The National Ethics Project (NEP) is a consortium of researchers, educators, and practitioners from different disciplines and a variety of higher ed institutions. We study where and how ethics is currently taught. We identify and share effective techniques for ethics instruction. We cultivate evolving projects and tools that promote ethics nationwide.
The world has changed in significant ways since the last comprehensive study of ethics education 40 years ago. It’s imperative that we keep pace with rapid technological, political, economic, and demographic shifts of the world today. Ethics provides the framework and tools to understand and enact responsible human stewardship for our world.
Ethics is increasingly recognized by educators and employers as the pathway to individual and collective integrity, responsibility, and success in society and the workplace. The NEP strives to offer educators in all environments — K-12, higher education, corporations, government, and anywhere that mindful people gather — effective and innovative ways for communicating and achieving ethical thought and action.
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The NEP leadership team oversees project development, execution, and evaluation. We are a core group of educators and researchers dedicated to keeping ethics front and center in education. Deni Elliott and Maggie Schein serve as co-chief project officers for the NEP, and along with Cara Biasucci, Andrew Cullison, Casey Frechette, David Kidd, Jess Miner, and Anne Newman, serve on the executive committee for the NEP. The Prindle Institute at DePauw University provides the NEP an institutional home.
Cara Biasucci is the creator and program director of Ethics Unwrapped, an award-winning ethics video series and educational program she developed and produces for the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Cullison is Phyllis W. Nicholas Director of the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University.
Dr. Elliott holds the Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Frechette is an associate professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the chair of the Department of Journalism & Digital Communication.
David Kidd is chief assessment scientist at the Democratic Knowledge Project and is based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero.
Jess Miner is the Executive Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Edmond J. Safra Research Director, ex officio.
Anne Newman is the Research Director at the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford.
Dr. Schein, formerly the Research Director for the Humanities and Liberal Arts Assessment Lab (Harvard University), is currently the Writer in Residence at the Prindle Institute for Ethics. She consults and teaches in education, moral psychology, ethics, literature, assessment, and management. She is an author of both fiction and non-fiction, and is currently working on a book on cruelty (Cruelty: A Book about Us) and management (Let Me be More Explicit: Memos on how Not to Manage).
The NEP creates and fosters a sustainable and evolving community of researchers, educators, practitioners, and policymakers devoted to improving how we identify and implement ethics education. Our research investigates institutional messaging, instructor and student experiences, and practices of ethics education. Our goals are to create high-impact tools for assessing ethics education and to provide educational resources that meet the needs of a changing world.
Seed grants from the Spencer Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, along with financial commitments from our partner institutions, have enabled the NEP to build a solid foundation for ongoing research. Our mixed-methods research projects have investigated the institution, instructor, and student perspective of ethics instruction, both in and outside of the classroom. To date, NEP has conducted research on multiple campuses and developed new analytical tools that promise to overhaul the way we view and study ethics education in higher education.
Here is an overview of some of the NEP’s current projects:
Current partner institutions include Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, DePauw University’s Prindle Institute for Ethics, Stanford University’s McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, University of South Florida’s Department of Journalism & Digital Communication, and the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.