Dr. Alexander Bertland
A professor’s obvious goal is to teach his students, but Dr. Alexander Bertland conducts his classes differently. “I am not interested in teaching, I am interested in having a conversation,” he says.
Since 2006, Bertland has been having conversations with his students and says he enjoys when his students teach him something. “The students that I’ve had always bring something new and challenge me and themselves when they speak in my class. Students don’t realize what kind of language they’re learning and using,” he says.
Bertland’s specialized classes, such as philosophy of art and business ethics, are his most well known courses on campus.
“I had a choice to teach medical or business ethics and I decided on business because it’s all about how people establish a community and how societies and communities come to exist. We ask ourselves ‘how do we sustain these communities and how do we lead people without cheating?’” he says.
When not teaching, researching, writing, advising philosophy students or members of the Class of 2012, Bertland enjoys fantasy baseball. He’s even attended a draft in Arizona. He’s also an avid fan of English Premier League soccer and has created his own fantasy team called the Niagara Authority.
“I came in third one year out of two million people. I thought that was pretty cool,” he says.
Another hobby of Bertland’s is fencing, which he partakes in two to three times a week. He has been practicing and competing for three years. “I was never an athlete, but I keep improving with each tournament,” he says.