In 1962, Dr. Glenn Olds, President of Springfield College, began to wonder why the name Humanics was given to the intended philosophy of the college by Dr. Laurence Locke Doggett in the early days of the institution. Olds acknowledged that the practices of the faculty were in large part consistent with the Humanics philosophy, but he believed that a more self-conscious application would improve chances of its continuity and survival. In 1965 Springfield College Trustees voted to establish the position of Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics.
The concept of Humanics refers to Springfield College’s mission of educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to humanity. Dr. Seth Arsenian served as the first Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics from 1966-1969. The purpose of this position was to catalyze a renewal of consciousness in the philosophy. This was done by annually mandating the Distinguished Professor of Humanics to give a Humanics lecture on the definition of Humanics and what the concept meant to them. Arsenian gave the first speech in 1967 entitled, “The Meaning of Humanics,” in which he described the concept as a set of ideas, values, and goals that make our college distinct from other colleges and make commitment and unity toward commonly sought goals possible. This was the first of what has become a series of efforts by various faculty to report to their peers about how they have applied this Humanics philosophy.
Humanics is a word that has special meaning in the history and philosophy of Springfield College. As Seth Arsenian, the College's first Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics, wrote, "To build men, one must know man. Out of this conviction there developed the concept of Humanics - a set of ideas, values, and goals which through several metamorphoses became the accepted philosophy of education at Springfield College. It is because of this philosophy that the College believes itself to be distinct and different from other colleges. It is around this philosophy that the college administration, faculty, students, and alumni join in a cooperative effort to move toward commonly sought goals. It is by focusing on this philosophy that there develops on its campus a college community which, in open communication, makes communion and commitment possible."
The following papers, along with the distinguished Humanics Lectures, represent some of the major writings about the Humanics philosophy.
While originally the position was called Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics it has become known as the Distinguished Professor of Humanics (DPH). Also, originally given to faculty members nearing retirement (and sometimes held for more than one year), a more recent practice has been to open to all full-time faculty at Springfield College through a nominating process that includes former DPH. Currently the DPH serves for one year and is expected to give a lecture in April. Links to these lectures are included below.
Current nomination criteria include:
|Title IX at 50: Educate & Advocate
|Mary Ann Coughlin
|Humanics: Two Pandemics - We Rise!
|Judy L. Van Raalte
|Humanics: Give it a "Tri"
|Anthony C. Hill
|A focus on healthy masculinity - working with high school students and college students with an emphasis on promoting healthy masculinity.
|Exercise is Medicine: A year-long vision to foster collaborative relationships and leadership on campus between exercise, health and other disciplines.
|Assessment of Sedentary Behavior at Springfield College - Year-one of a Multi-year Study
|Humanics as Pedagogy: Academic-community Engagement as the Pathway to Leadership in Service
|Bending the Arc
|Experiencing Humanics through Film
|Charles B. Redington
|The Man Who Plants Trees
|They Call Me "Coach:" The Role of the Teacher-Coach in the Stewardship of Humanics
|A Celebration of Teaching
|Humanics, Hope, and Grit: Powerful Catalysts for the Paralympic Movement (transcript)
Humanics, Hope, and Grit: Powerful Catalysts for the Paralympic Movement (video)
|"What would happen if...?"
|Our Great Adventure in Education: The Whole Story
|The Multiculural, Multiethnic, and International Aspects of the Humanics Philosophy
|The arts...In Service to Humanity
|Exploring Spirit at Springfield College
|A Journey That Touches The SC Family
|Annual Humanics Lecture
|Humanics and the Environment
|Delight E. Champagne
|2001: The Odyssey of a College on a Humanics Mission
|Humanics in the Year 2000
|Principles of Humanics
|Our Foundation is on Top
|The Extraordinary Life: Justice, Play and Creative Tension
|Humanics: Zero Balancing with Donkeys and Dragons
|Humanics: Humane Dynamics with a Future
|A Multimedia Presentation
|Toward an Authentic Community
|Humanics: Creed Versus Deed
|Diane L. Potter
|Operationalizing Our Humanics Philosophy: The Keystone a Diverse and Pluralistic Society
|James B. Robertson
|Paul U. Congdon
|What It Really Is
|Humanics: Education with a Moral Dimension
|A Century of Humanics and Humanism at Springfield College
|Lecture given by others.
|Edward T. Dunn
|Humanics: a Message of Hope
|Edward J. Sims
|The Meaning of Humanics
|The Power of the Person
|The Humanics Philosophy: A Legacy
|Walter H. English
|Humanics and the Human Dilemma
|Humanics and Athletics and Other Concerns
|Holmes N. VanderBeck
|Humanics is Like...
|Charles F. Weckwerth
|A Report on a Pilot Study of the Image of Humanics at Springfield College
|Herman H. Giles
|Humanics At Work Among Friends and Enemies
|Herman H. Giles
|Human Nature and Human Affairs
|Humanics and Higher Education: A Psychological Interpretation
|The Meaning of Humanics