Posted: Tuesday Nov 29, 2011
Dr. Bradley Watson, chairperson and professor of politics and the Philip M. McKenna Chair of American and Western Political Thought at Saint Vincent College, was presented with the Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual Founders’ Day Honors Convocation in the Basilica on November 17 in recognition of his excellence in teaching, dedicated service to students and his commitment to the Benedictine values of Saint Vincent College.
The Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award is made possible by a gift from the late Thomas W. Thoburn, Jr. and Tina Thoburn, D.Ed., educators and philanthropists.
Nominations for this award are made by Saint Vincent College alumni in their sixth year after graduation. Alumni are invited to name one member of the faculty who has made a significant impact on them through their teaching and personal interactions.
Dr. Watson earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of British Columbia, a juris doctorate from Queen’s University Faculty of Law, a master of arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, a master of philosophy from the Institute of Philosophy, Catholic University of Louvain, and his Ph.D. from Claremont University. Dr. Watson has taught at Saint Vincent College for twelve years.
Dr. Watson has an exceptional record of scholarship. He is the author of several books and dozens of articles for both scholarly journals and the mass media. He is a leader among the faculty, serving on the rank and tenure committee and chairing the Politics Department.
“We recognized Dr. Watson for the profound impact he has on his students,” commented Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. “He is committed to providing the best educational experience possible. Dr. Watson insists that students not only read but truly engage the essential ideas and the Great Books that provide the foundation of our culture and our nation.”
In one of his nominations a recent alumna stated: “through wit, creativity, and a fantastic presence in the classroom [Dr. Watson] makes his students passionate about political philosophy.” Another alumna stated: “Dr. Watson embodies the Benedictine, Catholic tradition and the motto of the College – knowledge vindicates truth and justice -- . . .”. Another former student wrote, “. . . well beyond teaching me what Thomas Jefferson wrote in some obscure pamphlet, Dr. Watson gave me the skills and instilled the passion to seek truth everywhere.”
Photo: Dr. Bradley Watson, right, was presented with the Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award at the Saint Vincent College Founders’ Day Honors Convocation on November 17 in the Basilica by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.