October 24rd to 27th 2002

4th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum


Robert J. Rutland Center for Ethics

Clemson University


Conference site: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Greenville, South Carolina

Conference Director: Daniel E. Wueste (Clemson)

Program Chair: Kenneth D. Alpern (Hiram College)

Themes: Science, Technology & Ethics Across the Curriculum

Ethics Across the Curriculum at Liberal Arts Colleges

Keynote speaker: Taft Broome (Howard University)


THURSDAY, October 24th


1-2:30 — Uses of Technology: Information, Consumer Products, and Weapons

Chair: Sheb True (KennesawState University)

Consumer Access to Technological Information

Doug Chismar (Chowan College Center for Ethics)

Product Liability as an Issue in Engineering Ethics

Joseph Herkert (North Carolina State University)

Teaching Peace in a World of High-tech Weapons

Ellsworth Hood (Wisconsin-Platteville)


2:45-4:15 — Values in Broader Perspective: Relativism, Religion, and Aesthetics

Chair: Kenneth D. Alpern (Hiram College)

What We Should Infer from Disagreement in Ethics


Andy Wible (Muskegon Community College)


Bringing the Religious Dimension of Ethics Out of the Closet

Robert Baum (University of Florida)

Living Large: Kant and the Sublimity of Technology

Scott R. Stroud (Temple)


4:30-6:00 — Panel

Curriculum Challenges: Teaching Professional Ethics in Science & Technology

Moderators: Asai Asaithambi (Saint Louis Universityi, Donna Werner (Saint Louis Community College-Meramec)

Erin Bakanas, J. Gary Bledsoe, John P. Buerck, Joachim Dorsch, Judith E. Durham, James Fisher (Saint Louis University)


7 — Reception


8 –Symposium: In the Wake of the Betrayal: Enron and its Progeny

Facilitator: Lisa Newton (Fairfield University)


FRIDAY, October 25th


9-10:30 — Concurrent Sessions


1-A Ethics in Engineering

Chair: Michael Davis (Illinois Institute of Technology)

Students’ Views on Codes of Ethics in Human Resource Development

Philip McGee (Clemson University)

Professional or Practitioner: What’s Missing from the Codes?

Brad Kallenberg (University of Dayton)

Ethics for Engineers: Citizen Self-Design

Phillip Chmielewski (Loyola Marymount University)


1-B Social Responsibility in Ethics Across the Curriculum

Chair: Linda Nilson (Clemson University)

Moral and Civic Responsibility in a Democratic Academy

Elizabeth Meade & Suzanne Weaver (Cedar Crest College)

Learning Environmental Justice in the Context of a Social Justice Curriculum


Jane Hammang-Buhl (Marygrove College)

Service Learning as a Vehicle for Ethics Across the Curriculum

Mark Doorley (Villanova University)


10:45-12:15 — Concurrent Sessions


2-A Respect for the Moral Personality of Students

Chair: Kim Skoog (University of Guam)

Autonomy Across the Curriculum

Sue Martinelli-Fernandez (Western Illinois University)

Academic Advocacy: Appeals and Abuses

Robert Newton (Depauw University)

A Tale of Three Constituencies (and One Course): Student Expectations in Bioethics

Ann Mongovan (Indiana University)


2-B Biology and Biotechnology

Chair: Kelly Smith (Clemson University)

A Clash of Values: Human Sexuality

Tim Morris & John Zenchak (North Central College)

Humans, Persons, and Embryonic Stem Cells

Stephen Scales (Towson University)

On Not Being Able to Tell the Players Without the Program: The Bewildering Effect of Advances in Science on the Applied Ethics Curriculum

Lisa Newton (Fairfield University)


12:15-2 — Lunch


2-3:30 — Concurrent Sessions


3-A Other Traditions: Collision & Co-mingling

Chair: Jim Griffis (University of South Carolina Spartanburg)

Teaching Ethics and Technology Across the Curriculum: The Need for a New View

Deni Elliott (University of Montana)

Get Big or Get Out: The Turpitude of Industrial Agriculture

David Keller (Utah Valley State College)


3-B Ethics of Cyberspace

Chair: Richard Combes (University of South Carolina Spartanburg)

Ethical Issues in Publishing Student Web-pages: A Case Study in Academic Freedom, Integrity and Privacy

Erin Livingston & L. Stanbery (Miyazaki International College)

