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Dr. Lou Matz

Dr. Lou MatzLou Matz received his B.A. in philosophy and psychology from the University of Redlands, earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa and being selected as scholar-athlete of the year (basketball). He completed his M.A. and Ph.D in philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. Before arriving at Pacific in 1999, he taught for seven years at Xavier University (Ohio).  At Pacific, he has served as the chair of the Department of Philosophy and as the first Associate Dean and Director of General Education, a position he held for eight years. In this dual role, he was part of the College Dean team that helped manage eighteen departments and five programs/centers, and he led all aspects of the GE program, especially the three required Pacific Seminars, the core component of the GE program that is separate from School and departmental courses.  He gained national visibility for the Pacific Seminars through Pacific's selection to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Core Commitments Leadership Consortium. He also served as a member of the AAC&U VALUE project that created the Ethical Reasoning rubric. Matz became Professor of Philosophy in 2011.

Matz specializes his teaching in ethics, the history of philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of John Stuart Mill. He has produced scholarly work in each of these areas as well as in approaches to teaching philosophy. He created the first annotated edition of J.S. Mill's Three Essays on Religion (Broadview Press, 2009).  He also has published on the Pacific Seminars and wrote Pacific's grant to be part of AAC&U's Core Commitments.