Rose Mary Volbrecht, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Volbrecht regularly teaches Ethics, Health Care Ethics, and Feminist Ethics. She sees philosophy is a practice of critical reflection and dialogue that helps us to become better people and engaged citizens. Engaging with practicing healthcare professionals...

Rosemary Volbrecht

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

M.A., Philosophy of Religion, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

B.A., Mathematics, Houghton College

Courses Taught

PHIL 301: Ethics

PHIL 455: Health Care Ethics

SOSJ 101: Introduction to Social Justice

PHIL 456: Feminist Ethics

PHIL 486: Faces of Oppression


Dr. Volbrecht regularly teaches Ethics, Health Care Ethics, and Feminist Ethics. She sees philosophy is a practice of critical reflection and dialogue that helps us to become better people and engaged citizens. Engaging with practicing healthcare professionals has been essential to Dr. Volbrecht’s expertise in Health Care Ethics. She serves on the Providence Health Urban Ethics Committee and on the advisory board for the Providence Clinical Pastoral Education program. Prentice Hall published her text, Nursing Ethics: Communities in Dialogue. Dr. Volbrecht was a founding mother of the Women and Gender Studies Program and remains an active faculty member in the program.