Overview

We are pleased to announce our first Call for Proposals for the Engaging Ethics Initiative, run by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE) and Georgetown Learning Initiatives (GLI and Red House). This initiative seeks to introduce curricular innovation that can immediately and concretely impact student learning. The program is designed to support high-impact ethics education at Georgetown.

In this initial call, faculty may apply to one of the following three tracks, each of which offers a different funding model, design process, set of assessment expectations, and overall scope of work:

Curricular Elements Track

The Curricular Elements track is an opportunity for instructors to enhance a small component of a course with creative activities that can be done in class or short assignments that can help ethical reflection and character development. Instructors will partner with a team from Ethics Lab to adopt these creative pedagogies to a distinct assignment/discrete activity in their course.

This track is open to all instructors of record in the university, including graduate students and adjunct faculty. A stipend of $250–500 will be offered to compensate for the time spent developing the new activity for the course. If accepted, faculty agree to meet with KIE at least 2 weeks before the activity would be used so that the KIE can tailor the activity to fit the learning objectives of the course. Faculty also agree to assessments of the activity’s impact on students, also provided by the KIE.

Project-based Module Track

The Project-based Module track is an opportunity for faculty to pursue a 2–3 week ethics-infused project related to the course topic. For example, developing the opportunity to do personal genetic testing, with exploration of the ethical issues involved in a genetics course. This project will be developed in partnership with the KIE and staff are available to assist in the delivery of this unit.

A stipend of $1,000-$2,000 will be offered to compensate faculty members for their time developing this new module for their course. If accepted, faculty agree to meet with KIE at least 1 month before the module would be used to allow time for tailoring to fit the learning objectives of the course. Faculty also agree to assessments of the module’s impact on students, also provided by the KIE.

Project-based Course Track

The Project-based Course track is an opportunity for faculty to develop a new course in the KIE’s Ethics Lab that is built around a project designed to have a real-world impact. For example, the recent Data Ethics course (spring 2017) had a semester long project concurrent with course content in which students helped develop tools for a new privacy policy for the use of student data at Georgetown. Student teams created different methods of getting student input into UIS decisions and ways of educating the student population about Georgetown’s use of student data, all of which were pitched to the CIO and many of which have been adopted for implementation in the next academic year.

A stipend of $3,000 will be offered to compensate faculty members for their time developing this new project based course. In addition, the KIE will provide additional resource support and staffing to scaffold the Ethics Lab experience. If accepted, faculty agree to meet with KIE before the start of the semester in order to participate in Ethics Lab planning of the new course. Faculty also agree to assessments of the course’s impact on students, also provided by the KIE.

Selection Criteria

Our aim is to have a high impact on students’ learning experience at Georgetown. All university instructors (both tenure-stream and full time teaching faculty) are encouraged to apply. We will select partners based on disciplinary diversity, institutional impact, exportability, and potential for positive impact on the course and student learning outcomes.

Deadlines

July 15, 2017: Proposals Due for Tracks 1 & 2 for Fall 2017 courses, and Track 3 for Spring 2018 courses.
November 15, 2017: Proposals Due for Tracks 1 & 2 for Spring 2018 courses, and Track 3 for Fall 2018 courses


Submit Expression of Interest

Use the form below to indicate your interest in participating in the Engaging Ethics Initiative. If your project proposal meets our initial screening criteria, a member of our team will reach out to continue the conversation. Thank you for your interest in this exciting new effort!

 

  • Briefly tell us about your course [200-300 words].
  • Why are you interested in the Engaged Ethics Initiative, and what do you hope your students get out of the experience? [200-300 words]
  • If you have a syllabus (draft or otherwise), please upload it here.