Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

Katie PlaisanceKatie received her Bachelor of Science in both Philosophy and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin in 2000, followed by a Masters and PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in Bioethics, from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Before coming to the University of Waterloo, Katie was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science at the Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany.  

Katie’s interest in philosophy began with the Theory of Knowledge course she took as an International Baccalaureate (IB) student. Since then, she has pursued and combined her interests in philosophy, biology, and psychology, and shares with the other members of the Department of Knowledge Integration a passion for interdisciplinary education.  Her research interests include: philosophy of the behavioural sciences and the public understanding of science; she is also working on a project called “Making Philosophy of Science More Scientifically and Socially Engaged.”
Katie teaches INTEG 220, Nature of Scientific Knowledge, INTEG 221, The Social Nature of Knowledge, and INTEG 420 A & B, Senior Research Project A & B. She also teaches INTEG 375, Special Topics in Knowledge Integration: Science, Society, and Values, INTEG 475, Special Topics in Knowledge Integration: Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and INTEG 475, Special Topics in Knowledge Integration: Socially Relevant Philosophy of Science.

She has been recognized for her teaching excellence and dedication with the honour of the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award in 2016.

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