College of Arts and Sciences
Endowed Chairs and Partnerships

Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities

  • The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities is dedicated to promoting scholarly life among faculty. The President of Seattle University bestows this award to a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty who is an outstanding teacher and scholar in one of the basic humanities disciplines.

    The 2014-16 Pigott McCone Chair is Professor Jason Wirth, Ph.D.

    President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. awarded the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities to Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth. Wirth will further scholarship on the relationship of philosophy and religious life through symposia, conferences, and lectures.  

    Wirth, JasonWirth is particularly interested in examining the intersection of philosophy and religion as it pertains to the future viability of religious life. He plans to engage more marginal religious traditions to contribute to this dialogue, including Zen practice as well as the local indigenous traditions among the Coast Salish peoples. 

    The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities, a two-year appointment, is dedicated to promoting scholarly life among faculty. The President of Seattle University bestows this award to a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty who is an outstanding teacher and scholar in one of the basic humanities disciplines.

    Wirth is known internationally for his scholarship on German philosophy from Kant to the present, comparative philosophy, especially Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophy; aesthetics; film-philosophy; contemporary French philosophy; ethics, especially ecological ethics; and Africana philosophy. In addition to teaching in the Philosophy Department, he teaches in the Film Studies, Asian Studies, and Global African Studies programs.

    Wirth received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2005. He is Associate Editor and Book Review Editor for Comparative and Continental  Philosophy. A Zen priest, Wirth founded and co-directs the Seattle University EcoSangha.

    Pigott McCone Chairs

    • 1985 – 1988: Hamida Bosmajian, English Department
    • 1988 – 1991: Lane Gerber, Psychology Department
    • 1991 – 1994: James Risser, Honors Program
    • 1994  – 1997: Andrew Bjelland, Philosophy
    • 1997  – 1999: Richard Young, Political Science
    • 1999 – 2001: Jeanette Rodriguez, Theology and Religious Studies
    • 2001 – 2002: Jim Hogan, Institute of Public Service
    • 2002 – 2004: Dan Dombrowski, Philosophy
    • 2004 – 2006: Maria Bullon-Fernandez, English
    • 2006 – 2008: Le Xuan Hy, Psychology
    • 2008 – 2010: Burt Hopkins, Philosophy, Report of Activities  
    • 2010 – 2012: H. Hazel Hahn, History, Report of Activities
    • 2012 – 2014: Theresa Earenfight, History