Words about Ethics

Be Better Club

Fall 2021 Schedule

Students, faculty, and staff interested interested in talking with us about contemporary ethical issues are welcome to participate in the bi-weekly “Be Better Club,” an informal but informed bi-weekly discussion group. Discussions are held by Zoom and are open to everyone. Contact us for this semester’s schedule of topics and Zoom link. Your participation shapes the discussion!


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Ethics in STEM Fields
NSF Grant Project

Faculty Receive $600,000 NSF Grant to Study Ethics in STEM Fields

NSF-supported study led by faculty members in Philosophy and Writing & Rhetoric seeks to understand relationships between values and disciplinary ethics and has the potential to improve knowledge of underrepresented students’ experiences.

Do students’ implicit values influence their decision to pursue STEM-related careers? And how do the ethical codes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines influence those who pursue careers in these fields and those who persist in their professional development?

This five-year research project is funded by the National Science Foundation. Our goal is to support the institutional transformation of UCF in terms of the explicit and sustained focus on ethical decision-making. Our research team is examining the individual, foundational values that inform ethical reasoning students at UCF in specific targeted disciplines. To date, strategies for developing cultures of ethical and responsible research among students (in particular in STEM disciplines) have largely emphasized explicit ethics frameworks that shape disciplinary enculturation. Much less attention has been given to the ways students’ individual and largely implicit values guide their professional conduct and education. By looking at the intersections of these individual foundations and disciplinary frameworks, we can help students and faculty alike better understand how ethics, as the study of values and their conflicts, shape disciplinary enculturation.

NSF Award Abstract