The Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics advances practical ethical and moral understanding, analysis, and judgment. It promotes the application of techniques for making principled ethical decisions in an ever-changing world. It assists students and faculty of Ohio University and the larger community through interdisciplinary discussion, education, and collaboration.

Its particular focus is on applied and professional fields, where real-life ethical dilemmas and conflicts must be addressed and analyzed, and where ethical decison making strategies are needed. Through research and educational activities -- such as public lectures, panel discussions, seminars and workshops -- it addresses academics, professionals, business managers, public officials, policymakers, and the general public. 

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Bringing together faculty and students from a variety of Ohio University’s departments and disciplines, the Institute aims at:

  • organizing workshops & seminars for students, faculty and professionals;
  • sponsoring ethics-related student projects and research;
  • hosting lectures, conferences, and symposia;
  • reaching out to the larger community for collaboration, advice, and training; 
  • collaborating with other organizations promoting ethical causes.

Please contact us if you have an idea for a collaboration or an event, if you need ethics advice, or if you are interested in receiving training in ethical decision making strategies.

Please check out our IAPE Newsletters. To subscribe to the newsletter, please send us an email with the subject line "Subscribe to Newsletter".

Current Activities and News

Please see the IAPE Speakers and Events Page for current and upcoming events

For the 2017/18 academic year, the IAPE is developing

  • the iMediaSmart work shop on media ethics, media literacy, and privacy for high school students and college freshmen
  • an ethics training workshop for graduate students in the Voinovich Leadership program,
  • a collaboration with the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, to develop an ethical framework and training medical podcast production,
  • a cooperation with the Contemporary History Institute on the NEH Grant “Dialogues on the Experience of War”     

The IAPE has successfully applied for a PACE position for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years. 

The Director of IAPE has received an HTC Research Apprenticeship for the 2017/18 academic year to support a research project on "Compassion and Journalism."

Upcoming Events

IAPE Lecture Series Spring 2018: Ethics‎, ‎Environment‎, ‎and the Media

Mar. 20, 2018 -- Jeff Goodell, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone:
The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Social Justice, and Climate Change Denial

Mar. 27, 2018 -- Mustafa Ali, formerly EPA Environmental Justice Office:
Environmental Justice in America: Stories that Don’t Make Headlines
Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus)

Apr. 24, 2018 -- Andrew Revkin, National Geographic Society Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism:
Surviving the New Climate Communication Climate

All lectures are at 7:30 pm in Schoonover 145


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