Patrick McCormick is Professor and former Chair in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he has taught courses in religion and ethics since 1994. He earned a doctorate and a licentiate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University (Rome) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic just before coming to Gonzaga. Patrick is the author of five books and over three dozen journal essays and book chapters on religion and ethics, including his most recent volume, God’s Beauty: The Call of Justice (Liturgical Press), and is currently at work on a book on the religious ethics of eating.
McCormick has been recognized by his university three times with awards for teaching excellence and scholarly research, has won nearly two dozen awards for articles and columns on religion, ethics and contemporary culture, and has most recently been elected the Flannery Chair of Religious Studies in recognition of his contributions to the field. He has also been invited to lecture at dozens of universities and colleges across the United States and in Canada, Brazil, and Australia on a variety of topics related to religion and ethics, and has taught three times in study abroad programs in Florence and London. He is very much looking forward to teaching with Semester at Sea.