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Ergo | Summer 2012

A Year’s Worth of Accolades

  • It has been a remarkable year within the department with many faculty, students, and staff receiving overdue recognition. The following call for special mention.
  • Professor John Nolt received the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Cunningham Teaching Award for his many years of outstanding work in the classroom.
  • Assistant Professor E. J. Coffman was named a Distinguished Junior Faculty Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences in recognition of his outstanding research productivity. He will receive tenure and promotion to associate professor, effective August 2012.
  • Lecturer Brian Chance was selected to participate in a small highly prestigious summer “master class” on post-Kantian German idealism sponsored by the Journal of the History of Philosophy and taught by Robert Pippin at the University of Chicago.
  • Graduate student Joel MacClellan was awarded one of three coveted UT Yates Dissertation Fellowships for 2011–2012 to support work on his dissertation on a sentio-centric approach to environmental ethics.
  • Graduate student Gavin Enck was awarded the prestigious Clinical Ethics Fellowship for 2012–2013 at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Gavin is completing a dissertation on the ethics of cognitive enhancement.
  • Assistant Professor Clerk Shaw was awarded a Chancellor’s Grant to work on his book about Plato.
  • Susan Williams receives 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Customer Service from Chancellor Cheek.
  • Graduate student Trevor Hedberg’s paper, “Greater Knowledge in a Warmer World,” was given the 2011 Karen M. T. Muskavitch Award for Graduate Work in Practical Ethics by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
  • Graduate student Jeremy Makely’s paper “Why Memory Really Isn’t a Generate Epistemic Source” was selected as the best paper at the fifth annual Appalachian Regional Graduate Student Conference, held at East Tennessee State University.
  • Undergraduate students Spenser Powell, Eric Dixon, and Anthony DeMaio were all recognized for their outstanding essays in the annual Mark and Inge Moore Undergraduate Essay Competition.
  • Department administrator Susan Williams was awarded the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Customer Service in recognition of her many years of outstanding contributions to the department and the university.
  • Assistant Professor David Palmer was awarded a 2012 Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award in recognition of his superb teaching.
  • Undergraduate students Aaron Campbell, Laura Cutshaw, Anthony DeMaio, Eric Dixon, Evangeline Hobbs, Kyle Voils, and Kevin Gayler were all awarded scholarships by the Department of Philosophy.

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