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Kaarina Beam

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Kaarina Beam
Assistant Professor

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Kaarina Beam has 25 years of experience in the scholarship of teaching and teaching more than 22 different university courses. These courses span a broad range of philosophical areas and approaches. Her primary areas of teaching and scholarship are in American Philosophy, social and political philosophy, applied ethics, and the philosophy of education. She also teaches comparative philosophy in Asia, developing and leading Linfield courses in China, Nepal, India, and Bhutan.

Professor Beam has been actively involved in the development of curriculum and best teaching practices for both the department of philosophy and the university as a whole. She served as department chair for 10 years and as the chair for the Academic Programs group of the university-wide Strategic Planning Committee for 2012-2020 College Strategic Plan. She served three years as the chair of the university's Curriculum Committee. She is now serving as the chair of Linfield's General Education Review Committee. She is currently engaged in scholarly work based on the cumulative learning of a rewarding and fruitful teaching career.


  • BA Bellarmine University
  • PhD Purdue University