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Robert Arp, PhD

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Experience

2011 - Present: Senior Research Instructor & Analyst - US Army at Ft. Leavenworth

Accomplishments and significant activities during this time:


~ Teaching, lecturing, facilitating seminars, as well as preparing course syllabi, course curricula, training materials, slide decks, reports, briefings, white papers, SharePoint sites, and reference lists


Production of numerous studies where strategic, operational, tactical levels of war, military leadership, military history, counterinsurgency operations, and force management are/were each explained thoroughly


~ Providing real-time intelligence reach-back support, as well as developing operational environment (OE) projections and threats validated by the Intelligence Community, thereby facilitating situational understanding and supporting decision making in theater, as well as in experimentation, training events, wargaming events, and studies


~ Planning and coordinating the development of curricula for coursework and training materials associated with the modeling and software architecture components of the Capabilities Development process for TRADOC Capabilities Manager – Mission Command / Command Posts (TCM-MC/CP); special concern to assist assist commanders and staffs at all levels with cybersecurity so as to synchronize the intelligence warfighting function with other WFFs


~ Developing case studies where cyberethics, cybersafety, and cybersecurity are concerns for the warfighter


~ Working with projects related to cyberethics, cybersafety, and cybersecurity in simulated and real-time environments


~ Translating management educational goals and objectives into controlled & well-coordinated programs of instruction/modules


~ Production of several country studies that are/have been used as the primary references in significant Army wargaming events at Ft. Leavenworth and elsewhere


~ Production of a massive Command Post Staff Function matrix, which traces the doctrinal source of each Command Post Staff Function, that is utilized regularly as a reference by the O-6 in TCM-MC/CP and others


~ Assisted with the first version of the TCM-MC/CP and Mission Command Battle Lab’s Lexicon—a several-volume tome—defining terms, as well as organizing entities and relationships


~ Utilization of the Socio-Cultural Analysis Framework to research gender roles and conceptions of gender in African, Asian, and Middle Eastern nations so as to make comparisons with the Western perspective


~ My book co-authored with Barry Smith and Andrew Spear, Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology, was published in 2015 through MIT Press, and served as the basis for the Operational Environment Ontology, and the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms


~ Assisted for a time in developing the platform that the Army University utilizes for online education; I have been teaching online courses with Blackboard, Moodle, D2L, and Canvas since Blackboard, v1 in 1999


~ The University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies uses my Critical Thinking text at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth for their Critical Thinking for Red Team Practicioners course; I have interacted with this group many times


~ Presented research on competency-based education; I have published in this area as well


~ Part of a group that developed a concept for an Army Digital Humanities Initiative; I have presented materials at a conference in this area as well

~ Presented papers and briefings related to the above work at several meetings, conferences, and colloquia at Ft. Leavenworth and elsewhere

~ Continued publishing in Philosophy and Humanities; articles in refereed journals, books, book chapters, reviews

~ Continued presenting papers in Philosophy and Humanities at professional conferences all over the world

~ Continued teaching evening, weekend, online, and hybrid Philosophy and Humanities courses; schools taught at include(d):
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)
  • Johnson County Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)
  • Missouri Western State University (Adjunct Professor, 2015-Present)
  • Maple Woods Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)
  • Penn Valley Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-2013)
  • University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, KS (Adjunct Professor, 2011-2014)
  • Barton Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2013; this was an emergency situation on the site at Ft. Leavenworth)
  • Webster University (Adjunct Professor, 1999-Present; I started teaching here as a grad student and continued teaching online)
  • Webster University - Kansas City (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)

2009 - 2011: Instructor & Analyst - US Air Force & Federal Aviation Administration

Accomplishments and significant activities during this time:


~ Managed a small team of analysts and researchers on a project dealing with the US Air Force’s retooling of the online version of the ASVAB, both the test and the platform on which the test resided


~ Analyzed existing online ASVAB test course module preparation materials, as well as existing online versions of the ASVAB test itself, making significant recommendations for improvements that were implemented


~ Chose online instructional settings for courses to prepare test takers for the ASVAB online


~ Examined testing trends, performing statistical analysis and reporting on data


~ Taught and mentored military servicewomen/men how to administer the retooled online version of the ASVAB


