Faculty Directory

Aine Donovan

Clinical Professor of Business Administration; Board Member, Center for Business & Society






DEd, University of San Francisco, 1995; MRE, University of San Diego, 1983; BA, San Diego State University, 1979

Areas of Expertise

Ethics and leadership, business ethics, organizational ethics


Ethics in Action


Aine Donovan is a Clinical Professor of Business Education at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is the Director Emerita of the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College, a campus wide initiative that serves the needs of faculty and students in ethics education. Prior to her tenure at Dartmouth, she was a professor at the United States Naval Academy where she developed the ethics curriculum and founded the first ethics center at Annapolis. 

Her research emphasis, publications, and professional presentations are in the field of moral education, bioethics, business ethics and global strategies for ethical understanding. Her recent books include "Global Bioethics" (Oxford) and "The Human Genome Project in College Curriculum: Ethical Issues and Practical Strategies"(UPNE).

Current Research Topics

  • Ethics and communication
  • Civic virtue
  • Moral leadership

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 2005–present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geisel School of Medicine, 2004–present
  • Executive Director, Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College, 2001–17
  • Assistant Professor, 1997–2001, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics, 1997–99, United States Naval Academy
  • Assistant Professor (Adjunct), California State University, Sacramento, 1990–96

Board memberships

  • Trustee, Carnegie Council for International Affairs
  • Board Member, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Board Member, Maguire Center for Ethics
  • Executive Board, Association of Practical and Professional Ethics
  • Executive Board, Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum
  • Executive Board, American Philosophical Association
  • Professional Associations:
    • Academy of Management
    • Center for Business and Society
    • American Philosophical Association
    • Association of Moral Education
    • Philosophy of Education Society
    • Society for Business Ethics
    • Society of Christian Ethics


  • Page Legacy Scholar, Penn State College of Communications, 2010
  • Resident fellow in journalism ethics, University of Missouri, 2004
  • Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2000

Selected Publications

  • "Military Physicians: The Myth of Divided Loyalties," International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 24(1), Spring 2010
  • "Mission and Academic Administration," in The Ethical Challenges of Academic Administration, Springer, 2009
  • With R. Green, "Methods in Business Ethics," in The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics, Oxford, 2009
  • "MBA Classes Rethink Their Ethics," Newsday, February, 2009
  • With R. Green and S. Jauss, Global Bioethics: Issues of Conscience for the Twenty-First Century, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2008
  • With R. Green, The Human Genome Project in the College Curriculum: Ethical Issues and Practical Strategies, University Press of New England, 2008