Working Ethics into the Conversation: Introducing STEM Faculty to Teaching Ethics



On October 22-23, 2019, twenty-nine STEM faculty from academic institutions all over the United States took part in a two-day train the trainer workshop held at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington DC. The workshop sought to introduce workshop participants to several approaches to integrating ethics into their teaching, including the case-study approach, using professional codes of ethics, teaching ethical theories in STEM courses, self-reflection on professional responsibility through the use of ethics autobiographies, and how to align teaching goals and assessment in ethics education.

The workshop is part of a National Science Foundation Grant, in which CSEP Librarian Kelly Laas is a principal investigator, that focuses on developing resources and communities of practice for STEM faculty new to teaching ethics on the Online Ethics Center. The workshop was planned and facilitated by members of the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society, and members of the Online Ethics Center Joint Advisory and Editorial Board.

This workshop will serve as a catalyst for developing an online community of STEM faculty interested in teaching ethics.