Student Success Stories

Students who study Philosophy at UFV pursue diverse paths, applying their knowledge, skills, and unique interests to their work and educational pursuits:

Devan Christian

Devan graduated from UFV in 2013 with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology. During her time at UFV, Devan was a member, Vice President and later President of the Student Association of Philosophical Counselling (SAPC), as well as a member and later Co-President of the Association for Students of Philosophy (ASP). For Devan, this was a wonderful experience; to be able to bring in guest speakers to UFV, to promote Philosophical Counselling and Philosophy, to the UFV and Abbotsford community. After graduation, Devan went to Adler University (formally known as the Adler School of Professional Psychology) in 2013 and completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2015. She specialized in grief and loss, caregiver burnout and older adult mental health. She now works for Fraser Health in the Older Adult Community Mental Health program and has a private counselling practice located in Chilliwack, BC. Devan accredits the Philosophy Department, especially Dr. Peter Raabe, who supported her in developing her philosophical (especially critical thinking) skills. Understanding how philosophy is used in counselling, and in life, has served her well in her current roles. She is honoured and proud to be a UFV alumnus.

Dwayne Ford

Dwayne graduated from UFV in 2013 with a major in Philosophy and extended minor in Criminology. During his time at UFV, Dwayne participated in the Philosophy Student Union, attended weekly philosopher’s cafes, and built meaningful relationships with faculty members in the Philosophy Department. The philosophers at UFV mentored Dwayne throughout his tenure here, offering continuous support and guidance. The Philosophy Department offered courses that provided Dwayne with a rich sketch of the history of Western Philosophy coupled with directed studies which offered him the depth of education and philosophical training necessary to succeed in graduate school. After graduating from UFV, Dwayne attended Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and completed his Masters in Philosophy in 2015. Dwayne strongly believes  that the education he received at UFV was indispensable to his success in graduate school and in his career. At present, Dwayne works in Communications at the Dean's Office at Ryerson University and remains friends with UFV faculty and students from his classes.


Curtis Robinson

Curtis graduated from UFV in 2013 with a major in philosophy and an extended minor in political science. During his time at UFV, Curtis developed a strong interest in modern and contemporary German philosophy. With a great deal of invaluable mentoring and support from UFV’s philosophy professors, Curtis worked on several projects in German idealism, existentialism, and phenomenology, which culminated in him being awarded the UFV Undergraduate Research Excellence Award in philosophy for his work on Heidegger’s Being and Time. After the completion of his undergraduate degree, Curtis completed a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Guelph, focusing primarily on Fichte’s theory of subjectivity. Curtis is currently completing his doctorate degree in philosophy, also at the University of Guelph, and writing his dissertation on Hegel’s treatment of ancient and modern skepticism and how that treatment influenced Hegel’s overall philosophical project. To this point in his graduate work, Curtis has been awarded several substantial scholarships—two Ontario Graduate Scholarships and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGSM Scholarship from SSHRC—for his academic and research achievements, the attainment of which he largely attributes to the solid philosophical foundations he acquired from his studies at UFV. Aside from his research in German Idealism, Curtis has also developed a passion for teaching through his role as a teaching assistant and sessional instructor: this passion inspired several conference presentations on philosophical pedagogy that resulted from his attempts to hone his teaching abilities. Likewise, Curtis hopes to pursue a career in teaching upon the successful completion of his PhD.            

Nathan Todd

Nathan graduated from UFV in 2013 on the Dean’s list with a Major in Philosophy and an Extended Minor in English Literature. During his time at UFV, Nathan developed a deep interest in modern French and German philosophers, political theory, and the philosophy of language. While at UFV, Nathan acted as Vice-President and later President of UFV’s Association for Student’s of Philosophy, and is proud to have helped develop an ongoing community for Philosophy students.  In 2014, Nathan was accepted with funding to Ryerson University’s Master of Arts program. While at Ryerson, Nathan was able to secure SSHRC funding for his research and present some of his work at a conference at the New School in New York, USA. Nathan was then accepted with funding to McMaster University’s Philosophy PhD program where he is pursuing research into philosophical perspectives on retribution and vengeance. The Philosophy program at UFV not only provided Nathan with a firm foundation in the history of philosophy, but also with skills in textual analysis, reading comprehension, and writing. Nathan credits his passion for philosophy to the exemplary instruction and support of the Philosophy Department at UFV, and is proud to be an alumnus.

 Jack Brown

Jack is a proud graduate of UFV philosophy. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in 2012, he worked in provincial and B.C. politics. In early 2015, he was accepted to the joint law and business program at Western University in London, Ontario. He will graduate with a dual degree (JD/MBA) in 2018. Jack has found his philosophical training to be indispensable in both his work and academic pursuits, and strongly recommends philosophy as the best preparation for any further professional academic training one might want to pursue. Reading Louis Althusser is surprisingly relevant preparation for navigating the modern business school.

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