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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

Gregory L. Snyder is the Executive in Residence and serves on the Board of Directors at the DePaul University Institute for Business and Professional Ethics.  He is a retired senior executive with over 36 years experience with the global bank, HSBC.  In retirement, his Nonprofit Board service includes the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, a national community organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to helping residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities and as Chair of the Board of the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, Illinois Preschool and Kindergarten. As Visiting Scholar for the Ethics Institute, Mr. Snyder's contribution focuses on helping students bridge the gap between theory and practice in the business world. He will contribute to the on-going program in experiential learning for undergraduate students.

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:

Ron Suskind, one of America’s most respected nonfiction writers, is the author of five New York Times bestsellers that shaped national debate on issues ranging from race and class to Presidential power and perfidy. His 2011 bestseller, “Confidence Men, Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President,” is the signature work on the 2008 fall of the economy, the rise of Barack Obama and the President’s struggles to re-launch and redirect the ship of state. The book plots the causes and effects of the 2008 financial meltdown and how a three-decade long alliance between Wall Street and Washington has steadily widened income inequality. The former senior national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal, Suskind currently directs Harvard’s Project on Public Narrative, appears on national television and writes for the New York Times Magazine.

Past Visiting Scholars

Carmela Epright, 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.

Roger Young, 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

Thomas Moran, 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

Maria Graciela deOrtuza , Graduate Student , Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, 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.

Rob Sprinkle, 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.

Ken Sharpe, Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College, Fall, Winter, Spring 2013.

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:

Vince Luizzi is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Texas State and a municipal judge for the City of San Marcos, Texas, Fall, 2014.

His recent assignments as a Fulbright Specialist in Law in South Africa and Bosnia have drawn on his expertise in applied ethics, professional ethics, and law.    At the Ethics Institute he researched how leadership connects with ethical conduct in the workplace and the legal system.

Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP is the Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J. University Professor and professor of psychology at Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He has served as psychology department chair, acting dean of the school of education, counseling psychology, and pastoral ministries, and director of the spirituality and health institute at Santa Clara University, Spring 2016.  Tom and his wife Lori Plante collaborated on the book, "Graduating with Honor: Best Practices to Promote Ethics Development in College Students." They were on campus in the spring term which allowed them to go to their son Zach's '18 track events, as well.

Last Updated: 12/14/16