penceSince 1976, Gregory E. Pence has taught in the Philosophy Department, and between 1977 and 2011, he taught Medical Ethics to students in the School of Medicine. He now directs UAB's Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP). In 1994, he won the Ingalls Award, UAB's highest award for teaching, and in 2008, he won the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2014, he was named as one of the Edge of Chaos scholars. He graduated cum laude in 1970 (philosophy) from William and Mary, and he earned a Ph.D. in 1974 from New York University.

For more information about EMSAP, read the EMSAP FAQ.

Please email for any questions regarding the Early Medical School Acceptance Program.

Recent Books

New Book Re-examines Medical Ethics

Congressional Testimony

Dr. Pence's congressional testimony on cloning can be found here. (Pdf version)

Recent Articles

"Eric Robert Rudolph: The losses he caused and those who narrowly escaped the Birmingham bombing,", January 29, 2015.

Oregon Provides Lessons for Rights of Terminal Patients,” Huntsville Times, August 14, 2014.

Saving Alabama’s Bookstores,” Sunday Birmingham News, March 5, 2014.

UAB’s Pittman’s Legacy is Rich, Memorable,” Sunday Birmingham News, January 19, 2014.

"Yes, one can teach neuroethics in prison.", October 10, 2013.

Schizophrenia: Like Living With ‘Your Brain on Fire’,” Sunday Birmingham News, January 29, 2012.

For a full list of op-ed essays by Gregory Pence, click here.


UAB Ethics Team, 2011 Southeastern Regional Champion, Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
UAB Bioethics Team, 2011 National Champions, College Bioethics Bowl
UAB Ethics Team, 2010 National Champions, Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl



Read about Dr. Pence's most recent publication, How to Build a Better Humanhere.

Professor Pence's publications include:

How to Build a Better Human: An Ethical Blueprint (Rowman & Littlefield, August 2012)
Medical Ethics: Accounts of Ground-Breakng Cases (6th Edition, 2010)
The Elements of Bioethics (2006)
Who's Afraid of Human Cloning? (1997)
Re-Creating Medicine: Ethical Issues at the Frontiers of Medicine (2000)
Designer Food: Mutant Harvest or Breadbasket of the World? (2002, a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2003)
Brave New Bioethics (2003, 35 essays by Pence previously published in newspapers and magazines)
Cloning After Dolly: Who's Still Afraid? (2005)
Click here for a informational video about the cloning of Dolly.