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: St. Bonaventure.

AOC: Metaphysics; Medieval Philosophy; Asian and Comparative Philosophy; Comparative Religion; Ethics.

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

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

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 2022—1 section of “Introduction to Philosophy”[1]
  • 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”


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



• “An Introduction to Franciscan Thought: Celebrating the Legacy of St. Francis of Assisi,” St. John Paul II University Parish, Denton, TX, October 2021.

• “An Introduction to Environmental Ethics and Aesthetics,” Bay Area Youth Climate Summit Workshop, 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.



• National Society of Leadership and Success (2016 – Present)

• International Society for Chinese Philosophy (2019 – Present)

• American Philosophical Association (2020 – Present)

• American Catholic Philosophical Association (2019 – Present)


• 2017, Philosophy Fellowship Stipend, University of Texas-San Antonio, $1,000

• 2020, Merit Scholarship, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, appx. $30,000

• 2021, Tuition Benefit Package Award, University of North Texas, appx. full tuition funding

• 2022, Augustine Scholarship, University of St. Thomas Aquinas, 1/3 tuition funding


• 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:

“Moral Theology”

“Culture, Context and Lived Religion”

“Ecological Readings of the Bible”


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

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

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

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 I used for this course was A.J. Cotter’s Introduction to Catholic Philosophy.

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