David Perry, Ph.D.
I became the inaugural director of the Vann Center for Ethics and professor of applied ethics on July 1, 2009. My responsibilities include teaching ethics courses (e.g., Ethics and Warfare, Ethics in Professional Life, Business Ethics, and The Moral Status of Humans and Other Animals), organizing extracurricular campus discussions (Ethics Forums) on contemporary ethical issues, and leading interdisciplinary workshops for faculty and staff on integrating ethical concerns across the college.
From 2003 to 2009 I was professor of ethics at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., where I taught ethics and warfare, strategic leadership, critical thinking, and other courses for military colonels and their civilian counterparts. I previously taught biomedical ethics, business ethics, and other courses in philosophy and religion at Seattle University and Santa Clara University, and was a management consultant in corporate ethics at the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C.
I am the author of a 2009 book entitled Partly Cloudy: Ethics in War, Espionage, Covert Action, and Interrogation, and more than 50 articles on a broad range of ethical issues. I earned a B.A. in religion magna cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University, and A.M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School. View my detailed CV (PDF).
Program Assistant/Administrative Assistant
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. M-F
I have a Master of Arts in counseling college student personnel from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from North Carolina State University. I have worked in administrative services and support for non-profit organizations, private and public higher education institutions, and state and local government agencies. I support the Vann Center for Ethics' programs in many different ways, including daily operations, event planning, marketing, social media, and budget administration.
Prior to joining Davidson College I worked for UNC Charlotte Career Services, the City of Charlotte Engineering Department - Land Development Division, and a local nonprofit tourism organization, Visit Lake Norman. I joined Davidson College and the Vann Center for Ethics part-time in September 2012 and in December I began working part-time with the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development. I now split my time between the two centers and work to enable increased opportunities for collaboration.