Dr. Patricia Burton
Professor of Philosophy and Religion (currently part-time)
Dr. Burton has been at Truman since 1987. Her areas of specialization are Logic and History of Philosophy. Her current research interests are (1) Philosophy of Dance and (2) Stoic influences on St. Augustine's doctrines of textual interpretation, aesthetics, and scientific inquiry. In 2002, she was the first recipient of the “Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence.” She had previously received the Educator of the Year Award (1994), the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1995), and the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award (1995). Dr. Burton received her bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and her master’s in philosophy from the University of Georgia; plus she received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, the Medieval Academy of American, the North American Patristics Society, the National Dance Association, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. She currently serves as the faculty advisor to numerous student organizations including the university’s Society of Dance Arts (TSODA) and Pershing Society.