Phi Kappa Phi Scholar 2007-2010

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Carolyn Eggleston 
Phi Kappa Phi Scholar

Jeffrey Snedeker 
Phi Kappa Phi Artist 

Larry A. Hickman
Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Dewey Studies
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is proud to announce the selection of Larry A. Hickman, Ph.D. as the 2007-2010 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar. A nationally and internationally-recognized authority on the life and thought of philosopher John Dewey, Dr. Hickman embodies the ideals of a Phi Kappa Phi Scholar. His "inspirational standards of scholarship" encourage his students to excel in his classroom and beyond.

A native of South Texas, Larry A. Hickman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hardin-Simmons University and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Erlangen in West Germany, he returned to the University of Texas as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In 1974 he joined the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, where he taught until beginning his tenure as director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1993. In 2005 he was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan.

In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Hickman has maintained his activities as a scholar and teacher. As an administrator, he has raised more than $2 million for the work of the Center for Dewey Studies. As a scholar, he has written four book-length monographs and edited or coedited ten volumes, including the electronic edition of The Correspondence of John Dewey. His publications have been the recipients of three "Outstanding Academic Title" awards from Choice. He has also published more than 100 essays, reviews, and encyclopedia entries. His work has been translated into a half-dozen languages.

Dr. Hickman's scholarly work is not restricted to print and electronic editions. In 2000 he wrote and narrated John Dewey: His Life and Work, a forty-one minute educational DVD, which is widely used in departments of philosophy and education, and which garnered a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2001.

Dr. Hickman has served as president of several national and international societies, including the Southwestern Philosophical Society, the Society for Philosophy and Technology, the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, and the John Dewey Society. He has also served on numerous executive and advisory boards, including those of the Association for Documentary Editing, the International Pragmatism Society, the Dewey-Center Köln (Germany), and the Center for Studies of Dewey and American Philosophy at Fudan University (Shanghai, China). He also has served as president of the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

Internationally-known for his scholarship on themes such as technology, democracy, and education, Dr. Hickman has lectured in nineteen foreign countries, including Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czechoslovakia, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, Poland, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Hickman has received awards from distinguished organizations, including numerous honors from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he continues to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of subjects, ranging from the philosophy of technology, to documentary editing, to American philosophy.

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