Dr. Sharon Ford

Lecturer, Common Units

Sharon joined Charles Darwin University in 2013. She coordinates and teaches in the Common Units in the School of Academic Language and Learning (SALL) at CDU. She has taught across all three Common Units - Cultural Intelligence and Capability (CUC107), Academic Literacies (CUC106), and Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology (for Science, Technology & Business) (CUC106), and is a member of the Coordination Team for CUC107. Sharon has also taught in the Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) and in the Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP) in SALL.

Teaching in Higher Education since 2003, prior to her work at CDU Sharon taught in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics at the University of Queensland, and at the University of the Sunshine Coast. 

Introductory Units: Theory and Practice in Science, Introductory Philosophy, Critical Reasoning, Introductory Cognitive Science, Academic Communication, Environmental Management and Culture.

Advanced Bachelor Units: Epistemology and Metaphysics, Time Travel (Time and Causation), Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics, Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, and Greek Philosophy.

Postgraduate Courses: Epistemology and Metaphysics, Time Travel (Time and Causation), Introductory Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, and Introductory Environmental Management and Culture.

Sharon has also worked as a Senior Researcher in the Department of Employment Relations in the Business School at Griffith University. She has also worked as an academic researcher and editor in various roles at the University of Queensland.

Early career history includes owning and operating two visual art galleries in the Brisbane Central Business District, practicing as a professional visual artist, and owning and operating an arts administration business, including exhibition event management.

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2014 Current Part-time Study:  Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, Charles Darwin University.

2010 Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Queensland.

Thesis: What Fundamental Properties Suffice to Account for the

          Manifest World? Powerful Structure.

Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Phil Dowe; Dr. Dominic Hyde.

Electronic Resource: https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:211335 

2010 Grad. Cert. in Research Commercialisation, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

2002 B.A. (with Honours) in Art History, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

1997 B.Sc., University of Queensland, Brisbane.

1997 B.A., University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Areas of teaching expertise

Academic language and literacy skills, cultural capabilities, critical reasoning, philosophy (including metaphysics, philosophy of science, metaphysics of science, history of philosophy, philosophy of knowledge/epistemology, and environmental philosophy).  


Areas of expertise:   Metaphysics of science,  philosophy of science, philosophy of education (including academic language and literacy), philosophy of knowledge, philosophy of physics.



2010 What Fundamental Properties Suffice to Account for the Manifest World? Powerful Structure. Conferred on 18th August, 2010. University of Queensland, Saint Lucia Campus, Brisbane, Australia. Electronic Resource, URL: https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:211335

Refereed Book Chapters

2012 ‘The Categorical-Dispositional Distinction’. In, Alexander Bird, Brian Ellis & Howard Sankey (Eds), Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Scientific Realism, pp. 181-199, Chapter 11. Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415895354/

Refereed Published Papers

2012 ‘Objects, Discreteness, and Pure Power Theories: George Molnar’s Critique of Sydney Shoemaker’s Causal Theory of Properties’. Metaphysica: International Journal for Ontology and Metaphysics,13 (2), pp. 195-215. Online: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12133-012-0104-z

2011 ‘Deriving the Manifestly Qualitative World from a Pure-Power Base: Light-like Networks’, Philosophia Scientiae, 15 (3), pp. 155-175. Special issue entitled, L’espace et le Temps: Approaches en Philosophie, Mathématiques et Physique (In English: Space and Time. Perspectives from Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics.) Edited by Christophe Bouriau, Catherine Dufour & Philippe Lombard. Online: http://philosophiascientiae.revues.org/690

2009 ‘The Viability of a Pure-power Ontology’, Metaphysics of Science Conference, 2009, July 2-5, University of Melbourne, Melbourne. Conference Proceedings published online: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/8487/

2008 ‘An Analysis of Properties in John Heil’s “From an Ontological Point of View”’. In, From an Ontological Point of View, SWIF Philosophy of Mind Review, Symposium. G. Romano (Ed.), L. Malatesti (series Ed.), 6 (2), pp. 42-51. Online: http://lgxserver.uniba.it/lei/mind/swifpmr.htm

Selected Refereed Conference Papers

2011 ‘Does Pandispositionalism Lead to Monism?’, International Conference: Putting Powers to Work, 2011, April 28-39, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.

2009 ‘The Swinburne Regress and New Essentialism: Structure as Powerful Rather Than Categorical’, International Conference, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, 2009, July 5-10, University of Melbourne, Melbourne.

2008 ‘The Substance Role in a Pure-Power World: Light-like Networks. A.k.a. We are all Complex Barber Poles’, International Conference: Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, 2008, July 6-12, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

2007 ‘Competing Themes in the Martin-Heil Identity Theory of Properties’, International Conference: Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, 2007, July 1-6, The University of New England, Armidale.

For earlier papers, please see my online profiles.





T: 08 8946 6376
E: sharon.ford@cdu.edu.au

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School of Academic Language and Learning
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Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT, 0909