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Updated 3/22/16



            A new study about how ethics is taught in leading English-speaking universities (including Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, Australian National University, etc.) in the Pacific region has just been completed by Dr. Tom Cooper (Emerson College)  while he was guest scholar at the East-West Center, Stanford, University of Hawaii, and Berkeley.


The 2015-16 study is a companion study to the 2008 study published in Teaching Ethics (full) and Ethical Space (abridged) about how ethics is taught at leading Atlantic region universities including Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Cambridge, Princeton, University of Edinburgh, etc., where Cooper was also a visiting scholar.


The combined findings of both studies provide an overview of how 80 ethicists, 40 from each region, teach, improve their instruction over time, address ethical issues within their own teaching practices,  learn from others (including students, peers, mentors, workshop leaders,  etc.) and much more.  An inventory of their creative teaching innovations is provided with each study.   Resources, data, methods, selection criteria, participants, syllabi, recorded teaching samples, and more are also included.


The findings of the two studies are compared and also aggregated with analysis and recommendations.  Findings from the recent (2015-6) Pacific region study include:


  • Participant use of short papers, classroom discussion, the teaching of applied ethics, bringing new ideas from the field into the classroom, discussing “hot” issues (e.g. hate speech, racism, genetic manipulation, sexual morals, etc.) are all trending upward since the 2008 study.
  • A strict adherence to canonical (e.g. Aristotle, Kant, Mill, Rawls, etc.) texts, case studies, assigning self-authored texts, and formal debates are all trending slightly downward since 2008.
  • Participants think that both ethics students and teachers now face the same greatest obstacle within the educational process – a perceived lack of time.
  • Far more women and a somewhat more racially diverse faculty are increasingly prominent contributors to teaching ethics than in 2008.
  • Faculty remain divided about whether ethics teachers should be  “neutral” referees in the classroom or should “take a stand” and reveal their “biases”.
  • Although faculty also remain divided about whether the ethics of “moral improvement” (i.e. “being a better person”) may be taught in schools,  the majority now feel it should not or cannot be taught at the university level. One third disagree.
  • The most frequently mentioned reason ethics faculty now teach pertains to “service to society” rather than other reasons often reported such as enjoyment, passion for learning, fulfillment, love of students, etc.
  • There is currently a push back against PowerPoint type technologies by many ethics professors for  both  philosophical and pedagogical reasons. The minority defending PowerPoint are fewer than in 2008.
  • More faculty are minimizing or banning the use of cellphones and laptops by students in their classrooms than in 2008.
  • More participants are taking teacher training workshops from CITL or CTL (Centers of Teaching and Learning) type university programs than in 2008 and most of those participating are finding these to be effective.
  • Over time newer faculty tend to move from a single (course content) to a dual (student-driven and personal research influenced) instructional emphasis as with the previous study.
  • As in 2008, most ethics faculty typically and Socratically consistently challenge students’ assumptions, opinions, beliefs, and the status quo.
  • As in 2008 while students frequently find the mode of ethical and philosophical thinking challenging and unsettling to their desire for closure and moral simplicity, often they later find this approach to thinking rewarding and relevant.
  • As in 2008 graduate ethics courses tend to be 1) smaller 2) less formal and 3) more student-driven.  Graduate pedagogies more frequently include 4) student presentations,  5) textbooks/articles written by the professor 6)  allusions to the professor’s research and 7)  more expansive discussion supplanting the media projections, debates, cases, and lectures prominent within undergraduate classes.
  • Just as the Oxford/Cambridge traditional tutorial system provided a minor influence upon the overall 2008 study outcomes, even so the Confucian/Taoist Eastern tradition has a minor influence overall in the teaching of ethics in English-speaking institutions in the Pacific.  However, primary curricula in both studies are similar.
  • While for some participants ethics is only subject matter or a mental process, for others it is also a potential means for both students and faculty to raise the bar in public discussion if not to bring pro-social change in civic moral decision-making.


