Holy Cross Father William Beauchamp, president of the University of Portland, has appointed Michael Andrews as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Andrews has served as interim dean since August 2012. A philosopher, he 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. It houses 32 degree programs within 20 departments and programs of study, with popular majors including biology, Spanish, psychology, English, communication studies and chemistry.
Father Beauchamp says Andrews' scholarship and service is widely known. “I am pleased that his expertise and experience will be used in the college and throughout the university,” the priest said.
Andrews 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 and advanced degrees in Greek and medieval metaphysics from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1994 and in philosophy from Villanova University in 2002. He came to the University of Portland in 2011 from Seattle University, where he was a dean and faculty facilitator of a student scholarship program.
He has published on the philosophy of Edith Stein and in the areas of ethics, empathy and the philosophy of religion. He has taught healthcare ethics, communication ethics, bio-medical ethics, socio-cultural transformation, metaphysics, phenomenology, existentialism, Catholic intellectual thought, and ethics and discernment. He has received two awards for teaching excellence.
Andrews was appointed interim dean when Father Stephen Rowan returned to the Archdiocese of Seattle to assume the role of superintendent of Catholic schools.