Philosophy and Religious Studies

Charles Zola

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Catholic and Dominican Institute
Assistant to the President for Mission Integration



Doctor of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium
Master of Arts, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Beligum
Bachelor of Science, University of Scranton

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Business Ethics
Medical Ethics


Professor Zola has taught at the University of Scranton, Penn State University’s Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton campuses and was executive director of the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University. He is currently an assistant professor of philosophy and director of the Catholic and Dominican Institute at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York.

He serves as co-chair of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties’ Elder Abuse Task Force and is an ethics consultant for Temple University’s Institute on Protective Services. Charles is a member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association

Professor Zola's areas of interest are the philosophy of age and aging, applied ethics, and elder care ethics. 


Zola, Charles. “Geriatric Filial Piety.” International Journal of Applied Philosophy. 15.2 (2001)185-203. Print

Zola, Charles. “Filial Responsibility for Aging Parents.” The Ethics of the Family. Ed. Stephen Scales, Adam Potthast and Linda Oravecz. New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 266-76. Print.


“End of Life Ethical Decision-Making for the Elderly”
Visiting Nurse Association Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County
University of Scranton, October 13, 2009

“The Value and Disvalue of Elder Life”
Institute of Bioethics, Franciscan University of Steubenville, October 23, 2009

“Ethical Issues Related to Elder Protective Services”
Temple University’s Institute for Protective Services, Harrisburg, PA, March 11, 2010

“Charisms of Old Age and their Ethical Significance”
Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests Conference, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA, June 26, 2010

“The Values and Disvalue of Caring for the Elderly: Meeting the Ethical Challenges”
A Day to C.A.R.E.; Change, Appreciate, Renew and Enrich
Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging, October 7, 2010.

“Ethical Issues Related to Elder Care”
Elder Abuse Issues for Health Care Professionals
The Elder Abuse Task Force of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, October 14, 2010.

“Ethical Issues in Elder Adult Protective Services”
Protective Services Training, Temple University Institute on Protective Services, Lancaster, PA, October 29, 2010

“Ethical Perspectives on Elder Care; The Role of Cultural Values in Elder Care Provision”
Changing Perspectives in Elder Care, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, November 4, 2010

Portrait of: Charles Zola