University of Alaska Anchorage

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Dr. Joel Potter

Dr. Joel Potter

Pronouns: he/him/his
Office: Departmen of Residence Life, MAC 6-103
Phone: (716) 361-2864


Joel M. Potter is a Term Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UAA, where he has taught since 2013. In August 2017, he took on the additional role of Faculty-in-Residence, living with his family in one of the MAC apartments and serving alongside Residence Life staff to promote student success in the residential community.

Joel and his wife, Rebekah, grew up in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and have since lived in central and eastern Ohio and western New York before moving to Alaska. Rebekah holds an MA in Sociolinguistics (SUNY Buffalo) and homeschools their three children: Dora, Sylvia, and Rosa. Together, they enjoy spending time with students, hiking, fishing, berry picking, riding bikes, and reading.


He completed his doctorate in philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo with a dissertation on the role of emotions in philosophical inquiry.

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, The State University of New York at Buffalo, 2013
  • M.A., Philosophy, Franciscan University at Steubenville, 2008
  • B.A., Philosophy-Humanities, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2006

Professional and Departmental Service

Joel cares deeply about providing a holistic education that helps students grow in every aspect of their lives. As a professor at UAA, he supports students in their academic journey through mentoring, hosting philosophy reading groups, advising, and organizing academic events and speaker series. As UAA's first Faculty-in-Residence, Joel will build a bridge between academic and residential campus life, holding office hours in the Gorsuch Commons, facilitating academic programming in the residential areas, and participating in residential events on campus.