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Philosophy Professor to Receive Distinguished Professorship

Falls-Corbitt, Peg - 20131021 - 10445711CONWAY, Ark. (August 22, 2016) – Hendrix College will formally install Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt as the Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at a special ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11:10 a.m., in Reves Recital Hall in the Trieschmann Fine Arts Building.

Guests from the community are welcome to attend.

About Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt

Dr. Falls-Corbitt joined the Department of Philosophy at Hendrix in 1987. She was Hendrix’s 2001 recipient of the United Methodist Board of Education Excellence in Teaching Award and a nominee for the CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year in 2007.  

In 2002, she was named the Director of “Vocation and Integrity: A Call to Wholeness,” a program initiated by a grant from the Lilly Endowment that under her leadership became the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling. In 2009, she also began serving as the Associate Provost for Engaged Learning and held both administrative posts through 2016 when she decided to return full time to the philosophy classroom. 

Falls-Corbitt holds her Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and her B.A. from Rhodes College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to coming to Hendrix, she taught at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, and St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, where she received the Maria Pieta Award for Teaching Excellence.

A passionate proponent of interdisciplinary programs for enhancing the liberal arts, Falls-Corbitt worked with fellow faculty members at Hendrix for the development of a succession of required first-year interdisciplinary courses Western Intellectual Traditions, Journeys, and, most recently, The Engaged Citizen. While leading the Miller Center and the Hendrix Odyssey Program, she has spoken widely on engaged learning pedagogy, especially as it concerns the ethics of service-learning and the value of vocational reflection in the liberal arts curriculum.

Her areas of concentration in philosophy are Plato, Kant, ethics, and philosophy of religion.

Her publications include “Plato and Augustine on Doing Wrong Knowingly,” in Human and Divine Agency: Anglican, Catholic, and Lutheran Perspectives; “Retribution, Reciprocity and Respect for Persons,” in Law and Philosophy;Against the Death Penalty: A Christian Stance in a Secular World,” in The Christian Century; “Prisons and Privacy: A Moral Evaluation” in Freedom, Equality, and Social Change; and “Prolegomena to Any Postmodern Hope for the Church-Related College,” in Professing in the Postmodern Academy:  Faculty and the Future of the Church-Related College.  

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About the Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Professorship

The Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Professorship was established in 1981 by Hendrix alumna Dr. Margaret Pittman ’23, a research scientist who was the first woman to head a major research lab at the National Institutes of Health and who helped develop the vaccines for typhoid, cholera and whooping cough. 

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit