Faculty Fellows Program

Faculty Fellows Program

Rock Ethics Institute Accepting Applications for 2022–2023 Faculty Fellowships Deadline: October 28, 2021

The Rock Ethics Institute invites applications for its 2022–2023 Faculty Fellows program. These fellowships, which have been awarded annually since 2015, provide 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 provides up to $10,000 in course buyout funds to compensate for releases. We anticipate awarding one fellowship this year.

The fellowship program aims to encourage innovative approaches to ethics-related research across disciplines, to support interdisciplinary engagement and collaborations among faculty, and to promote moral literacy and leadership across the University system. Fellows are invited to participate actively in the Rock Ethics Institute’s intellectual community, to attend and participate in Institute events, and to present and discuss their work at public colloquia.

Projects that engage with the research interests of the Institute’s Core Faculty and the Institute’s current research themes (gender and sexuality, global issues, health, public life, race, sustainability, and technology) are especially encouraged. We also welcome proposals that engage with community partners, incorporate students as collaborators, or are likely to lead to curricular innovations.

Eligibility: Penn State faculty members at all career levels are eligible to apply. Faculty must apply individually (rather than as a team) and may submit only one proposal per year. While faculty from any Penn State campus are eligible, those not in residence at University Park should explain how they will meet the Institute’s expectations for active involvement in our intellectual community, collaborations with Institute faculty, and attendance at Institute events during the fellowship year. Faculty are eligible to apply for fellowships from multiple centers or institutes in the College of the Liberal Arts, but applicants awarded more than one fellowship for the same academic year can only accept one for that year. Please note that Rock Ethics Institute Core Faculty, Directors, and Faculty Fellows who received their award within the past five years are ineligible to apply. Though current Sherwin Early Career Professors are not eligible to apply, former Sherwin Early Career Professors are eligible.

Application Process: To apply for a 2022–2023 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellowship, please submit an application cover sheet that includes signatures of support from your department head and associate dean (or appropriate administrator), a 100-word abstract, a project description of no more than 2,000 words (single-spaced), and an abbreviated CV of no more than 5 pages. All application materials should be submitted in a single PDF file to rockethics@psu.edu no later than October 28, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by December 6, 2021.

For more information on previously funded projects, click on the past fellows below. Please direct any questions about the Faculty Fellowships or application process to Ben Jones, btj7@psu.edu.

Current Fellows

Assistant Professor of Geography
2021-22 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow

Past Fellows

Associate Professor of Psychology, Penn State Brandywine
2020-21 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Associate Teaching Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Brandywine
2020-21 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
2019-20 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Professor of Architecture
2019-20 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies
Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers
2018-19 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Professor of Management
Frank & Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow
2018-19 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of Sociology
2017-18 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Professor of Civil Engineering
2017-18 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Director, Graduate Studies
2016-17 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Weiss Chair of the Humanities in Literature and Human Rights
Director of Graduate Studies, Comparative Literature
2016-17 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Professor of Hospitality Finance
Director, Food Decisions Research Laboratory
Director, Research, I-CHRIE
Editor, ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports
2016-17 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bioethics, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
2015-16 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow