Robert Arp, Ph.D.

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Contact Information

Thanks for visiting the site. Contact me:


  • (703) 946-4669
  • robertarp320@gmail.com


What I Do

I am a trained philosopher currently teaching face-to-face (in class), online, and hybrid philosophy, humanities, and world religions courses as an adjunct at several schools.


My specializations, concentrations, and general interests include:


Environmental Ethics

Phenomenology

Continental Philosophy

Modern Philosophy

Feminist Philosophy

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Biology

The History of Western Philosophy

Pop Culture and Philosophy


I have a lot of experience teaching, researching, presenting, writing (scholarly, technical, and popular), editing, and publishing in the areas mentioned above, and in other areas, too.


I have been using Blackboard to teach online and hybrid classes since the dinosaur days of version 1 back in 1999. I am proficient with D2L, Canvas, and Moodle as well. And I have a Quality Matters Online Teaching Certification (acquired 2012).


Professional Memberships


Fairly Recent Happenings



  • Ben McGraw is a hard-working and rigorous scholar. We have co-edited four books in the past couple of years, two of which have been published through Routledge's Philosophy of Religion series:

Philosophical Approaches to Demonology (Routledge, 2017)
The Concept of Hell (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)





Professional Experience at a Glance


1996-Present:
As an adjunct professor, assistant professor, and visiting assistant professor teaching in-class, online, and hybrid philosophy, humanities, and world religions courses at numerous schools, to include:

  • Southwest Minnesota State University (Assistant Professor, 2005-2006)
  • Florida State University (Visiting Assistant Professor, 2006-2007)
  • Saint Louis University (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
  • Fontbonne College (now University, Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
  • Harris-Stowe State College (now University, Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
  • McKendree College (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
  • Jefferson College (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2000)
  • Maryville College (now University, Adjunct Professor, 2000-2005)
  • Lewis and Clark Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2000-2005)
  • Forest Park Community College (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
  • Florissant Valley Community College (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
  • St. Charles Community College (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
  • Northern Virginia Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2007-2011)
  • Barton Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2013)
  • Maple Woods Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-2013)
  • Penn Valley Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-2013)
  • University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, KS (Adjunct Professor, 2011-2014)
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)
  • Webster University - St. Louis (Adjunct Professor, 1999-Present)
  • Webster University - Kansas City (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)
  • Johnson County Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)
  • Missouri Western State University (Adjunct Professor, 2015-Present)

2011-Present:
- Senior Analyst, Writer, Editor, and Teacher working for the US Army
- As noted above, also Adjunct Professor at various schools (same for below)

2010-2011:
- Manager of Team of Analysts contracted to work with the NIH
- Researcher, Analyst, Writer, Editor, and Teacher

2009-2010:
- Manager of Team of Analysts contracted to work with the US Air Force
- Researcher, Analyst, Writer, Editor, and Teacher

2007-2009:
- Postdoctoral Researcher, National Center for Biomedical Ontology
- Worked with Barry Smith and the Ontology Research Group

2006-2007:
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University
- Moderator, Philosophy Club; Member, Ethics Across the Curriculum

2005-2006:
- Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southwest Minnesota State University
- Developer and Director of the Center for Ethics

1996-2005:
- Adjunct Professor and Graduate Student at Saint Louis University
- President of the Philosophy Graduate Student Association (1998-2000)

1993-1996:
- Educator at Paul VI High School
- Coach of Girls Varsity Tennis, Basketball, Softball, and Boys JV Tennis
- Guitar Choir Director