John Carroll Retires
After serving for over 28 years at NC State, John Carroll, professor of philosophy, is retiring on January 1, 2024.
Carroll, who received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1986, was appointed at NC State as an assistant professor in 1995. He had previously served on the philosophy faculty at Rhode Island College and New York University. At NC State, he was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and to professor in 2005.
An internationally recognized scholar, Carroll specializes in metaphysics and the philosophy of science. He has published four books: A highly-regarded monograph, Laws of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 1994), a well-respected edited collection, Readings on Laws of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004), a textbook co-authored with Ned Markosian, An Introduction to Metaphysics (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and a philosophical dialogue co-authored with several of his students, A Time Travel Dialogue (Open Book Publishers, 2014). Carroll has also published many articles in leading professional journals and chapters in significant books, a number of book reviews, a contribution to a book symposium, and a major entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; and over the years he has given numerous conference presentations and invited lectures.
Carroll received an Outstanding Teacher Award and became a member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2009; he was named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in Spring 2016; and he was nominated by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018. In his teaching, Carroll made an exceptional contribution to the philosophy program and was always willing to teach courses outside his areas of specialization in order to satisfy departmental needs. During his time in the department of philosophy and religious studies, he taught over a dozen different courses, including, most recently, courses in the philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology and intermediate logic. He also supervised over 200 individual projects by undergraduates.
A model academic citizen, Carroll made a critical contribution to departmental leadership over many years. Among other things, he served as assistant head of the department from July 1999 to July 2004 and then associate head (as the position was re-named) until December 2004. In this capacity, he was an extremely effective manager of the department’s academic affairs. He was largely responsible for the design and introduction of the program-assessment procedures that the department still follows. He oversaw a significant revision of the philosophy curriculum following the department’s external review in 2000.