People

Director's Team

Nancy Tuana Director of the Rock Ethics Institute
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ted Toadvine is Nancy Tuana Director of the Rock Ethics Institute and Associate Professor of Philosophy. He joined Penn State in 2017 after holding the position of Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, where he served as Head of Philosophy in 2011-2014. He has held the posts of Visiting Researcher at Kingston University’s Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Resident Scholar at the University of Oregon’s Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics, Visiting Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professor in the Humanities at the Oregon Humanities Center, Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Kalamazoo College, and William F. Dietrich Research Fellow in Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University.

Assistant Director of the Rock Ethics Institute
Department of Philosophy

Ben joined the Rock Ethics Institute as its Assistant Director in 2017. He does work in political philosophy and applied ethics, with a focus on criminal justice, political ethics, ideal theory, and religion’s role in politics. His research appears in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, the European Journal of Political Theory, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, and other venues.

Current projects include The Ethics of Policing: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, a volume he is co-editing with Eduardo Mendieta, and Apocalypse without God: Apocalyptic Thought, Ideal Politics, and the Limits of Utopian Hope, which examines the relationship between utopian theorizing and apocalyptic thought in political philosophy.

Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute
Departments of Women's Studies and Political Science
2018-20 Sherwin Early Career Professorship

Erin Heidt-Forsythe received a PhD in Political Science, with a focus on Women and Politics, from Rutgers University. Her work examines the intersections of gender, political science, and bioethics. Employing mixed quantitative and qualitative methods, she studies US state legislation and policymaking about assisted reproductive technologies. She has published on assisted reproductive technologies, feminist bioethics, and social policy. Her areas of specialization include science, medicine, and health; reproduction and the body; American state politics and policy; interest groups and representation.

Core Faculty

Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Senior Research Associate, Rock Ethics Institute
Associate Professor of Geography
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy
Senior Scientist in the Rock Ethics Institute
Professor of Law and International Affairs
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
Senior Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Associate Professor of International Affairs
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology and Philosophy
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Telecommunications

Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Professor of Sociology
2017/18 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Values and Experiential Learning, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
Managing Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy
Associate Research Professor in the Department of Political Science
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Founding Director, Collegium of Black Women Philosophers
Director, Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature
Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies
Director of the Child Study Center
Professor of Management and Organization
Frank & Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow
2018/19 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies
Professor of Psychology
Director of PACT and Harrisburg Center for Healthy Child Development
Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies
2016/17 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Professor of Philosophy and Political Science
Director of Penn State Humanities Institute
Associate Clinical Professor of Management and Organization
Tarriff Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies
2020-2023 Joyce and Doug Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics
Kenneth B. Waterbury Chaired Professor in Secondary Education
Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
Director of Graduate Studies
2016/2017 Sherwin Early Career Professional
Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and Organization
Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Geography
Co-Professor-in-Charge of Social and Organizational Informatics
Associate Professor, Film-Media Studies
Donald P. Bellisario Career Advancement Professor
Assistant Research Professor at the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
Professor, Weiss Chair of the Humanities in Literature and Human Rights
2016/2017 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Professor of Geosciences
Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Accreditation
Director of the Leonhard Center
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor of English and Women Studies
Faculty-in-charge, Disability Studies Minor
Assistant Professor of Education
Director of the Social Justice Fellowship
Director, Restorative Justice Initiative
Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, Law, and Philosophy
Director, Bioethics Program
Affiliate Faculty of Public Policy and International Affairs
Associate Professor of History
Director of Interdisciplinary Programs
Former Sherwin Early Career Professional
Assistant Teaching Professor of Bioethics
Assistant Director, Bioethics Program
Affiliate Law Faculty
Professor of Philosophy
Assistant Professor of History
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bioethics, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
2015/16 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Professor of Education, Educational Theory & Policy
Co-director of the Donald J. Willower Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics of UCEA
Associate Professor of Psychology
Gregory H. Wolf Professor of Health Policy & Administration
Professor of Civil Engineering
2017/18 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Don Davis Professor of Ethics in Communications and Journalism
Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment
Associate Professor of Film/Video and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Emeritus Professor of Rural Sociology
Associate Professor of Education
Professor of Hospitality Finance
Director, Food Decisions Research Laboratory
Director, Research, I-CHRIE
Editor, ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports
2016/17 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Psychology
2018-20 Sherwin Early Career Professorship
Professor of Architecture
Professor Emeritus of Food Science
DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Associate Director of Center for Humanities and Information
2020-2023 Joyce and Doug Sherwin Early Career Professor
Assistant Professor of Education
Professor of History, Anthropology and Religious Studies
Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Genetics
Assistant Professor of Law, Medicine, and Sociology
Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Geography
Department Head of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Associate Professor of African American Studies, English, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Department Head of African American Studies

Staff

Administrative Support Coordinator
Administrative Support Assistant

Board of Visitors

Board of Visitors Member
Senior Director, Medical Affairs & Strategic Development, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Retired)
Board of Visitors Member
Ethics Counselor of the U.S. Department of Interior
Board of Visitors Member
Commissioner of Family Court, Delaware (Retired)
Board of Visitors Member
President and CEO, Phillips Graphic Finishing, LLC
Board of Visitors Member
President, Reach Research
Board of Visitors Member
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, CSL Behring
Board of Visitors Member
Managing Director, New Directions
Board of Visitors Member
Chairman, Founder, and CEO of the Lippin Group
Board of Visitors Member
Partner with Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering
Board of Visitors Member
Special Advisory Member
Chairman and CEO, Smith International (Retired)
Board of Visitors Member
Board of Visitors Member
Director of Product Development, Air Products and Chemicals
Board of Visitors Member
Elementary School Teacher (Retired)

Dean's Executive Committee

Dean, Penn State College of Nursing
Susan Welch Dean, College of the Liberal Arts
Professor of African American Studies
Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean, College of Health and Human Development
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Dean, Penn State Law
Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of International Affairs and Geography
Harold and Inge Marcus Dean, College of Engineering