Faculty and Staff

Derek Jones, Director of the Cognitive Science Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Derek Jones

Director of the Cognitive Science Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy

Olmsted Hall, Room 343

Dr. Jones joined the University of Evansville in 2012. He earned his MA in Philosophy from the University of Houston and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. Jones has published one book and several articles on the nature of agency, free will, embodied cognition and minimally cognitive adaptive systems. He is currently working on projects involving skill acquisition, “automatic” or “mindless” actions, and embodied/enactive conceptions of free will. Jones teaches courses in the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of science, action, and epistemology, and logic, and received the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Teaching award in 2019. He has served as Director of the Cognitive Science program since 2013.
Tony Beavers, Director or the Cognitive Science Modeling Lab and Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Tony Beavers

Director or the Cognitive Science Modeling Lab and Professor of Philosophy

Olmsted Hall, Room 301
Beavers Beavers Personal Website

Dr. Beavers came to the University in 1991. Since then he has published more than thirty articles and edited seven books and journals on topics ranging over the history of philosophy, ethics, and cognitive science. He has served on the editorial review boards for conferences in over 25 countries and did a term of service as president of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy. Beavers was awarded the university teaching award (2018), the university research award (2015), and the World Technology Award in Ethics (2012). He currently serves as coordinator of the university's philosophy program.
Lora Becker, Professor/Psychology

Dr. Lora Becker


Hyde Hall, Room 217 E

Dr. Becker earned her PhD from Binghamton University in Behavioral Neuroscience. She has published research using animal models to determine the intersection of neurochemistry and neonatal development. She measures human reactions to stimuli to answer research questions about human behavior and to address marketing concerns for companies. Her course list includes neuropharmacology, neurophysiology, sensation and perception and the neuromechanisms of stress and resilience. Dr. Becker is highly involved in the neuroscience community of faculty through Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) and Nu Rho Psi (the honor society for neuroscience).
Vincent Campese, Assistant Professor/Psychology

Dr. Vincent Campese

Assistant Professor/Psychology

Hyde Hall, Room 217 D

Dr. Campese earned his PhD in 2011 from the City University of New York Graduate Center through the Cognition Brain and Behavior Psychology sub-program. His thesis project examined the neural substrates involved in context-specific memory. As a postdoctoral research scientist Dr Campese joined the LeDoux lab at New York University, where he pursued questions about how associative learning contributes to aversive motivation and memory. His work has focused on how maladaptive anxiety or fear-related defensive responding is eliminated by experience with avoidance learning. In 2018 Dr Campese became an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana. As a principal investigator, he continues to train students to conduct research with the long-term goal of identifying brain circuits that control defensive responding and promote active coping.
Elizabeth Hennon Peters, Department Chair/Psychology

Dr. Elizabeth Hennon Peters

Department Chair/Psychology

Hyde Hall, Room 217 H

Deborah Hwang, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Deborah Hwang

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Koch Center for Engineering and Science, Room 264
Hwang Hwang Personal Website

Dr. Hwang is an associate professor of computer science and has been the director of the computer science program at the University of Evansville since 1995. She earned her S.M in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1987 and her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1994, both from MIT. Dr. Hwang is the faculty advisor for the UE ACM student chapter, and she is active in computer science education organizations and women in technology organizations.
Maggie Stevenson, Associate Professor/Psychology

Dr. Maggie Stevenson

Associate Professor/Psychology

Hyde Hall, Room 217 F
Stevenson Stevenson Personal Website

Dr. Stevenson is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Evansville. She obtained a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in French from The Ohio State University, and an M.A. and PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Stevenson has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to factors that shape juror decision making and the nature of jury deliberations. These research interests are reflected in her 2018 Oxford University Press edited book, titled Criminal Jury Decision Making in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law. Dr. Stevenson has received national grants for research from various divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), including the American Psychology and Law Society and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She has also been honored with various teaching awards and awards for research and service, including the APA Division 37’s Section on Child Maltreatment Early Career Award and the APA Division 37 Early Career Professional Award for Service.

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