Randy Auxier has lived in Murphysboro for twenty years. He is a professor of Philosophy and Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He grew up in Memphis, and graduated from the University of Memphis (then Memphis State University) in 1986, majoring in Philosophy and Criminal Justice. In 1988, he completed an M.A. in Philosophy. He did his doctoral studies at Emory University in Atlanta, graduating with a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1992. He taught at Oklahoma City University (1992-2000) and a nearby public high school before coming to SIUC in 2000. He is a member of the IEA/NEA and served as a negotiator for the SIUC Faculty Association for two labor contracts (2006 and 2010).
For years, Randy contributed stories and reviews for the local Nightlife and the Carbondale Times. He publishes popular essays in books and magazines and maintains an active blog on current events and literary-philosophical interests, in cooperation with a group of writers from around the nation. Randy is author and/or editor of over twenty academic books and several books for the commercial markets. He is the Deputy Chief Editor of the open source journal in cultural thought Eidos and co-editor of a scholarly book series from State University Press of New York.
Randy and his wife Gaye have been married for over 30 years. Together they have worked to restore and enhance a historic house in Murphysboro, which is now a research institute, the American Institute of Philosophical and Cultural Thought. The AIPCT is a cultural work-in-progress, supporting local artists and artisans and hosting many community events and visiting scholars.
Randy is a lifelong United Methodist, teaches Sunday school, and directs the hand bell choir at the Murphysboro United Methodist Church. He has been a volunteer DJ at WDBX radio station for 18 years and is a regular musical performer with several local bands. Randy and Gaye also enjoy watching baseball games at nearby ball parks.