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Honoring Faculty Scholarship, Service

With the close of the academic year, members of the HWS faculty acknowledged the work and dedication of their peers by awarding faculty prizes on Friday, May 16. Recommended for the annual awards by their faculty colleagues to the Committee on Faculty Research and Honors, this year’s recipients include Assistant Professor of Philosophy Rodmon King, who received the faculty prize for teaching; Professor of Philosophy Steven Lee, who was awarded the faculty prize for community service; and Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn, who was honored with the faculty prize for scholarship.

“This year’s recipients of faculty prizes have contributed significantly to the education of students, the scholarship of the institution and service to the community as a whole,” says Provost and Dean of Faculty Dr. Titilayo Ufomata. “With these awards, we celebrate their work, which exemplifies the ideals of the liberal arts and the mission of the Colleges as a student-centered learning environment, globally focused, grounded in the values of equity and service, developing citizens who will lead in the 21st century.”

Since joining the HWS faculty in 2005, the high standards to which King holds all his students has inspired both academic and personal growth. “Professor King is an important part of making HWS intellectually rigorous and educationally valuable,” remarks a fellow colleague. “He is passionate about teaching and about improving the intellect and wisdom of our students.  With this award, we celebrate the power, intelligence, and humanity of Rod King’s work at HWS.”

King received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Rochester and his B.A. from Roberts Wesleyan. In addition to philosophy offerings, King teaches leadership ethics courses for the Centennial Center for Leadership and has given workshops on diversity, activism and racial privilege. He is the faculty adviser to Sankofa: the Black Student Union.

Since arriving in 1981, Lee has established an exemplary and inspiring record of community service and a deep commitment to the Colleges. “Lee is recognized on our campus as one of the kindest and most devoted faculty, someone who we can say with confidence has handled his many departmental and community responsibilities with grace, humanity, intelligence, and consideration of a larger community interest,” says a fellow faculty member. “It is astonishing that he has achieved all of this given his commitment to a serious scholarly agenda.” 

Lee is currently a co-chair of the Committee on Curriculum Review and Reform. He is a member of the Young Memorial Committee, the Subcommittee on Honors, and the Committee on Fraternity Life. He also serves as an HWS Ombudspeople. In the past, Lee has served on the Committee on Academic Affairs (COAA), the Committee on Tenure and Promotion (COTAP), Sexual Harassment Grievance Board, the Library Subcommittee, and on Middle States Review. In addition, Lee has served as a faculty representative on hiring committees and departmental review committees.

He is the author or editor of seven books, including “Ethics and War” (2012). After receiving his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Delaware, Lee went on to earn his Ph.D. from York University, Toronto. Lee is a member of the American Philosophical Association, and the Creighton Club (New York State Philosophical Association). He is past president of Concerned Philosophers for Peace and of Amintaphil (the American branch of the International Society for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy).

A member of the HWS faculty since 2001, Dunn has written extensively on international relations and politics in Africa.  “As for books, this colleague of ours is productive and collaborative,” explains a peer. “Our award winner more than meets the peculiar challenges of a liberal arts college. Students say he’s “hard,” and flock to his courses. They balk at the work to be done, and report him as “inspiring.” Colleagues widely admire him too, and delight when he halts the haikus and volunteers for a post.”

Dunn is co-author of “Inside African Politics” (2013); “Politics of Origin in Africa: Autochthony, Citizenship, and Conflict” (2013); and “African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine” (2007), among several other books. He’s also authored numerous articles on a diverse array of topics that have been printed in publications ranging from scholarly journals to independent music magazines. In 2009, he produced, edited, and directed a documentary on the legendary band Stevie Stiletto, titled “My Life is Great: The Stevie Stiletto Story.”

Dunn received his Ph.D. from Boston University, M.A. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and B.A. from Davidson College. He joined the HWS faculty in 2001. He was a visiting professor of development studies at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda. In 2009, he was appointed honorary professor at the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he also served as a visiting scholar.