Richard Feldman

Richard Feldman

Dean of The College

As dean of the College, Richard Feldman oversees its undergraduate program, including student services, residential life, and special programs. He will also continue to advise PhD students and teach the course Theory of Knowledge. Feldman has been a faculty advisor to the All-Campus Judicial Council and a member of the College Curriculum Committee and the College Writing Committee. He was deeply involved in the development of the Rochester Curriculum.

A graduate of Cornell University and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Feldman joined the Rochester faculty in July 1975 as assistant professor in the philosophy department. He was named professor in 1991. For two periods of time, he has served as chair of the philosophy department for a total of more than 13 years. In addition to teaching philosophy courses, he has directed the department’s unique internship program that places undergraduate students in the Rochester City School District, helping children develop critical thinking, writing, analytical reading, and problem-solving skills.

A distinguished epistemologist, Feldman has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Defense Education Act, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is author or coauthor of three books, Reason and Argument, Epistemology, and Evidentialism, as well as numerous journal articles. He also serves on the editorial board of several journals. In his spare time, Feldman will continue his work on a book about “reasonable disagreements,” exploring issues such as the rationality of maintaining one’s beliefs in the light of disagreement from well-informed peers.