Published on July 12, 2022 by Daniel Dodson  

Dennis Sansom began his career at Samford in August 1988 as assistant professor of religion and philosophy. After 34 years, he retired in May as professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Classics and Philosophy.

“I will miss trying to make an important influence on serious and dedicated students,” Sansom said.

Sansom was actively involved as an adviser to students, both on campus and abroad. He spent three semesters leading students in Samford’s study abroad program at the Daniel House in London.

“The many enriching experiences at Daniel House in London and on campus were life changing for me,” Sansom said.

During Sansom’s tenure, his research and comments were featured in dozens of journals, articles and presentations. His expertise was extensive and focused on several topics, such as the foundations of ethics, including the rational, cultural and metaphysical conditions in which an ethical argument may be made.

Sansom’s sons also graduated from Samford: Stephen ’06 and Jonathan ’13. He says he is  deeply grateful for the positive experiences they had.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.