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COL Christopher Mayer

Acting Department Head

Associate Professor


Colonel Chris Mayer is an associate professor and acting department head of the Department of English & Philosophy. He has served in Quartermaster and Force Management assignments at Fort Campbell, Japan, Fort Monroe, and Iraq. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from Virginia Tech, an M.P.A. from Murray State University, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy. 

COL Mayer serves as an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Commons. He is also a senior editor for Visionarium: International Journal of Emerging and Disruptive Innovation in Education and an Association of Professional Futurists Emerging Fellow.

Publications & Presentations

Selected Publications
“Exploring the Future to Create Pathway Opportunities that Empower Students.” In New
Models of Higher Education: Unbundled, Rebundled, Customized, and DIY, edited by 
Ryan Specht-Boardman and Aaron Brower. IGI Global, forthcoming in 2022.

“The Evolution of the Liberal Arts." In The Great Skills Gap: Optimizing Talent for the 
Future of Work, edited by Jason Wingard and Christine Farrugia, 112-119. Redwood 
City: Stanford Business Books, 2021.

“The Ethics of Strategic Leadership: The Decision-Making and Execution Process,” with 
Karima Mariama-Arthur. Ethikos (August 2020). 

“What Political Communities Owe Their Military Members.” The Strategy Bridge 
(October 2017). 

“Committed Service: Bringing Together Service and Self Fulfillment for the Military 
Leader.” In Soft Power on Hard Problems: Conflict and Peace-Building in the Emerging 
International Power-Scape, edited by Ajit Maan, 97-110. Lanham: Hamilton Book, 2017. 

“Social Groups as Objects: How Groups Can be Considered Objects within the 
Eliminativist Account.” International Journal of Social Science Studies 4, No.1 (2016): 1-

“Developing Autonomous Systems in an Ethical Manner.” In Autonomous Systems: 
Issues for Defence Policy Makers, edited by Andrew P. Williams and Paul D. Share, 65-
82. The Hague: NATO Communications and Information Agency, 2015. 

Jean Pierre Chabot, James Cohen, and Chris Mayer, “Oversight is the Continuation of 
Democracy by Other Means.” Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against 
Corruption Position Paper 1, no. 6 (2015). 

“Broadening a Philosophy Program's Assessment Focus: Goals, Evidence, and 
Alignment.” In Philosophy Through Teaching, edited by Emily Esch, Kevin Hermberg, 
and Rory E. Kraft, Jr. Charlottesville: Philosophy 
Documentation Center, 2014: 231-236.

“Minimizing Harm to Combatants: Nonlethal Weapons, Combatants' Rights, and State 
Responsibility.” In Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War: Just War Theory in the 
Twenty-First Century, edited by Fritz Allhoff, Nicholas G. Evans, and Adam Henschke, 
301-311. New York: Routledge, 2013. 

“The Possibility of Character Development.” Teaching Ethics 13, no. 1 (2012): 55-69. 

“Nonlethal Weapons and Noncombatant Immunity: Is it Permissible to Target 
Noncombatants?” Journal of Military Ethics 6, No. 3 (2007): 221-231.