Alumni often talk of how Tom Regan’s classes and their
study of philosophy provided a major turning point in their lives. In Regan’s
classes, many young people started to examine their own lives and think about
the most basic human truths. His inspired teaching earned him numerous teaching
awards. Regan was inducted into the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers
in 1969 and was an Alumni Distinguished Professor from 1977 to 1981. He was
a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the University of Calgary in the spring
of 1977 and at Brooklyn College in 1982, as well as a Fellow at the National
Humanities Center from 1984 to 1985.
He received the Gandhi Award in 1986, and the Joseph
Wood Krutch Medal from the Humane Society of the U.S. in 1987. He is a member
of the American Philosophical Association, the N.C. Philosophical Society, the
Virginia Philosophical Society, the American Society for Values Inquiry, the
Society of Ethics and Animals, the Society for Business Ethics, and was cofounder
of the Moore Society. Regan was awarded the Holladay Medal in 2000, which is
the highest honor bestowed by the trustees of the university on a faculty member,
based on the awardee’s teaching, research, and service.
taught a variety of philosophy classes, many focusing on ethics and morality,
including "Philosophy 275–Ethics."