Other findings for Part II (Pacific), together with details and data, and the comparative and aggregated findings, are embedded within the full report.    Details about the forthcoming publication of the report and an on-line copy of the full report may be obtained from Professor Tom Cooper at

MacArthur Grant Secured









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Illinois Tech’s Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) Receives Grant from MacArthur Foundation


Chicago – January 20, 2016 – Illinois Institute of Technology’s Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) has received a $200,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to enhance its highly regarded Ethics Code Collection (ECC). The ECC is a unique resource, comprising a curated collection of over 4,000 ethics codes and guidelines across a range of disciplines for over 40 years. With this generous funding from the MacArthur Foundation, it will serve as a more dynamic global resource for informing ethical decision making in professional, entrepreneurial, scientific, and technological fields, and inform critical research into the advancement of ethical practices in a rapidly changing world.


“This is an exciting step forward for the Ethics Center,” says Elisabeth Hildt, director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and professor of philosophy in Illinois Tech’s Lewis College of Human Sciences. “The MacArthur Foundation’s support will allow us to extend one of the center’s historical strengths—its collection of ethics codes—into the future. We are also particularly looking forward to investigating critically the manifold societal functions of ethics codes.” This revitalized resource, and the research and greater public accessibility it will bring, present the opportunity to inform the development of ethical standards and practices within professional and entrepreneurial communities across the globe, including countries with newly emerging democratic civil societies.

ECC currently is used by professors and students, by entrepreneurs and practitioners looking for guidance in how to resolve professional ethical issues in their daily work, by professional societies writing their own codes of ethics, and by consumers interested in finding out more about the ethical guidelines of professionals.

Funding from the MacArthur Foundation will provide the resources to embark on an extensive design strategy to improve the digital ECC, and will include tools such as better keyword search, sorting capabilities, comparisons, and downloading in different formats. Funding will also enable new research on the current and future roles of ethics codes within society, business, and technological innovation.

The Illinois Tech Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions is a leading center of research in science and engineering ethics since 1976, operating within the university’s Lewis College of Human Sciences


ABOUT ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY: Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused, research university, located in Chicago, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. One of 21 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), Illinois Tech offers exceptional preparation for professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Visit


New Editors

Teaching Ethics

New editorial team, a new publisher, and a new look!

Teaching Ethics, the journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum (SEAC), has a new editorial team, a new publisher, and a new look. The new editors are Mark Vopat and Alan Tomhave, both associate professors of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. They became the new editors in January 2015 following a national search. Their first issue was presented at the 2015 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics conference.

SEAC began a search for new editors in the Fall of 2014, after Elaine Englehardt and Michael Pritchard decided to step down after 7 years of dedicated editorial supervision. SEAC received top-notch applications from faculty at major universities across the country The application by Alan Tomhave and Mark Vopat stood out for its innovation and aligned nicely with SEAC’s ambition for the journal’s future.”  Englehardt and Pritchard worked with the SEAC Executive Committee to select the new editors and get them started. The new editors will serve for a five-year term and will help take the journal to its next phase of development as a scholarly publication.

In their final year as editors, Englehardt and Pritchard helped prepare for the transition by shepherding the journal into a new publishing arrangement with Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC). The new arrangement provides needed services for the journal and increases the benefits of SEAC membership. PDC now provides all print and online publishing services for the journal, and hosts all issues. It also provides SEAC members with online access to all issues of three journals as a benefit of membership: Teaching Ethics, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, and Professional Ethics. Vopat and Tomhave are excited about the new direction for the journal and recognize the value of its new online presence. “PDC recently partnered with PhilPapers, which is a huge on-line database in philosophy. Through these partnerships, many more people can find articles and published pieces in Teaching Ethics will have a higher impact.”

