We were at a loss about how to properly and adequately recognize the contributions that Matthew Grant Fuller has made to the Philosophy Faculty and the students of St. Philip's College over the last five years (2014 - 2019).
Over the years, he has received the "Teaching Excellence Award for Philosophy" (2015) and the "International Education Award for Philosophy" (2019) from the Philosophy Faculty (see below). Matthew Fuller also received the 2017 NISOD Excellence Award for Teaching from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin for his teaching at St. Philip’s College (see below). This is a national distinction for distinguished service to his students.
So, we needed a distinction that recognized the totality of his (1) excellent teaching; (2) the international nature of his research, writing, publishing, and conference presentations; (3) his international study abroad and service trips; (4) his role as an Advisor for the Philosophy Club and Coach to the Ethics Bowl Team; and (5) his leadership as our Department Chair. With that in mind, we have voted him the Inaugural Philosophy Laureate:
"For outstanding contributions to the field of Philosophy and for dedicated service to St. Philip's College the Philosophy Faculty appoint you to the office of Philosophy Laureate for the year 2020."
Congratulations! Matthew Grant Fuller, this is a hard earned, well deserved accolade from your colleagues. Best wishes! in your new doctoral program in New Zealand!
A Photo Tribute to Matthew Grant Fuller St. Philip's College Service Dates: 2014-2019
DEFINITION OF LAUREATE
(Entry 1 of 3)
1 : the recipient of honor or recognition for achievement in an art or science
a Nobel laureate specifically : poet laureate
lau·re·ate | \ ˈlȯr-ē-ˌāt, ˈlär- \
Definition of laureate (Entry 2 of 3)
1 : to crown with or as if with a laurel wreath for excellence or achievement
2 : to appoint to the office of poet laureate
lau·re·ate | \ ˈlȯr-ē-ət, ˈlär- \
Definition of laureate (Entry 3 of 3)
1 : honored for outstanding achievement in an art or science This was a term coined in the 1950s by Nobel laureate chemist Irving Langmuir …— Gary Taubes — see also poet laureate
2 : crowned with laurel Minted in France in 1807, the front of the medal shows the laureate head of Emperor Napoleon and, on the reverse, an eagle clutching a thunderbolt, part of the emperor's imperial seal. — Brice Stump