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Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellowships, awarded annually since 2015, provide a two-course release from teaching during a single academic year to support ethics-related research projects by the faculty of Penn State. For each fellowship, the Rock Ethics Institute provides up to $7,000 in course buyout funds to compensate for releases. Up to two fellowships are awarded annually.
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Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellowships, awarded annually since 2015, provide a two-course release from teaching during a single academic year to support ethics-related research projects by the faculty of Penn State. For each fellowship, the Rock Ethics Institute provides up to $10,000 in course buyout funds to compensate for releases. Up to two fellowships are awarded annually. 

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  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 research collaborators, or lead to curricular innovations. 

Eligibility:  

Penn State faculty members at all career levels and established research scientists 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 associated with 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. 

Fellowship Proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The centrality of ethical issues, broadly understood, to the project;
  • The significance and impact of the project, including its likelihood of resulting in high-quality research outcomes, such as peer-reviewed publications, creative works, or external funding proposals;
  • The interdisciplinary and collaborative potential of the project, including its likelihood of engaging with Rock faculty and the Institute’s research initiatives, and its promise for establishing collaborations that continue beyond the funding period;
  • The project’s potential for bringing added value through engagement with community partners, incorporation of student collaborators, the potential for curricular innovation, or other contributions to promoting moral literacy and leadership on or off campus. 

Those interested in applying should read through the application process


CURRENT FACULTY FELLOWS



Evan Bradley

Evan Bradley

Associate Professor of Psychology

Project: 

Pronouns are a crucial entry point to promote greater gender equity because they provide small but concrete steps everyone can take eliminate gender bias in their speech and to ally themselves with gender non-conforming communities. In collaboration with Rock faculty specializing in gender and moral decision-making, we propose to investigate ethical principles which impact gender-neutral pronoun use in interpersonal communication through a series of experiments, and to pilot intervention strategies based on an ethical framework. The findings will be used to develop materials for ethical education and inclusion initiatives at Penn State and beyond.

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Laura Evans

Laura Evans

Associate Teaching Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Project: 

Pronouns are a crucial entry point to promote greater gender equity because they provide small but concrete steps everyone can take eliminate gender bias in their speech and to ally themselves with gender non-conforming communities. In collaboration with Rock faculty specializing in gender and moral decision-making, we propose to investigate ethical principles which impact gender-neutral pronoun use in interpersonal communication through a series of experiments, and to pilot intervention strategies based on an ethical framework. The findings will be used to develop materials for ethical education and inclusion initiatives at Penn State and beyond.