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WC Spotlight - Greg Trickett

Greg Trickett.Name:  Gregory E. Trickett

Position:  Associate Professor of Philosophy

Hometown:  Shreveport, Louisiana

How long have you been at WC?  I began as an adjunct around 2006-2007 and have been a full-time faculty member since 2009.

What were your previous jobs?  I worked for a freight pick-up/delivery service called TexPac as a truck driver and then as an Associate and Assistant Manager at Pier One Imports while working through grad school.

What is the best part of your job?  I get to talk about philo-
sophy all the time and get paid for it! The interaction with students, seeing many of them grow in their perspectives by associating philosophy with their personal life or professional/academic goals, is invaluable to me.

What are your favorite things to do when you are not working?  Golf, knit, listen to music, watch TV/movies, discuss philosophy with my philosophy nerd friends, but mostly hang out with my wife and kids.

What was your favorite vacation?  A few years ago, my wife and I took an anniversary trip to Robber’s Cave, Oklahoma. It was the first trip we had since having kids and it was so relaxing, fun, and simple. We can’t wait to do it again.

What event helped shape your life?  There have been many. Becoming a Christian, meeting my wife, having kids . . . but in light of all of that, one thing that really shaped my approach to philo-
sophy and my academic and personal life was reading “Advice to Christian Philosophers” by Alvin Plantinga. It helped me realize just how unapologetically compatible philosophy and my faith are, propelling me along the academic trajectory I find myself today.

Who is the most famous person you have personally met?  I’ve met both Richard Swinburne and Alvin Plantinga, two of the most revered and important Christian philosopher’s alive today; but as they are “academic” famous, I doubt that will impress many people.

How would you describe the activity level of campus life?  I find it increasing with things like Phi Theta Kappa and other organizations on campus. I’ve recently tried to contribute to this growth with last April’s philosophy of religion conference held here at WC.

Why is campus life important?  It helps create community which not only fosters social growth but academic growth as well by providing more occasions in which students (and at times their instructors) can discuss classes, ideas, interests and academic struggles in social settings.

How would you describe the quality of education students receive at WC?  Good and getting better. The willingness of the administration and faculty to pursue academic excellence and other learning opportunities outside the classroom (through such efforts as the Miller/Reeves lecture series out of the Social Sciences department, the Creative Writing competition from my own Humanities department, the recent Into the Woods production to celebrate the Alkek 20th anni-
versary, and the “Open-mindedness in Philosophy of Religion” conference)i s a reflection of the growing level of excellence in instruction that can be found in the classroom at WC.

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