Terry Kelly

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Associate Professor & Chair of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
ADM 259

(907) 786-4664

Professional & Department Service

Chairperson, Anchorage Municipal Board of Ethics

Research Interests

My research focuses on the role of trust and promising in professional ethics and how the obligations created by inviting trust from clients, patients, and the public helps clarify problems such as conflicts of interest, whistle-blowing, client/patient autonomy and conscientious objection.



  • Professional Ethics: A Trust-Based Approach (2018 Lexington Books)


  • “Conflicts About Conflict of Interest: A Comparison of “Performance” and
  • “Trustworthiness” Models of COI in the Context of Industry Relations with Physicians,” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 25, no. 3 (2016): 526-535.
  • “The Good, the Bad, and the Ethical: Regulative Ideals and Role Obligations” with Stephanie Bauer, in Proceedings of the University of Alaska Anchorage Ethics Center Convocation (2014).

Conference Presentations

  • “Professional Ethics as Professional Authenticity,” Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, February 2017.
  • “Professional Ethics, Trust, and Second-Person Reasons,” Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, February 2016.
  •  “Professional Ethics for Professional Medical Associations: Impartiality, Conflicts of Interest and Institutional Design” with Stephanie Bauer.  2014 Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, October 2014.
  • “Promises, Practices and Persuasion” The American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2014