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Jeff Van Duzer

Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics and Law

Education: BA, University of California at Berkeley, 1976; JD, Yale Law School, 1979. At SPU 2001–19. Emeritus since 2019.

Jeff Van Duzer has served since 2001 as Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University, and Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law. His current areas of research include the ethics of wealth creation and distribution and the applied integration of business and theology.

Prior to his appointment to the School, Jeff was a partner with the international law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine where he practiced for more than 20 years. He concentrated his practice in commercial finance and natural resources. During his tenure with the firm he served for nearly a decade on the firm’s Executive Committee and served as the Partner in Charge of the firm's largest office. Since coming to Seattle Pacific, Jeff has published a book exploring the theology of business, Why Business Matters to God (IVP Academic, 2010). He has also published a number of articles in academic and popular journals and is a frequent speaker on this and other topics. 

Jeff received his undergraduate degree from the University of California in 1976 majoring in rhetoric, and received his JD degree from Yale Law School in 1979.


Why Business Matters to God; And What Still Needs to be Fixed

InterVarsity Press Academic, 2011

Selected Publications

  • Co-author of Daniels, D., Diddams, M. & Van Duzer, J. (2011) "A Magnetic Pull on the Internal Compass: The Moderating Effect of Response to Culture on the Relationship Between Moral Identity and Ethical Sensitivity." Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, Volume 2 (2)
  • Author of invited chapter "Free Markets and the Reign of God" in "Global Neighbors: Christian Faith and Moral Obligation in Today's Economy,"  The Eerdmans Religion, Ethics, and Public Life Series, Douglas A. Hicks (editor), Mark Valeri (editor), Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (2008)
  • Co-author of Van Duzer, J., Franz, R., Karns, G., Wong, K. & Daniels, D. (2007) 'It’s Not Your Business: A Christian Reflection on Stewardship and Business." Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, Vol. 4 (1), 99–122
  • Co-author of Schlee, R. & Van Duzer, J. (2007) "An Examination of Alternative Approaches to the Treatment of Confidential Information in Live Case Projects." Marketing Education Review, Vol. 17, Summer 2007, 71–82

Please view Dr. Van Duzer's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Why I Teach at SPU

"In almost every class there are a couple of magic moments, or more accurately grace moments, when I can feel that something quite extraordinary is happening. Students find themselves drawn below the surface and discover something about themselves, about the world they live in and about God that can’t quite be captured in a lecture or a reading and can’t even be adequately described. This is a mystery. These moments can’t be predicted and in spite of my best efforts I’ve found that they can’t be manufactured. I teach for these moments."