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Ethics Across the Curriculum

Fall, 2016 Schedule

The Ethics Institute will be hosting a faculty seminar during the fall term on integrating ethics into research and teaching.  This is the eighth year that the seminar has been offered at Dartmouth, and we would like to encourage you to participate in this opportunity. 

The program will run on Wednesday's, as follows:

September 28, 6:00–9:00PM

Ethics in Higher Education; what is the appropriate understanding of the call for inclusion of ethics into the curriculum?  What do students need, developmentally? [readings will be sent 2 weeks prior to session, if not earlier] Ethics Institute conference room, 2nd floor of Haldeman - dinner will be served.

October 12, 6:00–9:00 PM

Introduction to Ethical Theory  Participants will receive an introductory ethics textbook that will serve as the basis for discussion on ethical theory. Ethics Institute conference room, 2nd floor of Haldeman - dinner will be served.

October 26, 6:00–9:00 PM

Ethical Theory This session will expand upon the introduction to ethical theory and include contemporary challenges to the prevailing models of decision-making. Ethics Institute conference room, 2nd floor of Haldeman - dinner will be served.

November 9,6:00–9:00 PM

Case Study Methodology

This session will explore the pedagogical approach of case study for integrating ethics into the curriculum.  [readings will include articles on the approach as well as a case study that will serve as the basis of discussion in the seminar] Ethics Institute conference room, 2nd floor of Haldeman - dinner will be served.

During the month of November we will schedule individual meetings with participants to discuss projects.  The seminar will conclude in November and we would ask for a written report/curriculum plan by January.  Each participant will receive a stipend of $250.00.

In order to keep the discussions small and manageable, we have limited the number to fifteen. If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact

Program History

In 2001 the Ethics Institute initiated a strategic planning process that lasted the academic year. The faculty advisory board critically examined the mission of the Institute and its place within the Dartmouth community. Two key findings of that extensive undertaking resulted in the creation of the Ethics Across the Curriculum: faculty are key stakeholders for the Ethics Institute, and research is at the core of the mission. Helping faculty to integrate ethics into their research and teaching is the primary goal of the Institute.

A pilot program for EATC was launched in the Fall of 2002, with six faculty members from a variety of disciplines. The program provided an intellectual overview of ethical theory, practical insight into pedagogical tools, and the creation of individual faculty projects. At the conclusion of the pilot year program, the faculty had created new courses, case studies, and research articles. Inspired by the success of the pilot program, the seminar was offered to the entire Dartmouth faculty for the 2003-2004 academic year . The response for the 15 member seminar was overwhelming and required the exclusion of many eager participants, but the pool of future applicants is encouraging.

The program is structured with bi-weekly seminars that allow the participants ample time to read the material and prepare for discussions. Ethics education for faculty is a key component in a liberal arts education, and Dartmouth faculty are keenly aware of the complexity of emerging ethical issues and the need to address them in a timely manner. We are committed to serving that need for the faculty and, ultimately, the students of Dartmouth College.

Last Updated: 10/2/17