Board & Committees

Board members (executive) 2016-17

  • Jim Freeman, President
  • Kevin Possin, Vice President
  • Donald Hatcher, Treasurer

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

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
  • Pat Bondy, 2018-2020

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
  • 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

Donald Hatcher – Donald Hatcher is Professor of Philosophy at Baker University, where he has taught critical thinking courses for over 30 years. He is the author of numerous of articles on critical thinking and the co-author with L. Anne Spencer of the critical thinking text: Reasoning and Writing: From Critical thinking to Composition. He has served as AILACT Treasurer since 1988.
email Donal Hatcher

Dona Warren – Dona Warren is 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 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

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 – 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

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

Steven Patterson – 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

Kevin Possin – Kevin Possin is Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at Winona State University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in philosophy of mind and epistemology.  While teaching at Winona State, he focused on applied ethics and critical thinking, authoring a computer-assisted critical-thinking text, with practice and exam software with access to over 5000 exercises.  After publishing “A Field Guide to Critical-Thinking Assessment,” he has published more extensive critiques of commercially available assessment tests such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment Test, the Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment Test, and the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal Test.  His most recent targets for critique have been conductive arguments and the trending skepticism about whether teaching critical thinking can be efficacious.
email Kevin Possin

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

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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