• Brian Birch

    Brian D. Birch


    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

  • Nicole Ortega

    Nichole Ortega

    Associate Director

    Nichole Ortega teaches Ballet, Dance Education, and Repertory Ballet Ensemble. She is an active member and past president of the National Dance Education Organization, and the Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. She served two years as the Secondary Endorsement Dance Representative for the Utah State Office of Education and has choreographed for Synergy Dance Company, Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Utah Regional Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet II, Boise State College, and Scera Shell Outdoor Theater.

    Phone: 801.863.7197

  • Jorgen Hansen

    Jorgen Hansen

    Faculty Liaison

    Jorgen Hansen is a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at UVU. He graduated summa cum laude from UVU in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and was CHSS valedictorian. He earned a master's degree from University of California, Riverside in 2013. His primary research interests focus on issues in moral psychology, applied ethics, and pedagogy.

    Phone: 801.863.5673

  • Courtney Burns

    Courtney Burns

    Program Coordinator

    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

  • Elaine Englehardt

    Elaine Englehardt

    Distinguished Professor of Ethics

    Elaine Englehardt is a 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

  • Gabriel Toscano

    Gabriel Toscano

    Communications Specialist

    Gabriel Toscano is the Communications and Publicity Specialist for the Center for the Study of Ethics. He is a senior at Utah Valley University studying Philosophy, Spanish, and Religious Studies. His topics of interest include intersectional feminism, religious pluralism as well as contemporary U.S. and Latin American politics. 

    Phone: 801.863.6455


Center for the Study of Ethics
Classroom Building, Suite 411
Utah Valley University
(801) 863-5455