Our Mission

The mission of the Center for the Study of Ethics (CSE) is to advance the interdisciplinary exploration of ethical theory and practice. The center administers a variety of programs designed to advance ethics education on our campus, within our region, and in national and cross-cultural contexts. The study of ethics is a critical tool in navigating the complexities of personal, professional, and civic life. The CSE is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy organization committed to the inclusion of diverse perspectives and practices. 
 
Center  activities include:
  • educational programs for students and faculty
  • public forums to promote civic engagement
  • interdisciplinary research projects


click here for a copy of our 2014-19 Five Year Report 

 

Staff

This is a picture of Brian Birch, the director of Utah Valley University's Center for the Study of Ethics.

Brian D. Birch

Director

Brian D. Birch is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Philosophy from the University of Utah (1990, 1992) and completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University in 1998. His areas of focus include the intersection of ethics, religion, and public life. He is the founding editor of Teaching Ethics: The Journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum and among his current book projects is a volume entitled Radical Pluralism.

Phone: 801.863.6363
Email: brian.birch@uvu.edu

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Courtney Burns

Assistant Director

Courtney Burns graduated from the Utah Valley University with a B.A. in Integrated Studies and from Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland with an M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict. She has interests in the areas of Conflict Transformation and Intercultural Ethics.

Phone: 801.863.5455 
Email: courtney.burns@uvu.edu

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Elaine Englehardt

Distinguished Professor of Ethics

Elaine Englehardt Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Philosophy. She has taught ethics, philosophy, and communication since 1976. She has written and directed seven national grants in  Ethics and Ethics Across the curriculum. She is considered the founder of the Ethics Across the Curriculum movement. She has authored eight books, numerous articles, and co-edits the journal Teaching Ethics. She has served as Vice President, Dean and Director at UVU. Her PhD is from the University of Utah.

Phone: 801.863.6464
Email: elainee@uvu.edu

Faculty Advisory Board

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Anne Arendt

Technology Management

Anne Arendt is an Assistant Professor in Technology Management. Prior to that, she worked as the Web Resource Director in University Marketing and Communications. Before that position, she worked in Distance Education as a Resource Manager. In total, Anne has been at UVU for over 11 years. Before coming to Utah, she worked for Walden University in Minneapolis as the Director of Web and Application Development, and at Smyth Companies in Saint Paul as a Web Team Manager.

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Thomas Bretz

Philosophy and Humanities

Thomas Bretz is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy & Humanities Department. He earned a PhD. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago as well as a Masters in Philosophy from The New School. He teaches introductory courses on ethics and philosophy as well as courses in various areas of environmental philosophy. For his research, he focuses on the question of how we, as individuals and as a society, could develop more sustainable and equitable relationships to the non-human world. He is a faculty advisor for the UVU Green Club. 

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David Connelly

Associate Vice President - Academic Programs

David R. Connelly is the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs at Utah Valley University. He is a former faculty senate president and chair of the History and Political Science Department. His primary teaching interests are in public administration with specific interests in public management, leadership, performance measurement and survey research. He has worked developing and implementing information technology policy at the local, state and federal level while at the Center for Technology in Government (CTG) at the University at Albany. His current research interests include public sector sustainability measures, rural policy, information technology applications for government and public management curriculum issues. 

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Michael Goode

History and Political Science

Michael Goode is an Associate Professor of History. As a historian of early America and the British Atlantic with a particular focus on religion and political culture, he researches and writes about how early modern peoples thought about and negotiated violence, colonialism, and warfare – and what this tells us about our present-day engagement with these vexing problems. His book project examines the role of peace as a language and practice of government in colonial Pennsylvania.

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Laura Guerrero

Philosophy & Humanities

Laura Guerrero is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy.  She earned a PhD in Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii.  She teaches a variety of courses that emphasize cross-cultural connections between traditions around the globe. Her academic work focuses on drawing productive connections between contemporary Western and classical Indian theories of mind, metaphysics, and knowledge.  She is a member of the Religious Studies Committee and the Learning Community Faculty Advisory Board.  She is also the faculty advisor for the UVU Meditation Club.

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Sarah Hall

Public and Community Health

Sarah Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Public and Community Health Department. She earned her Ph.D. in Global Health from Arizona State University. She also holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She teaches International Health, Community Health Ethics, Theory-Based Approaches to Modifying Health Behavior, Social Promotion, and Personal Health and Wellness. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., she managed programs and marketing for several nonprofit organizations. Sarah has worked extensively on health and environment related projects in countries including South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, New Zealand, Mexico, Thailand, and Indonesia. 

