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Instructional Assistants

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Application and Information about Instructional Assistantships in Philosophy at Texas State University

Each semester Graduate Students who serve as Instructional Assistants work with over 1000 undergraduate students in PHIL 1305 and PHIL 1320.  As an IA, you will assist a member of the Philosophy Department Faculty in designing and delivering one of the required core courses in Philosophy.  Thoughout you will help students engage the core texts, concepts, and problems of Philosophy.  IAs work with face-to-face lecture classes, and also with hybrid and on-line sections.  Serving as an IA is an excellent opportunity to develop as a teacher, and as a scholar. 

We hold interviews each Fall and Spring semester. 

Spring Application Deadline: April 1st
Fall Application Deadline: November 1st


Click Here for an IA Application



2012-2013 IAs

Offices: Derrick Hall 212, 213, 214, 215, and 216

Office Hours:  Be sure to check your course syllabus or contact your IA.


Fall 2012 IA List by Assignment with office number and email (@txstate.edu):

Dr. Gordon
Seth Barton              (DERR 214)     sb1566
Brandon Gillespie    (DERR 215)     bg1223
Brandon Hobbs        (DERR 214)    b_h62
Kyla Hobbs-Darilek  (DERR 215)   krh86
Dr. Hanks
Cody Chumbley  (DERR 212)    cc1866
Crystal Luther     (DERR 212)     cl1176
Hunter Chambers  (DERR 213)    tc1295
Julian Gonzalez      (DERR 213)   jrg159
Dr. Lewis
Monica Cosgrove   (DERR 216)    mc1327
Tim Brown         (DERR 216)     thb15
Katherine Rompel    (DERR 216)    kr1104

Meet the Instructional Assistants

Seth Barton

Seth Barton:
"Reality is a tricky thing. I'm here because I hope to one day come to an understanding with it."

Hunter Chambers

Interests: Analytic Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Logic, Modality
Bio: I finished my bachelor's degree in fall of 2011 which was a double major in Philosophy and History. I'll finish my Master's in Philosophy in spring of 2013. I'm writing my thesis on Saul Kripke's argument for property dualism.

Kyla Hobbs-Darilek

Kyla Hobbs-Darilek


I've had the good fortune to study within several disciplines but my work in
philosophy has always been the most gratifying.  I've focused on ethics,
metaphysics, and social and political philosophy but find every branch of
the discipline interesting. I'd like, more than anything, to teach
philosophy at the college level.





Katherine Rompel


Katherine Rompel


"I have a deep love for philosophy and the pursuit of enlightenment in all forms, with main concentrations in Social Ethics, Theology, Asian Philosophy and Women’s Studies.  In 2011, I graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Philosophy and a Minor in Religious Studies, and was so impressed with this department’s approach to ethics and open dialogue that I decided to complete my graduate work here as well.  While currently working on a thesis regarding the ethics behind reproductive rights, social welfare and adoption reform, and completing my degree, I hope to eventually work both in the classroom and out in the field, sharing the love of wisdom with all of my future students, and aiding in social welfare advocacy programs local, national and abroad."



Kathryn Slaughter


Kathryn Slaughter in Paris


 Kathryn completed her MAAPE in December 2013, and now teaches Ethics and Environmental Ethics at Colorado Mountain College!

About me:

I tend to wander where I wish to but always wonder where I am.

 Areas of Interests:

Ethics and Society, Moral Philosophy, Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, Medical and Bioethics, Philosophy of Technology, Animal Ethics, Philosophy of Food, Aesthetics, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Literature, Transcendental Literature, and Science Fiction and Philosophy