Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn Named 2015 Tennessee Professor of the Year
Belmont professors selected six times since 2000 for statewide honor
Belmont’s Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, professor of philosophy and director of the University’s Asian Studies program, was named as the 2015 Tennessee Professor of the Year, an award selection determined by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Dr. Littlejohn, who was in Washington, D.C. for special ceremonies to receive his award, was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States.
The author of six books, Littlejohn received his B.A., master’s and Ph.D. from Baylor University and has conducted post-doctoral work at several institutions including Harvard and Notre Dame. Littlejohn joined the Belmont faculty in 1984 to help begin a philosophy department and served as its chair for 20 years (1993-2013). He also designed the Belmont Honors Program (serving as its first director from 1985-88) as well as the interdisciplinary Asian Studies program, which he continues to oversee. In fact, Littlejohn was Tennessee’s co-director of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) from 2007-2011. He has also taught Asian philosophical and religious beliefs for Air Force officers of the Pacific Command (PACOM) Theater of Special Operations Forces (2011), and he has led workshops to enhance the teaching of Asia at more than a dozen universities. Littlejohn’s current work is in Comparative Philosophy, especially classical Confucianism and Daoism. He has many teaching awards to his credit, including the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching presented by the International Conference on Teaching and Learning (2003).