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Press Release for Thursday, September 8, 2011

UNF Philosophy Professor Awarded Endowed Presidential Professorship

Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

Dr. Andrew Buchwalter, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Florida, was selected as a recipient of the John A. Delaney Endowed Presidential Professorship, which recognizes a professor's significant accomplishments as a researcher and provides the resources to carry out his or her scholarly agenda.


Buchwalter, a Southside resident, has been awarded $7,500 for the professorship, which carries a full-term appointment of three years and was effective starting this fall semester. Financial support for this award was provided by Joan Wellhouse Newton and her sons, Martin E. Stein Jr., Richard W. Stein and Robert L. Stein.


"Andy Buchwalter was chosen from among a highly-select group of UNF faculty each of whom is distinguished in his own way," said Dr. Mark Workman, UNF provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. "Together the quality of the applications that the committee reviewed confirms the high quality of scholarship that is being produced at UNF, and that will enhance the growing reputation of the University as an institution that values and supports first-class research."


Buchwalter, who began his career at UNF in 1987 as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, is the third UNF faculty member to be selected for the endowed presidential professorship. Dr. David Courtwright, a professor in the Department of History, was named the inaugural recipient in 2005, while Dr. Greg Ahearn, a professor in the Department of Biology, was designated the second recipient in 2008.


UNF faculty members eligible for the presidential professorship appointment must hold tenure at the rank of full professor at the time of appointment, must have a strong record of significant scholarly accomplishment in the form of publications, grants, collaborations or any discipline-specific index of achievement and never held a presidential professorship at the University.


Buchwalter is an internationally-recognized scholar of the 19th-century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and much of his published work consists in applying Hegelian arguments to matters of contemporary concern, especially in the areas of social, political and legal thought-the main areas of his teaching at UNF.


Illustrative of such efforts is his book "Dialectics, Politics, and the Contemporary Value of Hegel's Practical Philosophy," to be published this fall. In the spring, he will publish the edited collection "Hegel and Global Justice," and is also preparing for publication the collection "Hegel and Capitalism." He currently serves as vice president of the Hegel Society of America.


Buchwalter is also concerned to bring the insights and tools of philosophy to bear on wider issues of social and cultural life, something reflected as well in his role as director of UNF's Master of Arts Program in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics. While at UNF, Buchwalter has served as director of the Humanities Council, chairman of the Department of Philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions.


Earlier in his career, he published "Culture and Democracy," an edited collection that dealt with social and ethical issues in public funding for the arts and humanities. Buchwalter also translated and wrote the introduction for the English edition of "Observations on the Spiritual Situation of The Age," a celebrated work by renowned philosopher Jürgen Habermas that addressed issues in contemporary cultural and political life from a German perspective. He is currently at work on a book dealing with issues of religion in the public sphere.


Buchwalter has held positions at various research institutions, including Columbia University, New School for Social Research and Yale University. He was twice a Fulbright fellow in Germany, once serving as Fulbright research professor at the University of Bochum. He is also a regular presenter at meetings of national academic organizations, including the American Philosophical Association and the American Political Science Association.