Rock Valley College

Danielle F. Fundora Hardesty

Danielle Hardesty began teaching at RVC in Fall 2014.  She is an associate professor and academic chair of the philosophy department.  She earned her bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 2007 and her doctorate in philosophy at Arizona State University in 2013.   Her dissertation is entitled "Exploitation in Clinical Drug Trials."  Her areas of interest include bioethics, normative ethics, feminist philosophy, logic, feminist epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion.  At RVC she has taught: Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, Medical Ethics, Political Philosophy, and World Religions. 

Michelle Rotert

Michelle Rotert is a professor of philosophy and served for many years as the academic chair of the philosophy department.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Black Hills State College in 1984 and her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Iowa in 1992.  Her areas of specialization include ethics, applied ethics, the history of philosophy, the philosophy of religion and metaphilosophy.  After teaching at Kent State University, she came to RVC in 1993.  At RVC, she has taught Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Non-Western Philosophy, Medical Ethics, World Religions, Contemporary Moral Issues, Logic, Philosophy of Religion, Leadership Development Studies and several interdisciplinary courses.   Over the years she has taken seriously the charge to be active not only in the classroom but also outside of the classroom in the development and maintenance of the healthy social, political and educational environments necessary for classroom success to be possible.   She is immensely proud of her long and continuing work for the causes of social justice, especially those that involve equal access and treatment for LGBT people.   She lives in Rockford with her partner, Tina, and their two children.  

Brian Wagner

Brian Wagner began teaching at RVC in the Fall of 2009.  He earned his Associate's Degree in Foreign Languages at Vincennes University, his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy at Northern Illinois University.  Before coming to RVC, Brian taught classes at Waubonsee College, Kishwaukee College and NIU.  He teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Medical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Introduction to Religion, World Religions, Nonwestern Philosophy, Religion in American Society, and Foundational Religious Texts.  Brian has given numerous lectures about the intersection of philosophy, religion and environmentalism.  He enjoys reading, hiking, mountain climbing, and traveling around the world.