Along with holding the Class of 1954 Chair of Ethics, Sorensen organizes the annual Richard T. Schellhase Essay Prize in Ethics, launched by the U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies.
He joined the faculty in 2004, joining Academic Affairs “with a depth of knowledge of the College and a wealth of experience, including serving as a CIE coordinator,” wrote Interim Dean Peter Small in a message to campus.
Sorensen, who received his Ph. D. from Yale University, teaches and writes about ethics: ethical theory, biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, and metaethics. His interests are also in Kant, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. His work has appeared in The Journal of Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Kantian Review, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, Bioethics, Neuroethics, Criminal Justice Ethics, the Journal of Medical Ethics, and other journals. He was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University and a Baker-Steyer Instructor at Yale. He was awarded the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.
Sorensen will oversee the Celebration of Student Achievement and Summer Fellows, among other responsibilities.