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I am associate professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi. Since June of 2010 I've been an occasional freelance columnist for The Clarion Ledger of Jackson, MS, the state's major newspaper. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2007 and have been teaching since 2002.
I serve as Executive Director of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). From 2011 to 2014, I served as Chair of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on Public Philosophy, whose Web site you can visit here. Since 2013, I have been a member of the Advisory Board for the Public Philosophy Network and I am currently chairing the Program Committee for the group's 2015 conference. Finally, I have been chairing the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy's Committee on Public Philosophy since its inception in 2013.
As a scholar, teacher, and citizen, I make the greatest use I can of philosophical inquiry and clear, persuasive communication for the advancement of freedom, opportunity, and respect for my fellow citizens in a number of areas. These include quality public education and life opportunities for poor and disabled persons. I study and write about intelligent, democratic inquiry into the practices and principles of ethical and visionary leadership. My writing, teaching, and public engagements all relate to these goals in one way or another.
I have put this site together in order to post information for students, scholars, news writers, and community leaders. Information about my research can be found under the "Writings" link at the top of this page. For my curriculum vitae, visit the "Bio" page. For information about my teaching experience, current courses, and students' success, visit the "Teaching" link. For information on my efforts to connect my research with projects and organizations beyond my university, visit my "Public Engagement" page. To follow me on Twitter, click here or on the logo on the right. Connect with me also on LinkedIn and Academia.edu. You can now also follow me on Facebook:
In this section, I am excited to announce a number of projects and engagements that have gone well in the last year. These items are listed from most recent to oldest. I also catalog much of this stuff in the content of my other Web pages linked to at the top of this page.
August of 2014 held four exciting developments for me. The latest is the publication of an op-ed interview I gave for the Tehran Times, titled "Political Discourse Can Only Be Efficacious If It Is Free: Expert," on August 25, 2014, in the International section.
Another simple one is that I found a great piece of history online for just a few bucks -- the first day issuance of the John Dewey stamp in the "Prominent Americans" series of 1968. Dewey's stamp was marked at 30 cents. The thumbnail photo on the right is a scan of the actual envelope I purchased on Ebay, with a link to a high quality larger photo scan of it.
The third development is that the reviews came back to the editor at the University Press of Mississippi for my manuscript, tentatively titled Uniting Mississippi: Democracy and Leadership in the South. The editor will approach the press's board to request permission to issue a contract for the book! The reviewers' feedback was very helpful and will guide me in improving the final manuscript.
The fourth development concerns America's Public Philosopher, John Dewey, the edited collection that I've been working on for a few years. I've completed my selection of Dewey's public writings and have written introductions for each one. I'm nearly done drafting the introduction for the book and have begun discussions with my literary agent, John Wright, about pitching and placing the book with the right publisher. So far, we've received initial interest from Penguin Books, which is very exciting.
On July 5th, 2014, The Tehran Times published an interview with me titled "Leadership Is Not in Conflict with Democratic Values: Weber," pages 1 and 11. A one-page digital collage of the article is here.
On May 20, 2014, The Tehran Times published an interview with me titled "Potential for Democracy in Mideast Is Highly Promising: Philosopher," pages 1 (above the fold, I'm happy to say) and 11. A one-page digital collage of the article is here, and you can see the original pages (1 & 11) here.
In May of 2014, I gave an invited talk for the 2014 Mississippi Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators conference, which was held in Natchez, MS.
In the spring of 2014, I learned that two of my books were nominated for a total of three awards, and my research as a whole was nominated for the University of Mississippi's 2014 Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award. I emphasized the word "nominated" (they're not yet decided / announced).
The nominations alone are very much appreciated and meaningful. My second book, Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy, was nominated for (1) the American Philosophical Association's 2014 Joseph B. Gittler Award. My third book, Democracy and Leadership, was nominated for two awards: (2) the 2014 Outstanding Leadership Book Award issued by the University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Educational Sciences, and (3) the American Philosophical Association's 2014 Sanders Book Prize. There is information about the (4) University of Mississippi's Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award here. I am grateful for these supportive nominations.
In March and April of 2014, I gave two talks. The first one was on March 17th at the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, where I talked about "Democracy and Leadership." The second talk was titled "Philosophy's Bite: On the Boundary between Scholarship and Public Engagement," which I delivered on April 5th at the American Philosophies Forum, hosted by SUNY Stony Brook at their Manhattan campus in New York City.
In January of 2014, I was honored to find out that I was voted "Teacher of the Month" by the University of Mississippi's chapter of the Lambda Sigma Honors Society. Along with a mug and a gift certificate to the Bottletree Bakery of Oxford, they kindly gave me a nice coffee mug, on right.
Also in January, I gave 3 talks. On January 9th, I talked about "Democracy and Leadership" at the Tupelo Community Development Foundation's Leadership Institute, which, conveniently for me, met in Oxford this year.
Next, on January 23rd and 24th, I gave a talk about my project in development, "A Culture of Justice," for a philosophy department colloquium series and a talk on "Democracy and Leadership" for the Franke College of Business speaker's series, both at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.
In December of 2013, The Tehran Times published an interview I gave them titled "Modernity Is Not 'Anti-Religious': Weber," on December 14, 2013, p. 12.
In November of 2013, Lexington Books released my third book, Democracy and Leadership: On Pragmatism and Virtue. The cover features a beautiful painting by Ashley Cecil (www.AshleyCecil.com). I've posted more information about the book here, as well as on PublicReason.net. NEW: 30% discount with code from the publisher, available here.
I've enjoyed a few trips to give talks about Democracy and Leadership. Among them, two were in Saint Louis. One was at Webster University on November 21st (announcement here) and the second was at the Meramec Campus of the Saint Louis Community College system on the 22nd.
On November 1st, 2013, the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA) hosted a symposium in Oxford, MS, on the question "Should Everyone Go to College?" The meeting was a great success. We had four great panelists weigh in on the debate in very different ways. They included Dr. Amy Wells Dolan of the University of Mississippi's School of Education, Dr. Bertha Manninen of Arizona State University, Dr. Tommy Curry of Texas A&M University, and Dr. Chris Surprenant of the University of New Orleans. The poster for the event is here on the right. You can see a larger version by clicking on the photo or by clicking here.
The talented Phillip Waller took many photos of the event and will soon have those to me. For now, he sent me one photo, which is here on right, and which you can click on to see a larger version. For more information about this symposium, click on its name here above or click here. For more information on the organization, visit SOPHIA's main Web site here.
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