Michael A. Haggar Fellow 2019 - Chad Engelland, Ph.D.
It would be difficult to find anyone at UD—indeed, anyone anywhere—who has accomplished
more in the first five years of teaching, research, and service at an institution.
Indeed, the department and the University as a whole are blessed to have this person
as a faculty member. Student buzz makes it clear that this professor is thoroughly
practiced and skilled in adapting difficult subject matter to his students. He seems
to have a knack for pulling his students into difficult ideas while appealing to both
their ordinary experience and higher aspirations. He does an especially good job of
blending a concern with contemporary thought together with the wisdom of the ancient,
medieval and early modern classics. He is faithful to the intentions of the department’s
curriculum and its paradigm syllabuses for the Core.
As a scholar, he has been incredibly productive. He has published two books in the
past few years, he has a third under contract, and he is editing a fourth volume of
essays. In addition, during his time here, he has published over a dozen articles
in top-tier journals. This professor’s ability to connect with his students on an
existential level is mirrored in his scholarship. In 2016 he published an accessible
and engaging introduction to philosophy, entitled, The Way to Philosophy, which very much captures his classroom approach.
Moreover, he has run the Philosophy Colloquium for several years now, giving up his
Friday afternoons in order to enliven campus intellectual life, and he has made this
colloquium much more interdisciplinary in character. In terms of service, he has served
on at least eight different University committees. He is currently serving as director
of the M.A. in Philosophy program. He is truly the model of a gentleman scholar and