Primary Department
School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Theology and Philosophy
Alan Kearns
Phone number:
01 700
Room Number
AHC S205

Academic biography

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 then 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. 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, computer ethics and other contemporary issues. He is the Chair and Academic Coordinator of the MA in Ethics and MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) programmes. Alan is also the Chair of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music’s Ethics 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 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). 

Research interests

My research interests include: Philosophical Ethics and Health Care Ethics.