Norman Swazo, Ph.D.
Interim/Acting Dean, College of Science & General Studies
Dr. Norman K. Swazo currently serves as the Interim/Acting Dean of College of Science & General Studies as well as Professor of Philosophy and Biomedical Ethics. He specializes in ethics in international affairs, including ethical issues in international health research, and recent European philosophy. He holds the PhD in Philosophy (1988) and a Graduate Certificate in Global Policy Studies (1987), from the University of Georgia; a Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health (1978); and a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) in Science and Human Affairs from Princeton University (1976). He taught previously in the USA at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (14 years), Kansas State University (1 year), the University of the South (1 year), and Springfield College (1 year). He also served as Consultant with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Washington DC, with country-level assignments in the Caribbean and Honduras (1978-1981), as well as the Office of International Health, U.S. Public Health Service (summer 1978).
He is the author of Crisis Theory and World Order: Heideggerian Reflections (SUNY Press, 2002) and numerous publications in professional journals, e.g., Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, International Studies in Philosophy, International Journal on World Peace, Public Affairs Quarterly, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, the Internet Journal of Law, Healthcare, and Ethics, the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, and the Journal of Philosophy, Science, and Law.
Most recently Professor Swazo has published in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and served as the journal’s Co-Editor of a Special Issue on Islamic Ethics. An article on stem cell research ethics was recently published in the journal, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. A paper on the Saudi position in global climate change negotiations was recently published in the Middle East Review of International Affairs.
Professor Swazo presented a paper at the 5th International Congress of the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine, held in Istanbul Turkey 25-28 October 2010. This paper is forthcoming in the Journal of the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine. Dr. Swazo was recently a plenary speaker at an International Workshop on “Professional Ethics in a Globalized World,” 11-12 May 2011, Texas A&M University-Qatar, Doha Qatar. He presented a paper, on the topic of ethical issues concerning civilian use of nuclear power in the Gulf Region, at the Symposium on Ethics of Environmental Health, held 24-27 August 2011, in Prague Czech Republic.
Dr. Swazo serves as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal on World Peace and was recently appointed a member of the Honorary Editorial Board of the journal, Medicolegal and Bioethics.