To mark the journal’s new start, Vopat and Tomhave worked with PDC’s designer, Diana Malsky, to develop a new cover and layout that will be used in all issues going forward. The new design should help make the journal easier to recognize, and it fits well with the journal’s expanded online presence. Forthcoming articles are available “online first” prior to final publication. Vopat and Tomhave have instituted other changes as well, but Vopat explained that they are adhering closely to the journal’s official Statement of Purpose, which is dedication “to ethical issues across the curriculum with particular attention to pedagogical methodology and practice in both academic inquiry and professional practice.”

One of the ways the Editors  are advancing the mission of the journal is through the addition of book reviews on topics addressing the teaching and learning of ethics. Clifton Guthrie of Husson University is now the journal’s Book Review Editor. Vopat noted that reviews of books on these topics will be invaluable to scholars engaged in applied ethics and the teaching and learning of ethics across the curriculum. Tomhave explained that they have also added back the “case analysis” component to the journal to expand its role as a teaching resource for faculty. They will post a case both on-line and in the journal, inviting graduate students to submit analyses of both the case and the resolution of the ethical issues within. The winning analysis will be published in the journal. To encourage participation, the editors will provide a cash prize for the winning analysis as well. More improvements are still to come. In cooperation with PDC, Vopat and Tomhave plan to move the submission process for articles to an online submissions system. They are now determining the annual number of submissions and working to get their production procedures for new issues established. The journal is now present on both Facebook and (see:, (see:, but Tomhave says “We are just getting started”.

Like their predecessors, Vopat and Tomhave are active scholars with other responsibilities. Vopat regularly presents and publishes in social and political philosophy with particular emphasis on business ethics and children’s rights. His most recent project, a book titled Children’s Right and Moral Parenting, was published in February 2015. He also serves on the Board of Editorial Consultants for Public Affairs Quarterly. Tomhave also works in social/political philosophy and applied ethics, focusing on issues related to the nature of the state. He is a reviewer for numerous journals and is currently drafting a monograph. Both Tomhave and Vopat are committed teachers and colleagues, and this should serve the journal well.

You can keep an eye on new developments by visiting Teaching Ethics online at .

New Publication


New Ethics and Engineering Research publication edited and featuring several APPE Members, including Jason Borenstein, Michael Loui and Michael Davis.

A new book entitled RCR for Engineering: An Introduction to Ethics and Engineering Research is now available.


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a subject area at the intersection of research, ethics, and legal compliance. The RCR for Engineering book provides a portable and comprehensive resource that is relevant to practitioners, faculty, students, postdoctoral researchers, and other members of the engineering community.

See following link for more information:




Stephen J.A. Ward, PhD has a new publication!


Radical Media Ethics presents a series of innovative ethical principles and guidelines for members of the global online media community.

  • Offers a comprehensive new way to think about media ethics in a new media era
  • Provides guiding principles and values for practicing responsible global media ethics
  • Introduces one of the first codes of conduct for a journalism that is global in reach and impact
  • Includes both philosophical considerations and practical elements in its establishment of new media ethics guidelines



New Website

Media Ethicist and Professor Stephen J. A. Ward has launched an ethics web site, , which promotes responsible journalism globally through analysis of issues and events. The site features a code for global media ethics, Ward’s blog and Twitter feed, plus contributions from leading ethicists and journalists. The site also provides background on the nature of journalism ethics, the global ethics movements, and codes of ethics. To contact Stephen Ward, email

In the News!

Dr. Gregory Pence, APPE member, was on National Fox TV Discussing Cloned Meat.

Dr. Gregory Pence, a philosophy professor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, was on national cable television for Fox News at 5:00 p.m. on January 16, 2014, to discuss the ethics of allowing public consumption of cloned meat.

Click here to see the video.

New Publication


AlisonDempseyEvolutionsInGovernance.jpg This critically important book proposes a new paradigm for understanding, developing and maintaining standards of corporate governance: how to re-imagine a framework within which “good” corporate governance – is addressed alongside issues of profitability and competition.

