Dr. Joseph Runzo

 

 
     
 


Education/Teaching
Academic & Administration Experience/Awards

Education:

East-West Center, University of Hawaii, NEH Fellow (South Asian Religion and Culture), Summer 1994

Harvard University Divinity School, M.T.S. (Theology, Ethics and Biblical Studies) 1976

University of Michigan, Ph.D. (Philosophy: philosophy of religion and ethics) 1974

University of Michigan, M.A. (Philosophy) 1973

University of California, Irvine, B.A. (Philosophy) 1970
  

Areas of Specialization:
   Comparative Religious Ethics
Global Philosophy of Religion
Intercultural Ethics of Sex and Gender
Ethics of War
Epistemology/World Views
  
Areas of Additional & Teaching Interest:
  Religion and Science/Ecology
History of Western Philosophy and Religion
Religion and Philosophy in Art and Literature
  
Academic Experience:
 

Professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Honors, Chapman University

Life Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University
 

Cambridge University - Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Winter/Spring 1998

Cambridge University - Visiting Scholar, St. Edmund's College, 1990

Claremont Graduate School - Visiting Professor of Philosophy of Religion, 1989

Chapman University
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, 1988-
Honors Professor, 1983-present
Chair, Department of Philosophy, 1981-82, 1987-89 and 1992-93
Chair, Department of Religion, 1987-88
Director of Honors Program, 1985-87
Associate Professor, 1982-88
Assistant Professor, 1978-82

University of Michigan - Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Summer 1978

University of Southern Mississippi - Assistant Professor, 1976-78

University of Michigan
Teaching Fellow, Department of Philosophy, 1971-72
Danforth Foundation Teaching Apprentice, 1971
 

Administrative and Related Experience:

Founding Executive Director, Global Ethics and Religion Forum (www.GERForum.org) 

General Co-Editor, "Library of Global Ethics and Religion," Oneworld Publications Ltd., Oxford, England

Member, Editorial Board, Faith and Philosophy, 1988-

Co-Organizer, Human Rights Symposium, Fourth Parliament of the World Religions, Barcelona, Spain, 2004

Co-Organizer, International Peace Conference, University of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, India, December 2003

Co-Director, International Conference on "War and Reconciliation: Perspectives of the World Religions," Cambridge University, Spring 2003

Co-Director, International Conference on "Mirabai: Hindu Saint for a Global World," Los Angeles, October 3-8, 2002

Co-Director, "Violence and Human Dignity in the World Religions," interrelated conferences in Southern California, week of April 29-May 3

Member, National Program Committee, Pacific Division, American Philosophical Association, 1996-99

Consultant for the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics, 2000

Chairman of the Board, Orange County Works for Foster Care Youth, Spring 1996

Co-Director, International Conference on "Ethics in the World Religions: Ushering in the Millennium," Chapman University and Loyola Marymount University, March 23-25, 2000

Co-Director, International Conference on "Human Rights and Responsibilities: The Contribution of the World Religions," Chapman University, April 8, 1999

Co-Director, International Conference on "Gender and Love in the World Religions: New Perspectives for the Twenty-first Century," Chapman University, April 1-3, 1998

Director, Philosophy of Religion Discussion Group, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, 1998

Co-Director, International Conference on "The Meaning of Life in the World Religions," Chapman University, April 3-5, 1997

Member, National Program Committee, Pacific Division, American Philosophical Association,1990-93

Founding Director, Philosophy of Religion Society, 1983-90

Chair, Department of Philosophy, Chapman University, 1981-82, 1987-89, and 1992-93

Chair, Department of Religion, Chapman University, 1987-88

Director, Inaugural Annual Griset Lectures in Ethics and Religion, Chapman University, 1989

Director, Honors Program, Chapman University (1985-87)

Originator, Chairperson of faculty committee, and Author of $400,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant to establish and endow the Honors Program at Chapman University, 1980

Member, Chapman University, ten search committees for new faculty (chair of four)

Member, Wilkinson College Faculty Personnel Committee

In Charge of Program, Society of Christian Philosophers, APA Meetings, 1980, 1983, and 1986

Consultant for NEH Research Programs Division, 1983
  

Postgraduate Fellowships, Awards and Lectureships:

2002 Chapman University Research Grant in Cambridge, UK

2001 Boston University Lowell Lecturer on Comparative Religious Ethics

Spalding Trust (UK) Research Award for India, 2000

Chapman University Grant for Research in China, 2000

Chapman University Griset Travel Grant for South Africa, 2000

1999 McMannis Lecturer on Science and Religion, Wheaton College

Chapman University Grant for Research in Japan, 1999

Chapman University Griset Travel Grant for South Africa, 1999

1998 Chapman University Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research

Chapman University Grant for Research in Japan, 1997

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Institute on South Asian Religion and Culture, East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Summer 1994

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1990

Honors Lecturer Teaching/Research Award, Chapman University, 1988

Hua-Cheng Wang Fellowship - distinguished faculty/teaching award, Chapman University, 1987-88

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1987

N.E.H. Member, Syracuse University Symposium on Religious Epistemology, Summer 1985

Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, Chapman University, 1984

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1981

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar Fellowship in the Philosophy of Religion, University of Illinois, with Professor William Alston, Summer 1979
  

Professional Societies:
American Academy of Religion
American Philosophical Association
Society of Christian Philosophers (Editorial Board)
Asia Society
International Association for the History of Religions
North American Association for Religious Studies
  

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