~ Analyzed organizational structure and staffing needs, and recommended certain positions to be filled


~ Wrote, rewrote, and corrected products covering a wide variety of military-specific subjects by using state-of-the-art electronic editing and publishing software such as FrameMaker, Pagemaker, and InDesign, in addition to standard Adobe and Microsoft products, to include SharePoint


~ Data analysis and modeling for the US Joint Planning and Development Office, which is now called the Interagency Planning Officeworking on the problem of interoperability for the Next Generation Air Transportation System


~ Worked with numerous computational languages and computational tools


~ Taught minicourses to my team of analysts and researchers about how to think about interoperability, building ontologies, and how to use Protégé, an ontology-building tool


~ Presented papers and briefings related to the above work at several meetings, conferences, and colloquia


~ Continued publishing and presenting in Philosophy and Humanities


~ Continued teaching online Philosophy and Humanities courses at Webster University

2007 - 2009: Postdoctoral Researcher - National Center for Biomedical Ontology

Accomplishments and significant activities during this time:


~ Analyzed and updated course content for courses that are taught to researchers and others at universities, hospitals, and medical facilities all over the world


~ Oversaw the development and administration of tests and measurements to evaluate instructional programs


~ Assisted with the development of newer courses and a revamped curriculum


~ Evaluated the performance of various instructors, and made recommendations for improvement that were incorporated by the instructors


~ Worked with numerous computational languages and computational tools


~ Wrote, rewrote, and corrected products covering a wide variety of subjects in Information Science, Philosophy, and Humanities

~ Taught minicourses to analysts, researchers, businesspersons, medical professionals, statisticians, and others concerning how to think about interoperability and building ontologies with the use of best practices

~ Presented papers and briefings related to the above work at several meetings, conferences, and colloquia at the University at Buffalo and elsewhere

~ Continued publishing and presenting in Philosophy and Humanities

~ Continued teaching online Philosophy and Humanities courses at Webster University

2006 - 2007: Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy - Florida State University

Accomplishments and significant activities during this time:


~ Worked with Michael Ruse, one of the Fathers of Philosophy of Biology, in his History and Philosophy of Science Program; a wonderful opportunity and experience


~ Taught and mentored graduate students and undergraduate students supervising research projects


~ Assisted several grad students in publishing and presenting papers


~ Was asked to be the Guest Moderator for the Philosophy Club


~ Committee Member of Florida State University Ethics Across the Curriculum (EAC) Initiative; EAC is a trend in higher education calling for infusion of the study of ethics into all aspects of the academic program in ways that promote ethical inquiry


~ As part of EAC Initiative:

  • Added to Department of Philosophy's repository of Ethics case studies
  • Performed learning outcomes assessments and program improvements
  • Developed curricula
  • Organized colloquia

~ Researched, wrote, and published papers and books, a few with grad students from FSU

~ Edited several papers and books

~ Presented at conferences and colloquia around the country

~ Continued teaching online Philosophy and Humanities courses at Webster University

2005 - 2006: Assistant Professor of Philosophy - Southwest Minnesota State University

Accomplishments and significant activities during this time:


~ Mentored undergraduate students


~ Assisted several students in presenting papers


~ Taught undergraduate philosophy courses on the books and two courses I developed from scratch


~ Researched, wrote, published papers and books


~ Presented at conferences and colloquia


~ Served on the SMSU IRB, regularly reviewing proposals for questionnaires that psychology and anthropology professors wanted to administer to students


~ Assisted in the development of a Center for Ethics (CfE) – this work included:

  • Maintained the website for CfE
  • Uploaded numerous links to (inter)national grant databases, funding sources on site
  • Uploaded numerous links to (inter)national codes of ethics on site
  • Uploaded numerous links to other Centers/Institutes on site
  • Maintained the repository of ethics-related materials composed of videos, case studies, exercises, and resources for CfE
  • Maintained the finances
  • Raised over $10,000.00
  • Established Movies, Morals, and Munchies - Department sponsored event to watch an ethics-related movie monthly
  • Established Food for Ought… where once a week, students/faculty discussed ethics-related topic over lunch
  • Established Ethics Colloquium 5x a year, SMSU faculty member presented an ethics-related paper or project
  • Started an Ethics Bowl team – see http://appe-ethics.org/ethics-bowl/
  • A more detailed outline can be found here