Alison L. Dempsey, longtime APPE member, has over 20 years experience as a lawyer in Canada and the UK, including more than 15 years focusing in governance and related areas. She has worked as a lawyer in legal practice, international business advisory, non profit and regulatory roles. Combining practical experience with scholarship, Alison has subject matter expertise: in corporate governance; ethics; corporate and securities law; and comparative, hybrid and market based regulation. She has extensive knowledge of the development and use of codes, principles, standards, norms and best practices to support compliance, ethical conduct, integrity, corporate responsibility (CR) and accountability. Alison conducts research, writes and provides independent legal, policy, strategic and operational advice to senior decision makers on matters of corporate governance, ethics, CR, securities law, regulation, effective oversight, accountability and ‘conduct beyond compliance’.

Please click here for more information.

Kens_PICT_book.jpg This publication features many current APPE Members, including Kenneth D. Pimple (Editor), Donald R. Searing, Lisa M. Lee, Cynthia M. Jones, and Keith W. Miller.

Springer Publishing states, “This book provides a wide and deep perspective on the ethical issues raised by pervasive information and communication technology (PICT) – small, powerful, and often inexpensive Internet-connected computing devices and systems. It describes complex and unfamiliar technologies and their implications, including the transformative potential of augmented reality, the power of location-linked information, and the uses of “big data,” and explains potential threats, including privacy invaded, security violated, and independence compromised, often through widespread and lucrative manipulation.

PICT is changing how we live, providing entertainment, useful tools, and life-saving systems. But the very smartphones that connect us to each other and to unlimited knowledge also provide a stream of data to systems that can be used for targeted advertising or police surveillance. Paradoxically, PICT expands our personal horizons while weaving a web that may ensnare whole communities.”

Please click on the following links for more information:

Congratulations to these notable APPE Members!

Preprint of working paper

J. Britt Holrook and Adam Briggle are featured in the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (SERRC), for a working paper based on a presentation they gave at the Twenty-second Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in San Antonio, Texas on March 1, 2013.

Click on the following link for the discussion of their working paper:

The Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (SERRC) not only allows posting of preprints, but also encourages comments on working papers posted.

New Award

JamesGiordano.jpg Dr. James Giordano

Prof. Dr. James Giordano of Georgetown University, and Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich Germany, who also serves as director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington DC think tank, and Stanford University’s Europe Center scholar Dr. Roland Benedikter, have together won the Klaus Reichert Award for Medical Philosophy 2012. Giordano is 2011-2012 JW Fulbright Visiting Professor of Neuroscience, Neurotechnology and Ethics at the Generation Research Program–Bad Tölz, of the Human Science Center, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München, Germany, and William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Visiting Professor at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. Giordano and Benedikter’s work focuses upon progress in neuroscience and its technologies, and the ethical and social impact of these developments across generations.

The award is given by the Center for Medical Philosophy in Karlsruhe, Germany, and has been awarded to Giordano and Benedikter in honor of their outstanding contribution to biomedical ethics, through “…advancing the debate on issues about the future of the human being in times of “transhumanism” and “hyper-technologization” that lie at the intersection of contemporary science, medicine, ethics, society, and politics”.

The award is the most highly regarded academic award of this genre in Germany. The award ceremony is to be held on October 6, 2012 in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Giordano and Benedikter will present their work through Klaus Reichert Lecture Series in both the US and Germany over the coming year.



Our inaugural entries for APPE in the News are two outstanding members of our Association:

New Publication

faculty_boylan_michael.jpg Michael Boylan, Ph.D.

“Author Meets the Critics: Michael Boylan’s the Morality and Global Ethics”

Boylan_book.jpgRemarks by critics Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez and Julie E. Kirsch with reply comments from Michael Boylan given at the 21stAnnual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, March, 2012.

Journal of Applied Ethics and Philosophy, vol. 4, pp. 34-45, 2012.



New Position

lisa_lee_bio.jpg Lisa M. Lee, Ph.D., M.S.

Executive Director

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) is an advisory panel of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. The Commission advises the President on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology.

Prior to accepting the position as Executive Director, Lee served as the Chief Science Officer in the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Sciences at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).