sciences
Rm 206 I
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Midland Lutheran College, Bachelor of Arts
University of Texas at Austin, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History
  • Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Washburn University, 1975-Present
  • Research Assistantship, Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, Summer 1974 (Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Medicine)
  • LS 601 GC, Intdscplinary Smr Humanities
  • PH 105 A, Intro Topics in Philosophy
  • PH 115 A, Philosophy of Love & Sex
  • PH 300 A, Gen Topics in Phil
  • PH 311 A, Issues in Ethical Theory
  • PH 386 A, Special Studies
  • PH 398 A, Senior Thesis Research
  • PH 399 A, Senior Thesis
  • PH 611 GA, Issues in Ethical Theory
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Professor Jacobs' current research interests are primarily in ethical theory (especially the relevance of evolutionary theory to moral philosophy), environmental ethics (especially the ethics of global climate change), and in the philosophy of love and sex, where he is editing an anthology of articles for classroom use.
Service Interests/Activities

He is Past President of the Washburn Faculty Senate, Past Chair of the University Council at Washburn, and Past President of the Southwestern Philosophical Society. He regularly referees papers for a variety of publications and scholarly conferences.

Career Accomplishments

Recent Honors and Awards:

  • 2015 Morrison Foundation Award for Teaching Philosophy
  • 2010 Morrison Foundation Award for Teaching Philosophy
  • 2007 Herrick Award for Outstanding Service to Washburn University

Post Doctoral Education:

  • Sweet Summer Sabbatical, University of Montana, Summer 2010
  • NEH Summer Seminar, "Ethics at the End of Life," University of Utah, Summer 2003
  • NEH/NSF Summer Institute, "The Scientific, Ethical and Social Challenges of Contemporary Genetic Technology," University of Puget Sound, Summer 1996
  • NEH Study Grant for College Teachers, "John Stuart Mill and the Reconstruction of Classical Utilitarianism," Summer 1994
  • Sweet Summer Sabbatical, "Authority and Autonomy in Health Care," University of Nebraska--Lincoln, Summer 1987
  • NEH Fellowship in Residence for College Teachers, University of Michigan, 1978-1979
2010 Morrison Foundation Award for Teaching Philosophy