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Just returned from a week at Holden Village in Washington where I presented a series of seminars on pre-implantation genetic editing, abortion based on a genetic test, and cloning.

Education

Employment History

Jan 1981Jan 1982

Instructor

Albertus Magnus

My first teaching job while a student at Yale Divinity School.

Most Recent Teaching Responsibilities

Fall 2017

  • Sabbatical

Spring 2018

  • Phil 202 Ethics & Society (2 sections) 
  • Phil 307 Bioethics

Professional Activities 

Ethics Education in the Professional School Context: An Unorthodox Approach

The Linguistic Turn in Philosophy and its Contribution to the Discussion of Free Speech, Academic Freedom, Hate Speech and Campus Speech Codes

  • Accepted to be read at the American Association of University Professors annual meeting July 2018

Big History, Missing Physics, and Religion: Nagel’s Objective Idealism and Explanation

  • Together with physicist/cosmologist Todd Duncan to be presented at the IBHA conference, Villanova, July 2018

Being in “the Being:” Genome as the Biological Exemplar of a Science-Religion Hybrid in the Quest for Explanations of Rational Consciousness

  • Paper for the NIH conference: Genomics and Society: Expanding the ELSI Universe, June 2017

Ethics and Policy for Clinicians in the Educational Setting

  • Invited Presentation for the annual Therapy in the Educational Setting (T.I.E.S.) conference. Eugene, April 2018 

"Felon" as a Trumping Identity Myth

  • Invited Lecture.  Oregon State Penitentiary Lifer's Club. Jan 2016.

Ethics and Policy for Clinicians in the Educational Setting

  • Invited Lecture.  Therapy in the Educational Setting (T.I.E.S.) conference.  Eugene, OR.  April 2015.

Pain, Suffering & Death: Authenticity & Identity in the Face of Modern Medicine

  • Invited Lecture.  Jornadas de Bioetica. Ciencias y Humanidades Dialogan Sobre el Final de la VIda.  Universidad Popular Autònoma del Estado de Puebla. Mexico. May 2013.

Remarks on Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law

  • Invited Lecture. Divisiòn de Bioética, Universidad Popular Autònoma del Estado de Puebla. Oct 2012

Daniel Dennett, Brains and Consciousness

  • Public Lecture/Seminar, for Neuroscience Seminar, Bioethics Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand. Spring 2011.

Genetic Testing: Science, Ethics & Social Policy

  • Public Lecture. (Panelist/Organizer), Ethics & Policy Forum with televised discussion, Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR. November 2009.  Forum Materials

Genetic Science & Technology: Theology, Ethics and Human Self-Understanding. 

  • Eight lectures delivered at Holden Village, Lake Chelan, Washington. August 2009.

Bioethics in Optometry

  • Public Lecture Series.  Continuing education conference, Bend, OR. May 2009.

Genetic Technology & Moral Conundrums: The Case of Pre-implantation Genetic Screening

  • Public Lecture.  Streamed presentation for the Bioinformatics program at OHSU. October, 2008.

Ethics & Policy Issues for Digital Forensic Specialists

  • Public Lectures & All Day Seminar, North West Regional Forensics Lab (NWRCFL). August 2008.

Challenging Assumptions: Genetic Science, Religious Belief & Public Policy

  • NIH/Pacific Institute sponsored conference on the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues raised by genetic science & technology. January 2007

Ethics & Policy for Occupational Therapists

  • Lecture for the Oregon Occupational Therapy Association. Summer 2005.

Faith Forum on Genetics: an NIH Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Program ($257,000)

  •  National Institutes of Health Ethics, Legal and Social Issues Grant.  Fall 2004.

The Problem of Human Embryos: IVF & Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening

  • Paper. University of Edinburgh. Fall 2004.

Site Blocking Software and Internet Access in Public Libraries

  • Publication. Journal of Education, Community and Values. Spring 2003.

The Problem with Race-based College Admissions Policies

  • Article. Pacific Today, Vol.36, No. 2. Summer 2003.

