Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor
Dr. McCarty engages in ethical inquiry from the perspective of critical realism. This approach seeks to discern and name practical frameworks of morality for the sake of human flourishing—mindful of how critical theories can reveal deficiencies and injustices within existing moral, social, and religious systems. Dr. McCarty joined the faculty of Mercyhurst University in 2008. He serves the wider community as an ecumenical clergyperson. Dr. McCarty is also the co-founder of two nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, which serve educational and funding needs in the area.
In addition to serving as Professor of Religious Studies, Dr. McCarty also serves the university as the Dean of Faculty; and from 2009 to 2023, he served as the liaison and moderator for the Annual Ethics Symposium (engaging over 1,300 area high school students in the study of ethics)—an event that is sponsored by Mercyhurst University, the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society, and the Rotary Club of Erie.