William Davis Cornwell III, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, Dean
Company: American University in the Emirates
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

William Davis Cornwell III, Ph.D., Professor and Dean at the American University in the Emirates, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in philosophy and higher education.

Interested in philosophy from a formative age, Dr. Cornwell found the field to be appealing due to its inherent emphasis on truth, beauty and justice in an effort to better understand and enhance human society. To prepare for his career, he attended San Jose State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, with distinction, in 1990. Thereafter, he transferred to the University of Connecticut, receiving a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in philosophy in 1993 and 2003, respectively.

Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Cornwell served as a lecturer in philosophy at Drew University from 1998 to 1999, as well as a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Mary Washington from 1999 to 2000. During his pre-doctoral studies, he also acted as an instructor of philosophy at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, from 2002 to 2003, thus ascending to the rank of assistant professor of philosophy from 2003 to 2005. Relocating to Massachusetts, he began fulfilling the role of assistant professor of philosophy at Salem State University in 2005, later escalating to associate professor, chair of the philosophy department and full professor, a role he has maintained since 2013. Most recently, he has been serving as a dean and professor in the College of Education at the American University in the Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, since 2018.

Dr. Cornwell has contributed myriad articles to professional journals over the years, having also been a frequent lecturer at various conferences. From 2006 to 2010, he also served as a board member of the Salem Award Committee, now known as the Voices Against Injustice. In 2012, he was the director of the 38th Conference Value Inquiry in Salem, MA. Likewise, he has maintained affiliation with the American Philosophical Association and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Among the highlights of his illustrious career, Dr. Cornwell reflects upon the establishment of the philosophy department at Salem State University as a crowning moment. Discovering that students were interested in the arts, philosophy and the humanities, Dr. Cornwell consulted with administrators to implement the new program and thus provide new direction to prospective philosophy students. Looking toward the future, Dr. Cornell intends to remain in education, whether he continues with his current institution or travels abroad.

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