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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Faculty Spotlight – Assistant Professor of Philosophy Cavin Robinson, Ph.D.

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What drew you to higher education in general, and to Le Moyne in particular?

“I have a sincere desire to help people become what they've dreamed about their whole lives. I enjoy finding ways to help students get over the last hurdle that separates them from what they are passionate about becoming. The students at Le Moyne are truly hard working and earnest which makes helping them all the more special to me.”

What qualities or characteristics do you hope others would say you exhibit?
“I would hope that people would say that I was empathetic. I pride myself on doing all that I can to help others as best I can out of a genuine care and concern for the well-being of others.”

Favorite place on campus:
“I enjoy spending time in the Dolphin Den.”

Proudest accomplishment to date:
“My proudest accomplishment to date would have to be finishing my doctoral dissertation. It was important for me to show my children the importance not only of education, but also of seeing a difficult task through to the finish.”

What attributes do you think make a great teacher?
“I think that the fact that I care about my students beyond my classroom has the biggest affect on my teaching. I try to ensure that my courses offer the students important lessons and skills beyond our texts that they can use for the rest of their lives.”

What do you think is the greatest challenge your students will face after they graduate from Le Moyne, and what gives you optimism that they will be able to meet it?
“I think that the hardest thing for anyone to do in a difficult economy is to remain optimistic despite setbacks and adversity. The good thing is that our students are no strangers to hard work so I am confident that they will be able to take whatever life throws at them.”

What is the most rewarding thing that you have ever done?

“The most rewarding thing I have done has been to attend the birth of all three of my children.”

If you could pursue a profession other than your own, what would it be?

“If I could pursue another profession without a doubt it would be astrophysics. My original desire in undergrad was to major in astrophysics, join the Air Force, and become an astronaut. That was before I found out that I was most likely too tall to be a fighter jet pilot so I scaled my plans back to just astrophysics. After two years of physics I eventually read Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan and next thing I knew I had a Ph.D. in philosophy. It's funny how that happens.”


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