Genetic Science & Technology: Ethics, Law and Social Implications

  • Lecture. Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver B.C., Canada. Spring 2003.

Ethical Decision-Making in the Therapeutic Educational Environment

  • Keynote Address and Workshop Instructor. All day speaker for the annual TIES (Therapy In Educational Settings) conference sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education, Eugene OR. Spring 2003.

Race Based Admissions Policies in the Supreme Court

  • The Oregonian newspaper, picked up by the Tri-County News in Eugene and West Lane News in Lane County. July 2003.

Bio-medical Ethics for Educators in Colleges of Optometry

  • Lecture Series. Annual Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry conference for deans and directors of optometry schools in North America, Portland OR. Fall 2003.

Interface on the Internet

  • Lecture. Annual Conference for AACU (American Association of Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC. Spring 2002.

Glowing Glass Islands, Invisible Musicians and the Brave New World:Accommodations and Critique in the Age of Access

  • Publication. Journal of Education, Community and Values. May 2002.

Pedagogy, Ubiquity, Opacity: ICT (Information & Communication Technology) in Higher Education

  • Publication. Journal of Education, Community and Values. Spring 2001.

Philosophical Remarks on the Concept of Impartiality

  • Paper. American Philosophical Association regional meeting. Fall 2002.

Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer Cloning: Science

  • Philosophy and Public Policy Keynote Address. Conference on Medical Ethics, New Delhi, India. August 1997.

Kant and the Ineliminability of Motives

  • Paper and all conference address.  Twenty Sixth Annual Symposium on Medical Ethics, California State Fullerton. Fall 1996.

Child Pornography & the Special Problem of Graphic Morphing

  • Paper. Educom. Fall 1996.

Referential Realism & the Philosophy of D.Z. Phillips

  • Paper.  Society for the Philosophy of Religion, Oxford University, England. Spring 1994.

Reflections on the 9th article of the AOA Code of Ethics

  • Publication. Journal of the American Optometric Association. Fall 1994.

Inductive Reasoning, Realism & the Religious Use of Language

  • Oxford D.Phil. Thesis. 1992.

 Problems with Inductive Arguments for Theism

  • Paper. Oxford Society for the Philosophy of Religion, Oxford, England. Summer 1992.

Doing the Life Thing Together: Bioethics for the 90's

  • Publication. Pacific Magazine. Fall 1991.

 Philosophical Implication of the "pro-choice" position on Abortion

  • Paper. Symposium on Abortion, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR. Spring 1990.

Simplicity, Prior-Probability and Inductive Arguments for Theism

  • Publication. Philosophical Investigation, Blackwells, Vol. 11, No. 3, Oxford. Summer 1988.

 Religious Belief & Political Aspiration

  • Publication. Arabia-Islamic World Review.  1987.

Other Professional Activities

 

Gender and Domestic Violence

  • Invited Lecture.  Gender Studies program. Pacific University.  Nov 2014

Preimplantation Genetic Screening & the Control of Reproductive Outcomes

  • Invited Lecture. Advantage Program. College of Arts and Sciences. Pacific University. Oct 2013.

 Ethics and Policy in the Health Professions

  • Invited Lecture. Advantage Program. College of Arts and Sciences. Pacific University. Nov 2012.

 Philosophy of Mathematics

  • Invited Lecture. Discrete Mathematics. College of Arts and Science. Pacific University. Nov 2012

Case Studies in Optometric Ethics

  • New Zealand Optometry Association. May 2011

CODIS & the Use of Genetic Information in Forensics

  • Public Lecture. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. January 2010.

Ethics & Policy Forum: Genetic Testing in Medicine and Forensics (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Using an Institute designed curriculum (available online) ten constituencies worked over a two month period through a series of case studies which I wrote.   In November all participants (100) gathered for dinner,large group discussion and a televised panel which streamed from our website.  Fall of 2009

Preimplantation Genetic Screening & the Future of Reproductive Technologies

  • Lecture.  Advantage Program. April 2009.

