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Rock Ethics Institute accepting applications for Faculty Fellows Program

Program provides funding allowing up to a two-course release from teaching to support ethics-related research projects.
by Whitney Chirdon Sep 28, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Rock Ethics Institute invites applications for its 2018-19 Faculty Fellows Program. Through these fellowships, the Rock Ethics Institute aims to continue its mission to promote ethical literacy and catalyze ethical leadership throughout the Penn State community, and to foster interdisciplinary ethics research designed to address significant social issues and pressing world problems.

Both individual and collaborative fellowships are available. The program provides funding to those awarded that will allow up to a two-course release from teaching during a single academic year to support ethics-related research projects by Penn State faculty. For each fellowship, the Rock Ethics Institute will award up to $7,000 in compensation in order to alleviate course load to allow for additional research.

The Rock Ethics Institute is particularly interested in projects that complement or engage with the research initiatives of Rock faculty. Current research interests focus on themes of agricultural and food ethics; health and ethics; climate and sustainability ethics; critical philosophy of race; democracy and human rights; engineering, technology and ethics; gender and sex equity; moral agency and moral development; religion and spirituality ethics; and restorative justice.

The institute also will strongly consider applications with curricular and research components that will advance its aim of integrating ethics into the Penn State curriculum. Priority will be given to interdisciplinary collaborations that have a good likelihood of continuing beyond the funding period by securing external support. Through education, research and outreach, each Fellow will help the Rock Ethics Institute promote ethically informed scholarship, cultivate ethical literacy, and encourage ethical decision-making at Penn State and beyond.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Nov. 15, 2017. For information about eligibility, application requirements, and the submission process, visit the Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellows Program website.

The Rock Ethics Institute was established through a $5 million gift in 2001 from Doug and Julie Rock to the College of the Liberal Arts. The institute’s mission is to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the University, and in the public and professional sectors, through a three-fold emphasis on teaching, research and outreach. Recently, the Rocks endowed the Nancy Tuana Directorship of the Rock Ethics Institute with an additional $5 million gift, which was part of a larger commitment they made to the college during "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students."