Ethics/Religion and Society Program

E/RS Committee

The Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) Committee has responsibility for granting, reviewing, and revoking the E/RS standing of courses approved by the appropriate College Curriculum Committee and the Board of Undergraduate Studies. (See criteria for E/RS courses here.) The committee will also collaborate with the CCAC and CCC to assess core curriculum SLOs specifically tied to E/RS electives. The Committee also has responsibility for recommending revisions in E/RS policies and criteria that pertain to curricular matters, when these seem desirable, to the Board of Undergraduate Studies. The Committee also advises the Directors of E/RS concerning all curricular matters that pertain to the E/RS Program and its successful implementation and integration in the University.

The committee is composed of nine (9) faculty members: One (1) each from the Departments of Philosophy, Theology and English; the candidates are nominated by the full-time members of their respective departments and elected by a vote of the faculty assembly. The remaining six (6) members consist of one (1) each from the College of Professional Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the Williams College of Business and three (3) chosen at-large nominated by the Faculty Committee and elected by vote of the Faculty Assembly. Terms of office are three years. No elected member is allowed to serve consecutive terms. The E/RS Endowed Chair and the Directors of the Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility are ex officio, non-voting members. The Directors of E/RS (ex officio, non-voting) will serve as the chairs and are appointed by the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.

Dr. Richard Polt, Director of E/RS, Chair (x) (non-voting) E/RS


Dr. Laney Bender-Slack (Education) (f-e-19,3) CPS

Dr. Rick Browne (Health Services Administration) (f-e-19,3) at large

Diana Boling, MSN, RN-BC, CNL (Nursing) (f-e-20,3), CN

Dr. Alan Jin (Management and Entrepreneurship) (f-e-18,3) WCB

Dr. Martin Madar (Theology) (f-e-18,3) Theology

Dr. Adekunle Okunoye (Business Analytics and Information Systems) (f-e-19,3) WCB

Dr. Jennifer Robbins (Biology) (f-e-18,3) at large

Dr. Sheena Steckl (English) (f-e-19,3) English

Dr. James Wood (Philosophy) (f-e-20,3) Philosophy


Dr. Myron Jackson, E/RS Endowed Chair (x) (non-voting)

Dr. Paul Fiorelli, Director, Xavier Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility (x) (non-voting)

x = ex officio
f-e-XX, 3 = elected by faculty in year 20XX for a 3-year term