Gerol Petruzella

Adjunct Instructor, Academic Affairs

Gerol Petruzella
(413) 662-5570
Murdock Hall Rm 209


Ph.D., University at Buffalo (SUNY), 2008

M.A., University at Buffalo (SUNY), 2005

B.A., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2001

A.A., Berkshire Community College, 1999


Courses Taught

PHIL 240: Ancient Philosophy

CSCI 236: Web Development

PHIL 200: Logic & Critical Reasoning

MODL 500: Introduction to Ancient Greek

PHIL 385: Hellenistic Philosophy

PHIL 285: Philosophy of Science


About Me

My research interests include ancient Greek language and ethical theory; the intersections of human flourishing and digital presence; open source and open access; gameful pedagogy; webcomics and graphic novels.

Special Projects/Activities

(2018) IEEE Ethically Aligned Design v2 standards workgroup member, a project of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

"Dungeons & Discourse" is a CC-BY-SA licensed curriculum which presents an introduction to philosophy as a semester-long role playing game (RPG). Scholarly analysis by Bell, Kevin (2018) in Game On! Gamification, Gameful Design, and the Rise of the Gamer Educator, Johns Hopkins University Press.

(2018) Critical Code Studies Working Group: participant. Sponsored by the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California and Digital Arts & Humanities Commons at UC Santa Barbara.


(2019) "Death in Ancient Philosophy and the Sandman Series," in Seelow, David, ed. Lessons Drawn: Essays on the Pedagogy of Comics and Graphic Novels. McFarland Press.

(2013) Durable Goods: Pleasure, Wealth and Power in the Virtuous Life. Vol. 10. New York: Peter Lang. Print. Studies in Theoretical and Applied Ethics.

(2006) "Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Convertibility of Truth and Being." Philosophical Writings 31, 33-43.

Talks and Presentations

"Transparency and UX: A Student View," Massachusetts Colleges Online annual conference, June 2019

"Who Were the Pre-Socratic Philosophers?", Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Summer 2019

"Are Robots Moral? The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence", Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Fall 2018

"Models and Practices for Gamifying Course Design", UMass-Dartmouth Office of Faculty Development series, November 2016

"Would You Take This Course? A Case Study in Instructional Design", Design Incubation Colloquium 3.0, September 2016

"Building Learning Community with Purpose and Joy", SXSWedu, March 2013

"The Good, The Bad, and the (Preferred) Indifferent: Three Puzzles for Stoic Eudaimonism", University of St. Andrews, May 2012