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Photo of Dr. Steve Watson

W. Steve Watson Jr., M.Div.
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Steve Watson was a member of the Bridgewater College faculty and community for 43 years, retiring at the end of the 2013 academic year. During his tenure he gave priority to his teaching, resulting in life-long relationships with many former students, some now teaching in the College faculty or serving on the College’s board of trustees. His students also include Dr. Jeffrey Carter, president of Bethany Seminary and the 2014 commencement speaker. At his retirement party in 2013, former students came from great distances to honor his career at the College.

Prof. Watson served multiple times on nearly every faculty committee, including committees for two general education curriculum revisions. He served as advisor to the Honor Council for almost twenty years and sat often on the Judicial Hearing Board. He originated a considerable number of courses currently taught in the department of philosophy and religion. Also during his tenure he taught in an interdisciplinary faculty team with members of the English, chemistry, biology, health and human sciences, and education departments. His philosophy courses were audited by faculty colleagues many times.

In administrative capacities, Prof. Watson served two years as director of the Brethren Colleges Abroad program in Marburg, Germany. He served as director of the Personal Development Portfolio program for seven years, was a member of the president’s cabinet, and was the head men’s tennis coach for four years. In recent years he served on joint committees with the board of trustees for strategic planning and twice on presidential search committees.

Joining him in this calling have been his wife, Ruth, and children, Todd Watson and Wendy Colley. Ruth and Steve Watson founded the endowed Philosophy Award given to a deserving student at the awards convocation each spring. Prof. Watson says he has been blessed to be part of the Bridgewater College community.