Ashland University to Host Philosophy Talk on ‘College Athletics’
The Ashland University Philosophy Department will host a program about College Athletics on Feb. 18. Dr. Scott Kretchmar, professor and NCAA faculty athletic representative at Penn State University, will present “College Athletics: Its Most Serious Ethical Dilemma” at 4 p.m. in the Founders Hall Seminar Room on the Ashland University campus. The event is free and open to the public.
“Scott is widely respected and a very creative thinker,” said Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor of philosophy at Ashland University. “I believe he is the best known philosopher of sport in the world and has done more to bring credibility to this field of study than anyone.”
Kretchmar is professor of Exercise and Sport Science at Penn State University. He is a founding member of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and served as its president. He has been editor of the “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport,” is a fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and is the author of “Practical Philosophy of Sport,” a widely used text in the philosophy of sport. He also is the founding editor of the “Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.”
He has written numerous articles on ethics, the nature of sport and the operation of human intelligence in physical activity. He was named Alliance Scholar for AAHPERD in 1996, received the Distinguished Scholar Award from NAPEHE in 1997, and was honored as Distinguished Scholar for the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport in 1998 and again in 2006.
Kretchmar served as chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State on two occasions, has been president of the University Faculty Senate, and currently serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.