Message from interim Executive Director designate

Welcome to the new APPE website! I want to extend a warm greeting to all of my APPE colleagues, and to our community of scholars, educators, and professionals. You are the people who are advancing knowledge and practice in applied ethics, and you are the people who are forwarding our work into the 21st century. So I want to start by thanking you for your contributions to the future of our field, and for your continued support of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. As we enter a new season at our organization, it is my hope that APPE will continue to serve as a source of support, encouragement, and inspiration for your work.

The APPE staff, board, and current and future leadership have been working hard to move our association’s headquarters to its new home at the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. This move to Prindle marks the beginning of an exciting partnership that promises to enrich our activities and programs through collaboration with an Institute that shares our organizational mission. We anticipate that APPE will thrive at its new host institution.

On June 30, Stuart Yoak will be retiring as Executive Director, and on July 1, I will take office as the part-time interim Executive Director of APPE. I’m honored to guide APPE through another exciting period of development, starting with our first membership survey (check you inbox for an invitation to participate). We will also begin a search for a permanent Executive Director this fall, and hope to fill the position in Spring 2018.

Our 27th Annual Conference will convene in Chicago at the Hilton Palmer House Hotel in March 2018. We are planning a program that will facilitate a high quality exchange of ideas, along with professional development opportunities. I hope you will join us to share your scholarly, professional, and practical knowledge; develop your personal and professional relationships with other members; and explore the Windy City’s extensive cultural offerings.

In the coming year, we will also host an Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl workshop at the end of June, regional competitions in the fall, and the national competition in March 2018.  We are pleased to continue providing this opportunity for students to engage in complex ethical reasoning.

These events represent just a few highlights from our ongoing efforts to ensure that APPE maintains its active role in supporting its members’ activities and advancing the profession of practical and applied ethics.

I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve as a leader and team member in this process.

Best wishes,