Truth-Telling and Beneficence in Optometry: Goldman Tonometry

  • Lecture/Seminar.  Ethics & Policy for Optometrists, College of Optometry. April 2009.

Controversial Modalities in Physical Therapy

  • Lecture/Seminar.  School of Physical Therapy. April 2009

Competing Domains of Competence in Dental Health

  • Lecture/Seminar.  School of Dental Health, College of Health Professions. April 2009

Navigating a Profession in Health Care with an Intact Conscience

  • Lecture.  Advantage Program. March 2009.

The Problem of Informed Consent

  • Lecture/Seminar.  College of Optometry. March 2009.

Truth Telling and Beneficence in Clinical Optometry

  • Lecture/Seminar. 2nd year students, College of Optometry. February 2009.

Ethics Education in the Health Professions

  • Lecture.  Faculty Forum. February 2009

Scope of Practice in Physical Therapy

  • Lecture/Seminar.   1st & 2nd year students and faculty in School of Physical Therapy. January 2009.

Introduction to Ethics & Policy for Health Care Oriented Undergraduates

  • Lecture/Seminar.  Advantage Program, November 2008

Controversial Modalities in Physical Therapy

Lecture/Seminar.  School of Physical Therapy, November 2008

The Problem of Scope of Practice in Optometry

Lecture/Seminar.  Second year students, College of Optometry, November 2008

Ethics & Policy in the Profession of Optometry

  • Public Lecture/Seminar.  Continuing Education, Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR, November 2008

Genethics in the Health Professions

  • Lecture.  1st & 2nd year physical therapy students and faculty, November 2008

The Problem of Third Party Payments in Optometry

  • Lecture/Seminar. 3rd year students, College of Optometry, November 2008

Genetic Science & Faith Informed Critiques of Genetic Technologies

  • Public Lecture.  Theology on Tap program, St. Anthony's Catholic Church, November 2008

Bio-medical Ethics & the Problem of Informed Consent

  • Lecture.  Advantage Program, October 2008

Resolving Conflict Between Domains of Competence

Lecture/Seminar, School of Dental Health. September 2008.

Truth-Telling and Beneficence: Principles in Tension

  • Lecture/Seminar, School of Occupational Therapy. September 2008

Scope of Practice Dilemmas in the Health Professions

  • Lecture/Seminar, School of Physical Therapy. September 2008.

Genetic Testing and Disability

  • Lecture, Advantage Program. September 2008.

Remarks on Wearing a White Coat

  • Lecture.  Annual "White Coat" lecture, School of Physician Assistant Studies. September 2008.

Genetic Testing & Research: Moral Conundrums

  • Lecture/Seminar, School of Physician Assistant Studies. August 2008.

Ethics & Policy in Geriatrics

  • Lecture/Seminar, School of Physician Assistant Studies. August 2008.

Case Study Analysis

  • Lecture/Seminar, School of Physician Assistant Studies. August 2008.

Third Party Payments in Optometry: An Ethical Dilemma

  • Lecture/Seminar, College of Optometry. July 2008.

Public Safety and Ethics in Optometry

  • Lecture/Seminar, College of Optometry. June 2008.

HIV, Confidentiality & Cytomegalo Virus

  • Lecture/Seminar, College of Optometry. June 2008.

Physical Therapy Ethics Seminar: A Taxonomy of Student Cases

  • Lecture/Seminar. May 2008.

Impact of Genetic Testing on the Practice of Medicine (Ethics & Policy Seminar)

  • Lecture/Seminar, School of Physician Assistant Studies. May 2008.

Public Good and Private Conscience in the Practice of Pharmacy

  • Lecture, School of Pharmacy. May 2008.

Student Case Analysis in Optometry

  • Lecture/Seminar.  College of Optometry. April 2008.

Scope of Practice in Physical Therapy

  • Lecture/Seminar. School of Physical Therapy. April 2008.

Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions from an Ethics Perspective

  • Lecture.  Advantage Program. April 2008.

