Dr. Kurt Torell joined the administrative staff of Penn State Greater Allegheny as its Chief Academic Officer, effective July 1. Dr. Torell came to Greater Allegheny from his position as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Marywood University in Scranton, PA.
Dr. Torell earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duquesne University. He also holds two M.A. degrees in Philosophy, one from Duquesne and the other from the University of Pittsburgh. His undergraduate work was completed at Boston University.
His administrative experience includes the position of Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI; Interim Chair, Division of Social Sciences, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID, and director of the Honors Program at Lewis-Clark.
Currently holding the faculty rank of Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Torell has taught at numerous institutions of higher education including Lewis-Clark, De Anza College in Cupertino, CA; Diablo Valley Community College in San Ramone, CA; and Cogswell College, Cupertino, CA. Locally, he has taught at Carlow College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Washington and Jefferson College, Wheeling Jesuit College, West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University. Excellence in teaching awards include the Eugene Baldeck Award and the School of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching, both at Lewis-Clark State College.
Dr. Torell has several publications in the areas of Modern Philosophy, Ethics, Plato, and Native American Philosophy, and Epistemology.
With his wife, Kim, and two daughters, Dr. Torell resides in Murrysville.