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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.

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