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Wayne Hanewicz

Integrated Studies

Wayne Hanewicz is Professor and Chair of Integrated Studies and Professor of Philosophy. He is particularly interested in Buddhism as it relates to psychoanalysis and Jungian archetypes, science, the nature of thinking, and finding personal meaning in life. Wayne earned a PH.D from the University of Michigan, with dual majors in Classical Political Theory and Philosophy, and dual minors in Personality Theory and Psychiatry. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at several universities.

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Marcy Hehnly

Criminal Justice

Marcy Hehnly has taught at Utah Valley University since Fall 2014 having moved to Utah from Atlanta Georgia. She currently teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Police Patrol Operations, Ethics, Police Administration, Juvenile Justice & Delinquency, Corrections, and Criminology. She is a gradute of the New Faculty Teaching Scholars Program and is also a Service Learning Faculty Mentor. In addition, Dr. Hehnly works closely with the Women's Success Center as well as the Veteran's Center on various assigned projects.

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Lisa Lambert

Student Leadership & Success Studies

Lisa Lambert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Student Leadership and Success Studies. She teaches strengths-based leadership, peer mentoring, strategies for academic success, stress management, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Her scholarship includes the study of character strengths use in leadership, and the first-year experience and students in transition. She has authored federal grants; developed numerous events for faculty, staff and student development; and served on multiple university committees. She has served as assistant dean in University College, and director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence (now the Office of Teaching and Learning).

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Rick McDonald

English & Literature

Rick McDonald is a professor in the Department of English and Literature at Utah Valley College.  His areas of Scholarly interest include Medieval Mysticism, Medieval Literature, and ethical considerations within Horror movies. Rick is a past Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics and has been at UVU for 16 years.

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Michael Minch

Peace & Justice Studies

Michael Minch is the Director of Peace & Justice Studies. His research focuses on conflict transformation and peacebuilding (including negotiation and mediation, theories of violence, and reconciliation), theories of justice, and global justice. He also works in political and moral theory, and in particular, the connections between them; democratic theory and democratic peace theory, political ecology and political theology.

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Kate McPherson

Honors Program Director

Kate McPherson is Professor of English and Honors Program Director at UVU. She is co-editor of several scholarly essay collections about English Renaissance drama, and she also serves as Resident Scholar for the Grassroots Shakespeare Company, an original practices performance troupe begun by two UVU students. In recent years, Kate has been honored with the UVU Trustees Award, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty Excellence Award and the Alumni Outstanding Educator Award.

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Luke Peterson

History/Political Science

Luke Peterson is a Lecturer in History and Political Science and director of the Office of New Urban Mechanics at Utah Valley University which specializes in developing innovative solutions for local government. He earned his Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has previously served as director of corporate and community partnerships at UVU and as director of tourism and economic development for Wasatch County, Utah.

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Jeff Peterson

Business Management

Jeff Peterson is an Associate Professor of Business Management in the Woodbury School of Business, where in addition to teaching Organizational Behavior courses he teaches Business Ethics to both undergraduate and MBA students. Prior to coming to UVU Professor Peterson had an extensive career in industry and has worked for, or consulted for companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser, and Premera Blue Cross. He is a strong proponent of the value of concerted self-reflection as a tool to help people live informed lives that embody ethical and moral behavior.

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Axel Ramirez

Secondary Education

Axel Ramirez is an associate professor of education. He was a public school teacher for twelve years prior to coming to UVU. His area of focus is K-12 social studies education. His current projects include recruiting Latina/o students into the field of education and developing curriculum for Pacific Islander secondary students.

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Michael T. Stevens

Biology

Michael T. Stevens is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of Capitol Reef Field Station. He teaches and conducts research in two areas: plant ecology and science education. As a plant ecologist, he studies how trees and shrubs interact with their environment and are influenced by factors such herbivory, competition, latitude, soil nutrients, and boulders. As a science educator, he studies the roles that Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES) play in higher education.

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Daniel Waddington

Criminal Justice

Daniel Waddington has over 35 years of comprehensive criminal justice experience as a project manager, mentor, consultant, educator, trainer, and analyst, both domestic and international. He is a recognized expert in the fields of Countering Violent Extremism, Community Policing, Crime and Problem Analysis, Organization Development and has implemented Human Rights and Ethics training to police organizations throughout the world. He has been an advisor and guest lecturer for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Global Counter Terrorism Form (GCTF) and the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.

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Jonathan Westover

Business

Jonathan Westover is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership in the Woodbury School of Business and Director of Academic Service Learning at UVU. He is also the program co-director of the Human Resource Management program and the faculty co-advisor for the UVU SHRM Student Chapter (Society for Human Resource Management). Additionally, Jonathan is the president of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters and is a human capital leadership and performance management consultant. He was recently a Fulbright Scholar (Minsk, Belarus), a POSCO Fellow at the East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii), and visiting scholar at the Wilson Center (Washington, D.C.).