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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experience supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Spring 2021 Return to Campus Information
COVID-19 Communication

Portrait of Norm Freund

Norm Freund, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy,
Chair of Philosophy & Religious Studies
(563) 588-6543
Catherine Byrne Hall 217
MS 1711 (to send on-campus mail)

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University (1980)

M.A. in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University (1977)

B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Philosophy from St. Ambrose College (1975)

Teaching Philosophy

“Enthusiastic” and “energetic” are two words that both I and my students use to describe me. I love learning, am passionate about teaching, and feel God’s pleasure when I am in the classroom.

Clarke is a caring community united in the pursuit of a broad education based in the liberal arts and the BVM core values. I can honestly say that there is no place else on earth that I would rather be teaching!

Norm Freund


Professional Background

Within my philosophy degrees is a deeply rooted interest in and proficiency at the history of philosophy and applied ethics. Most specifically of all, I am well trained in the philosophy of peace and war.

Research Interests

  • History of philosophy
  • Applied ethics

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of Philosophy
  • Our BVM and Clarke Heritage
  • Philosophy of Peace and War
  • Classical Philosophy
  • Asian Philosophy

Certifications and Memberships

  • Member of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers
  • St. Anthony Parish
  • Catholic Identity Committee

Additional Information

  • BVM Associate – actively working with and for the BVM sisters who founded Clarke