Justin Harrison

The stories that I see relayed in papers and discussion boards are so moving and meaningful.

Justin Harrison, PhD

Executive Dean


Dr. Justin Harrison of La Jolla, CA is the Executive Dean of the Division of General Education at Ashford University. He received his BA in Biology from Taylor University in Upland, IN, but decided to pursue a Master’s in Philosophy instead of a career in medicine after falling in love with philosophy while studying abroad in Lithuania. He then completed the MA program in Philosophy at the University of Toledo, OH before earning his PhD at Loyola University Chicago, where he focused on 20th century French and German philosophy, specifically phenomenology and radical empiricism, and also worked as an adjunct professor at Loyola, Harold Washington College (a Chicago City College), and Harper College (a suburban community college). At the same time he worked in the philosophy programs for two online universities. In 2011, he and his wife moved to San Diego to begin working at Ashford University. “I love teaching at Ashford because of our student body, which is rich with personal and professional experience that is often missing at places with younger student populations. The stories that I see relayed in papers and discussion boards are so moving and meaningful.” Dr. Harrison likes to remind his students that the smartest students are not always the best students. “Just like with most things in life, education takes a lot of work, and the more you are willing to put in the work, the greater the reward.”


Dr. Justin Harrison, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts presented The Negative Virtue of Autonomous Self-Destruction at the PCA/ACA 2014 Conference in Chicago, IL in April 2014.

Dr. Justin Harrison, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts presented Assessing the Communication Competency Across Disciplines and Modalities: A Collaborative Model at the WASC ARC 2014 Conference in Los Angeles, CA in April.

Dr. Justin Harrison, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts had a publication accepted in The American Philosophical Association Newsletter. Limits to the Pursuit of Philosophy for Post-Traditional Female and Minority Students in On-Ground and Online Educational Modalities in Feminism and Philosophy: The American Philosophical Association Newsletter, 13(2), 12-18. Online ISSN: 2155-9708.

Dr. Justin Harrison, Academic Department Chair, presented his papers The Gods Have Flown the Earth: The Importance of the Absence of God in Postmodern Christianity at the Subverting the Norm Conference in Springfield, MO, and Why Do You Teach That? Inherent Racism in Assumptions about Underprivileged Students and Core Texts in the History of Philosophy at the Association for Core Tests and Courses 19th Annual Conference in Gatineau-Ottawa, Canada in April 2013. He also presented his poster Psychopathology and Moral Culpability: The Unconscious Conscious of the Psychopath at the Philosophical Issues in Crime and Mental Illness Conference in San Francisco, California in May 2013.


Doctor of Philosophy
Loyola University Chicago
Master of Arts in Philosophy
University of Toledo
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Taylor University

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