Feb. 4, 2019
Saint Vincent College President Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Dr. Margaret Watkins, professor of philosophy, to the position of Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
“We are grateful for Dr. Watkins’ exemplary work as interim dean, in addition to her scholarly accomplishments as a member of the Philosophy Department,” said Br. Norman. “We look forward to her continuing contributions and leadership of the school as it moves forward.”
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the College and our School in this position,” Watkins said. “We have enormous opportunities for innovation and collaboration, and a wealth of resources in our dedicated and accomplished faculty and staff.”
A Hume scholar, Watkins has presented at nearly 50 professional conferences, and has had more than a dozen scholarly articles published. Her book “The Philosophical Progress of Hume’s ‘Essays’” has just been published by Cambridge University Press.
Watkins is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hume Society and served as program director for the International Hume Society Conference held in Budapest in July 2018, a multi-year project involving leadership of a committee of four conference organizers.
Watkins was hired at Saint Vincent in 2009 as an assistant professor of philosophy, attaining the rank of associate professor in the fall of 2013, and professor in 2018. She has taught more than a dozen different courses in philosophy and ethics at Saint Vincent, from introductory to the senior and honors levels.
During her time as interim dean, she has been active in promoting new programs within the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, including Saint Vincent’s digital art and media program, and the new major in literary translation. Under her leadership, faculty from the Anthropology, English and History departments collaborated with Carlow University and Ursuline College on a grant recently funded by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). This grant will support innovative work and teaching in the humanities at all three schools.
Watkins graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary. She went on to earn both a master of arts and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “The Autonomous Hume: On the Search for the Kantian Moral Motive in Hume’s Moral Philosophy.”
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