Dr. Daryl Close holds a joint appointment as professor of computer science and philosophy at Heidelberg and served as the faculty coordinator for the Honors Program. During the 2006-2007 academic year, he served as the director of the Division of Natural & Social Sciences. His previous appointments include Tiffin University, where he chaired the Division of Arts and Science and the Department of Philosophy, Ohio Northern University, LaSalle College and Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Close graduated in philosophy from Lafayette College (1971) and earned the master’s and Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University (1975, 1976). He received the Heidelberg University Distinguished Scholarship/Research Award in 2011. In 2010, Dr. Close received the Mark Lenssen Prize for his paper, Fair Grades. He is the author, with Nicholas Meier, of Morality in Criminal Justice (Wadsworth, 1995) and of various journal articles in the philosophy of perception, the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. Dr. Close served on the board of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers from 1984-2008, co-president of that organization from 2004-2006. Dr. Close is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Mind Association, the Society for Machines and Mentality and the Association for Computing Machinery, as well as other professional organizations. He is a Public Library Trustee for the State of Ohio, and serves on the board of the Mohawk Community Library in Sycamore, Ohio. Dr. Close has also served as a board member, coach and safety director of Region 1040 of the American Youth Soccer Organization.
Dr. Close lists running, gardening, cooking and music among his hobbies. He resides on the family farm in rural Sycamore with his wife, Donna, an occupational therapist. They have two grown daughters, Meredith and Hilary.
Recent courses taught:
Introduction to Computers; Computer Programming I and II; Data Structures; Spreadsheet Modeling; Database Management; Systems Analysis and Design; Ethics; Bioethics; Introduction to Philosophy; Logic; Symbolic Logic; Advanced Logic; Scientific Revolutions; 20th Century Philosophy; Minds, Brains, and Machines (Honors seminar)