Cyber Ethics: The Challenge of Engaging Students in a Meaningful Dialogue

Janine Dewitt-Heffner (Marymount University)

A Moral Roadmap of the Cyber Highway’s Sexual Landscape

Kim Skoog (University of Guam)


3-C Approaches to EAC

Chair: Kathleen Yancey (Clemson University)

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Ethics Across the Curriculum

Linda Williams (Kent State University)

On the Relationship between Scientific and Technological Advances and EAC in the Liberal Arts

Jeanne Sokolec (Loyola University of Chicago)

Building Ethical Fitness: Preparing College and University Students for Service and Leadership in the 21st Century

Clare Stiles (Eckerd College)


3:30-4 Break


4-5:30 Panel: Models for Ethics Across the Liberal Arts Curriculum

Kenneth D. Alpern (Chair), Michael Davis (Illinois Institute of Technology) and Douglas J. Schuurman (St. Olaf College)


5:45-6:15 The Prospects for FIPSE

David Johnson (Program Officer, FIPSE)


6:45-7:15 Reception


7:15-9 Banquet, Presidential Address: Wade Robison (RIT)


SATURDAY, October 26th


8:30-10:00 — Teaching Ethics in Technological Areas

Chair: Julia Frugoli (Clemson University)

Organizational Culture: The Ecology of Managing Knowledge Ethically

Charles Piazza & Donna Schaeffer (University of San Francisco)

Gut Reactions, Second Thoughts and Defensible Decisions: Critical Thinking about Bioethical Dilemmas

Steven McCullagh (Kennesaw State University)

Integrating Engineering Ethics into Technological Courses

Michael Davis (Illinois Institute of Technology)


10:15-11:45 Panel: Enhancing an Ethics Across the Curriculum Program

Elaine Englehardt (Chair), Brian Birch, David Keller, Karen Mizel, Dennis Potter (UVSC)


11:45-1:00 Lunch


1-1:45 Travel to Clemson


1:45-2:45 Tour of Clemson Campus


3-4:30 Keynote Address: Welcome: Janie Cervelli Schach (Dean, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities)

Chair: Wade Robison (RIT)

Taft Broome (Howard University)


4:30-5:15 Reception


5:15-6:00 Travel to Hyatt in Greenville


7:30-8:00 How to Teach a Senior Capstone Course in Ethics that Professors Enjoy and Students Actually Like

Chair: Gabriel Fernandez Palmer (Youngstown State University)

Linda Thompson & Eleanor Wittrup (University of the Pacific)


8-9 Reception


9 until whenever — President’s Party


SUNDAY, October 27th


9:00-10:30 — Concurrent Sessions


4-A Language and Pedagogy

Chair: Stephen Satris (Clemson University)

On Teaching Narrative Ethics: The Work of Interpretation in the Development of Moral Imagination

Sheila Mason (Concordia University)

Teaching Moral Reasoning Across the Curriculum: A Systematic Approach

Danney Ursery (St. Edwards University)

Language Lessons: Exploring the Significance of Language for Communication Ethics

Peggy Bowers (Clemson University)


4-B Institutions and Social Contexts

Chair: Todd May (Clemson University)

Is Character and Conscience Enough: Teaching Business Ethics in the Shadow of Enron

Rita Manning

On Teaching Ethics and Biology

Charles Kay & Robert Moss (Wofford College)

Quality-Adjusted Life-Year: A Threat to Humanistic Thinking in the Context of Healthcare?

Maureen Gowing & Sheila Mason (Concordia University)


10:30-11:30 Business Meeting


11:30 Adjourn


Funded by:


  • The Robert J. Rutland Center for Ethics, Clemson University
  • The Ethics Center at Utah Valley State College
  • Dr. James Dale Ethics Center at Youngstown State University
  • The Ezra A. Hale Chair in Applied Ethics at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • FIPSE, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education


Past and Future Conferences of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum

1st — October 1999, Rochester Institute of Technology

2nd — October 19-22, 2000, Salt Lake City, Utah

3rd — January 31-February 3, 2002, University of Florida

4th — October 27-29, 2002, Clemson University

5th — October 2003, St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas

6th — October 2004

7th — October 2005, Saint Louis University


The Society publishes Teaching Ethics, and papers for conferences may be considered for publication.


Revised September 20, 2002