John Roy Burr, Ph.D.

John Roy Burr

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

John Roy Burr, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in philosophy and higher education.

Interested in the art of philosophy from a formative age, Dr. Burr is a prominent educator who previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for the majority of his career. Commencing his career as an adjunct faculty member at Franklin and Marshall College from 1959 to 1961 and assistant professor of philosophy at Hood College from 1961 to 1964, he subsequently served the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 1964 to 2018, when he ultimately attained emeritus status. During his tenure, he served as an associate professor of philosophy, department chair, humanities division chair, assistant dean of letters and science, faculty senate member, faculty senate president, university academy policies committee chair, full professor and John McNaughton Rosebush university professor.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Burr pursued formal education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1955. He subsequently attended Columbia University, receiving a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in 1956 and 1959, respectively. To share his wealth of knowledge with the academic community, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and edited a number of books, including the eighth and ninth revised editions of “Philosophy and Contemporary Issues” and “The Handbook of World Philosophy: Contemporary Developments Since 1945.”

In an effort to remain abreast of recent developments within the industry, Dr. Burr has maintained affiliation with numerous organizations, including the American Philosophical Association, the Metaphysical Society of America, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, and the American Association of University Professors, where he served as chapter president from 1975 to 1976 and again from 1980 to 1982. Avocational societies with which he has been affiliated include the Candlelight Club and Masons.

In his spare time, Dr. Burr enjoys serving his community as former president of the Oshkosh Community Players, where he also served on the board of directors from 1966 to 1969. Likewise, he was the former president of the Wisconsin Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities from 1984 to 1988. As a testament to his success and diligence in the field, he was a grantee of the Ford Foundation from 1963 to 1964 and a Regents research grantee of Wisconsin State University from 1971 to 1972. Likewise, he was a Sabbatical grantee in 1987. Notably, Dr. Burr was selected for inclusion in multiple editions of the sixth edition of Who’s Who in American Education, the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.

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