John Armstrong is the Willis J. Smith Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Humanities Division at Southern Virginia University.
He joined the faculty in 1998. With Dr. Jan-Erik Jones, he founded the university’s philosophy major in 2002. He has chaired the American Academy for Liberal Education’s Council of Scholars and has been president of Mormon Scholars in the Humanities and of the Virginia Philosophical Association.
Dr. Armstrong coordinated Southern Virginia’s successful bid for accreditation in 2003. Later, while serving as the university’s Associate Provost, he and Provost Madison Sowell supervised the report certifying Southern Virginia’s compliance with the accreditation standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This accreditation was granted in 2012.
He teaches the core course Reason and the Self as well as courses in ethics, political philosophy, classical Greek and Roman philosophy, and classical Chinese philosophy. He has taught travel study courses in Rome, Greece, and China.
His research on ancient Greek philosophy has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies. His articles have been published in leading journals for ancient philosophy and classics.
Before coming to Southern Virginia, Dr. Armstrong studied and taught at the University of Arizona, at the University of Texas at Austin, and at Brigham Young University. He was a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University in 2006.
His service in the community has included four years as a member of the Buena Vista City School Board. He and his family actively participate in a local ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a young man, he was a missionary for the Church in Taipei, Taiwan.
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1992; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1995, 1998
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