Jeffrey J. Maciejewski, PhD
Jeffrey J. Maciejewski, PhD

Jeffrey J. Maciejewski, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Computer Science, Design and Journalism


  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Fall 2016: JRM 315 Advertising & PR Principles; JRM 438 Media Ethics; JRM 529 Mass Media Law
  • Spring 2017: JRM 347 Advertising Campaigns; JRM 438 Information Ethics; JRM 529 Mass Media Law


Jeffrey Maciejewski earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and he has taught at Creighton University since 1999. His research interests include media ethics, virtue ethics, human nature, and persuasion. Dr. Maciejewski is a member of the Society for Christian Ethics and the Religious Communication Association, and he is a reviewer for the peer-reviewed journal Rhetoric Review. He resides in Omaha with his wife Lisa and their two children, Casey and Sophia. A native of Milwaukee, he is a dedicated Green Bay Packers fan.

Publications and Presentations


  • Thomas Aquinas On Persuasion: Action, Ends, and Natural Rhetoric, Lexington Books: A Division of Rowman and Littlefield, 2013
  • Natural law and the right to know in a democracy, Clashing views in media and society, 216-229, 2008


  • “Communication Ethics: St. Thomas Aquinas” in Ronald C. Arnett, Annette M. Holba, and Susan Mancino (eds.), An Encyclopedia of Communication Ethics, Peter Lang, 2016
  • Whom do you follow? Christian life in the age of Facebook and Twitter, America, 212, 16-18, 2015
  • Revisiting human nature: A Thomistic rationale for the necessity of rhetoric, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 14, 191-206, 2011
  • Natural rhetoric and the praxis of understanding, Heythrop Journal, 51, 363-376, 2010
  • Persuasive reasoning and defective action, Heythrop Journal, 51, 246-267, 2010
  • Persuasive reasoning and the praxis of virtue, Vera Lex, 10, 197-234, 2010
  • On the purposes and ends of natural rhetoric, Heythrop Journal, 50, 361-379, 2009
  • Justice as a nexus of natural law and rhetoric, Philosophy and Rhetoric, 41, 72-93, 2008
  • Commentary 4: Are in-text ads deceptive?, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 22, 359-361, 2007
  • Natural law as an ethic for postmodern rhetoric, International Journal of the Humanities, 3, 103-110, 2006
  • Reason as a nexus of natural law and rhetoric, Journal of Business Ethics, 59, 247-257, 2005
  • From bikinis to basal cell carcinoma: Advertising practitioners' moral assessments of advertising content, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, 27, 107-115, 2005
  • Natural law and the right to know in a democracy, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 20, 121-138, 2005


  • Natural law, natural rhetoric and rhetorical perversions, Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 79, 173-188, 2006

Editing and Reviews

  • Overcoming bias: A journalist's guide to culture and context, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 28, 74-76, 2013


  • "Virtues Gone Virtual: Revisiting the Virtues in A Digital World," Presented at THEOCOM16, Santa Clara University, 2016
  • “Advertising Ethics and Forgivable Sins,” presented to the American Advertising Federation Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, 2015
  • "Who Are We? Identity and Authenticity in a Digital World," presented at Kripke Center for Religion and Society Religion and Identity Symposium, Creighton University, 2015
  • “We’re in a Soup Line: Classroom Community FOR Community Through a Student Ad Agency,” panel on “Communication and the Classroom: Building COMMunity in Contexts.” Presented at the 98th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, 2012
  • “Justice as a Nexus of Natural Law and Rhetoric,” presented at the 92nd National Communication Association Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas, 2006
  • “Natural Law, Natural Rhetoric and Rhetorical Perversions,” presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 2005
  • “Natural Law as an Ethic for Postmodern Rhetoric,” presented at the Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2005
  • “Generation Y’s Ethical Judgments of Sexual and Fear Appeals in Print Advertising,” presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Miami Beach, Florida, 2002

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Dr. Maciejewski explores human nature and how our nature as human beings is expressed in our need to communicate and in communication practice itself.

Current Research Projects

  • Dr. Maciejewski is at work investigating how virtue ethics may inform how we live our lives digitally.

Awards and Honors

  • Teacher of the Week, Theta Eta Chapter, Delta Zeta,, 2013
  • Creighton University Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, Graduate School, Creighton University, 2013
  • Creighton University Faculty Summer Research Fellowship., Graduate School, Creighton University, 2005