Featured Faculty Friday – John Mullen

John Mullen crop webMarch 15, 2013

Mr. John Mullen

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Getting to know you…
What is your favorite sandwich?
BLT on toast, w/ mayo.
What is your family like?
Quiet, reserved, down-to-earth, resilient, faithful.
What is your favorite hobby?
Golf and flying, neither of which is financially feasible at the moment.
What is your favorite joke?
Did you hear about the guy whose left side fell off? He’s all right now.
Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes
Would you bungee jump?
No
What is your favorite cereal?
Honey-bunches of oats
Do you untie your shows when you take them off?
Yes
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Royal blue
Mountain hideaway or beach house?
Mountain hideaway, no doubt about it!
What is your favorite sport or television show to watch?
Baseball, News talk shows, Big Bang Theory (but only when it isn’t too raunchy)
Do you have a special talent?
No, not really
Where were you born?
Saigon, S. Vietnam
What is one thing you wish everybody knew about you?
I served in the U.S. Navy.

Getting to know your program…
What is your academic area?
Philosophy
What is your favorite course to teach?
Introduction to Philosophy
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I like to help people think carefully and clearly about the important things in life.
What is the worst part of your job?
Grading
If you could describe your teaching style in one word, what would it be?
Socratic
What three things would you want all students to know or do?
Think hard about their faith and values, understand what people throughout history have thought and done, find their own vocation/calling and pursue it with relish.
What makes your academic area important?
It requires us to think carefully and clearly about what is truly important.

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