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Dr. Barry Padgett

Dr. Barry PadgettPadgett

James M. Medlin Chair of Business Ethics and
Professor of Management 

E-mail: Dr. Barry Padgett



  • Ph.D. - Purdue University, Philosophy
  • M.A. - University of Louisville, Philosophy
  • B.A. - Mobile College,  Religion



  • Professor of Philosophy and Director, Ethics and Social Justice Program, Bellarmine University
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director, Ethics and Social Justice Program, Bellarmine University
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bellarmine University
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Louisville



Books and edited volumes

  • Professional Morality and 'Guilty Bystanding:' Merton's Conjectures and the Value of Work, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009
  • The Remnant Review, journal of the Remnant Trust, Inc., guest editor (and contributor) of a volume dedicated to the Remnant Trust collection viewing at Bellarmine University, 2008
  • Marx and Alienation in Contemporary Society, Continuum Press, 2007

Refereed Journal Articles and proceedings articles

  • Ethical Perspectives of Business and Non-business Majors Among College Freshmen, co-authored with Mike Luthy and Julie Toner, Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, forthcoming
  • The Importance of Cultural History and the Concept of a Remnant Trust, Remnant Review, 2008
  • How Young People Cope With Moral Dilemmas At Work, Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 18(2), 2008
  • Philosophical Foundations in Business Ethics, Academy of Educational Leadership, Allied Academies International Conference, 2008



  • Wilson W. Wyatt Award for Academic Excellence, Bellarmine University, 2009
  • President's Faculty Merit Award for outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship and service, Bellarmine University, 2008 and 2009
  • Outstanding Educator Award for Innovative and Creative Teaching, Academy of Educational Leadership, 2008



Dr. Padgett received his B.A. from the University of Mobile, M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Louisville, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He comes to Belmont after 10 years of teaching at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he has directed the Ethics and Social Justice Program since 2002.

At Bellarmine, he taught graduate courses in Business Ethics and Bioethics and undergraduate courses in Philosophy of Law, Logic, Marketing Ethics, Business Ethics, and Health Care Ethics. Believing that education, particularly applied ethics, works best when it challenges individuals to search introspectively for resolutions to difficult contemporary issues, he has received multiple awards for his teaching.

In addition to numerous articles in professional journals including the Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Academy of Marketing Studies Journal, he has authored two books. In the most recent, published in 2009 and entitled Professional Morality and ‘Guilty Bystanding:' Merton's Conjectures and the Value of Work, Padgett asserts that work has a central role in our lives and is a major component of self actualization and well-being. Using the works of Thomas Merton as a guide, Padgett contends that a renewal of our professional lives and the institutional contexts in which we operate is needed to humanize the alienating aspects of work and professions.

Dr. Padgett has served his university in various capacities, his community as a media expert and Better Business Bureau Torch Awards (business ethics) judge, and his profession as a guest speaker to professional organizations including the Louisville Bar Association and Louisville Public Library.