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Visiting Scholars Program

The Ethics Institute seeks applicants for a visiting scholar position;  one opening per term (fall, winter or spring) or multiple terms, up to one year.  The Ethics Institute does not award monetary compensation for this position, but an office and full use of the libraries, and access to faculty working in related fields is available.  The ideal candidate would be someone on sabbatical who is engaged in an applied ethics research project.  Dartmouth faculty housing may be available at a reduced rate for the visiting scholar, but the visiting scholar is responsible for securing his or her own housing during the stay in Hanover.  Please contact the Ethics Institute Director, Aine Donovan, for more details.

Applications should include:
  • A letter of application, with dates that you would like to be in residence.  Please include a brief overview of the project that you will be working on during the visit to Dartmouth.
  • An abstract and a 2-3 page description of your research project, with a statement of progress to date.
  • A current CV
  • An external letter of recommendation from a scholar in your field, speaking directly to the merits of the proposal.  Please have this letter sent directly to the Ethics Institute
  • Your contact information

Deadlines: materials due by June 1st for fall term (Sept. through early December); Nov. 15th for winter term (January through mid-March; Feb. 15th for Spring term (late March through early June).

Please send materials to:
Professor Aine Donovan
Ethics Institute
Dartmouth College
27 N. Main Street
Hanover, NH 03755

Current Visiting Scholars

Anthony Alfieri, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law

He is the Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS) and Founder and Director of the Historic Black Church Program.

Professor Alfieri's research at Dartmouth College's Ethics Institute focuses on the ethics of autonomy and paternalism in law and public policy, specifically the justification for coercive paternalism in the contexts of civil rights law, corporate counseling, criminal justice, education, and social services.  Professor Alfieri can be reached at:

Ken Sharpe, Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

Professor Sharpe's research at Dartmouth College's Ethics Institute is titled: "How Character and Practical Wisdom Are Learned: Re-Designing Institutions to Get the Practitioners We Need". Ken can be reached at:

Past Visiting Scholars

Epright, Carmela, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Furman University
Greenville , SC
Spring and Summer 2005

Professor Epright's research project involved the psychiatry department at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center , in developing an ethics program for psychiatry residents. Her extensive background in bioethics and clinical work served to enhance the training program she developed. Professor Epright will initiate the resident training program at the University of South Carolina medical center. She can be reached at for further information.

Young, Roger, Associate Professor of Biology, Drury University
Springfield , Missouri
Winter 2005

Professor Drury spent time on the Dartmouth campus working with several departments in developing a bioinformatics syllabus that addresses medicine and ethics. He can be reached at

Moran, Thomas, Distinguished University Service Professor, SUNY Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh , NY
Winter, Spring, and Summer terms 2004-2005

Professor Moran is a senior scholar and a former Provost at SUNY Plattsburgh. He spent part of his sabbatical year at Dartmouth pursuing research for a book he is writing on leadership. Professor Moran was instrumental in meeting with Dartmouth faculty who are working to develop new undergraduate curriculum on leadership and civic engagement. Dr. Moran can be reached at

deOrtuza , Maria Graciela, Graduate Student , Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Summer 2004

Ms. deOrtizar's research project, "Justice, Health Care Right, Intellectual Property Policies and Human Genome" was enhanced by extensive work with Dartmouth faculty and resources.

Sprinkle, Rob, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
July 2007 through July 2008

While visiting the Institute, Dr. Sprinkle wrote three papers, began writing his second book, rounded in two intensive-care units, taught one course, re-learned to ski, voted in the New Hampshire Primary, delivered Pediatrics Grand Rounds, delivered Medicine Grand Rounds, learned (for the first time) to row, and accepted an invitation to return in October 2008 to speak at a Thayer School symposium. His wife and kids also had best-ever years.

Last Updated: 10/1/13