Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity Workshop

Do you teach research ethics or scientific integrity courses?  Organize or present responsible conduct of research or STEM ethics sessions as part of an administrative position?  Mentor your STEM students in ethics or embed ethics content in a STEM course?  Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity is for you!  The workshop will give novice and experienced research and STEM ethics instructors opportunities to learn about new research findings on research ethics education, to explore checklists and Individual Development Plans (IDPs) as ethics education tools, to see new or improved online resources, and to receive feedback on their own ethics education materials.


The Research Ethics & Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Special Interest Section (SIS), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) SIS, and the Online Ethics Center’s Life and Environmental Sciences Section will co-host the workshop.


Hilton Palmer House Hotel

Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Register using the main 2018 APPE Conference online registration form


Welcoming Remarks Karin Ellison
Opening Presentation What Do We Know? Evidence about Research Ethics Education
Resource Discussion Round 1 All Attendees
Lunch Panel Upping Your Game with Online Resources
Resource Discussion Round 2 All Attendees
Activity Dena Plemmons, Mentoring and Research Ethics: Using Checklists and Individual Development Plans
Closing Remarks Elizabeth Heitman

Call for Resources

The Online Ethics Center’s Life and Environmental Sciences Section, workshop co-sponsor, invites individuals to prepare RCR & STEM ethics education resources, refine them though discussion at the workshop, and then submit them to the Online Ethics Center for possible inclusion in the Center’s collection.  A limited number of awards of $500 will be made for partial reimbursement of travel expenses – see details below.  Desirable resource types include:


  • Cases with commentaries
  • Original essays on teaching ethics
  • Instructor materials (e.g. syllabi, class plans, exercises, online activities, etc.) Ideally instructor materials will include a teaching note describing ideas, tips, and experiences in using materials in various learning contexts.


Note, resources should be:


  • Single, stand-alone resources (no compilations of many resources or curricula)
  • Material you can make freely available online with your choice of creative commons copyright license
  • Syllabi should be for distinctive or special topics courses. Syllabi for standard introductory courses on responsible conduct of research or other common introductory ethics courses are unlikely to be selected for the workshop.


Resource presenters will be expected to:


  • Participate in a short webinar introduction to the Online Ethics Center (1 hour or less)
  • Send resources to workshop organizers on or before Thursday, February 8 for circulation to participants for review before the workshop
  • Present resources in discussion sessions
  • Refine resources based on feedback
  • Submit resources to the Online Ethics Center


People are welcome to attend the workshop without submitting a resource for discussion.  We will, however, ask all attendees to read resources before the workshop and give colleagues feedback on the resources during discussion sessions.


Submit Resource Proposal: Resource Proposal Submission Form

Life and Environmental Science Resource Awards

Awards of $500 will be made for partial reimbursement of travel expenses for up to nine participants who submit life or environmental science resources for the discussion rounds and also submit them to the Online Ethics Center (onlineethics.org) after the workshop.  All individuals submitting life and environmental science resources to the workshop will be considered for a resource award.  Awardees will be selected based on the quality, relevance, and diversity of the proposed resources.

Registration Rate

The workshop registration fee of $125 includes a coffee break and lunch.

Important Deadlines


September 12 Registration Opens—Use APPE Annual Conference Registration Form
November 10 Deadline for Resource Proposal Submissions
December 1 Notification of Resource Presenters
December Online Ethics Center orientation webinar for resource presenters
February 2 End of On-Time Registration (Late Registration Begins 2/3)
February 8 Deadline for Resources
March 1 Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity Workshop
April 1 Deadline for Resource Award recipients to submit resource to the Online Ethics Center


Karin Ellison

Arizona State University

Online Ethics Center, Life and Environmental Science Editor


Elizabeth Heitman

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Joseph Herkert

North Carolina State University

Online Ethics Center, Engineering Editor