ETHOS Fellows Program

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The ETHOS Fellows Program is a 6-session certificate program that:

  • Introduces faculty, staff, and students to the new "Ohio State Ethos" as part of our university's Shared Values Initiative
  • Invites discussion of the values themselves, how they intersect, and their application in fellows' work
  • Empowers participants to develop further values-based events or projects in their home units

Participants must commit to advancing values-based efforts in their colleges, departments, or other units, by hosting discussions, events, or other projects. Completion of the program will result in a $500 project fund, consultation from CEHV to initiate efforts, and ongoing collaboration among fellows facilitated by CEHV. We encourage units to nominate and sponsor ETHOS fellows (see more details below), but also accept individual applications.

To nominate an ETHOS fellow from your unit, or to apply as an individual, submit the respective form below. The deadline for autumn semester has closed. Please check back in August 2022 for the announcement of the next ETHOS Fellows Program.


Nominate an ETHOS fellow

Apply as an individual



The ETHOS Fellows Program is open to faculty, staff, and students interested in advancing values-based decisioning-making in their units or organizations. Sessions will be led by CEHV Director Piers Turner.

You can view our past ETHOS Fellows here.


The Autumn Semester 2021 ETHOS Fellows Program consists of six mandatory sessions to be held online from 12-1 pm on the following dates: October 27, 29, November 3, 5, 10, 12. 


  1. Excellence and ImpactDemonstrating leadership in pursuit of our vision and mission
  2. Diversity and InnovationWelcoming differences and making connections among people and ideas
  3. Inclusion and EquityUpholding equal rights and advancing institutional fairness
  4. Care and CompassionAttending to the well-being of individuals and communities
  5. Integrity and RespectActing responsibly and being accountable
  6. Project discussion and next steps


Participants must attend all sessions, barring some exceptional circumstance. To complete the program, they must also produce an outline of a values engagement event or project in their unit, to be shared at the final meeting for discussion and possible collaboration with other fellows. Completion will result in a commitment of $500 by CEHV or sponsoring unit to support that event or project.


If you would like to nominate an employee or student in your unit to participate Autumn 2021 ETHOS Fellows Program, please complete this form. Note that by nominating an individual for participation you are committing to your department, unit or office providing a $500 fund for such values-related efforts

If you are interested in applying as an individual to participate in the Autumn 2021 ETHOS Fellows Program, please complete this form.

Nomination/Application Deadline: September 30, 2021

The ETHOS Fellows Program is part of the Center for Ethics and Human Values' development of the research, teaching & learning, and other academic elements of the Shared Values Initiative at The Ohio State University. If you have further questions, please contact CEHV Director Piers Turner,


Selected ETHOS Fellows' Comments on the Program

The open discussions with professionals from across the university gave me insight into the many ways these critical topics can be approached. I've only been at Ohio State for four years, but I've never had the opportunity to connect with so many thoughtful individuals who normally wouldn't occupy the same space. Especially during the pandemic when it's easy to feel isolated, it was invigorating to take time to connect with folks from across the university who are committed to growing a culture of respect and accountability here at Ohio State. Kudos to Piers and Lavender for serving as fantastic facilitators. I've grown not only as a professional, but also as a person.


The most important aspect of the program was having dedicated time and space to openly discuss our values and feelings about them with peers of all levels from across the university.


Although I had been thinking about these concepts for a long time, the ideas had become stale due to overuse. Piers' short and clear explanations helped to bring each concept into sharp focus, and critically, put each value into dialogue with each of the other values.


The open-forum discussions were the most valuable part of this program. I feel like I learned and listened a lot to how we live out our values in ways I was not aware of before. Having individuals from so many units with such vast experiences fostered such powerful discussions that were open, honest and vulnerable both from an individual perspective and from their knowledge of the university. It was a very unique space that I felt grateful to be part of. It really showed me how much work is to be done to improve living our values out as a university, and it helped me figure out areas where my own department can improve that.