Board & Committees

Board members (executive) 2016-17

  • Jim Freeman, President
  • Geoff Goddu, Vice President
  • Donald Hatcher , Treasurer

    Directors at large
  • Lilian Bermejo Luque
  • Maurice Finocchiaro
  • Steven Patterson
  • Laura Pinto
  • Michael Scriven
  • Dona Warren
  • Frank Zenker

Organizers of sessions at APA divisional meetings

  • Ben Hamby (Eastern; appointed in 2016 for 2017-2020)
  • Frank Fair (Central, appointed in 2016 for 2017-2019)
  • Peter Tan (Pacific; reappointed in 2016 for 2017-2019)

Newsletter Editor

  • Geoff Goddu, 2015-2017

Member Area Website Administrator

  • Derek Allen, since 2013

Essay Publicist

  • Ben Hamby, 2016-2018

Essay Prize Administrator

  • Derek Allen, since 2009

Appointments Committee

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

Critical Thinking Assessment Committee

  • Bob Ennis
  • Michael Scriven

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
  • David Hitchcock

Textbook Review Committee

  • Jerry Cederblum
  • Jan Sobocan

Supertext Advisory Committee

  • Pat Bondy
  • Frank Fair
  • Steve Patterson
  • Dona Warren

Proposal Writing Committee

  • Trudy Govier
  • Horia I. Petriche


Director Profiles

Lilian Bermejo-Luque – Lilian Bermejo-Luque is research fellow at the Department of Philosophy I of the University of Granada, Spain. She received her Ph.D. degree in 2006 from the University of Murcia, with a dissertation co-advised by G. Fernández Díez-Picazo and F. van Eemeren on the philosophical basis of Argumentation Theory. Her areas of specialization are Argumentation Theory and Theories of Rationality, where she is mainly interested in the development of an argumentative perspective to traditional philosophical questions. She is the author of Giving Reasons. A linguistic pragmatic approach to Argumentation Theory (Springer, Argumentation Series, 2011), and has published numerous journal articles and served as a referee for several specialized journals, such as Informal LogicArgumentationArgumentation in ContextCogencyCritica, etc. In 2009, she was co-founder and secretary of Revista Iberoamericana de Argumentación, a scholarly journal on Argumentation Studies for the Ibero-american academic community. Bermejo-Luque is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking, since 2005.
email Lilian Bermejo-Luque

Maurice Finocchiaro is a graduate of MIT (B.S., 1964) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D., 1969); now Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; author of Galileo and the Art of Reasoning (Dordrecht, 1980), Arguments about Arguments (Cambridge, 2005), and Defending Copernicus and Galileo: Critical Reasoning in the Two Affairs (Dordrecht, 2010), and Meta-argumentation: An Approach to Logic and Argumentation Theory (London: College Publications, 2013), among other books; former Vice-president (1986-88, 2003-05) and President (2005-07) of AILACT; member of the editorial boards of the journal Informal Logic and the journal Argumentation; and recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Society for the Study of Argumentation.

email Maurice Finocchiaro

James B. Freeman – James B. Freeman is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College of The City University of New York. He has been a regular contributor at informal logic/critical thinking/argumentation conferences for many years and is a reviewer for both Informal Logic and Argumentation. His principal publications are Thinking Logically: Basic Concepts for Reasoning (Prentice Hall, 1988, 1993), Dialectics and the Macrostructure of Arguments: A Theory of Argument Structure (Foris Publications, 1991), Acceptable Premises: An Epistemic Approach to an Informal Logic Problem (Cambridge, 2005), and “Systematizing Toulmin’s Warrants:An Epistemic Approach” (Argumentation19 (2005), 331-346). He has published a number of papers in Informal Logic, Argumentation, and various edited volumes. He has been the Editor of the AILACT Newsletter for three years and has completed one term as AILACT Director at Large.
email James B. Freeman

Susan Nuccetelli – Susana Nuccetelli is co-author of How to Think Logically (Penguin Academics, Longman 2007), editor of New Essays on Semantic Externalism and Self-Knowledge (MIT Press 2003), and co-editor of Themes from G. E. Moore (Oxford 2007), Philosophy of Language: The Central Topics (Rowman & Littlefield 2008), and The Blackwell Companion to Latin American Philosophy (forthcoming Dec. 2009). Her articles on ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of language, have appeared in Analysis, Metaphilosophy, Inquiry, and other journals. She is Professor of Philosophy at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota.
email Susan Nuccetelli

Laura Elizabeth Pinto – Dr. Laura Elizabeth Pinto is currently Assistant Professor at Niagara University’s College of Education and Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty, OISE, University of Toronto. She received the prestigious Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal in 2009, as well as the Robert Hillmer Award, Odyssey Award, and other honors. Her publications include 11 English-language monographs, 2 translated monographs, 16 articles in scholarly journals that include empirical and theoretical study of critical thinking, democracy, and the politics of education policy.
email Laura Pinto

Michael Scriven – Michael Scriven is author of an early informal logic and critical thinking textbook, Reasoning, co-author with Alec Fisher of Critical Thinking: Its Definition and Assessment, and co-editor with Herbert Feigl and Grover Maxwell of Volumes I and II of Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science; and author of many journal articles and conference presentations. Currently, Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Evaluation, and Associate Director of the Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; Former Member and Current Chair, AILACT Essay Prize Jury. He is a current member of the AILACT Board of Directors.
email Michael Scriven

Dale Turner – Dale Turner is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and a member of the Department of Philosophy in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton in 1987 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Riverside in 2000. His primary areas of research include argumentation and fallacy theory, the nature of deep disagreement, the role of argument in public reason, and philosophical issues in education. Turner’s work in these areas includes numerous conference presentations, journal articles, and co-editing special issues of the journals Argumentation and Informal Logic. Turner is a member of several professional organizations including the American Philosophical Association, the Philosophy of Education Society, the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking, and the Ontario Society for the Study of Argument. He has long-standing teaching interests in critical thinking, epistemology, philosophy of education, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and the philosophy of childhood. He is a current member of the AILACT Board of Directors.
email Dale Turner

Frank Zenker – Frank Zenker is a researcher at the Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden, funded by the Swedish Research Council. His research interests are Social Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science. He holds an MA in Discourse and Argumentation Studies from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
email Frank Zenker

Previous board members

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

Past presidents

  • 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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