Jeffery Smith, PhD

Jeffery Smith

PhD, Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Minnesota
MA, University of Minnesota
BA, University of Minnesota

Professor, Management
Boeing Frank Shrontz Chair of Professional Ethics

Phone: 206-296-5714

Building/Room: Pigott 419

Teaching Areas

  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Moral and Political Philosophy


Personal Bio

Jeffery Smith is Seattle University's Frank Shrontz Chair in Professional Ethics and Professor of Management in the Albers School of Business and Economics where he teaches ethics in the management, finance and accounting programs. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Society for Business Ethics and will assume its Presidency in 2017. Professor Smith's research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and business, currently focusing on the philosophical dimensions of corporate responsibility, examining whether recent calls for greater social involvement by corporations can be given a moral foundation, political foundation, or some combination of both. Smith's work has been published in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and the Journal of Business Ethics, and he is the co-author of the forthcoming 8th edition of Ethics and the Conduct of Business. Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University he spent twelve years at the University of Redlands where he served as the founding Director of the Banta Center for Business, Ethics and Society. He has held visiting appointments at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and the Keck Graduate Institute. Professor Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.