Board & Committees

Board members (executive) 2018

  • Lilian Bermejo-Luque, President
  • Steven Patterson, Vice President
  • Donald Hatcher, Treasurer

    Directors at large
  • John Casey
  • Maurice Finocchiaro
  • Gabrijela Kišiček
  • Dima Mohammed
  • Michael Scriven
  • Dona Warren
  • Mark Weinstein

Organizers of sessions at APA divisional meetings

  • Jeff Buechner (Eastern)
  • Frank Fair (Central)
  • Peter Tan (Pacific)

Newsletter Editor

  • Pat Bondy
  • Geoff Goddu (2015-2017)

Member Area Website Administrator

  • Derek Allen

Essay Publicist

  • Gilbert Plumer
  • Ben Hamby (2016-2018)

Essay Prize Administrator

  • Derek Allen

Appointments Committee

  • Dan Boone
  • Maurice Finocchiaro (chair)
  • Dima Mohammed

Critical Thinking Assessment Committee

  • Bob Ennis
  • Michael Scriven
  • Kevin Possin

Nominating Committee

Under AILACT’s constitution, this is a standing committee (Article VII.1). It solicits and makes nominations for election to the Board of Directors. Our recent practice has been to appoint members to the Committee in and for the year of a Board election.

Recruitment Committee

  • Dale Turner
  • Harvey Siegel

Textbook Review Committee

  • Dona Warren
  • Jan Sobocan
  • Ian Dove

Supertext Advisory Committee

  • Pat Bondy
  • Frank Fair
  • Lilian Bermejo Luque
  • Steve Patterson
  • Dona Warren

Proposal Writing Committee

  • Frank Fair
  • Trudy Govier
  • Don Hatcher


Director Profiles


Lilian Bermejo-Luque is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy I at the University of Granada. She is the Director of the Scientific Unit of Excellence on controversies and public debates FiloLab. Her areas of specialization are Argumentation Theory and Theories of Rationality. She is the author of Giving Reasons. A linguistic pragmatic approach to Argumentation Theory (Springer, Argumentation Series, 2011). She has been a member of AILACT since 2005. She founded Revista Iberoamericana de Argumentación, a scholarly journal on Argumentation Studies for the Ibero-american academic community, and she co-founded and is a member of the steering committee of the European Conference on Argumentation series. Bermejo-Luque serves as referee for the main journals and scientific committees within the field, including the jury for the AILACT Essay Prize during the last three years.
email Lilian Bermejo-Luque


Steven Patterson received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2003 and has been teaching critical thinking ever since. Until the college decided to close all of its undergraduate programs, Patterson was Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair of the Division of Letters at Marygrove College where he taught courses in critical thinking, ethics, social and political philosophy, and East Asian philosophy. During his time there he won the President’s Award for Excellence in Research and conducted multiple workshops on critical thinking pedagogy and assessment. He was thrice awarded Visiting Research Fellowships with the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR) at the University of Windsor in Canada. He is a frequent review editor for many journals and conferences. He serves on the editorial advisory board for Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric, the Windsor Studies in Argumentation monograph series, and has served as book review editor for the journal Cogency. His current research projects are in the normative dimension of argumentation and interpersonal reasoning and in multi-modal argumentation.
email Steven Patterson


Donald Hatcher is Professor of Philosophy at Baker University. From 1990 to 2008, he directed BU’s Critical Thinking and Liberal Arts Program, a three-semester requirement of all BU students. Hatcher’s books include Science, Ethics, and Technological Assessment, 5th. ed. (2011) and Reasoning and Writing: From Critical Thinking to Composition, 3rd. ed. (2006). He has published numerous papers on critical thinking and has served as AILACT Treasurer since 1988.
email Donal Hatcher

Board members

John Casey earned a PhD in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago (2002), with a dissertation on medieval theories of intentional relations. He has taught in various places, including Cedar Rapids and Rome, Italy. He is now associate professor of philosophy at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago, where teaches courses on logic, critical thinking, and history of philosophy. He maintains a research interest in medieval philosophy, though he now works mainly in argumentation studies. He has two major projects in the works. The first is a logical and critical reasoning text that takes into account recent advances in argumentation theory. The second is a volume, with Scott Aikin, on the Straw Man Fallacy (Bloomsbury). He and Scott also maintain a blog,, which serves as a kind of sandbox for work on argumentation and fallacy theory.
email John Casey

Maurice Finocchiaro is a graduate of MIT (B.S.) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D.); now Distinguished Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), University of Nevada-Las Vegas; author of Galileo and the Art of Reasoning (1980), Arguments about Arguments (2005), Defending Copernicus and Galileo: Critical Reasoning in the Two Affairs (2010), and Meta-argumentation (2013), among other books; former AILACT Vice-president (1986-88, 2003-05) and President (2005-07); and recipient of the 2008 ISSA Distinguished Scholarship Award.
email Maurice Finocchiaro

