William Schweiker Appointed Director of Graduate Studies

Prof. William SchweikerDean of the Divinity School Laurie Zoloth is pleased to announce that William Schweiker, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics, has agreed to be the Director of Graduate Studies.  As such, he will oversee the structure and content of the PhD program as well as the progress of our PhD students.

The Divinity School's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is a rigorous course of advanced study and research that prepares students for a lifetime of field-defining scholarship, intellectual leadership and teaching in the academic study of religion. 

Schweiker is himself an alumnus of the Divinity School, having received his PhD in 1985. His scholarship and teaching engage theological and ethical questions attentive to global dynamics, comparative religious ethics, the history of ethics, and hermeneutical philosophy. A frequent lecturer and visiting professor at universities around the world, he has been deeply involved in collaborative international scholarly projects. His books include Mimetic Reflections: A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology and Ethics (1990); Responsibility and Christian Ethics (1995); Power, Value and Conviction: Theological Ethics in the Postmodern Age (1998); Theological Ethics and Global Dynamics: In the Time of Many Worlds (2004); Religion and the Human Future: An Essay in Theological Humanism (2008, with David E. Klemm); and, most recently, Dust that Breathes: Christian Faith and the New Humanisms (2010).

Professor Schweiker has published numerous articles and award-winning essays, as well as edited and contributed to six volumes, including Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Ethics (2006) and chief editor and contributor to A Companion to Religious Ethics (2004), a comprehensive and innovative work in the field of comparative religious ethics. He is now chief editor and contributor to the three-volume Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics (forthcoming). He is also currently working on a forthcoming book with Wiley-Blackwell, titled Religious Ethics: Meaning and Method. Professor Schweiker’s present research is on ethics and the integrity of life.

Prof. Schweiker will be working with PhD students; Sarah Hammerschlag, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature, Philosophy of Religions and History of Judaism, continues her work as Director of the MA Program, overseeing the structure and content of the MA program as well as the progress of MA students.