February 11, 2010

Philosophy professor recognized for humanities teaching excellence

Professor Joel Martinez received the Graves Award in recognition of his humanities teaching excellence.

  • Joel Martinez, assistant professor of philosophy

Joel Martinez, assistant professor of philosophy, received the Graves Award in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in teaching the humanities.

Martinez’ scholarly interests include virtue ethics, 19th-century philosophy, and the philosophy of education. He will use the $10,000 award to support a project titled, “Reforming Morality: Virtue as Inner Strength in Aristotle and Ancient Stoics.”

The Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award is administered by Pomona College and the American Council of Learned Societies. It is given in alternate years to select young professors teaching at liberal arts colleges in the West.

Martinez’ accomplishment continues a string of Graves Award successes by the Lewis & Clark faculty. Karen Gross, assistant professor of English, won the award in 2008; as did David Campion, associate professor of history, in 2006; Rebecca Copenhaver, associate professor of philosophy, in 2004; Nora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music, in 2000; and Alan Cole, professor of religious studies, in 1998.