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Dr. Michael Popich

Dr. Michael Popich


Michael Popich came to Utah in 1980 and started working for Westminster College in 1981. “It’s kind of a fluke I ended up here,” Popich said. He came to Salt Lake with his first wife after she received a job at the University of Utah. Popich, who has his Bachelors from the University of Scranton, a Masters from Notre Dame, and his PhD from State University of New York at Binghamton, started at Westminster and just never left, even after his wife, at the time, found another job back east.

What then kept Michael Popich at Westminster? He relates his long stay at Westminster to the opportunity to team teach interdisciplinary courses. “It’s something that is really unique to Westminster College and an opportunity I wouldn’t have had elsewhere.” Popich says the courses he has co-taught with professors such as John Watkins, Susan Cotler, and Bill Bynum are the courses he has gotten the most out of, and feels his students have gotten the most out of as well.

When asked “why philosophy?” he related it back to the Jesuit professors he had in college. He had planned on going into the medical realm, but after taking a few courses in philosophy, he was hooked. He knew it wouldn’t pay as much as medicine, but Popich decided to follow his newfound passion, and more than 30 years later, he is still enthused by teaching philosophy. “Be sure you would be unhappy doing anything else.”  is the advice he gives to students and alumni who are deciding which course to take in life. 

Dr. Popich wants former students to either drop by and pay him a visit or send him an email. He will be contacting philosophy alumni in the near future to see where they are and how they are doing. To reach him, send an email to mpopich@westminstercollege.edu.