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Teaching Endorsement on Ethical Disagreement and Civil Discourse



*Applications will re-open in Fall 2024*

Sample comments from participants:

“. . . a great semester—the conversations were both informative and helped me reflect on my own teaching and discourse, on and off campus.”

“This was a most thought-provoking series of discussions.”

“I surely learned a lot that I will apply both inside and outside the classroom going forward.”

“I very much appreciated our conversations and explorations.”

A New Opportunity for Instructors and Group Leaders

In Spring 2024, CEHV began a new teaching endorsement through 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  are introduced to principles of civil discourse, participate in a dialogue facilitation skill-building exercise, and receive training in dissecting common ethical disagreements. 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 active-learning workshops + an 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: Ethical Disagreement
  2. Scarlet Canvas course: The 4Cs of Civil Discourse (Be Curious, Be Charitable, Be Conscientious, Be Constructive)
  3. Workshop: Practicing Civil Discourse
  4. Workshop: Dialogue Facilitation + Skill-Building
  5. Workshop: Dissecting Ethical Disagreements

Successful completion of the program will make you eligible to apply for an official teaching endorsement from Ohio State's Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Note: completion of the endorsement program requires attendance at all 4 workshops and the associated online Scarlet Canvas course. 

This endorsement is open only to faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff members at Ohio State University. Space is limited to 25 participants.


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