Drake Institute Endorsement on Ethical Disagreement and Civil Discourse

New opportunity for instructors and group leaders!


Beginning in Spring 2024, CEHV will offer a new teaching endorsement with the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning entitled Ethical Disagreement and Civil Discourse.

Through active learning exercises, this
endorsement provides instructors and group leaders with tools and strategies to navigate contentious ethical disagreements and foster civil discourse in their classrooms or programs.

Participants receive training in dissecting common ethical disagreements and articulating moral principles and tradeoffs. They also are introduced to principles of civil discourse -- be curious, be charitable, be conscientious, and be constructive -- and participate in dialogue facilitation skill-building exercises. The endorsement is led by a team of PhD trained ethicists and political philosophers at the Center for Ethics and Human Values with extensive experience in the classroom and leading dialogue facilitation with students.

The endorsement will be built around four 2-hour active-learning workshops + a 1-hour
online Scarlet Canvas course that introduces principles of civil discourse. Participants will
also have up to two hours of homework during the course of the endorsement program.

All elements of the program are required for successful completion:

  1. Workshop: Ethics Toolkit
  2. Workshop: Dissecting Ethical Disagreements
  3. Scarlet Canvas course: The 4Cs (Be Curious, Be Charitable, Be Conscientious, Be Constructive)
  4. Workshop: Practicing Civil Discourse
  5. Workshop: Dialogue Facilitation + Skill-Building

Successful completion of the program will result in an official "teaching endorsement" from Ohio State's Drake Institute.

  • REGISTRATION: The first offering of this endorsement will be in Spring 2024. Check this website later in Autumn 2023 for more information.

If you have questions, please contact CEHV Civil Discourse Program Director, Dr. Kathryn Joyce (.173).