Taxonomy of Ethics Issues in Pharmacy

  • Lecture, School of Pharmacy. April 2008.

Ethics & Policy in Optometry for Clinicians

  • Faculty Forum, College of Optometry. March 2008.

Ethics & Policy for the Health Care Bound Student

  • Lecture/Seminar, Advantage Program. March 2008.

Confidentiality & the Duty to Protect

  • Lecture/Seminar, Advantage Program. March 2008.

Stem Cell Research, Cloning and the Ontology of Human Reproduction

  • Lecture/Seminar, School of Physical Therapy. March 2008.

Case Studies in Dental Health

  • Lecture/Seminar. March 2008.

Scope of Practice in Optometry (Advanced Case Studies)

  • Lecture/Seminar, College of Optometry, February 2008

Student Case Analysis in Optometry

  • Lecture/Seminar, College of Optometry, February 2008

Optometry Ethics Grand Rounds: Selected Case Studies

  • Lecture/Seminar, College of Optometry, January 2008

Ethics & Policy & Concept of Professional Practice

  •  Lecture/Seminar, School of Physician Assistant Studies, January 2008

Physical Therapy Bioethics: The Notion of a "Higher Standard"

  • Lecture. School of Physical Therapy, January 2008

Ethics in Chemistry

  • Lecture, Undergraduate Science Forum, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, January 2008

Ethics & Policy in Pharmacy

  • Lecture/Seminar, School of Pharmacy December 2007

Ethics & Policy for Occupational Therapists

  • Lecture/Seminar, School of Occupational Therapy November 2007

Debate on Health Care Reform (with Russ Dondero)

  • Lecture, School of Occupational Therapy, November 2007

[Note: The Institute Calendar records stop here with respect to lectures and seminars done for the health professional schools.   My lecturing schedule was roughly the same through that period.  A good deal of our time from spring 2005 to 2007 was taken up with implementation of the $257,000 NIH grant.]

Human Embryos (II): The Ontology of Human Reproduction

  • Publication.  Pacific Institute Quarterly Spring 2007

Public Health & Public Education: Ethics & Policy for School Nurses

  • Public Lecture Series.  Keynote address and all day workshop for Oregon School Nurses Association conference, Portland OR April 2007

Human Embryos (I): The Problem

  • Publication. Institute Quarterly April 2006: The Creation, Manipulation, Modification, Testing and Destruction of Human Embryos

Human Health, Human Dignity: Setting the Oregon Standard (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Community Seminar/Televised Town Hall/Regional Round table series, Hillsboro, Oregon, Fall 2006.

Saudi National Day Celebration & Reception (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Reception and Dinner for Saudi Arabian Students at Pacific, Fall 2006.

Technology, Intelligence & the Preservation of Civil Liberties (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Conference. Top security officials for Microsoft joined law enforcement executives, corporate security specialists and academics, Astoria, OR, Fall 2006.

Human Embryos: Toward and Ontology of Human Reproduction

  • Ian Ramsey Center Public Lecture Series. Oxford University Paper.  January 25th, 2005

Til Death Do Us Part: The Battle for Marriage in a Pluralistic Society

  • Panelist and organizer for Town Hall on Same Sex Marriage. Spring 2005.

Parsing the Cultural Conflict: A Same Sex Marriage

  • Primer for Regional Pastors. Continuing education lecture for religious community leadership. Summer 2005.

Genetic Science & Technology: Opportunities & Challenges for the Coming Century

  • Ten part lecture series for the Vancouver School of Theology, British Columbia at University of British Columbia. July 2005.

Understanding the Threat: Technology, Globalization and the Future of Homeland Security (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Conference for the intelligence community, law enforcement executives, corporate security executives and educators, with Tom Cowper (CIA) as keynote, Lincoln City, OR May 2005.

