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It is my pleasure to announce that Philip A. Reed, PhD, has agreed to serve as the full-time associate dean for the College of Arts & Sciences. His three-year term begins on August 1, 2020. Please join me in congratulating Phil on his appointment.

Reed came to Canisius College in 2009 as a member of the Philosophy Department. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015 and to the rank of professor in 2019. Reed earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.  He also holds a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from that institution. He earned his BA from Davidson College, also in philosophy.

Reed has completed the degree requirements for a Master of Business Administration from Canisius College. A specialist in ethics and applied ethics, Reed has taught an extensive list of courses at Canisius College, including many in the All-College Honors program. He was interim director of Honors in fall 2019 and has provided extensive service to the college, ranging from the Christ and Culture Lecture Series to Faculty Senate. Currently, he serves as chair of the Philosophy Department.

Reed’s list of scholarly accomplishments includes more than a dozen articles and book chapters, co-editing a volume on David Hume’s moral philosophy, book reviews and encyclopedia entries, a score of refereed or invited presentations, and several awards and fellowships. An accomplished scholar, dedicated teacher, conscientious faculty member and keen analytical mind, Reed embodies the qualities inherent in a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning.

He will work closely with Barbara Porter, PhD the current associate dean, to transition into his new role. I want to personally thank Dr. Porter for her many years of dedicated, tireless and passionate service to the students, faculty and staff at Canisius College, and I wish her well on her retirement. At some point we’ll be able to assemble in sufficient numbers to recognize her contributions.

Special thanks to the search committee, which devoted extensive hours to this search amid coronavirus and remote working conditions:  Dave Devereux, Jenn Lodi-Smith, Jon O’Brien, Kris Kasbohm and Jen Herrmann.

Submitted by: Tom Chambers, PhD, dean, College of Arts & Sciences