Jason Skirry

Limited Term Faculty, Ethics and Business Law

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 455C
Minneapolis, MN 55403

B.A., History, University of Washington
B.A., Philosophy, University of Washington
M.A., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

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Jason Skirry has a PhD in Philosophy from University of Pennsylvania and has been teaching business ethics and philosophy at the University of St. Thomas since 2008. His teaching philosophy focuses on helping students clarify their own values, improve their critical thinking, and successfully apply moral theory to business practice.

Jason is also the founder of Philosophical Living, where he consults, leads workshops, and lectures in the areas of personal and professional development, ethical decision making, and meaningful work.

Fall 2018 Courses
Fall 2018 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BETH 301 - 01 Business Ethics M - W - - - - 1315 - 1455 SCH 316
Description of course Business Ethics : CRN: 42884 4 Credit Hours
This course plays a critical role in the principle-based education of St. Thomas business students, especially in introducing the responsibilities of a business professional. Through analysis of case studies, readings and other experiential exercises, students will develop an understanding of professional business conduct and judgment grounded in moral principles. This course is a prerequisite for all 400-level Business courses. Prerequisites: Junior standing, and one of BLAW 301, 302, 303 or 304 which must be taken prior-to, or concurrently with, BETH 301, plus four additional credits from ACCT, OPMT, FINC, MGMT, or MKTG
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BETH 301 - 02 Business Ethics M - W - - - - 1515 - 1655 SCH 316
Description of course Business Ethics : CRN: 42885 4 Credit Hours
This course plays a critical role in the principle-based education of St. Thomas business students, especially in introducing the responsibilities of a business professional. Through analysis of case studies, readings and other experiential exercises, students will develop an understanding of professional business conduct and judgment grounded in moral principles. This course is a prerequisite for all 400-level Business courses. Prerequisites: Junior standing, and one of BLAW 301, 302, 303 or 304 which must be taken prior-to, or concurrently with, BETH 301, plus four additional credits from ACCT, OPMT, FINC, MGMT, or MKTG
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BETH 625 - 211 Business Ethics Foundations See Details * *
Description of course Business Ethics Foundations : CRN: 42893 1.5 Credit Hours
This class explores the fundamentals of ethical decision making in the business context. It covers the psychology of ethical decision making, including individual and situational factors influencing the decision process, as well as the ethical theories needed to understand the dimensions of an ethically complex situation. The class introduces a framework for analyzing ethical situations and developing a managerially defensible solution. It also explores various strategies for dealing with ethical challenges in the workplace and ways to effectively communicate one’s decisions. Pre-requisite: None.
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TMH 4601730-213017 Sep '18
TMH 4601730-213001 Oct '18
TMH 4601730-213015 Oct '18
BETH 625 - 222 Business Ethics Foundations See Details * *
Description of course Business Ethics Foundations : CRN: 42894 1.5 Credit Hours
This class explores the fundamentals of ethical decision making in the business context. It covers the psychology of ethical decision making, including individual and situational factors influencing the decision process, as well as the ethical theories needed to understand the dimensions of an ethically complex situation. The class introduces a framework for analyzing ethical situations and developing a managerially defensible solution. It also explores various strategies for dealing with ethical challenges in the workplace and ways to effectively communicate one’s decisions. Pre-requisite: None.
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TMH 4601730-213005 Nov '18
TMH 4601730-213019 Nov '18
TMH 4601730-213003 Dec '18
J-Term 2019 Courses
J-Term 2019 Courses
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Spring 2019 Courses
Spring 2019 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BETH 301 - 02 Business Ethics M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 114
Description of course Business Ethics : CRN: 22030 4 Credit Hours
This course plays a critical role in the principle-based education of St. Thomas business students, especially in introducing the responsibilities of a business professional. Through analysis of case studies, readings and other experiential exercises, students will develop an understanding of professional business conduct and judgment grounded in moral principles. This course is a prerequisite for all 400-level Business courses. Prerequisites: Junior standing, and one of BLAW 301, 302, 303 or 304 which must be taken prior-to, or concurrently with, BETH 301, plus four additional credits from ACCT, OPMT, FINC, MGMT, or MKTG
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BETH 301 - 03 Business Ethics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MCH 114
Description of course Business Ethics : CRN: 22031 4 Credit Hours
This course plays a critical role in the principle-based education of St. Thomas business students, especially in introducing the responsibilities of a business professional. Through analysis of case studies, readings and other experiential exercises, students will develop an understanding of professional business conduct and judgment grounded in moral principles. This course is a prerequisite for all 400-level Business courses. Prerequisites: Junior standing, and one of BLAW 301, 302, 303 or 304 which must be taken prior-to, or concurrently with, BETH 301, plus four additional credits from ACCT, OPMT, FINC, MGMT, or MKTG
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Founder, Philosophical Living, LLC, Minneapolis (2015 - present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2009 - present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas - College of Liberal Arts, St. Paul / Mpls (2009 - present)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas - College of Liberal Arts, St. Paul / Mpls (2008 - 2009)
  • Instructor, University of Pennsylvania, (2007 - 2008)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, (2003 - 2005)
  • Teaching Assistant, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue (2001 - 2002)
  • Inventory Control Manager, AT & T Wireless Services, Bellevue (1995 - 2001)

Professional Memberships
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

Publications
  • Glac, K., Skirry, J. D., & Vang, D. O. (2012). What is so morbid about Viaticals: An examination of the ethics of economic ideas and economic reality. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, (31)(3/4), pp. 453-474

Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Ethics
  • Corporate Responsibility and Meaningful Work

Awards and Honors
  • Bacon Fellowship for Summer Study, 2005
  • Critical Writing Teaching Fellowship, 2008
  • SAS Dissertation Fellowship, 2007
  • William Penn Fellowship, 2007

Presentations
  • "How much is enough? Good boundaries for growth" Annual International Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2018
  • "The ethical obligations of institutional investors" Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2018
  • "How much is enough? Good boundaries for growth" International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 01, 2017
  • "Ethical responsibilities of large asset holders" Society of Business Ethics Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, August 01, 2015
  • "Ethical responsibilities of large asset holders" International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society, Madrid, Spain, August 01, 2014
  • "Malebranche's Impure Occasionalism" Early Modern Philosophy European Society, Essen, Germany, March 01, 2007
  • "Malebranche's Theory of Moral Perfection & Occasionalism" Early Modern Philosophy Southeastern Seminar, Richmond, Virginia, November 01, 2006