Ethics Circle

Ethics Circle
Ethics Circle


Introducing Ethics Circle


Applications for Spring 2021 will open in October.

We often struggle to find time to reflect on ethical issues in a sustained way. Ethics Circle offers faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff across the university an opportunity to develop their understanding of the ethical issues underlying their work, in a community of fellow inquirers. Fellows will be given the tools to sensitively and more systematically address cutting-edge ethical challenges in their area of interest.

Ethics Circle fellows who participate to enhance their teaching will be eligible for a Teaching Ethics and Human Values endorsement from the Ohio State Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning. Click here for more details on the teaching endorsement.

Successful completion of the program will result in a $500 fellowship award.


Ethics Circle Jan 2020

Why should you apply?

Every social and technological transformation presents complex ethical and social challenges. Whether thinking about bias in data analytics, the social impact of smart technology (from automated vehicles to technological unemployment), the challenge of sustainable food systems, or the promise and perils of new medical therapies, we often find it difficult to address satisfactorily the underlying ethical issues at stake. The same is true when thinking of broader social issues such as sustainable development, the role and limits of markets, the value and challenge of diversity, or social inequality. Each of these challenges raises questions about our moral and political rights, about our ideals and core values, and about how to weigh values against each other.

Ethics Circle offers you the chance to engage these issues under the mentorship of CEHV faculty, and with other Ohio State community members also seeking to enhance their understanding of ethical issues in their work.

What will the program involve?

Applicants will be asked to specify a project, describing an area of interest and an expected output (a draft of an academic paper, a piece of public or online writing, a grant proposal, instructional materials or lesson plans, a piece of artwork, etc.). Proposals should be under 500 words. Those pursuing a Drake Institute teaching endorsement must propose the development of instructional materials as their project.

The semester-long program -- beginning in January 2021 -- kicks off with a half-day workshop allowing fellows get to know each other, and including a whirl-wind introduction to the leading ethical traditions in Western philosophy. 

The workshop will be followed by monthly dinners with the community of fellows -- the Ethics Circle -- in which each participant presents their project question to the other fellows, and leads a discussion.

It will also involve regular meetings with a CEHV mentor.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Director, Piers Turner