Hugh Mercer Curtler is a retired academic who taught philosophy and Humanities (Great Books) for 41 years in three different colleges and universities, his final 37 years being spent at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. In addition to teaching full time, he founded and directed Southwest’s honors program and, for fifteen years, coached their championship women’s tennis team. To this point he has published thirteen books and numerous articles and reviews in professional journals. His successful coaching career led to induction in university and conference Halls of Fame plus the USTA Northern Hall of Fame; in 2006 he became Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Southwest.
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Hugh spent his early years on the East Coast before moving to the Midwest where he supplemented his academic work with avid reading and careful observation of the world around him. Hopefully, his blogs will reflect his wide range of interests.
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Undergraduate: St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland – B.A. 1959
Graduate: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois – M.A. 1962, Ph.D. 1964
Awards and Honors:
(1) Maryland State Scholarship 1955-1959
(2) Northwestern University Fellowship 1961-1964
(3) Younger Humanist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities 1971-1972
(4) Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (Santa Barbara) May 1972
(5) N.E.H. Stipend to attend Institute on Aesthetics, Boulder, Colorado June, 1977.
(1) Instructor and Assistant Professor of Philosophy
The University of Rhode Island 1964-1966
(2) Assistant Professor and Chairman of Humanities & Philosophy
Midwestern College, Denison, Iowa 1966-1968
(3) Assistant Professor, Associate Professor & Professor of Philosophy
Southwest Minnesota State University 1968-2005
(4) Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
Southwest Minnesota State University 2006—