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Professor Kegley Honored
  March 13, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

Jacquelyn Kegley, a California State University, Bakersfield philosophy professor, has received the Herbert W. Schneider award from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. The award is given to a scholar who has made significant contributions to the understanding and development of American philosophy.

Kegley received the award at their annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas last week.

"She is admired across the CSU system and has served in key positions for the system as well as CSUB," said Soraya Coley, CSUB provost and vice president for academic affairs. "She is committed to excellence in higher education, teaching, scholarly work and academic quality. She serves as a wonderful mentor for new faculty and she continues to bring recognition to CSUB."

Since 1969 Kegley has taught a broad range of philosophy courses at CSUB. She is a welcome speaker at national and international meetings, having spoken throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Hungary Israel, Italy, the Philippines, and Spain. Kegley holds academic degrees from Allegheny College, Rice University and Columbia University, where she wrote a dissertation on Josiah Royce's theory of knowledge.

Her published work is extensive including books, hundreds of essays and reviews.In addition, she has carefully examined the work of such American philosophers as: Marjorie Grene, Charles Hartshorne, John J. McDermott, Charles Sander Peirce, Richard Rorty, Paul Weiss, and Alfred North Whitehead.

Kegley has been an active member of the academic community in Bakersfield, serving at all levels, from department chair to the chair of the Academic Senate, and as member of the Academic Senate of the entire CSU system. In 1988 she was named outstanding professor not only for CSUB, but also for the entire CSU system.

She has also worked to advance the teaching efforts of the American Philosophical Association and held important posts in the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.

She has also helped establish CSUB's Charles W. Kegley Institute of Ethics. The activities of this Institute—workshops on ethics education, symposia on ethical topics, guest lectures and consulting services—all serve to demonstrate the practical importance of moral ideas.

"I am deeply honored and humbled by this award," Kegley said. "Scholarship in a field is facilitated by the work of many colleagues who have gone before and are working now and thus my achievement has only been possible by ‘standing on the shoulders of many men and women,'" she continued. "The most exciting aspect of this is the privilege I have of sharing my research with students that they too may advance the agenda of scholarship."

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