Research in the Application of Ethics

Each year, the Dundon-Berchtold Institute funds teams of faculty and students to conduct projects and curriculum fellowships focused on the application of ethics within and across academic and professional fields. In addition to fostering the vibrant learning experience of faculty-student partnerships, the Research in the Application of Ethics program encourages Faculty Fellows and Student Scholars to participate thoughtfully in these important conversations as they lean in to the lived ethical tensions of the modern world.

Projects in the Application of Ethics

Individual faculty work with an undergraduate student of her/his choice on a research project related to ethical issues in their respective academic subject areas or in the professions supported by those academic areas. Faculty Fellows participate in two brief colloquia on classical methods in ethics facilitated by UP philosophy faculty during the fall semester of their awarded project.

The Faculty Fellow receives a stipend of $2,500, and the Student Scholar receives a financial aid scholarship of $2,500.

Ethics Curriculum Fellowship

A four-person team (two faculty members and two students) works to research / develop / replicate and implement applied ethics scenarios into course or major curriculum related to and complementing the PHL 220: Ethics course. Faculty Fellows participate in two brief colloquia on classical methods in ethics facilitated by UP philosophy faculty during the fall semester of their awarded fellowship.

The Ethics Curriculum Fellowship is a $10,000 grant. Funds are paid as $2,500 stipends to each of the two Faculty Fellows and $2,500 financial aid scholarships to each of the two Student Scholars.

Application Process

The application deadline for proposals to be considered for the 2021-2022 academic year is Friday, March 5.

Each spring, prospective Faculty Fellows and Student Scholars are invited to submit applications for either Projects in the Application of Ethics or Ethics Curriculum Fellowships. Application letters should be no more than 1,000 words and must provide a basic plan and outline of the project. Applications are typically due in late February or early March of each academic year.

For questions about the Research in the Application of Ethics program or the funding application process, please contact Dan McGinty (mcgintyd@up.edu, 503.943.7596).

Past Projects and Fellowships

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Martin Monto, PhD, and Emma Howard ’20, College of Arts and Sciences: Sociology and Social Work

"Unequal Distribution of Environmental Risks and Hazards in Portland, Oregon"

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Andrew Downs, PhD, and Chloe Tanega ’19, College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology

"Addictive Technology: Ethical Implications of Behavioral Engineering"

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Benjamin Gallegos, PhD, and Alyssa Yoshimura ’20, School of Education

"At a Crisis with the Lack of Special Education Teachers Serving Students with Disabilities: An Ethical Dilemma in Teaching and Learning"

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David Turnbloom, PhD, and Jonathan Wiley ’19, College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Environmental Science

"Academic Liturgies: Archaeology as Formation"

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Randy Hetherington, EdD, and Sundey Christen ’18, School of Education

"Decision to Retain: A Moral and Ethical Dilemma for Teaching Professionals"

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Ami Ahern Rindell, PhD, and Raluca Gosman ’18, College of Arts and Sciences: Biology

"Ethical Issues Regarding the Research of Ancient Human Remains"

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Teri Grimmer, CPA, CGMA, MS, and McKenzie Ervin ’18, Pamplin School of Business Administration

"Crime or Compassion: The Analysis of Pink Collar Crime"

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Kevin Jones, PhD, MSW, and Sarah Cook ’18, College of Arts and Sciences: Social Work

"Applying and Disseminating an Ethical Decision Making Casebook for Youth Mentoring Programs and Participants"

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Lorretta Krautscheid, PhD, and Laura Mood, PhD, with Taylor Mossman ’14, ’17 and Marie Wagner ’17, School of Nursing

"Transdisciplinary Applied Ethics Curriculum: Innovative Interventions Promoting Moral Agency, Resilience, and an Ethical Healthcare Milieu"

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Cara Poor, PhD, and Antonia Molina ’17, Shiley School of Engineering

"Ignoring the Problem Won't Make It Go Away: Ethical Responsibilities of Civil Engineers"

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Nicole Ralston, PhD, and Mary Shortino-Buck ’17 EdD, School of Education

"Mandates vs. Beliefs: How Do Teaching Professionals Address Ethical Dilemmas?"

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Student Catherine Jacobs and professor Nicole Hanig talking about a song in a ringed binder on a piano.

Nicole Hanig, DMA, and Catherine Jacobs ’18, College of Arts and Sciences: Performing and Fine Arts

"Music and Poetry: Contemplating Ethics through Art Song"

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Andrew Guest, PhD, and Jesse Dunn ’16, College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology

"The Ethics of Sport as Public Scholarship: Social Science Perspectives on Sports Culture"

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Ellen Lippman, PhD, and Grace Holmes ’16, Pamplin School of Business Administration

"Perceptions of Ethical Lapse: White Collar Crimes and Crimes of Our Neighbors"

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Amber Vermeesch, PhD, RN, FNP-C, and Derek Simmons ’17 DNP, School of Nursing

"Investigating Current Issues Prohibiting Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate Students from Voicing Their Values During Ethical Dilemmas in the Clinical Environment"

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Amber Vermeesch, PhD, RN, FNP-C, and Derek Simmons ’17 DNP, School of Nursing

"Investigating Current Issues Prohibiting Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate Students from Voicing Their Values During Ethical Dilemmas in the Clinical Environment"

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Heather Dillon, PhD, and Loreal Camp ’15, Shiley School of Engineering

"Quantifying Ethics Exposure in Mechanical Engineering"

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Hannah Callender, PhD, and Hannah Biegel ’15, College of Arts and Sciences: Mathematics

"The Role of Mathematical Models in Attenuating or Accentuating Ethical Dilemmas"

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Hannah Callender, PhD, and Hannah Biegel ’15, College of Arts and Sciences: Mathematics

"The Role of Mathematical Models in Attenuating or Accentuating Ethical Dilemmas"

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Amelia Ahern-Rindell, PhD, and Alex Quackenbush ’15, College of Arts and Sciences: Biology

"Ethics Tutorial for Students Engaging in Undergraduate Biological Research"

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Lorretta Krautscheid, PhD, and Justin Britton ’14, School of Nursing

"Micro-Ethical Decisions in Clinical Practice Settings: A Qualitative Investigation of Student Nurse Experiences"

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Lorretta Krautscheid, PhD, and Justin Britton ’14, School of Nursing

"Micro-Ethical Decisions in Clinical Practice Settings: A Qualitative Investigation of Student Nurse Experiences"

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Brian Adams, PhD, and Colin Mahoney, Pamplin School of Business Administration

"Issues in Finance: Planning a Financial Ethics Symposium"

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Karen Eifler, PhD, and Cady Anderson ’13, School of Education

"Ethics from the Teaching Trenches: A Principled Framework for Differentiated Instruction"

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Lorretta Krautscheid, PhD, and Molly Brown ’13, School of Nursing

"Micro-Ethical Decisions in Clinical Practice Settings: A Qualitative Investigation of Student Nurse Experiences"

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screen showing nursing students in bedside simulation lab.

Lorretta Krautscheid, PhD, and Molly Brown ’13, School of Nursing

"Micro-Ethical Decisions in Clinical Practice Settings: A Qualitative Investigation of Student Nurse Experiences"

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