Weaver Fellowship

Committed to Liberty and Lifelong Teaching

Doctoral Candidates Awarded Prestigious Weaver Fellowship

Date published: June 2, 2017

Pavlos PapadopoulosTwo University of Dallas doctoral candidates in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts Institute of Philosophic Studies (IPS), Leta Sundet, MA ’16, and Pavlos Papadopoulos, MA ’14, were recently awarded the prestigious Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

One of four fellowships available through the ISI’s Graduate Fellowship Program, the Weaver Fellowship awards up to $15,000 annually to students intending to use their advanced degrees to teach. Each year, newly awarded graduate fellows are required to attend one weekend colloquium in partnership with the Liberty Fund Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana. Sundet and Papadopoulos join more than 500 distinguished ISI alumni fellows, including Associate Professor and History Department Chairwoman Susan Hanssen.

“My professors and fellow graduate students at the University of Dallas are who I model myself after — careful scholars, full of humility, curiosity and affection for their disciplines and their students,” said Sundet. “This award gives me the opportunity to focus the next year on teaching and writing, for which I’m particularly grateful.”

An IPS literature candidate, Sundet instructs and mentors students in the University of Dallas English Department and hopes to continue teaching college-level literature. She received her Master of Arts in Theology and Letters and her bachelor's in liberal arts from New Saint Andrews College. Her current research interests include Jane Austen and Isak Dinesen.

Papadopoulos, an IPS political philosophy candidate, is eager to engage with fellows who share his same devotion to liberal teaching and education.

“I am looking forward to participating in the graduate colloquium for Weaver fellows, which will be an excellent opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the Western tradition in a stimulating community of liberal learning," said Papadopoulos. “I am honored and grateful for the opportunity the Weaver Fellowship will afford me in the coming year.”

Papadopoulos serves as an adjunct instructor of philosophy at the University of Dallas and has taught courses in the departments of history, politics and philosophy. He received his Master of Arts in politics from the University of Dallas and his bachelor's from St. John’s College and intends to complete his doctoral dissertation, “The Philosopher as Author: Plato, Cicero, and Hobbes on Writing and Political Philosophy,” by 2018. In January, he was awarded the Braniff Graduate Student Association Service Award.

ISI’s Graduate Fellowship Program is characterized by Richard M. Weaver’s observation that “a liberal education specifically prepares for the achievement of freedom.” The Weaver Fellowship seeks to uphold the idea of academic excellence and the role of education in producing persons capable of making reasoned choices in favor of liberty.

Discover more about the University of Dallas Institute of Philosophic Studies.

News

UD Announces Partnership with IWP

Earlier this month, the University of Dallas announced a partnership with the Institute of World Politics (IWP). UD will be the ninth institution of higher learning to partner with IWP.

+ Read More

Teller Family Finds Friendship, Fraternity in Love of Music

Growing up in a half-Irish Catholic family in Cincinnati, the seven Teller children knew a household full of music. Lucy, Brother Jonah and Brother Simon Teller have used the love of music instilled during childhood by their family to become musicians and produce music of their own.

+ Read More

UD Engages Conservation, Behavioral Research Efforts with Dallas Zoo

A few years back, the University of Dallas began to form a relationship with the Dallas Zoo, when Assistant Professor of Biology Deanna Soper, Ph.D., and her colleague, Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill, P.h.D., began taking class trips to the zoo. And in the spirit of further collaboration, the world's leading cheetah expert and conservationist, Laurie Marker, Ph.D., founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) sponsored by the Dallas Zoo, will join the UD community on Thursday, Oct. 25, to give a lecture about her work rescuing the world's fastest land mammal from extinction.

+ Read More