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Michael F. Andrews, Ph.D. named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

University of Portland president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., has announced the appointment of Michael F. Andrews, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Andrews has served as interim dean since August 2012 and holds the McNerney-Hanson Chair in Ethics.

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to the largest number of students enrolled at the University—more than 1,250 students. It houses 32 degree programs within 20 departments and programs of study, with popular majors including biology, Spanish, psychology, English, communication studies and chemistry.

“Michael’s scholarship, including presentations and publications, is widely acknowledged and his service to various institutions is extensive, including many international consultancies,” said Beauchamp. “Over his career he has garnered numerous grants, fellowships, and honors. I am pleased that his expertise and experience will be used in the College and throughout the University.”

Andrews is a Professor of Philosophy and earned his undergraduate degree in systematic theology from Georgetown University in 1986, a master’s degree in philosophy of religion from Yale University in 1988, a Ph.L./ M. Phil. in Greek and medieval metaphysics from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1994, and a doctorate in philosophy from Villanova University in 2002. He came to the University of Portland in 2011 from Seattle University, where he was the dean of the Matteo Ricci College of Humanities and a faculty facilitator of the Sullivan Leaders Student Scholarship Program.

He has published extensively on the philosophy of Edith Stein and in the areas of ethics, empathy and the philosophy of religion with many publications in journals as well as several book chapters. He has taught extensively on such topics as healthcare ethics, communication ethics, bio-medical ethics, socio-cultural transformation, metaphysics, phenomenology, existentialism, Catholic intellectual thought, and ethics and discernment. He has also received two awards for teaching excellence.

Andrews was appointed interim dean when Rev. Stephen Rowan returned to the Archdiocese of Seattle to assume the role of Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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