Clayton State University Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Alexander Hall has been named the fourth annual winner of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Gene Hatfield Scholar of the Year Award.
The Arts & Sciences Scholar of the Year award is made possible by, and is named after, Dr. Eugene Hatfield, long-time (1976–2008) history professor at Clayton State. Preceding Hall as recipients of the Hatfield award are Dr. Brigitte Byrd (2009), Dr. E. Joe Johnson (2010) and Dr. Jonathan Lyon (2011).
In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Clayton State, Hall also serves as assistant director of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, and as the Managing Editor of its Proceedings. In 2011, Hall co-edited the first nine volumes of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics Proceedings, which were published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He has also been one of the organizers of the Southeast Philosophy Conference, which annually brings a variety of national and international speakers to the Clayton State campus.
“It is a pleasure to work with my fellow faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences," says Hall. "My scholarship has benefited from colleagues who have helped me to find travel funding and to craft teaching schedules that facilitate research, who have read and reread drafts of manuscripts and who are kind enough yet to leave open their doors for me, no matter how many times I’ve materialized in their offices to ask what x thought of y or seek advice regarding a turn of phrase.
"I’ve consulted with faculty from departments across the University over matters as diverse as the mind-body problem, human nature and evolution, Aristotle and freedom of the will, the rhythm of Boethian prose, medieval literature, post-modern idealism and the philosophical implications of various popular culture movements. All of this is to say that the Clayton State faculty possesses a wealth of expertise from which they generously share, and I am honored to have received from them the 2012 award for Scholar of the Year."
Hall received his B.A. from the University of California at Davis (1992), an M.A. from San Francisco State University (1998) and a Ph.D. from Emory University (2004). He began teaching Critical Thinking as a part time faculty member at Clayton State in fall 2001, entering the ranks of full time faculty three years later.