University of Portland

Michael F. Andrews

Michael F. Andrews

Background Narrative

Congruent with his appointment as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Andrews also holds the McNerney-Hanson Endowed Chair in Ethics at the University of Portland. He is co-facilitator of the Dundon-Berchtold Faculty Fellows in Ethics Program and oversees the University-wide Reason, Faith, and Ethics Collaborative. He received his Ph.D. from Villanova University in 2002, the Ph.L. degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, the M.A. in Religion from Yale, and a B.A. in systematic theology from Georgetown University. Before joining the University of Portland, Dr. Andrews served in a number of academic leadership positions, including Dean of the Matteo Ricci College of the Humanities at Seattle University, director of the Faith and the Great Ideas Academic Program, and faculty facilitator of the Sullivan Leadership Program.

From 2004-2011 Dr. Andrews directed Seattle University’s “Renaissance Philosophy of Art” Interdisciplinary Summer Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy. In 2008-09 he was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu (The Jesuit Historical Institute), in Rome. Dr. Andrews has taught in University Honors and publishes extensively on the “problem of empathy” and in the areas of ethics, phenomenology, and philosophy of religion. He teaches courses in Philosophy of the Human Person; Ethics (including healthcare ethics, communication ethics, and bio-medical ethics); socio-cultural transformation; the history of philosophy; metaphysics; philosophy of education; Existentialism; philosophical theology; Catholic Social Thought; and ethics and discernment. Some of his “great figure” courses include Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, St. Thomas Aquinas, Husserl, and Edith Stein.

He has received several awards for teaching excellence, including “Most Inspirational Faculty Award in Recognition of Academic Excellence in Teaching” in 2006; and the “O Captain, My Captain” Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from the Faith and the Great Ideas Academic Program in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Andrews is a native of Providence, RI and grew up in a large Italian-Irish family. He is a former member of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). When he isn’t at home cooking dinner with friends or writing or tinkering on the piano, he enjoys slaying dragons with his daughter, riding his vespa, and taking long walks along the shore with his wife and their dog, Bacio.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Villanova University

M.A. in the History of Philosophy, Villanova University

Ph.L./M.Phil. in Theoretical Metaphysics, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

M.A. in Religion, Yale University

B.A. in Systematic Theology, Georgetown University

Teaching Awards

Most Inspirational Faculty Award in Recognition of Academic Excellence in Teaching, presented by the Seattle University Senior Graduating Class, 2006

O Captain, My Captain Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Faith and the Great Ideas Academic Program, 2005 & 2006

Professional Affiliations

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