Til Death Do Us Part: The Battle for Marriage in a Pluralistic Society (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Community Seminar/Televised Town Hall/Round table series, Forest Grove, OR, Spring 2005

Tenure, Promotion and the Professionally Engaged Professor

  • Publication.  Pacific Institute Quarterly. Fall 2004.

Same Sex Marriage and the Separation of Church and State

  • Feature Interview, Oregon Public Broadcasting, "Oregon Territory" program. April 2004.

War: Remarks on the Sedition Act of 1918 in Light of Today's Security/Civil Liberties Debate

  • Lecture, C.R.I.M.E. (Computer Related Intelligence Management and Education) group. Spring 2004.

The Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Prenatal Genetic Testing

  • Lecture,  sponsored by Planned Parenthood, Portland OR. Spring 2004.

Hiroshima in Light of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Debate

  • Panelist. Symposium on the anniversary of the Japanese Internment. Spring 2004.

Muslims in America and the War on Terrorism (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Televised Town Hall, Forest Grove, Oregon, Fall 2004

Ethics & Policy in Healthcare Program (EPHP). (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Comprehensive program to address ethical and policy issues within health related professions. Components: community seminars, town halls, regional leadership round tables, student internships, graduate seminars, online resources and courses, and continuing education for seven professions, 2003 - 2010

Technology in Education for Disadvantaged Youth Program (TEDY) (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Collaboration with the Hillsboro Police Department, Intel, and C.R.I.M.E. (Computer Related Intelligence Management and Education) and the Verizon Foundation. Components: three summer internships & after school program,  2003 - 2010.

The War on Terrorism, Homeland Security & the Mission of Higher Education (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Community Seminar/Televised Town Hall/Round table Series, Forest Grove, OR, Fall 2003

Religious Faith and the Problem of Genetic Technology

  • Presentation for the Ecumenical Council, Eugene OR. Spring 2003.

The War on Terrorism, Homeland Security & the Mission of Higher Education (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Conference. Attendees: FBI, local law enforcement, immigration officials, academics, Lincoln City, Oregon, Spring 2003

Homeland Security, Immigration & the Bill of Rights

  • Lecture. Homeland Security & Community Policing Conference sponsored by the Department of Justice, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police and the Pacific Institute, Otter Crest OR. Spring 2003.

The Patriot Act, Civil Liberties and the Concept of a "War on Terrorism"

  • Lecture. Unitarian Universalist Society, Beaverton OR. Spring 2003.

Philosophy, Theology, and the Impending War in Iraq

  • Keynote Address, United States Conference of Religions for Peace,Portland OR. Spring 2003.

Excellence in Programming

  • Invited Address. Annual conference, The Association of Practical and Professional Ethics, Charlotte, NC. Published in compendium volume: Benchmarks of Ethics Center Excellence. 2003.

Genetic Science & Technology: Decision-Making for Policy Administrators 

  • Lecture/Seminar Series.  Speaker at all day conference for CENTURA, a consortium of hospitals in Colorado, Boulder CO. Fall 2003.

The War of Terrorism, the Bill of Rights and the Mission of Higher Education

  • Panelist and Organizer, Televised Town Hall, Forest Grove OR. Fall 2003.

Homeland Security, the Patriot Act and the Bill of Rights

  • Lecture.  Harvey Scott Lecture, Pacific University, Forest Grove OR. Fall 2003.

Confidentiality, HIV and the Duty to Protect

  • Lecture. All faculty and students in the School of Physical Therapy. Fall 2003.

Impact of Genetic Science & Technology on Healthcare: Ethical, Legal & Social Issues

  • Lecture/Seminar. Oregon Society of Physician Assistants, Eugene OR. Fall 2003.

Genetic Technology: Science, Philosophy and Social Policy

  • Lecture. Collins Foundation series. Fall 2002.

National Security Social Impact Program (NSSIP) (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Collaboration with the Department of Justice, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Hillsboro Police Department, Seven College Consortium and relevant corporate sponsors. Components: community seminars, town halls, regional leadership round tables, and annual conferences. 2001 - 2010

People Without Papers: Impact of 9/11 on Immigrant Communities (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Community Seminar/Televised Town Hall/Regional Round table series. Forest Grove, Oregon, Spring 2002

Self-Understanding in the Age of ANDi: Transgenics and Public Policy

  • Panelist and Organizer. Televised Town Hall, Forest Grove OR. Spring 2001.

Ethical Concerns about "Ethics Education"

  • Lecture. Annual meeting for the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Spring 2001.

Bio-medical Ethics for Clinical Instructors

  • Presentation. Physical Therapy Clinical Instructors Regional Conference. Spring 2001.

Biomedical Ethics in Clinical Optometry

  • Presentation. Optometric Economics and Practice conference, Forest Grove OR. Spring 2001.

Ethics in Cross-Cultural Psychotherapy

  • Lecture. School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, Forest Grove OR. Summer 2001.

Dostoevsky, Demons and the Pre-Revolutionary Russian Vision

  • Lecture. All students & Faculty in Pacific's First Year Seminar program. Fall 2001.

Remarks on the Concept of Privacy

  • Lecture and Organizer. Genetic Frontiers Continuing Legal Education conference, Forest Grove OR. Fall 2001.

Self-Understanding in the Age of ANDi: Transgenics and Public Policy (Pacific Institute Programming)

  • Community Seminar/Televised Town Hall/Regional Round table series. Forest Grove, OR, Spring 2001

Ethical Decision-Making in the Special Education Setting

  • Presentation. Oregon Department of Education conference. Spring 1999.

Bio-medical Ethics in Physical Therapy

  • Presentation and CE Lecture. Regional conference of the American Physical therapy Association. Spring 1999.

Bio-medical Ethics in the Practice if Optometry

  • Lecture. Washington Board of Optometry, Seattle WA. Spring 1995.

Waco, Oklahoma City and the Judaeo-Christian Template: Studies in the Grammar of Religious & Ideological Extremism 

  • Invited Lecture. President's Lecture series, Pacific University, Forest Grove OR. Fall 1995.

Healthcare Policy & the Interests of Business

  • Lecture. Oregon Graduate Institute, Beaverton OR. Spring 1993.

Foundationalism in Religion

  • Paper. Lewis & Clark College Colloquium, Portland OR. April 1993.

Biomedical Ethics in Clinical Optometry

  • Lecture. Pacific Northwest Regional Optometry Conference, University of Washington, Seattle WA. Spring 1992.

The Logic of Existence & the Question of Abortion: Philosophical Remarks on Bio-development

  • Invited Paper. Conference on abortion, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR. Fall 1992.

Remarks on the Philosophy of Religion of William P. Alston

  • Paper.  American Philosophical Association regional conference. Fall 1991.

Moral Philosophy

  • Session Chair. American Philosophical Association regional conference. Fall 1990.

Grants

National Institute of Health ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Issues) Grant: Faith Forum on Genetics - $257,000, 2005-2007

United Church of Christ Genesis Fund: Disability & Education - $4500, 2006-2007

Northwest Academic Computer Consortium (NWACC): Genetic Science & Policy Program - $10,000, 2005-2007

Verizon Foundation: E-literacy & Education - $15,000, 2004-2005

Faculty Development Award: Genetic Science & Public Policy - $5,000, 2003

Peace Work Award, First Church of Christ: Program Support - $13,000, 2003

Northwest Health Foundation: Engaging Minority Communities in Genetic Decision-Making - $21,000, 2001

Oregon Community Foundation: Service Learning in First Year Seminar - $1,500, 1998

Hewlett Foundation: Vertically Integrated Biomedical Ethics Program Development - $18,000, 1998

Oregon Campus Compact: Service Learning in Foundations Programs - $1,500, 1997

Smaller Grants From 2001 - 2009:

    • Bank of the West
    • West Coast Bank
    • Matsushita Electronics
    • Pallet Doctor
    • Stimson Lumber
    • UCC Office for Higher & Theological Education
    • Centennial Software Corporation