Engaged Faculty: James Stillwaggon, Ph.D., Philosophy

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James Stillwaggon, Ph.D.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - An inspiring teacher and thoughtfully ardent writer, philosophy professor James Stillwaggon, Ph.D., has led a long career of motivating students to take on new ideas and challenge their perspectives on the bigger questions in life. Though he completed the majority of his college credits at the Hoger Instituut Wijsbegeerte at the University of Leuven (Belgium), this native of Point Lookout, N.Y., earned his bachelor’s in philosophy from Loyola College, and a Ph.D. that was a joint effort between Teachers College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

As a college senior, Dr. Stillwaggon was inspired to join the Peace Corps, but after learning that only business majors were being recruited at his school that year, he was disappointed, but not discouraged. Fearless and determined, he took the advice of a neighbor, who encouraged him to look into Teach For America (TFA), where he went on to serve for two years in North Carolina communities inflicted by social and economic inequities. It was here that James was most hard hit by the influences that dictate what is and isn’t possible for such groups in our society.

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