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Duquesne Philosophy Department Names Graduate Student Teaching Award for University President

The Duquesne University Department of Philosophy has created the Charles J. Dougherty Philosophy Graduate Student Teaching Award, which will recognize a graduate student who excels in classroom instruction.


“President Dougherty is someone who is clearly an educator and who recognizes the importance of developing good teaching skills as a graduate student,” said Dr. James Swindal, associate professor and chair of the philosophy department. “This is an occasion to honor President Dougherty as someone who comes from a philosophy teaching background while putting forward an outstanding graduate student teacher from our department who is living the mission of the University to serve God by serving students.”

Dougherty, known for his research in health care ethics, taught philosophy at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and chaired its philosophy department from 1981 to 1989.

“I was surprised and delighted by the request to name a philosophy department graduate teaching award for me,” Dougherty said. “My heartfelt gratitude to the department for this honor.”

The award, presented each fall, is chosen by a faculty committee that evaluates graduate student instructors based on faculty reviews, course evaluations by students and a statement of teaching philosophy from the finalists.

“We’ve strengthened our prep course in teaching for graduate students even more, so this is one way we can separate out the best and honor that person, along with President Dougherty, while highlighting the strong teaching of our graduate students,” Swindal added.

The winner of this year’s award will be announced during the fall semester.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.