Vaughn E. Huckfeldt Jr.

Vaughn E. Huckfeldt Jr.


Director of the Center for Student Learning; Professor, Behavioral Medicine; Course Director/Examiner of Medical Ethics


Courses: Medical Ethics, Behavioral Medicine (Epidemiology), Evidence-Based Medicine

Vaughn Huckfeldt, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Student Learning, and had previously served as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. He is committed to the mission of Saba, which is  to provide the opportunity to all students to become practicing clinicians. He sees the strength of the school in its small size, helpful atmosphere, and personal connections.  He is focused on helping students succeed and grow both academically and personally so that they can excel in caring for their future patients.

He has published on topics in ethics and pedagogy, including applications in the ethics of human subjects research.  His primary area of research has been the intersection of prudential and ethical reasons for action.  He has presented at local and national conferences, in addition to organizing conferences and symposia. 

Dr. Huckfeldt has been recognized as an excellent teacher at multiple institutions, and has worked to redevelop curricula and design course pedagogy based on evidence-based best practices, as well as his decades of experience as a teacher.  He believes that the best teaching should excite students about material, and should focus on developing a conceptual understanding that can be applied through activities such as analysis of cases. 

Dr. Huckfeldt has lived on Saba for many years, and he enjoys the people of the island, hiking through Saba’s beautiful hills and trails, and diving its beautiful coral reefs. 

"It has been my pleasure and privilege to teach at Saba University School of Medicine for the last 10 years. I value providing students with the opportunity to become practicing physicians, particularly students with backgrounds that don’t match the ideal for U.S. or Canadian medical schools. It’s rewarding to see my students go on to help patients, knowing that I helped those students succeed. Part of what makes Saba different is its smaller size. At Saba the small classes mean I really get to interact with my students and get to know them, so I feel proud when I watch them match into a residency. I also really enjoy that my students come to me for support. I like spending time in office hours helping them to work through patient vignettes or clarify a concept. Meeting with a student who started off struggling, and then watching that student go on to excel, is part of what makes me feel that I make a difference."

  • Ethics
  • Epidemiology
  • Student advising

  • University of South Dakota, Center for Teaching and Learning Course Redesign Fellowship, 2011 
  • Sachs Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 2003 
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2002 

  • “The Rise and Fall of a Required Interdisciplinary Course:  Lessons Learned,” (coauthored with Barb Goodman), Journal of Innovative Higher Education, 39:2, 2013. 
  • “Ethical and Practical Similarities Between Pedagogical and Clinical Research” (coauthored with Rachel Robson), Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, 13:1, 2012. 
  • “Prudence, Commitments, and Intertemporal Conflicts,” Theoria, 77:1, 2011. 
  • “Normative Restrictions on Input to Practical Reflection,” Philosophical Papers, 39:1, 2010. 
  • “Categorical and Agent-Neutral Reasons in Kantian Justifications of Morality,” Philosophia, 35:1, 2007. 
  • Book review of Value, Reality, and Desire, by Graham Oddie, The Journal of Value Inquiry, 40:1, 2006. 

Publications with Students:

  • “Physician Shortage in Canada: A Review of Contributing Factors,” Global Journal of Health Science, 2017, 9(9):68-80, with Andrei Malko. 
  • “Platelet-Rich Plasma in Management of Common Orthopaedic Conditions: A Systematic Review with Discussion of Cost Analysis,” EC Otrhopadics, 2017, 5(4):131-146, with Neil Shaw. 
  • “Using Oral and Intranasal Dosage Forms of Ketamine for Managing Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Review of the Literature,” International Journal of Medical Students, 2016; 4(2):64-71, with Patrick Arthur Twohig. 

  • Practical Reason and Prudence
  • Ethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Pedagogy

  •  “Ethical Considerations in the Implementation of Educational Research” (with Rachel Robson) at The Society for College Science Teachers sessions at the 2013 National Science Teachers Association National Conference, San Antonio, 2013. 
  • “Internalism, Prudence, and the Timeless,” at the University of South Dakota Philosophy Symposium, 2012. 
  • “Equipoise in Pedagogical Studies” (with Rachel Robson), at The Iowa Philosophical Society, 2011.  
  •  “Universality, Relativism, and Supervenience,” at the University of South Dakota Philosophy Symposium, 2010. 
  • “Prudence, Commitments, and Intertemporal Conflicts,” at the Rocky Mountain  Ethics Congress, 2009 (poster presentation “Prudence, Internalism, and Commitments to Temporal Neutrality,” at The Iowa Philosophical Society, 2008, and at The Humanities Research Forum, University of South Dakota, 2008.
  • “Practical Identity, Autonomy, and the Self: Korsgaard on Practical Reason,” at The Humanities Research Forum, University of South Dakota, 2007. 
  • “Solipsism and the Universality of Reasons” at The Tennessee Philosophical Association, 2006. 
  • Commentator: “Why Thinking about Emotion Means Rethinking Cognition, Means Rethinking Emotion,” by Remy Debes, The Tennessee Philosophical Association, 2006. 
  • “Autonomy and the Substantive Self,” at Values, Rational Choice, and the Will: A Special Conference on Values, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 2004. 


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