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Norm Freund

Chair and Professor of Philosophy
Office: 130 MJH 
Mail Stop: 1711 
Phone: 6543 


 Degrees earned: BA, B, MA and Ph.D. in Philosophy; BS in Biology

Professional experience: University professor for 35 years.

Teaching philosophy: I have discovered, again and again, that teaching is much more than "a job" to me. More than three decades after I first began to teach, it continues to be a source of joy, challenge and great fulfillment for me. Teaching is not something I do, but who I am. It is not merely a career for me but a vocation as well, something I feel called to do. Like anyone, my career in education has been marked by both successes and failures, but when I focus on the achievements in my professional life the high point for me has not been the articles I published, the degrees I earned, or the workshops I attended or directed. It has been the honor that was bestowed upon me when I was given the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching. This validated the place of priority that teaching continues to have in my heart!

Clarke’s Impact on Norm: Clarke is truly a community of caring and committed individuals that has inspired me to be the best teacher and servant of the institution that I can be. I can honestly say that there is no place else I would rather be working.

Norm’s impact on students: I try to inspire my students to do and be their best and use the transferable skills of philosophy to improve their lives and the world, for the word “educate” means to lead out … of ignorance, darkness and apathy.

Your favorite:

Movie – It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Book – A Tale of Two Citiesby Charles Dickens

Quote – “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard

Class in college – Ethics and Sexuality

Place traveled - Italy

Hobby – Croquet and racquetball

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