Professor Awarded Fellowship at University of Notre Dame

Dr. Leigh Vicens, assistant professor of philosophy, was recently awarded one of three research fellowships by the University of Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion.

The year-long fellowship, awarded annually to select scholars from around the world, is presented to those who will "grow and make progress in the Center's areas of interest ... and will subsequently disseminate and expand upon work in those areas through their own teaching and writing."

According to its website, the primary mission of the Center for Philosophy of Religion is to "promote work on topics in the philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, and to encourage the development and exploration of specifically Christian and theistic philosophy."

The Center also aims to "foster dialogue between the disciplines of philosophy and theology on topics of mutual interest, and to disseminate the results of scholarly research on these issues both within the academy and to a wider, non-academic audience."

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Vicens joined the Augustana faculty in the fall of 2012. She teaches courses on critical thinking, philosophy of religion, contemporary moral issues, and free will and moral responsibility. Her research focuses on metaphysical questions in the philosophy of religion, mind, and action, and she has published articles on the relationship between divine causation, human freedom, and the laws of nature in Religious Studies and The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Vicens earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. in philosophy from Dartmouth College. She also has an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary and is an ordained Episcopal priest.

In addition to the Notre Dame fellowship, Vicens was also recently accepted into a summer program on "Divine Action in the World: Philosophical and Theological Inquiries," hosted by the Analytic Theology Project, set for July 24 through August 2 in Innsbruck, Austria.