Professor Manoussakis of Philosophy Dept. on Unexpected Leave

Allyson Noenickx ’19


On Tuesday, February 12, Michele Murray, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, informed the student community that Professor John Panteleimon Manoussakis of the philosophy department is now on leave.

Prof. Manoussakis started the semester initially teaching three classes––two sections of Medieval Philosophy and one section of Philosophical Inquiries, a course limited to enrollment for first year students. According to Dean Murray, his classes are now being covered by other members of the department.

“We must strike a balance between the desire to know more and the protection of the privacy of our community members,” said Dean Murray in her email to students. The College declined to offer any additional comment at this time regarding the nature of his leave.

Manoussakis has been at the College for over a decade. He was born in Athens, Greece and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College in 2005. Manoussakis is also a archimandrite of the Greek Orthodox Church. He is a monastic ordained to the diaconate in 1995 and into the priesthood in 2011. He is the author of over 80 publications and serves as the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion
Manoussakis is the second professor from the philosophy department now on unplanned leave for the semester. Earlier this month, Prof. Christopher Dustin, also of the philosophy department, was placed on administrative leave amid sexual misconduct allegations that Worcester Magazine broke in late January.

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