Gabrijela Kišiček works at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb, Croatia where she teaches various courses on Rhetoric and Argumentation (History of Rhetoric, Rhetoric for Teachers, Argumentation, Nonverbal Communication, Communication Skills (for graduate students) and Doctoral Workshop on Public Speaking for (postgraduate students)). Her main interests in research are multimodal argumentation and rhetoric (especially rhetoric in political discourse). As an expert in rhetoric she is often invited to give guest lectures on different faculties and to organize workshops preparing different professionals for public speaking (teachers, politicians, lawyers, business people, interpreters, priests). She organized the 1st International conference on Rhetoric in Croatia and actively participated in others which followed from 2012 until the present. Gabrijela Kisicek participated in more than 10 international conferences on rhetoric and argumentation (Rhetoric in Society, ISSA, OSSA etc.) and as an invited lecturer participated in the International Summer Institute on Multimodal Argumentation which took place in Windsor, Canada in 2013. She is an author of the book Rhetoric and Society published in Croatia and co-editor of the book What do we know about the world? Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives, which was published as a first book in the series of Windsor Studies in Argumentation in Canada. In addition to her career as a Faculty member at the University of Zagreb, Gabrijela Kisicek works as an public speaking expert on national television and as a communication expert and commentator on political rhetoric in Croatia. Relevant publications: Complete list of references available here [url].
email Gabrijela Kišiček

Dima Mohammed is a postdoctoral researcher at the Reasoning and Argumentation Lab, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Dima holds a PhD degree in Argumentation Theory (University of Amsterdam, 2009). Her research focuses on the complexities of public political arguments and the challenges these pose. She is interested in questions related to the strategic shape and the rationality of argumentative exchanges, as well as in the links between argumentative and political dimensions of the argumentative practice. She has taught argumentation and persuasion courses in different universities in the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and Canada. She served as member of programme and organizing committees of various argumentation conferences including the 1st European Conference on Argumentation (ECA Lisbon 2015) and OSSA 2016. She is an acting member of several academic associations and initiatives, including the AILACT Appointment Committee and the Steering Committee of the European Conference on Argumentation.
email Dima Mohammed

Michael Scriven has three MJS honors degrees from the University of Melbourne (BA in math, MA in math/philosophy, DEd (lifetime contributions to educational research), and a DPhil in philosophy from Oxford, and has spent 55 years (so far) teaching or doing research, formerly at Berkeley (philosophy) and currently at Claremont (psychology). He has published about 450 items in 11 fields, and is hoping to be a polymath when he grows up.
email Michael Scriven

Dona Warren, Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has been teaching critical thinking since 1995 and delivering professional development workshops on teaching critical thinking since 2007. She received the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s excellence in teaching award in 1998 and 2015, and the state-wide University of Wisconsin Regents’ teaching excellence award in 2010. She is currently serving as Critical Thinking Program Director, working to integrate critical thinking instruction across the curriculum and exploring ways to both serve and learn from businesses, community organizations, and two-year colleges. Her area of special interest is argument mapping and the graphical representation of reasoning generally.
email Dona Warren

Mark Weinstein holds the PhD from the City University of New York with a specialization in Philosophy of Science. He is a Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University where he served as Associate Director in the Institute of Critical Thinking. He has published widely in critical thinking, informal logic and argumentation theory including a number of edited volumes relating critical thinking to the humanities, social and natural sciences and teacher education. His current work focuses on argumentation in chemistry. Recent publications include Logic, Truth and Inquiry published in a series: Studies in Logic and Argumentation by College Publications, London University (2013), “The periodic table and the model of emerging truth,” in Foundations of Chemistry (2016) and “The philosophical importance of the periodic table,” forthcoming in a volume on the periodic table published by Oxford University Press.
email Mark Weinstein

Previous board members

  • Derek Allen
  • Mark Battersby
  • Sharon Bailin
  • Tony Blair
  • Dan Cohen
  • Robert H. Ennis
  • Jim Freeman, immediate past president
  • Trudy Govier
  • Leo Groarke
  • Hans Hansen
  • John Hoaglund
  • David Hitchcock
  • Ralph H. Johnson
  • Connie Missimer
  • Gerald M. Nosich
  • Susana Nuccetelli
  • Laura Elizabeth Pinto
  • Kevin Possin
  • Harvey Siegel
  • Tom Solon
  • Dale Turner
  • Frank Zenker

Past presidents

  • 2013-2018 Jim Freeman, City University of New York
  • 2007-2013 Derek Allen, University of Toronto
  • 2005-2007 Maurice A. Finocchiaro, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • 2001-2005 Robert H. Ennis, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 1995-2001 co-presidents: Sharon Bailin, Simon Fraser University; Connie Missimer, Independent Scholar
  • 1991-1995 Jonathan E. Adler, Brooklyn College & Graduate School, CUNY
  • 1989-1991 Lenore Langsdorf, Southern Illinois University
  • 1987-1989 Mark Weinstein, Montclair State University
  • 1985-1987 John Hoaglund, Christopher Newport University
  • 1983-1985 David Hitchcock, McMaster University
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