Mark Nathan Jensen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

United States Air Force Academy

Contact Information

Business Address:

HQ USAFA / DFPY
2354 Fairchild Drive, Suite 1A51
US Air Force Academy, CO 80840
Office phone: (719) 333-8666
Email: mark.jensen@usafa.edu

Areas of Specialization

Social and Political Philosophy
Ethics

Areas of Competence

Applied & Professional Ethics
History of Philosophy

Employment

July 2012-Present Associate Professor, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO
August 2010-June 2012 Assistant Professor, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO
August 2009-May 2010 Visiting Assistant Professor, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
August 2007-May 2009 Visiting Assistant Professor, Hope College, Holland, MI
August 2006-May 2007 Visiting Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Education

Ph.D. May, 2006 University of Notre Dame, Philosophy
M.A.May, 2002 University of Notre Dame, Philosophy
M.A. May, 2000 Biola University, Philosophy
B.A. May, 1995 Miami University, Political Science


Publications

Monograph: Civil Society in Liberal Democracy (Routledge, 2011)

Articles: Review Essay: Is Our Group An Agent? Do We Want It To Be? Journal of Moral Philosophy (forthcoming)
“The Limits of Practical Possibility,” Journal of Political Philosophy, vol. 17, no. 2 (June 2009), pp. 168-184.
“Concepts and Conceptions of Civil Society,” Journal of Civil Society, vol. 1, no. 2 (May 2006), pp. 39-56.
“The Integralist Objection to Political Liberalism,” Social Theory and Practice: Special Issue on Religion and Politics, vol. 31, no. 2 (April 2005), pp. 157-171.

Reports: “The Merits of a Completely Paperless Philosophy Classroom,” Final Report for the USAFA Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program,
submitted internally (August, 2012)

Reviews: Review of On Compromises and Rotten Compromisesby Avishai Margalit, Journal of Moral Philosophy (March 2012).
Review of Faith in Politics: Religion and Liberal Democracy by Bryan McGraw, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (January 10, 2011).

Selected Presentations

“On the Impossibility of Leaderless Groups,” Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, California State University, Sacramento, May 2013. (Invited Presentation)
“Hard Choices in the Military,” Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, California State University, Sacramento, May 2013.  (Invited Presentation)
“Teaching with the Kindle App for PC,” CEE/SoTL Forum, United States Air Force Academy, January 2013, repeated March 2013.
“The Merits of a Completely Paperless Classroom,” 2012 Biennial Meeting of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Austin, TX, July 2012.
“Rawls on Women in Combat,” 2012 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Military Ethics, San Diego, CA, January 2012.
“On the Possibility of a Leaderless Revolution, Or Can Group Agents Execute?” Colloquium Paper, Association for Political Theory, Notre Dame, IN, October 2011.
“The Deck and How to Stack It: A Theory of Liberal Democracy and Civil Society” Invited Public Lecture, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Sacramento, CA, April 2010. (Visiting Scholars Program).
“The Doctrinal Paradox in the Jury Context”, Invited Teaching Presentation, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Sacramento, CA, April 2010. (Visiting Scholars Program).
“Rational Unity and the Discursive Dilemma,” Colloquium Paper, American Philosophical Association: Central Division, Chicago, IL, February 2009.
“Can Group Agents Be Autonomous?” Colloquium Paper, American Philosophical Association: Central Division, Chicago, IL, April 2008.
“The Discursive Dilemma and Public Policy,” Northeastern Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2007.
“Found in Translation? Habermas on Religion Arguments in the Public Sphere” 25th International Social Philosophy Conference, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, July 2007.
“How Should Sociological Facts Constrain Social and Political Theory?” 23rd International Social Philosophy Conference, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, July 2005.
“Civil Society in Liberal Democracy,” 22nd International Social Philosophy Conference, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, July 2004.
“Civil Society in Liberal Political Theory,” National Post-Graduate Analytic Philosophy Conference, Cambridge, England, July 2004.

Awards & Fellowships

Outstanding Academy Educator Award, United States Air Force Academy, May 2013.
Graduate Research Assistantship, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, May 2005-August 2006.
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters, August 2004-May 2005.
The fellowship included two small writing-intensive courses: Sports Ethics (Fall 2004) and First Year Composition (Spring 2005).

Institutional Service

AAOCA, June 2012 to present.
Faculty Personnel Council Administrator, September 2011 to present.
Squadron Professional Ethics Advisor, Squadron 22, August 2011 to present.
SoTL Consultant, August 2012 to present.
Writing Tutor, U.S. Air Force Academy Writing Center, January 2011 to May 2012.

Professional Service

Referee for Ethics, The Review of Politics, Social Philosophy Today, Social Theory and Practice and Oxford University Press.
Member, American Philosophical Association Committee on International Cooperation, July 2012-July 2015.



Professional Memberships

American Philosophical Association
Society of Christian Philosophers
International Society of Military Ethics