Director, Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law

Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Commensurate with experience
October 17 2019
10-512 (AAAS)
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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 individuals.

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 Provost. The Director will also work with an Advisory Board comprised of experts in a variety of fields from inside and outside the University who will provide ideas and guidance.

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 initiatives.


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 administrative skills;
  • 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 University. 

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 degree.

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: 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 HERC (, 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 ( 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 this mission.


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 at

Questions should be directed to: Marla Bradford, Office of Human Resources, Duquesne University (email to: