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Michael J. Ophardt

Michael J. Ophardt

Contact Information:
Mitchell Hall 200 E

Chair, Department of Business, Professor of Business Ethics


Ph.D. in Philosophy: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1992
Master of Philosophical Foundations: emphasis in Aesthetics and Interdisciplinary work, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Ontario, 1983
B.A.: Philosophy and English double major; Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, 1980


1996-Present: Malone University, full-time      
2007 - 2006: John Carroll University, Adjunct
1995-1996: Mount Aloysius College, Adjunct
1994 -1995: Butler County Community College, Adjunct
1985-1988: Wheeling Jesuit College, Adjunct
Summer, 1987: Penn State University, Beaver Campus, Adjunct
Summer, 1986: Washington and Jefferson College, Adjunct    
1983-1985: Duquesne University, Adjunct

Recent Scholarly Work

Ophardt, Michael. "Business Back to the Cross - Roads." Presented on October 22, 2004 at the Eleventh Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics.  The Conference was held in Chicago, Ill., October 21-23, 2004, hosted by DePaul University.  The paper was published in the Proceedings.

Teaching Assignments

Core Courses I teach:

  • BUS 330: Christian Ethics: Applications and Implications for Business
  • LEAD 531: Ethics for Leading with Integrity
  • MBA 531: Faith, Ethics, and Business  
  • MMP 407: Faith and Worldviews                                        

Other courses I teach or have taught while at Malone:

  • Phil 100 Introduction to Philosophy
  • Gen 460: Science and Christianity
  • Introduction to Business
  • Christianity and Neuroscience:co-taught with William McVaugh, Associate Professor of Biology
  • MBA 575: Negotiating for Success
  • MBA 575: Perspectives on the Soul of Capitalism
  • MBA 575: The Tao of Enron
  • Business Ethics: co-taught with Bert Smith, Associate Professor of Business Administration
  • Business Ethics: co-taught with Roy Ramsaroop, Professor of Business Administration for the MBA Program
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Theories of Knowledge and Realities
  • Faith and Personal Ethics
  • Tutorials on Philosophy of Religion
  • Freshman Orientation Course






I am married to Edith, and we have three children. My children are spread out in age, with nine years and seven years between my kids, respectively. Fortunately, one has graduated college. I enjoy walking to work, and am struggling to find time for physical fitness: a lifestyle habit I have yet to develop. I keep candy in my office to encourage people to come and visit me. I enjoy discussions on all sorts of subjects related to the pursuit of wisdom, my favorites being the taboo subjects of religion and politics.  My favorite author is John Chandler Gardner. My favorite philosopher is Plato. My guide in life, I tell myself, is Jesus.