David Koepsell to Become CFI Director of Education

December 27, 2013

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is delighted to welcome Dr. David Koepsell as its new Director of Education. Koepsell, who has both a law degree and a PhD in philosophy, has been an instructor with the CFI Institute since 2012, and previously served as Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, an affiliate organization of CFI, from 2003-2008.  

“Education is at the core of CFI’s mission, as we work toward a society with a greater appreciation for science and reason,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, CFI’s President and CEO. “This is why we are so fortunate to have David take the helm of our educational efforts. His depth of knowledge, his experience as both a philosopher and teacher, and his background as a leader within CFI, make him a superb choice.”

The prime initiative that Koepsell will lead as head of CFI’s educational program is the CFI Institute. Founded in 1987, it is the oldest continuously operating academic program of its kind in North America, offering study of humanist thought and practice, with special reference to secular humanism and models and methods of scientific inquiry. Students can interact with and learn from the leading lights in the field of humanism and secularism in both online courses and in an accredited Ed.M. program in Science and the Public, through a partnership with the Graduate School of Education of the University at Buffalo.

Koepsell will also become executive editor of Philo, a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes original, conceptually precise, and argumentatively rigorous articles in philosophy, with special emphasis on naturalism and the philosophy of religion. 

David Koepsell was executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism from 2003-2008 and has been a co-instructor with the CFI Institute since 2012. Koepsell, who will conduct his tasks with CFI on a consulting basis, is currently an Associate Professor of philosophy at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he teaches ethics and engineering as well as research ethics to masters and PhD students, and he is also currently a Visiting Scholar at the Instituto de Filosoficas at UNAM, in Mexico City where he spends part of his year. He holds a law degree (1995) and PhD in Philosophy (1997) from the University at Buffalo, and has authored and edited numerous books, as well as popular and scholarly articles, and has spoken to audiences worldwide on issues relating to civil rights, secularism, science and technology, ethics, humanism, and ontology. He has provided commentary on these topics in a variety of media outlets including: MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The Guardian, NPR, and the Associated Press, among others. His complete CV can be found at davidkoepsell.com.

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The Center for Inquiry, a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York, is also home to the Council for Secular Humanism and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist value