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Norris Frederick , Ph.D.

  • Professor , Philosophy and Religion Department
  • James A. Jones Chair of Philosophy and Religion
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Norris Frederick is the James A. Jones Chair of Philosophy and Religion. His major interests in teaching philosophy include ethics, the philosophy of religion, and philosophy as a way of life (including existentialism and pragmatism).

He served Queens for five years as vice president for academic affairs and three years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

A graduate of Davidson College, he received the Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Georgia. Dr. Frederick has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at UCLA, where he studied linguistics. He is a past board member of the Bioethics Resource Group, which worked to educate professionals and the general public on health care issues, and of the Ethics Committee at Hospice of Charlotte.

He is a frequent presenter to the public on topics related to ethics, religion, and society. Recent presentations have included “Faith and Reason: The Ecstasy of the Appalachian Serpent-Handlers,” “Religion and Politics,” a debate on “The Philosophical and Moral Foundations of Capitalism,” and “College Students and Religion Today.”

Most recently, he has been working on the philosophy of the American pragmatist William James. He has presented at the National Conference of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, “William James, Talks to Teachers, and Healthy-Mindedness,” (2009) and “William James Visits North Carolina: ‘On A Certain Blindness in Human Beings’ -- James and Serpent-Handlers in those North Carolina Mountains” (2010). He will also present “William James and Swami Vivekananda: Religious Experience and Vedanta/Yoga in America” at the 2012 annual meeting of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association.


  • Ph.D.  - Philosophy; University of Georgia


  • William S. Lee Distinguished Professor 1998 Queens University of Charlotte
  • Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award 2000 Queens University of Charlotte
  • Fuqua Distinguished Educator 1997 Queens University of Charlotte
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