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Riley Finch

Riley Finch

Senior Advisor, Departments of Classics, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies


Seymour, Tennessee

Personal Interests

In my spare time, I enjoy long walks with my wife Victoria and our dogs, Knocks and Stella. We are also the proud parents of a tabby named Guinness. I am an avid Boston Red Sox fan, but watch all Major League Baseball teams due to my interest in sabermetrics. Since maintaining a healthy lifestyle is of great importance to me, I strive to engage in plenty of outdoor recreation (e.g., ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, biking, and stretching). I love Jeopardy, my coffee black, thought-provoking reads, and flavorful meals with good company. As an East Tennessean, born and raised, I am a Vol for Life (GBO)!


B.A., Psychology, Maryville College, Maryville, TN

M.A., Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Educational Philosophy

If embraced to the fullest extent, education can provide a learner with an enlightening experience that illuminates talents, values, and interests. Thus, my approach to education emphasizes a pragmatic understanding of truth and knowledge as related to a learner’s pursuit and identification of self. I am a proponent of a liberal arts education focused on developing intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, communication skills, and efficient information processing. More importantly, I believe learners must realize their role as educated citizens, and understand that their knowledge can and will develop positive societal transformations.

Favorite Quote

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

- Aristotle

Riley Finch

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