Kenneth Paul Tan
Was a member of the Academy from 2009 to 2018
"Teaching is, for me, a series of intellectual, moral, and aesthetic puzzles whose purposes must extend beyond the technical mastery of academic subjects to the development of an expanded mode of reasoning and judgement about their appropriate, beneficial, just, and creative application in the world. I design innovative curriculum and pedagogy to inculcate in my students a life-long habit of critical thinking; to sharpen their ability to engage at the intuitive, theoretical, empirical, and practical levels; and to raise confidence in their capacity to effect positive transformations in the world. I want to share with my students the struggles and joys of living a life of contemplation and action in the world".