Celebrating the Career of Philip Costanzo

Monday, May 12, 2014

On Friday, May 2nd, the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience joined with the entire university in celebrating the career of our colleague and friend Philip R. Costanzo.

The celebration, which was held at the Nasher Museum of Art, included a Festschrift in the afternoon featuring four internationally recognized scholars who discussed the implications of Prof. Costanzo’s work and a dinner and roast in the evening. The featured speakers were: E. Tory Higgins, Columbia University; William Swann, University of Texas-Austin; William Crano, Claremont Graduate School; and John Coie, Duke University (emeritus).

The Festschrift attendees were welcomed by Prof. Laurie Patton, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who lauded Prof. Costanzo for his more than 45 years of extraordinary scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service at Duke. Dean Patton also announced the establishment of the Philip R. Costanzo Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship, an innovative program in which the top undergraduate students in Psychology will have the opportunity to receive training and experience in teaching and will serve as teaching assistants for introductory courses.

Provost Peter Lange was the featured “roaster” for the evening and was followed by a progression of friends, colleagues, and students who shared their favorite stories and their gratitude for Prof. Costanzo’s scholarly contributions and  friendship.

P&N congratulates Prof. Costanzo on a truly extraordinary career and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to recognize his work and his personal contributions. We look forward to many more years of collaboration and colleagueship with Phil and we salute him as he officially “retires”.