David H. Smith, Ph.D.

David Smith joined the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington in 1967. When he retired in 2003 he had served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies and as Chair (1976-84). He twice won teaching awards, one voted by students and the other awarded by faculty. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in medical ethics, general social ethics, the relation between religion and ethics and the ethics of philanthropy. In the early 1970s in one semester more than 700 students were enrolled in his two courses.

In 1983 Smith became Director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. During his twenty year tenure the Center received funding from the Lilly Endowment, the Exxon Educational Foundation, FIPSE, NIH, and NSF. Center projects concerned the teaching of ethics, care for the dying, research ethics, ethics and genetic testing and corporate responsibility. The Center maintained a highly collegial ethos and sponsored many seminars for faculty and the general public in Bloomington, around Indiana, and nationally.

Smith is the author of Health and Medicine in the Anglican Tradition, Entrusted and a forthcoming book tentatively entitled Christ on a Crutch: What the Churches Should be Doing to Assist in Care for the Dying. He is first author or editor of Caring Well: Religion, Narrative, and Health Care Ethics, A Christian Response to the New Genetics, Early Warning, and the forthcoming Doing Good: Moral Opportunities and Pitfalls.

Since his retirement Smith has served as Visiting Professor of Bioethics at Yale University (2003-4). In 2004-5 he will be Friedricks Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw University. An active Episcopal layman, Smith and his wife, the former Marie-Louise Arnaud, have been married for 43 years; he is the father of three grown children and grandfather of five.

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David H. Smith, Ph.D.
Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions
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