Chair and Professor of Philosophy
BA, B, MA and Ph.D. in Philosophy; BS in Biology
experience: University professor for 35 years.
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.
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