ACTC ELECTS PHILLIP SLOAN PRESIDENT
Phillip Sloan was overwhelming elected as the new President of
ACTC by the membership of ACTC in September 2003 and has assumed
his office with both the dignity and energy members expected of
Phil Sloan is the professor and chair of the Program for Liberal
Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Over the last seven years,
Phil has been an absolutely tireless advocate and supporter of ACTC.
He was one of our first plenary speakers, one who brought substance
and respect to ACTC with his address. An ACTC Board member, he sought
institutional support from Notre Dame very early in ACTC’s existence
when the organization was struggling for recognition from universities
and colleges. He successfully sought to bring the sixth annual conference
to the University of Notre Dame. He has found prominent speakers
for our conference and encouraged a dialogue between the sciences
and humanities through many conference papers. He recently co-authored
the three-year syllabus in ACTC’s successful grant proposal, “Bridging
the Gap Between the Humanities and Sciences,” to the National Endowment
for the Humanities. A true gentleman and scholar, he in every way
exemplifies what is good about ACTC.
As President, Phil brings an impressive scholarly voice and a commitment
to core text teaching that is hard to match, even among the many
outstanding members of ACTC. Originally trained in biology and chemistry,
with a specialization in evolutionary biology, he received his doctorate
in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego (1970),
with a specialization in the history and philosophy of science.
His research area is the history and philosophy of the life sciences
in the modern period with publications on the history of evolutionary
theory, Enlightenment natural history, and intellectual history.
He has also worked in the history and philosophy of recent genetics
and molecular biology. He is a Fellow of Section L of the AAAS.
A tireless advocate of core programs at Notre Dame, he is as at
ease in a freshman seminar of great works of the West and the world
as he is as in a senior seminar of great works on genetics.
At the ninth annual conference, in Atlanta, Phil gave his inaugural
address, “Core Liberal Education and the Research University: Rethinking
an Old Conflict,” in which he argued strongly that we must maintain
the place of core text, thoughtful curricula within the university
and collegiate context.
This year, as ACTC has expanded its plans and operations, Phil
has been invaluable in his insight, counsel, support and vision
for ACTC’s growth. ACTC is fortunate to have had his distinguished
membership and now doubly fortunate to have him elected as our second