Lance H. Gracy, M.A.
Teaching Fellow
University of North Texas
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Tel: +1 (432) 254-0186


Ph.D. in Philosophy                                     (Anticipated completion: 2024) University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Dissertation: “Wisdom According to St. Bonaventure’s Collationes in Hexaëmeron

AOS: Metaphysics and Religion in St. Bonaventure.

AOC: Philosophy of Religion; History of Philosophy; Philosophy of the Middle Ages; Asian and Comparative Philosophy; Environmental Ethics & Philosophy.

M.A. in Philosophy                                                                  08/2017—05/2019 University of Texas at San Antonio

Thesis: “Ethical concern about ‘the animal soul’ through the activity of imagination: A phenomenological approach”

B.A. in Philosophy                                                                     01/2015—12/2016

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

Minor: Religious Studies


Teaching Fellow, University of North Texas

  • Spring 2023—2 sections of “World Religions”
  • Fall 2022—2 sections of “World Religions”
  • Summer 2022—1 section of “Ethics and Science”

Teaching Assistant, University of North Texas

  • Spring 2022—“Ancient Philosophy”

  —“Western Religion and the Environment”

  • Fall 2021—“Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism”

   —“Modern Philosophy”

Adjunct Faculty, University of the Incarnate Word

  • Spring 2023—1 section of “Introduction to Philosophy”
  • Fall 2022—2 sections of “Introduction to Philosophy”[1]
  • Spring 2022—1 section of “Introduction to Philosophy”[2]
  • Fall 2021—1 section of “Introduction to Philosophy”
  • Spring 2021—1 upper-division section of “Theories of Reality and Knowledge”

                                   —1 section of “Introduction to Philosophy”

  • Fall 2020—2 sections of “Introduction to Philosophy”
  • Fall 2019—3 sections of “Introduction to Philosophy”

    Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of Philosophy, Northwest Vista College
  • Spring 2021—1 section of “Introduction to Ethics”

                                   —2 sections of “Introduction to Philosophy”

  • Fall 2020—3 sections of “Introduction to Ethics”
  • Summer 2020—1 section of “Introduction to Ethics”
  • Spring 2020—3 sections of “Introduction to Ethics”
  • Fall 2019—2 sections of “Introduction to Ethics”

Adjunct Faculty, University of Texas-San Antonio

  • Fall 2019—1 mid-division section of “Basic Philosophical Problems”

Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of Philosophy, Our Lady of the Lake University

  • Fall 2020—2 sections of “Introduction to Philosophy”
  • Fall 2019—1 section of “Introduction to Philosophy”


  • [Under Review]. “Is Scholasticism ‘Philosophy as a Way of Life’? Effort, Grace, and the Scholastic Mystagogy of St. Bonaventure,” in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture.
  • “Pokémon and Ecophenomenology: Wisdom, Morality, Beauty, and Ghosts,” in Pokémon and Philosophy, Carus Books, 2022. Print. 
  • “Moral Philosophy in the World of Pokémon: Elements, Energies, and Relationships,” in The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series Blog, Summer 2020. Online. Available at:  
  • “Memories that Wander” in the Burningword Literary Journal, 2017 [Online]. Available at: 
  • “The Dog and Man”; “The Forlorn”; “Comfort”; “King Eternal”; “Ode to Repose”; “The Ties That Bind” in the Quirk Literary Journal, 2015, 2016.Print. 

Book Reviews

  • [Forthcoming]. Review of Takeshi Morisato’s Faith and Reason in Continental and Japanese Philosophy: Reading Tanabe Hajime and William Desmond, in Philosophy East and West. Print and Online.  


  • “An Introduction to Franciscan Thought: Celebrating the Legacy of St. Francis of Assisi,” St. John Paul II University Parish, Denton, TX, October 2021.
  • “Rediscovering the Immaculate Nature: Mariology and Neo-Confucian Moral Philosophy,” ISCP: Comparative Philosophies of Culture and Politics—Eastern APA Annual Meeting,January 2021.
  • “Substantive evil as the removal of creative license: a descriptive case with arguments and illustrations in appeal to poetics, virtue theory, and religious traditions,” UTSA Graduate Philosophy Ethics Conference, San Antonio, TX, Spring 2019.



