Dedman College 2017
Steve Sverdlik, professor of philosophy in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1982. He received a B.A. from Harvard University cum laude and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he received a Whiting Fellowship and a Presidential Fellowship. Prior to SMU, he taught at Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Sverdlik has published widely on ethics, the philosophy of punishment, action theory and moral psychology. His book Motive and Rightness (2011), a comprehensive investigation of the role of motivation in the ethical assessment of action, received the Godbey Series Author Award. Professor Sverdlik's additional SMU honors include the Perrine Award, SMU Rotunda Teacher of the Year Award, and membership in SMU Phi Beta Kappa. His university service includes the President's Commission on the Status of Women, the Maguire Center Faculty Advisory Board, Faculty Senate, Dedman College Faculty Council and the Central University Libraries Strategic Plan Committee. He has served on the editorial boards of History of Philosophy Quarterly and American Philosophical Quarterly. Professor Sverdlik retires as Professor Emeritus of Philosophy.