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Dr Alan Kearns

Theology, Philosophy, & Music

Name: Dr Alan Kearns
Department: Theology, Philosophy, & Music
Work Area: Theology and Philosophy
Role: Lecturer
Phone Number: 01 700 7055
Email Address:
Room: AHC S205
Campus: DCU All Hallows Campus

Biographical Details

Dr Alan J. Kearns is an Assistant Professor of Ethics at DCU's School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music. He originally trained as a second-level teacher and taught English at the Fachsprachenzentrum, University of Tübingen in Germany. His PhD, which examined the concept of person in health care ethics, was the first doctorate to be presented and defended in the newly established School of Nursing at Dublin City University.

Alan has taught Business Ethics at Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology and at the DCU Business School. He also has taught Nursing Ethics at Beaumont Hospital and Philosophy & Ethics at the School of Nursing at DCU.

Alan joined the academic staff of Mater Dei Institute of Education, a former College of DCU, in 2005. During his time there, he was the lead developer for the MA in Ethics programme and for the Institute’s policy on child protection and safeguarding. He was the convenor of the Ethics for All Lecture Series, which included notable speakers such as the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. He was the Chair of the college’s Research Ethics Committee from 2009 to 2016.

Presently, Alan teaches a number of introductory ethics modules as well as applied ethics modules in the area of bioethics, global ethics, computer ethics and other contemporary issues. He is the Co-Chair and Academic Coordinator of the MA in Ethics and MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) courses. He is the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music’s Teaching & Learning Convenor. Alan is also the Chair of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music’s Ethical Review Panel.

Alan has given guest talks on Health Care Ethics at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Beaumont Hospital and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

Alan’s research interests include: Bioethics: Diagnostic Self-Testing Ethical Issues; Business Ethics: Corporate Social Responsibility; Philosophical Ethics: Kantian Deontology; Health Care Ethics: Concepts of Person; Codes of Ethics; Patients’ Rights, Ordinary & Extraordinary Means of Treatment; Research Ethics: Foundations & Approaches. He is an affiliated scholar at the DCU Institute of Ethics. Feel free to get in touch with Alan if you would like to learn more about doing a PhD in Ethics.

Please feel free to get in touch with Alan if you would like know more about the MA in Ethics and MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility). To see what our graduates have to say about our programmes, please click here.

If you are a graduate of Mater Dei Institute of Education and would like to be part of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music Alumni, please send an email to Alan.

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