  • International Society for Chinese Philosophy (2019 – Present)
  • American Catholic Philosophical Association (2019 – Present)
  • American Philosophical Association (2020 – Present)


  • 2022, Augustine Scholarship, University of St. Thomas Aquinas, 1/3 tuition funding
  • 2021, Tuition Benefit Package Award, University of North Texas, appx. full tuition funding
  • 2020, Merit Scholarship, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, appx. $30,000
  • 2017, Philosophy Fellowship Stipend, University of Texas-San Antonio, $1,000


  • Organizer for a conferenced hosted by the UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion, entitled “Living Together: Environmentalisms, Plurivocity, and the Good Life,” Fall 2022 to Present
  • Faculty Liaison for the Philosophy and Religion Graduate Student Association (PRGSA), University of North Texas, Aug. 2021 to Present
  • Judge for the Annual Texas Regional Ethics Bowl, St. Mary’s University, 2017 to 2019
  • Language Editor for Phenomenological Reviews (academic journal), 2019 to Present
  • Ministry partner for Franciscan Joy (ministry events hosted by the Order of Friars Minor, Cap. in service to the homeless), San Antonio, TX, Aug. 2019 to Dec. 2019
  • Community service partner for San Antonio Pets Alive! (caring for neglected animals as a requirement for my “Introduction to Ethics” courses), San Antonio, TX, Aug. 2019 to May 2020
  • UIW Young Alumni Volunteer, Aug. 2021 to Present

Other Programs of Study

  • Initial Formation Program for the Ordo Franciscanus Secularis (O.F.S.), Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX, Aug. 2019 – Jan. 2020
  • 9 credit hours taken in the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, Berkeley, Aug. 2020 – Dec. 2020. Courses taken include: “Moral Theology,” “Culture, Context and Lived Religion,” and “Ecological Readings of the Bible”


Tutor at Varsity Tutors, Jan. 2017 – Aug. 2019

  • Organized private lessons and delivered instruction to a wide range of students
  • Oversaw and conducted learning development for tutees

Secondary Teacher (ELAR) at Karen Wagner High School, June 2018 – Dec. 2018

  • Taught advanced English (British literature) to students
  • Developed lesson plans in alignment with state-essential skills and objectives, meanwhile scaffolding and modifying instruction in relation to the needs of disadvantaged students
  • Facilitated an environment conducive to learning through a variety of different styles and methods
  • Partook in various professional development courses on subject-related content and pedagogical theory
  • Gained critical teaching experience suitable to secondary & post-secondary teaching

Learning Resource Center Assistant at Strayer University, Jan. 2017 – Aug. 2017

  • Performed the duties of a librarian, tutor, and career services counselor
  • Responsible for helping low-income students develop their literary abilities
  • Conducted research suitable to my role
  • Gave formal and informal presentations to staff and students about writing and library topics

Substitute Teacher, Jan. 2017 – May 2017

  • Acted in place of the primary teacher for various schools, both public and private school (5th grade, middle school, and high school)
  • Carried out personalized instruction when required

Undergraduate Writing Tutor at the University of the Incarnate Word, Aug. 2016 – Dec. 2016

  • Tutored philosophies of writing using both facilitative and directive approaches
  • Provided face-to-face instruction to undergraduates
  • Demonstrated comprehensive awareness of individualized writing styles

Infantry Team Leader at United States Marine Corps, Mar. 2011 – June 2014

  • Responsible for the care, mentorship, and instruction of Marines
  • Provided classroom instruction on a variety of subjects pertaining to mental and physical combat readiness
  • Conducted various training regiments by leading fellow Marines in combat exercises
  • Participated in live tissue training, acquiring numerous insights about animal ethics


Martin D. Yaffe, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

University of North Texas

Tel: +1 (940) 565-2266

Xunwu Chen, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
University of Texas-San Antonio
Tel: +1 (210) 458-6031

Chris Edelman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of the Incarnate Word
Tel: +1 (210) 832-2184

Paul Lewis, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of the Incarnate Word
Tel: +1 (210) 829-6062

Jean-François Racine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of New Testament
Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley
Tel: +1 (510) 549-5030

Jill Hernandez, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Central Washington University
Tel: +1 (509) 963-1858

[1] For this section, I introduced my students to scholastic philosophy. The primary text used was James Jacob’s Seat of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy in the Catholic Tradition (DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2022).

[2] I also introduced my students to scholastic philosophy for this section. Our text was A.C. Cotter’s Introduction to Catholic Philosophy.

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