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Nancy E. Snow: September 2013

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:45 PM by Peggy DesAutels   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 2:49 PM ]

Nancy E. Snow
Marquette University

Nancy E. Snow is Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she has taught for twenty-four years.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Marquette in 1980 and 1982 and her doctorate in 1988 from The University of Notre Dame.  Most of her publications are on specific virtues or virtue ethics, though she has published on feminism.  In 2010 she published a book with Routledge, Virtue as Social Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory.  In a similar vein as her book, her articles on virtue ethics deal especially with virtue ethics and empirical psychology.  She received a grant from The John Templeton Foundation during 2011-13 for work on a book entitled, Landscapes of Hope: The ‘What,’ ‘Why,’ and ‘How’ of Hope.  She is currently editing and co-editing two collections of essays on virtue, as well as writing a book on virtue ethics and virtue epistemology.   Other publications projects are also in the works.  Nancy is convinced that philosophers have much to learn from collaborations with practitioners of other disciplines, and that philosophy can be enriched by the use of psychology, literature, theology, anthropology, and other areas.   In addition, she believes that western philosophical perspectives can be enhanced by other philosophical traditions.  She is especially interested in the eastern philosophies of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Hinduism, and has published articles on Gandhi.

In 2008, she was given the John P. Raynor Award for Teaching Excellence by Marquette University.  She is deeply committed to teaching, and believes it has a special place in the development of the lives of both students and teachers.   One of the great things about teaching, in her view, is that, as teachers, we are called upon to believe in our students before they have the confidence to believe in themselves.  The significance of this fact for empowering students and for shaping the future of philosophy should not be overlooked.   At Marquette she also co-chaired a Task Force that resulted in the establishment of a Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.   Among other activities, the Center seeks to bring academic work on gender and sexuality to the attention of a wider student audience than traditional course offerings allow, thereby expanding the learning horizons of diverse members of the Marquette community.

Nancy has served as a member of the editorial boards of The American Philosophical Quarterly and is currently on the boards of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice and The Journal of Value Inquiry.  She is currently the Associate Editor for Ethics and Philosophy of The Journal for Moral Education.  She has served as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities and The John Templeton Foundation.  She is a long-time member of the North American Society for Social Philosophy and is the archivist for that organization.  In the past, she was on the Central Division APA program committee and currently serves on the Pacific Division program committee.  She was a past member of the APA Committee on Career Opportunities and Academic Placement and now is honored to serve on the Committee on the Status of Women.