Director - Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law
The Carl G. Grefenstette Center will provide a pivotal platform
at Duquesne University for the integration of ethics with science,
technology, and law. This interdisciplinary Center will
explore the intersection of law, ethics, science, and technology
from a distinctly Catholic perspective. Housed within the
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the McAnulty
College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the Carl G.
Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology and Law will
build on Duquesne's longtime academic focus on ethics and its
historic commitment to advancing society for the betterment of all
The Director of this University-wide initiative will draw on the
expertise and resources of Duquesne's nine schools to enable
sponsored research and organize conferences, symposia and other
scholarly endeavors. Micro-credentials, certificates and graduate
degree programs may be included in future activities.
The Director of the Carl G. Grefenstette Center will help
Duquesne strengthen internal collaborations among Duquesne faculty,
students, and staff and external partnerships with leading research
institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and the University
of Pittsburgh; professional organizations like the Pittsburgh Area
Bioethics Partnership; other Catholic colleges and universities in
western Pennsylvania; as well as across the globe.
The Director will be responsible to the dean of the school or
college in which he or she holds a faculty position (whether
full-time or part-time) based upon his or her expertise and
experience, and will submit annual reports on her or his activities
as chair holder to the relevant dean as well as the President and
The director shall actively participate in supporting and
developing academic and scholarly initiatives for Duquesne
University and shall maintain scholarly pursuits including
publications or presentations as appropriate, and may teach in his
or her discipline. Faculty status shall be determined based upon
the credentials and qualifications of the candidate selected and
the needs of the University.
The Director will be responsible for providing strategic advice
as requested by the Provost and President of the University, in
order to advance the ambitious goals of the Strategic Plan.
The Director will be responsible for actively promoting and
supporting an interdisciplinary Center and related programs that
coalesce around the ethical issues involving science, technology,
and law, in a fashion that is informed by Catholic moral traditions
while engaging and contributing to a broad array of
The Director of the Carl G. Grefenstette Center must have a
terminal degree in a discipline with a background in Science,
Technology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Ethics, Law, or a
closely related field of study and a minimum of 5 years of
experience within higher education. A demonstrated expertise
in science and/or technology, in addition to expertise in the field
of ethics, is strongly preferred.
The candidate should have a record of publication and/or
presentations on the ethical issues related to science and
technology which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities
required to lead the Center.
The candidate should have a demonstrated record of fund raising
including success with acquiring grant and gift funding for
scholarly or administrative activities.
Skills required include but are not limited to:
- Discipline specific knowledge;
- Demonstrated organizational management skills, including budget
preparation, handling of finances, ability to seek grants and
- Entrepreneurial orientation;
- Ability to work independently to establish collaborative
internal and external relationships;
- Strong leadership, supervisory, and communication skills;
- Ability to initiate and follow through with work
responsibilities and to meet deadlines;
- Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission
and to respect the Catholic and Spiritan identity of Duquesne
The director shall also have demonstrated a commitment and
capability for engaging colleagues, students, and non-academic
audiences in the issues surrounding ethics and policy issues
related to scientific or technical advances.
Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal
Applicants must demonstrate a collegial and collaborative
orientation, and be willing to contribute to the growth and
development of Duquesne University’s programs generally.
As with candidates for all positions at Duquesne, applicants
should demonstrate that they are capable of advancing the
University’s rich Catholic/Spiritan mission and traditions, and
that they would find professional and personal fulfillment in
making such a contribution.
Duquesne is a comprehensive university with about 9,000
undergraduate and graduate students in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
For more information about the university, see: www.duq.edu. Duquesne University is
committed to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse faculty
that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic mission and
enriches our campus community.
As a charter member of the Ohio, Western PA and West Virginia
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups
and support dual-career couples. Motivated by its Catholic and
Spiritan identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as
an educational institution and as an employer.
Founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the
Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne University is Catholic in
mission and ecumenical in spirit (http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement).
Its Mission Statement commits the University to "serving God by
serving students - through commitment to excellence in liberal and
professional education, through profound concern for moral and
spiritual values, through the maintenance of an ecumenical
atmosphere open to diversity, and through service to the Church,
the community, the nation and the world." Applicants for this
position should describe how they might support and contribute to
Please submit a detailed cover letter (describing your
administrative experience with budgets; your grants writing and
fundraising experience; and a strategic vision to establish and
sustain this new center), resume/curriculum vitae, and a contact
list of three professional references (names, mailing and email
addresses, and telephone numbers). The application review process
will begin on November 25th 2019 and will continue until the
position is filled for an anticipated employment date of July 1,
2020. Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio
Questions should be directed to: Marla Bradford, Office of Human
Resources, Duquesne University (email to: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring
religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne
University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit.
Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of
opportunity both as an educational institution and as an
Location/Region: Pittsburgh, PA (15282)