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Words from the Chair

Welcome Dr. Craig Hanks


These are strange and exciting times of significant Craig Hankschange around the Texas State Department of Philosophy, and we invite you to join us! After two years in Derrick Hall the department returns to the middle of the Quad and the newly renovated, and newly named, Comal Building. We have a lovely new glass-walled Dialogue Room to showcase our Dialogue Series and to welcomethe University and San Marcos communities into reasoned and challenging converstaions. We also have a new seminar room, perfect for our growing graduate program in Applied Philosophy and Ethics. We not only have a new space, we have twelve new full time faculty members in the department, including specialists in American Pragmatism, the life and thought of Martin Luther King, Jr., Philosophy of Science, Bioethics, the Philosophy of Compassion, Nietzsche, and five recent graduates of our MAAPE program. There are now so many of us that we have already outgrown our new space and retain offices on the 2nd floor of ERrick Hall. We contiune to teach most students who pass through the university. In Fall 2013 alone that meant over 5000 students, more than we taught in the full year just 6 years ago. MAAPE graduates have found teaching positions at the University of Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, Northeast Lakeview College, San Antonio College, Colorado Mountain College, and more. And, graduates of our program are now in PhD programs at the University of North Texas, the University of Kansas, and Northwestern University. There are other transitions this year. Professor Rebecca Raphael will complete her 3rd and final year as the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities ( 3 of the past 4 NEH Professors have been in our department!) continuing her work to bring disparate parts of our university into dialogue about meaning, place, and importance of religion and religious studies. For the first time since 1966 we open an academic year without the company and good humor of Professor Glenn Joy, the first person hired by the then Southwest Texas State College to teach philosophy, and the first tenured member the department, who has been named Distinguished Professor Emeritus and now lives in California. And, we open the academic year for the first time in 33 years without Professor Luizzi as Department Chair. Professor Luizzi will spend most of the Fall 2014 semester at Darmouth College, and will return to full time teaching in Spring 2015. The flourishing state of our department, and our beautiful new quarters, owe much to his wisdom, leadership, and sensibilities. Thank you, Vince!