Dr. Rosemarie Tong is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the previous Director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics. Internationally recognized for her contributions to feminist thought and bioethics, Dr. Tong has published thirteen books, over one hundred articles and has served on numerous boards and committees, providing expert advice and oversight regarding issues such as health care reform, genetic and reproductive technology, biomedical research, and ethics and public policy. Previously Thatcher Professor in Medical Humanities at Davidson College, Dr. Tong came to UNC Charlotte in the fall of 1999.
In addition to her widely recognized abilities as an instructor and scholar, Dr. Tong greatly expanded the University’s role and visibility in promoting Professional and Applied Ethics. Her efforts have brought many noted academics as well as civic and professional leaders to UNC Charlotte as participants in various speakers’ series, workshops and seminars. A sought after speaker, she regularly delivers addresses for leading institutions and organizations internationally as well as nationally.
Her latest book, New Perspectives in Health Care Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Approach, bears a 2009 publication date. Dr. Tong has held or now holds many offices. She chaired the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women (2003-2007), served as a co-coordinator of the International Network for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (1999-2002), as Chair of the Institutional Review Board’s Conflict of Interest Committee at Chesapeake Research, Inc., and as past Co-Chair of the NC Institute of Medicine’s Task Force on Pandemic Influenza. She is also an Executive Board member of the International Network for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, the U.S. Women’s Bioethics Project, and formerly for the NC Biotechnology Center and the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
Rosie continues to be active in the community, and is presently co-organizing a substantial body of programming dealing with end-of-life issues in cooperation with the Charlotte chapter of Compassion and Choices, a national organization dedicated to educating people about these most difficult and complicated of issues.
For more on Rosie's Story and accomplishments, see Gordon Hull's remarks at an event celebrating her career.