Chair and Professor of Philosophy
BA, St. Ambrose University
MA, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
Norm's Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that students and teachers alike are companions on the journey of learning. My classes involve interaction, dialogue, role-playing, and learning outside the classroom.
Norm's Professional Involvement:
I am an active member of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers which emphasizes teaching excellence within the discipline of philosophy. I also serve as an Administrative Law Judge for the Dubuque Human Rights Office.
Norm's Greatest Clarke Experience:
Experiencing and recovering from the fire has been my greatest experience at Clarke. It taught me about the strength and courage we have as a community, even when faced with adversity.
Clarke's Impact on Norm:
I can't imagine having a better College community than what I have found here. It has nourished my spirit and confirmed my faith in the power of a caring education. There is no other place I would rather teach.
Norm's Impact on Students:
I am especially proud of those students who I aided in transitioning from College to professional work life. One is now a College professor and others are in prestigious law schools.
Why Norm Chose Clarke:
I was looking to teach at a smaller, liberal arts College in the Catholic tradition. Clarke fit this goal perfectly!
Why students should choose Clarke:
We are caring, challenging, Catholic, and community. The four "C's" of excellence! and the BVM heritage is awesome!
Norm's Extracurricular Activities:
Active member of St. Anthony's parish, CEW community member, member of a movie club (we have seen over 350), racquetball and croquet player, BVM Associate.
Norm's Tie to Dubuque:
My maternal grandparents were born here (in the 1890's) and married here in 1910! I am from eastern Iowa and Dubuque displays that friendly, can do, midwest spirit.
What Norm enjoys about Clarke's campus:
Our campus is beautiful and rich in history which I love sharing with my students.
Movie: A Man for All Seasons and Gandhi
Book: A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens
Quote: "Life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards" by Soren Kierkegaard