Dr. Thomas J. McPartland 

photo of Thomas McPartlandProfessor (1988)

B.A., University of Santa Clara; M.A, University of Washington; Ph.D., University of Washington: Intellectual History

Office: 133 Carver Hall, Kentucky State University, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: (502) 597-6677

Fax: (502) 597-7018

E-mail: tom.mcpartland@kysu.edu


Background and Interests

Dr. Thomas McPartland received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in history at the University of Washington in 1976, combining fields in history, philosophy, classics, and bio-medical history. Prior to coming to Kentucky State University he taught in both philosophy and history departments. Currently, Dr. McPartland is director of the Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies, which houses the honors programs at Kentucky State University, the Integrative Studies Program, the Endowed Chair of the Humanities, and the International Studies minor. Dr. McPartland has taught special topic seminars on the philosophy of law, the history of revolutions, African history and culture, and Lonergan’s Insight. He has delivered numerous papers and published articles on the twentieth century thinker Bernard Lonergan, whose philosophy emphasizes the process of questioning, an approach at the heart of the seminar-based learning of the honors programs in Whitney Young School. He has two book, Lonergan and the Philosophy of Historical Existence and Lonergan and Historiography: The Epistemological Philosophy of History, published by University of Missouri Press. He has made presentations at the American Political Science Association annual conference and at international conferences at Rome, Mainz, Germany, Toronto, and Hong Kong. Dr. McPartland initiated participation of the Whitney Young School honors programs in the National Collegiate Honors Council, Southern Regional Honors Conference, Kentucky Honors Roundtable, and the Association of Core Texts and Courses. He taught for four years in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. Dr. McPartland was Kentucky State University Distinguished Professor of 2002-2003 and faculty senate president in 2003-2004, and he has been twice recognized in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers.

See Dr. McPartland’s resume here: McPartland Resume 2013