Philosophy Professor Receives Alpha Sigma Nu Teaching Award


Daniel Haggerty, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at The University of Scranton, was presented the 2011 Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year Award (formally the Edward Gannon, S.J., Award for Teaching). It is the oldest teaching award at the Jesuit university.

The annual award, established in 1969 by the University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national honor society for students in Jesuit colleges and universities, recognizes outstanding teaching among faculty. Dr. Haggerty, who teaches a variety of philosophy courses, was voted by Scranton’s Alpha Sigma Nu honor society as this year’s recipient.

Dr. Haggerty began at The University of Scranton in 2005 as an assistant professor of philosophy. In 2009, he was named an associate professor of philosophy, and in 2010, he became the director of the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. Prior to coming to Scranton, he taught philosophy courses at Syracuse University, the Auburn State Prison (via Cayuga Community College), Hamilton College, Saint Joseph’s University and, most recently, Saint Mary’s Seminary and University.

The author of “The Unholy Alliance of Science and Analytic Epistemology: A Turn to Virtue in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy” (Nova Science Publishers, forthcoming in fall 2011), Dr. Haggerty has written many peer-reviewed articles, papers and book reviews. He has made peer-reviewed presentations at several conferences and has been an invited speaker at The University of Scranton and Saint Joseph’s University.

During his teaching career, Dr. Haggerty has been recognized with a Commendation for Outstanding Service and Dedication from St. Mary’s Seminary and University, among other awards and recognition. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association and other professional organizations.

Dr. Haggerty earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and his doctorate in philosophy from Syracuse University.

The Scranton chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu was founded in 1943 and is the oldest honor society at The University of Scranton. Juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service are eligible for membership.

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