Dr Sandra Lynch

Dip.Teach, BA, MA.Hons., Ph.D
Director, Institute for Ethics & Society

Email: Sandra.Lynch@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4185

  • Biography

    Dr. Sandra Lynch is Director of the Institute for Ethics and Society and Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus). Dr. Lynch is a moral philosopher, with expertise in applied and professional ethics, ethics and values education, the constitution of the self, friendship, critical thinking, and the intersection of philosophy and literature. Her most recent work has been focussed on responding to the need to deepen students’ active engagement in ethical discourse and to enrich their studies by including a focus on the demands of acting on one’s values in complex workplace and social settings. Her research into best practice in the teaching of ethics is underpinned by a commitment to ensuring that our students develop the confidence and competence to contribute to the flourishing of their professions and of the societies of which they are part.

  • Teaching Areas

    Moral Philosophy
    Applied and Professional Ethics (healthcare ethics, legal ethics)

  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    Moral Philosophy
    Applied and Professsional Ethics (healthcare ethics, legal ethics, sports ethics)
    Values education
    The constitution of the self and its emotions
    Conceptions of friendship
    Critical thinking and "Philosophy in Schools"

  • Books

    • Lynch, Sandra, Deborah Pike, and Cynthia à Beckett, eds. Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Play from Early Childhood and Beyond. Springer. (Accepted October 2014; forthcoming).
    • Lynch, Sandra, and Nigel Zimmermann, eds. Faith and Reason: Applications to Contemporary Problems. Wipf & Stock. (Accepted August 2014; forthcoming).
    • Lynch, Sandra and Leaney, Gregory. Strategies for a Thinking Classroom. Sydney: e.lite, The Primary English Teachers Association, Australia, 2008.
    • Lynch, Sandra. The Plague - Camus. Sydney: Five Senses Education, 2006.
    • Lynch, Sandra. Philosophy and Friendship: Thinking about Identity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005.
  • Book Chapters

    • Lynch, Sandra. “Practical and Applied Ethics.” In An Introduction to Philosophy and Theology within Catholic Liberal Education, edited by Angus Brook, 175-183. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Education, 2014.
    • Lynch, Sandra. “Philosophy, Play and Ethics in Education.” In Philosophical Perspectives on Play, edited by Malcolm MacLean, Wendy Russell, and Emily Ryall. Routledge (Accepted September 2014; forthcoming).
    • Lynch, Sandra. “Friendship and Happiness from a Philosophical Perspective.” In Friendship and Happiness, edited by Meliksah Demir. Springer. (Accepted June 2013).
    • Lynch, Sandra. “Professional Healthcare Education: Ethical competence and emotional intelligence as aspects of care.” In Catholics and Catholicism in Australia, edited by Abe Ata. Kew East, Vic.: David Lovell Publishing, 2011.
    • Lynch, Sandra. “Friendship, Poignancy and Paradox.” In Truth and Faith in Ethics, edited by Hayden Ramsay. Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic, 2011.
  • Journal Articles and Proceedings

    • Lynch, Sandra, and Matthew Beard, eds. Conscience, Leadership, and the Problem of ‘Dirty Hands’. Special edition of Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations. (Accepted July 2014; forthcoming).
    • Lynch, Sandra, Daryl Adair, and Paul Jonson. “Professional Athletes and Their Duty to be Role Models.” In Achieving Ethical Excellence, edited by Michael Schwartz, Howard Harris, and Alan Tapper. Special edition of Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations 12 (2014): 75-90.
    • Jonson, Paul T., Sandra Lynch, and Daryl Adair. “The Contractual and Ethical Duty for a Professional Athlete to be an Exemplary Role Model: Bringing the Sport and Sportsmen into Unreasonable and Unfair Disrepute.” The Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal 9.
    • Brook, Angus, Lynch, Sandra and Debono, Moira. “Using standards rubrics to assure graduate capabilities within the context of undergraduate liberal arts programmes: Curriculum design and assessment”, Vol 4, No 1 (2013): Fourth edition of the Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability.
    • Beard, Matthew and Lynch, Sandra. 2013. “Personhood, harm and interest: a reply to Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva”. Journal of Medical Ethics, 39:5 e1-e4. doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-100692
    • Lynch, Sandra, Hart, Bethne and Costa, Cathy, “Giving Voice to Values: An undergraduate nursing curriculum project”. Collegian (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2013.09.004; http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1322769613000929
    • Lynch, Sandra, “Friendship, Ethics and Democracy”, Append Philosophy Series Vol. 4, 2003 (Journal of the Asia-Pacific Philosophy Education Network for Democracy).
    • Lynch, Sandra, “Aristotle and Derrida on Friendship”, Contretemps 3, July 2002.
    • Lynch, Sandra, “Encouraging Student Voices in Welfare Policy”, Critical and Creative Thinking – the Australasian Journal of Philosophy for Children, Vol.9. No. 2, O ct. 2001.
    • “Shame and the Process of Self-Constitution”, Humanitas Asiatica, Vol. 2, No. 1, Dec., 2001.
  • Conference Papers

    • February 2014: Keynote: Commercial Law Association of Australia Seminar - "Ethics in the Context of Contract Negotiations”, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Seminar State Library
    • April 2014: Keynote: Giving Voice to Values, Palliative Care Nurses of Australia Conference, Wentworth Hotel, Sydney.
    • July 2014: Keynote: Giving Voice to Values Workshop on Case Studies, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Conference, The Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne.
    • March 2013: Keynote: Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Seminar: “Ethics and Professional Responsibility”, with Professor Gerard Ryan, State Library of NSW
    • September 2013: Keynote: Australian Law Librarians Association Conference, Sydney Town Hall, Professional Ethics: Values and Voices
    • 2012: Keynote: Commercial Law Association of Australia Seminar 2012 - Keynote - “Ethics and Professional Responsibility”, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Seminar (with Professor Gerard Ryan), State Library
    • 2012: Keynote: Lecture in Barrgana Series, Nulungu Research Institute, Broome, WA - “Values and Voices: Integrity and Self-Defence in Ethics Education"
    • 2012: Keynote: English Teachers’ National Conference: (Towards an Ethical English), Sydney Grammar School, Sydney.
  • In the Media

    Lynch, Sandra. "Lance Armstrong’s wrong turn at the moral and legal crossroads". The Conversation, 18 January 2013.

    Lynch, Sandra. “What is Ethics”, Connections Issue 16, 2010 (Tasmanian Catholic Education Office Magazine).

  • Professional Affiliations

    Executive Committee member, Philosophy in Schools Association of NSW (1994 - 2015: President, Secretary and Treasurer)
    Executive Committee member, Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (1998- 2000, 2004-2005, 2013 - 2014: Secretary and Treasurer)

  • Community Engagement

    Member, Course Advisory Committee, Campion College Australia