Robert Louden, professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine, was recently named USM’s fifth Distinguished Professor, among the highest honors a tenured full professor can receive at the university. He is a resident of Portland.
Louden was honored at the University’s annual Faculty and Staff Opening Breakfast on August 31 with 690 people present. He is recognized worldwide for his scholarship, teaching, and service, and as USM’s Provost Michael Stevenson put it, for being a “rock star” in the classroom.
Louden came to USM in 1982 as an assistant professor of philosophy, receiving the rank of full professors in 1996 and serving as chair of his department four times. Over the course of his career, his scholarly focus has been ethics, the moral imagination, and the work of Immanuel Kant.
After receiving his Ph.D. from University of Chicago in 1981, Louden has worked in colleges across the nation and as a visiting professor in Germany. He is the author of four books issued by Oxford University Press and edited five collections, three on Immanuel Kant. Louden has also written over 100 published journal articles, book chapters, and reviews and has been invited to lecture throughout the world. In 2007, he was awarded a Fulbright.
Other USM Distinguished Professors include Professor of Public Policy and Management Mark Lapping; Professor of Emeritus of American and New England Studies Joseph Conforti; Professor of Art Rose Marasco; and Professor of English Kathleen Ashley.