April 7, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Sparrow receives President's Award for scholarly work
Tom Sparrow, an instructor in Slippery Rock University's philosophy department, was presented the 2013-14 President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement Saturday as part of the University's Academic Honors Convocation.
"The nomination letters for all of the candidates were superb. Determining the winner was difficult. Dr. Sparrow's colleagues and outside nominations cited his outstanding scholarly work with such praise, he rose to the top and I believe he is truly deserving of this year's honor," said SRU President Cheryl Norton said.
"Levinas Unhinged," published in 2013 by Zero Books, presents Sparrow's research on French philosopher Emmanel Levinas and won him the top honor.
Sparrow said his book is notable "because it not only offers a novel reading of the philosopher's work, one which opens up new avenues into this corpus, it is also interdisciplinary in scope. It will not only help to draw new readers into Levinas' philosophy, it should spark new ways of reading and applying his through in non-philosophical fields. So, the book is not only a contribution to several fields of philosophy, including ethics, aesthetics and metaphysics, it also addresses issues in philosophy of race, environmental ethics and ecological theory. More than a work of mere theory, it also has the potential for practical application."
Four of the book's chapters are revision of papers Sparrow presented at conferences or symposium, including one presented at the North American Levinas Society meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. An SRU Faculty Travel Grant supported the visit.
"I think the book is an excellence reminder of why it's important for the University to invest in the scholarly endeavors of its faculty," Sparrow said.
Sparrow, who joined the SRU faculty in 2011 earned his doctorate from Duquesne University. He completed his bachelor of arts degree at East Stroudsburg University and his master's degree at West Chester University. His areas of specialization include continental philosophy from Kant to the present, phenomenology and modern philosophy.
He formerly taught at Chatham University, Duquesne and the Community College of Allegheny County.
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