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The Rock Ethics Institute

The Rock Ethics Institute promotes engaged ethics research and ethical leadership from its home in Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts.
by David Price Sep 22, 2020

The Rock Ethics Institute (REI) promotes engaged ethics research and ethical leadership from its home in Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts.

Ethics is too important to relegate to a single course or academic department. This core principle has guided the Rock Ethics Institute since its founding in 2001. Our mission is to integrate ethics across Penn State into the many aspects of University life—research, teaching, and service to the broader community.

The Rock Ethics Institute’s strength lies in our core faculty, who are jointly funded by REI and a wide range of different departments and colleges. With appointments in disciplines from the humanities to engineering to law, these faculty promote ethical literacy and leadership across the University.

Beyond its core faculty, the Rock Ethics Institute further expands its reach through dozens of affiliate faculty, fellowship programs for both faculty and students, and seed grant funding to support interdisciplinary teams engaged in innovative ethics research.   

As part of our mission, the Rock Ethics Institute has a strong commitment to promoting ethical dialogue and action in response to pressing challenges that face society. Each year the Institute sponsors dozens of speakers, panels, competitions, and conferences for the University and broader community. Our annual events include the Harold K. Schilling Memorial Lecture on Science, Technology, and Society; the Richard B. Lippin Lecture in Ethics; and Stand Up Awards recognizing Penn State undergraduates who have demonstrated exceptional ethical leadership.