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Heineman Kruson Award recipient

Dr. Robert Heineman

Dr. Robert Heineman

Over four decades of teaching excellence and scholastic dedication was honored when Alfred University (AU) named Dr. Robert Heineman its latest Kruson Distinguished Professor.

Heineman, professor of political science and director of the criminal justice program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was recognized with the Joseph Kruson Faculty Award for Distinguished Service to AU during the University’s spring  Honors Convocation.

“He is a political philosopher whose scholarship exemplifies the bridging of the social sciences and humanities,” said AU Provost William Hall in making the presentation.

The Kruson Award is given every two years to one faculty member who best exemplifies the diligence of AU faculty. In his 41st year at AU Heineman is completing a term as a Margaret and Barbara Hagar Professor in the Humanities.

Heineman is most revered by faculty, staff, and students as a mentor. In addition, he has forged time-tested connections with alumni, as well as strengthened bonds between the University and government agencies. He is a constant touchstone and source of support within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as he increases student internship opportunities and guides students, new faculty, and budding staff to find success in the AU community.

Not only is Heineman an amiable force within the Alfred community, he is a vibrant academic. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and book reviews. His academic works examine the ethical aspects of political discourse and systems, while his scholarship is characterized by an unyielding initiative to link grassroots political and community activity with broad policy issues in an effort to further explore political philosophy.

Outside of AU, Heineman serves on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Society and on the College Council at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is active in the Academy and Philosophy of Letters and the Rochester Area Conference for the Study of Political Thought.   

Heineman earned a bachelor of arts degree from  Bradley University, Peoria, IL, and a Ph.D. from the School of Government and Public Administration at American University, Washington, D.C., where he also earned a master of arts degree in government.