Darrell Shomaker, M.A., Program Director, Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: (540) 985-8362
Darrell Shomaker earned his undergraduate degrees in Philosophy & Religious Studies and History at Radford University, where he also received the College of Arts & Sciences coveted Dean's Scholar Award for his work in philosophy.
In 2003, he earned his master's degree in philosophy at Virginia Tech, and recently returned to Tech to complete a one-year graduate certificate program in gerontology. In May 2007, Darrell earned recognition from Virginia Tech's Graduate School and was given a Virginia Tech Citizen Scholar award for designing and facilitating a focus group for older adults at Blacksburg's Senior Center Association.
Darrell's courses in bioethics and critical thinking at JCHS emphasize the importance of applied philosophy and the practical, "real life" uses of philosophical theories and methods in the healthcare services field. Ethics of care, patient rights, autonomy, confidentiality, and sound logical thinking are just a few of the concepts and practices students experience in Professor Darrell's classes. When he is not teaching philosophy, Darrell enjoys helping out his aging mother and spending time with his wife and step-son.
He is a member of several national and international honor societies and actively supports healthcare education projects in his community.