1996 - 2005: Doctoral Student in Philosophy - Saint Louis University

Accomplishments and significant activities during this time:


~ Dissertation contracted in 2004; published through MIT Press in 2008


~ Saint Louis University / Fontbonne College Faculty Fellowship (2001-2002)

  • Attended Faculty and Finance Meetings
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Search Committee
  • Assisted with Philosophy Club


~ Saint Louis University Dissertation Fellowship (2003-2004)


~ University 101 Professor (2001-2003)


~ Certificate in University Teaching Skills (CUTS) Program (2002)


Ethics Across the Curriculum Committee (1997-2000), one of the founders


~ Who's Who Among America's College & University Professors (2000)


~ President of Philosophy Graduate Student Association (1998-1999)

  • Instituted Welcoming Committee, still in place to this day
  • Assisted with Quodlibetal (Latin for "whatever pleases") Lunches
  • Assisted with Graduate Philosophy Conferences for numerous years


~ Liturgical Percussionist (1996-2005), played for Pope John Paul II, 01/26/99


~ Adult Religious Educator for the Archdiocese of St. Louis (1996-1998)


~ Taught numerous Philosophy and Humanities courses at all levels (1996)


~ Taught online/hybrid Philosophy and Humanities courses, all levels (1999)


~ Schools taught at included:

  • Saint Louis University (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
  • Fontbonne College (now University, Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
  • Harris-Stowe State College (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
  • McKendree College (now University, Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
  • Jefferson College (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2000)
  • Maryville College (now University, Adjunct Professor, 2000; an emergency situation)
  • Lewis and Clark Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2000-2005)
  • Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville (Adjunct Professor, 2002; an emergency situation)
  • Forest Park Community College (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
  • Florissant Valley Community College (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
  • St. Charles Community College (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
  • Webster University (Adjunct Professor, 1999-Present)

~ Taught Adult Religious Education MiniCourses (of various lengths) for Archdiocese of St. Louis

  • Basic Elements of the New Catechism of the Catholic Church (fall 1996)
  • Theological and Philosophical Debates Behind the Nicene Creed (spring 1997)
  • The Doctrine of Transubstantiation and Opposing Views (summer 1997)
  • Source, Historical, Form, and Redaction Criticism in the Gospels (fall 1997)
  • Analogy and the Names of God (spring 1998)
  • The Rise of Fundamentalism in the USA (summer 1998)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas’ Proofs for God’s Existence (fall 1998)

1993 - 1996: Religious Educator, Coach, Guitar Choir Director - Paul VI High School

Accomplishments and significant activities during this time:


~ Teacher of the Year, 1995


~ Coach, Women Varsity Tennis, 1993

~ Assistant Coach, Women Varsity Basketball, 1994-1995

~ Assistant Coach, Women Varsity Softball, 1994-1995

~ Coach, Men Junior Varsity Tennis, 1995-1996

~ Habitat for Humanity, Spring Break 1994, Mississippi Delta

~ Habitat for Humanity, Spring Break 1995, Michigan City, Indiana

~ Various Volunteer Work: For example, Our Daily Bread (Fairfax, VA), now Britepaths

~ Liturgical Percussionist at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fairfax, VA

~ Taught the following courses at PVI:
• The Old Testament (taught 6 times a day, for 3 years)

• The New Testament (6 times a day, 3 years)

• Catholic Morality (6 times a day, 2 years)

• Catholic Social Teaching (6 times a day, 1 year)

• The History of the Catholic Church (6 times a day, 1 year)

• The Existence and Theology of the Christian God (2 times a day, 2 years)—my own design


~ Taught Adult Religious Education MiniCourses for Diocese of Scranton, PA
• Theology of the Pauline Epistles (summer 1993, 2 weeks, 8 hours daily, 5 days a week)

• Theological and Philosophical Debates Behind the Nicene Creed (summer 1994, 2 weeks, 8 hours daily, 5 days a week)

• Basic Elements of the New Catechism of the Catholic Church (summer 1995, 2 weeks, 8 hours daily, 5 days a week)