Francis Ambrosio Named Director of Doctor of Liberal Studies Program
The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) has announced that Francis ('Frank') J. Ambrosio, Associate Professor of Philosophy, will be the Director of the Doctor of Liberal Studies (DLS) Program beginning next (2011-12) academic year.
In making the appointment, SCS Dean Robert Manuel emphasized, “Frank comes with long experience in our program, with excellent teaching and research credentials, and with strong commitment to Liberal Studies, so he is well suited to this position. I look forward to continuing to work with him in this role.”
“Frank’s appointment marks a new step in the development of the Doctor of Liberal Studies Program,” said Dr. Anthony Tambasco, Associate Dean of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program. “While holding the interim position, he has helped us move from a part-time to a full-time director position. Recognizing that the Doctor of Liberal Studies program is rapidly growing, we were committed to bringing on full-time leadership to better serve our student community.”
Ambrosio has been a core faculty member of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown. He supported the leadership efforts of Professor Terrence Reynolds and Chester Gillis, now Dean of Georgetown College, in creating the doctoral program; he has taught one of its foundational courses since the inception of the program, and has been a member of the executive committee that oversees the doctoral studies. His familiarity with both the program and the other graduate programs on campus situate him well for advising doctoral candidates in their diverse courses of study.
He has extraordinary credentials in teaching. In 1998 he was the recipient of the Bunn Award for Faculty Excellence, selected by the students of Georgetown College. In 2000, he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching from Georgetown College. In 2009, he received the Dorothy Brown Award for Teaching by popular vote of the University undergraduate student body, and in 2010 he received the Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award from the Georgetown Graduate Liberal Studies Program. He has lectured widely in the United States, Germany, and Italy. He currently teaches courses at Georgetown and in Liberal Studies on Plato, existentialism, hermeneutics, and postmodernism, and an interdisciplinary course on Dante and the Christian Imagination.
After studies in Italian language and literature in Florence, Italy, he completed his Ph.D. at Fordham University with a specialization in contemporary European philosophy. His most recent book, Dante and Derrida: Face to Face, was published by the State University of New York Press in 2007. His research began with publications on hermeneutics, especially the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, in scholarly journals such as Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, International Philosophical Quarterly, Man and World, Owl of Minerva, and American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. He has contributed chapters to several collections, including the Library of Living Philosophers volume on Gadamer. In addition, he is the editor of two books: Text and Teaching (Georgetown University Press, 1991) and The Question of Christian Philosophy Today (Fordham University Press, 1999).
In 2000, he founded the “MyDante” project (http://dante.georgetown.edu), which has been widely recognized as one of the most innovative and effective educational Web sites in the field of humanities. With a fully interactive, Web-based edition of Dante’s Commedia at its heart, the project invites readers to develop their own annotated version of Dante’s poem through a rich pedagogy of reading and reflection.
In view of his scholarship, Dean Manuel observed, “Frank will be both a model and a guide to our doctoral candidates in a program that has now established itself not only as the unique but also as the exemplary doctoral program for Liberal Studies in the academic world.”