About the Module Developer
Dr. Urban's academic background includes a dual-specialization in ethics and epistemology. As a teacher of philosophy and humanities, he takes the position that unless a substantive connection can be made to practical, everyday issues and experience, the pursuit of philosophical questioning is reduced to self-indulgent bantering. This "hands-on" attitude has led him to seek effective, innovative ways to introduce students to the critical play of ideas in forming both individual and community character, by means of technology and available community resources.
In addition to his professional involvements at Northwest College and the Houston Community College system, Dr. Urban is a past-president of the New Mexico/West Texas Philosophical Society, a three-term member of the Greater Houston Area HIV-Services Ryan White Planning Council, and President of Grey Party, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that raises money for local Houston AIDS charities. Prior to joining the HCC faculty, he taught fulltime for Lamar University from Fall 1995 onward. He earned his doctorate from Duquesne University (1993), a center for contemporary Continental philosophy, and an MA in philosophy from Ohio University. His undergraduate work was at Ohio Wesleyan University. He also spent fifteen years as head of a private wholesale and retail music business, and two years as a professional substance abuse counselor.