John Corvino receives Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship

Professor and department chair John Corvino has received a 2014 Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship.

These fellowships were created to recognize and provide support for members of the faculty whose continuing achievements and current activities in scholarship, research or the fine and performing arts are nationally distinguished. The Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowships are derived from revenues especially available to the Board. The term of each fellowship is two years. Since 1985, 73 Charles H. Gershenson Fellowships and 83 Board of Governors Fellowships have been awarded.

Dr. Corvino received his award at the WSU Academic Recognition Ceremony on April 24, 2014. According to the program:

Professor John Corvino is a "public philosopher" of the highest order, who has added clarity and rigor to discussions of the moral issues related to gender, sexuality and homosexuality. As one of his colleagues wrote, "Read Corvino, to be reminded that it is possible for people who deeply disagree to argue respectfully, fairly, and with empathetic imagination and even a sense of humor." His work speaks to both philosophers and the general public - he publishes both in philosophy journals and in The Huffington Post. Corvino's work has had a global impact, as evidenced by the hundreds of invitations he has received to lecture and debate in the U.S., Canada, Germany and China.

He has recently published two influential books with Oxford University Press: Debating Same-Sex Marriage (with Maggie Gallagher, 2012) and What's Wrong with Homosexuality? (2013). He won a President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 and was named one of four Distinguished Professors of the Year by the President's Council of the State Universities of Michigan in 2012. During his Fellowship period, Corvino plans to question the traditional understanding of marriage in the new "natural law" tradition and to enter into the current debate in bioethics about the importance of biological bonds to children?

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