Brian Stiltner, Ph.D.
Professor/Co-Director of HersherInstitute
Dr. Stiltner has been a member of the department since 1998 and served as its chair 2006–2008 and 2011–2016. He has chaired the university’s Committee on Rank and Tenure, founded its initial center for Catholic Studies in 2003 and served on many committees dedicated to the assessment and improvement of pedagogy. He directed the Hersher Institute for Applied Ethics from 1998 to 2003 and has recently returned tothe co-director role.
Dr. Stiltner’s professional contributions to the academy and the local community includes past service as a member of the Institutional Review Board of the Unilever Corporation and as a member of the editorial board of the He gives lectures on ethics and Catholicism both on and off campus.
Brian lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with his wife, who is a special education teacher, and two teenage children. His interests include soccer, baseball, travel, and puzzles and word games.
Degrees and Certifications
- Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Classics from John Carroll University
- Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School
- Doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale University
Prof. Stiltner’s teaching and research interests include bioethics, human rights, ethics of war and peace, Catholic social ethics, and the role of religion and virtues in American society. He teaches theology courses on these and other topics, and also teaches in the Art of Thinking and First Year Seminar programs. He incorporates service learning in some courses and co-chairs the university’s Service Learning Council.