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 SRU Philosophy Chair Wins 'Zuzak Award' for Excellence 



May 8, 2003

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           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University philosophy department Chair Dr. Richard Findler, whose scholarship attracted the attention of Harvard University, has received SRU’s Charles A. Zuzak Award for 2003. The award honors the top professor in the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.

           "We are very proud to present this year's award to Dr. Findler,” Humanities Dean Dr. William McKinney said.  “He is an internationally respected authority on 19th century continental thought, and is especially adept at bringing his insights back into the classroom.  He is a model teacher-scholar."

           Findler, an expert in contemporary and 19th century continental philosophy, won because his scholarship continues to be recognized. Harvard recently invited Findler to present a paper on existentialism, and Findler has also traveled to England to participate in philosophy conferences.

           His scholarship is both drawn from and directed toward the courses he teaches at The Rock, another reason why he won the Zuzak Award, McKinney said.

           Findler, of Grove City, said the award was “totally unexpected.  I am honored to receive it. I am incredibly grateful and humbled by the award.”

 College faculty created the Zuzak Award last year to annually honor a top faculty member in the college. Zuzak, the former dean, retired in 2001 after 21 years. A committee of faculty chose Findler, who joined The Rock 10 years ago.

           SRU’s Dr. Bernard Freydberg, professor of philosophy, nominated Findler, writing, “His classes are all taught at a very high level and are informed by the best and most recent work in the fields he covers and to which he contributes substantially. His research and his teaching are bound to one another such that they stand in a mutually nourishing relation.”

           Findler, a New Jersey native, received his doctorate in philosophy from Loyola University.

           SRU’s philosophy department has 28 majors, who participate in regional philosophy conferences.  The department has four full-time faculty who teach numerous topics, including “History of Philosophy,” “Philosophy of Law and Justice,” “Environmental Ethics,” “Philosophy of Art” and “Philosophy of Literature.”

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