Smith appointed chair of the Department of Philosophy

Dr. Smith is currently an associate professor in the department where he has been a faculty member since 2003.
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Donald Smith, Ph.D., began his tenure as chair of the Department of Philosophy on July 1, 2020. Dr. Smith is currently an associate professor in the department where he has been a faculty member since 2003.

Dr. Smith will replace Tony Ellis as chair. The College would like to thank Tony for his service and leadership over the past 25+ years.

Dr. Smith earned a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking as well as a B.S. in mathematics and B.A. in philosophy, all from VCU. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His teaching and research primarily focus on metaphysics and the philosophy of religion.

Dr. Smith is looking forward to the challenges of leading the department where he was once a student.

“Professor Tony Ellis has been my chair during my entire time as a faculty member here at VCU. Tony is a tough act to follow and it's with great trepidation that I do so. Under Tony's leadership, we have had the opportunities and freedom to pursue excellence in research, teaching and service, all in a collaborative and collegial environment; I can only hope to continue leading the department on the trajectory set by Tony.”

The Department of Philosophy currently enrolls around 100 undergraduate majors and offers four ways to major in philosophy: a regular philosophy concentration; a philosophy and science concentration; an ethics and public policy concentration, and a philosophy and law concentration. All of the courses place a heavy emphasis on developing students' abilities to think, read and write critically.

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