Joshua Fost, Ph.D. (2018)
Joshua Fost, Ph.D., 
Vice Provost of Academic Innovation
  • Awards for the Innovative Promotion of Science and Philosophy (2012), Grand Prize for Best Short Film at Portland Humanist Film Festival (2011), and one of the Top 25 CTOs in the United States (2004).
  • Grants for research in computational neuroscience from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Office of Naval Research.
  • Panelist for the National Science Foundation on the future of STEM education.
  • Numerous public speaking engagements and presentations on the scientific worldview, philosophy, and implications of neuroscientific discoveries.

Joshua Fost has a diverse background centering on the intersections between science, philosophy, technology, and education. Before joining Minerva, Dr. Fost was an Assistant Professor at Portland State University, where he taught disciplinary courses on neurophilosophy, artificial intelligence, critical thinking and ethics, as well as interdisciplinary courses on artificial life, design and society, and the rise of modern physics. His background also includes six years as a private sector consultant and Chief Technology Officer for a diverse set of companies.

In his time at Minerva, Dr. Fost has led and contributed to a wide range of academic projects and programs. Chief among these include the creation of a quantitative measure of knowledge transfer used to track student progress in the general education program; the use of Big Questions to focus first-year courses on a diverse array of enduring globally significant issues; creation and management of the Master of Science in Decision Analysis program and the Minerva Baccalaureate program for high school students; and oversight of institutional and educational research.

Dr. Fost earned a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University, and a B.A. in neuroscience and philosophy from Bowdoin College.