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The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
announces the 
27th Annual APPE International Conference

Thursday, March 1 – Sunday, March 4, 2018
Palmer House Chicago, Illinois

Call for Submissions

This call invites individuals from all disciplines and professions interested in advancing scholarship, teaching and a general understanding of practical and professional ethics. Submissions are invited on ethical issues in all fields including business, engineering, government, media, law, medicine, science and technology as well as interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary issues that cut across professions such as biomedical, educational, environmental, public health and research.

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) is a multidisciplinary, international organization advancing scholarship, education, and practice in practical and professional ethics. We facilitate and support collaboration among scholars and teachers, business and government leaders, and professionals from all areas concerned with the practical application of ethics and values.

Special Event: Private reading of Queen
APPE will host a reading of Queen on the evening of Thursday, March 1 at the Palmer House. The production explores the ethical dilemmas faced by two young academics who discover an error in their career-defining research project.

Submission Categories
We invite submissions in the following categories:

  1. Individual presentations
  2. Case studies
  3. Pedagogical demonstrations
  4. Creative arts
  5. Posters
  6. Panel discussions
  7. Author meets critics
  8. Lunch with an author
  9. Pecha Kucha/Rapid fire session (new for 2018)
  10. Graduate student three minute thesis competition (new for 2018)
  11. Paper competitions and awards.

All submissions, in all categories, are due October 27, 2017.
In practice, one individual submission per person will be accepted.

Submission Guidelines and Instructions.

Special Interest Sections

In addition to papers and sessions on topics of general interest in applied and professional ethics, APPE has Special Interest Sections and program tracks in the following areas:

Journalism and Media Ethics

Health Ethics
The Health Ethics Special Interest Section engages members interested in ethical challenges related to health and health care. These issues arise in biomedical research, clinical practice, healthcare policy, public health, and the life sciences.  This inherently interdisciplinary SIS reaches across many areas of scholarship and professional practice in biotechnology, medicine, nursing, politics, law, religion, and philosophy, among others.

Business Ethics
The Business Ethics Interest Group (BEIG) focuses on perennial and emerging issues in regional, national, and international business ethics.

Engineering, Science and Technology Ethics
The mission of the APPE’s special interest group on STEM ethics is to promote excellence in teaching and research at the intersection of science, engineering, technology and ethics, share resources and best practices for academics and practitioners, and foster regional, national, and international collaboration in the field.

Research Ethics
The mission of the APPE’s special interest group on Research Integrity/RCR is to foster excellence in teaching and research on the responsible conduct of research, encourage the sharing of resources and best practices, and promote action based on regional, national, and international collaboration in the field.

If you wish your submission to be considered for a particular program track, you may indicate this in your submission form.

Paper Competitions and Awards

  • Best Formal Paper by an Early Career Scholar – $500 prize
  • Best Formal Paper by a Graduate Student – $500 prize
  • Best Formal Paper by an Undergraduate Student – $250
  • Best Formal Paper on Pre-College Ethics – $750 First prize and $500 Second prize

Paper competition guidelines and submission instructions

Important Deadlines

  • September 5: Registration opens
  • October 27: Deadline for all submissions
  • December 1: End of Early Bird Registration
  • December 15: Notification of Program Presenters
  • January 5: Deadline for Audio Visual Request Forms
  • February  2: End of On-Time Registration (Late registration pricing begins 2/3)
  • February 6: Hotel Reservations deadline
  • February 9: Meal Reservations with Payment deadline

For additional information, please see the APPE website at: or contact the APPE office at: or (765) 658-5015

This message is from the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). You can also find it on Monkey Chimp. - Ken

We are happily settling into our new home at the Prindle Institute for Ethics!

With our transition to DePauw University, APPE has created a new Listserv.  Watch your email for additional emails coming from us from us and check your spam folder, in case we get lost there.

Our new contact information
+1 765-658-5015
P.O. Box 37
Greencastle IN 46135-0037

We have more exciting news headed your way, in the next few weeks!  Stay tuned!

APPE, the ethics association nonpareil, sent three emails on the past Monday (June 26) concerning big changes. I've made some edits. - KDP

Dear APPE members and friends,

As we enter into this new and exciting phase of APPE's development, we want to know what we can do better in our efforts to support your teaching, research, practice, and professional development.

Please follow this link and take 5 minutes to complete our survey on topics that include desired membership benefits, conference preferences, and membership demographics.

The information you provide will help us with strategic planning,  and ultimately help us serve you better.

Thank you,

The APPE team | 765-658-5015

APPE, the ethics association nonpareil, sent three emails on the past Monday (June 26) concerning big changes. I've made some edits. - KDP

Dear APPE members and friends:

I hope you will join me in thanking Stuart Yoak for his service to the organization. During his 6 years as Executive Director, he has worked hard to grow our membership, Ethics Bowl, and the annual conference, while maintaining the high quality of our programs. He has also engaged in recruiting and leadership development to ensure that the organization is in a strong position to move forward.

As we enter this next phase, I am pleased and honored to serve as a part-time interim Executive Director. Our move to Prindle and our new Web site are only the first steps in this exciting new chapter for APPE. The next thing we want to do is hear from you. We have developed our first membership survey, so please look for a follow up email from me with an invitation to participate.

In addition to our upcoming Ethics Bowl activities, and planning for the annual meeting, we will be conducting a search for a new Executive Director this fall. Please look for a job announcement in August, and please feel free to contact us with nominations and recruiting ideas.

In fact, please feel free to contact us with any thoughts or concerns that you might have, or even just to say hello. You can reach us by phone at 765-658-5015 or electronically at or Our door is always open!



Trisha Phillips
APPE Interim Executive Director

APPE, the ethics association nonpareil, sent three emails on the past Monday (June 26) concerning big changes. I've made some edits. - KDP

Greetings, APPE members and friends! We trust you are having a fine summer, and ours has been busy so far. We have lots of news to share:

1. We have moved

Our offices are now located in the beautiful Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. Here's our new contact information:

2961 W. County Road 225 S.
Greencastle IN 46135
765-658-5015 |

2. We have a new website

Check it out at Our old website at will redirect guests to our new site until it goes dark at the end of July.

3. We have a new Chair of the Executive Board

Gretchen Winter, Executive Director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be the new chair of the Executive Board starting July 1. Sarah Pfatteicher, who deftly steered the organization through these many transitions, is rotating out of the position on June 30.

4. Our Executive Director is retiring

Stuart Yoak, who faithfully served the organization for 6 years and the field for nearly 30 years, is retiring. If you’d like to thank him or wish him well, you can continue to reach him at

5. We have appointed an Interim Executive Director

Trisha Phillips, a member of the Executive Board and associate professor at West Virginia University, will serve as Interim Executive Director on a part-time basis while we conduct a search for a permanent Executive Director. If you have questions or concerns, or just wish to say hello, you can reach her at

6. We will be searching for a new Executive Director in the fall.

Look for a job announcement this fall, feel free to self nominate, and please spread the word far and wide. We hope to announce a new ED in Spring 2018.

7. Save the date for APPE 2018

The 2018 annual conference will be in Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton on March 1-4. Look for a call for proposals coming soon!

Stay in touch – we look forward to connecting with you soon!

The APPE Executive Board


Prindle Institute New Home for APPE!

I received this announcement today via email from the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. - Ken

Sarah Pfatteicher of APPE and Andrew Cullison of the Prindle Institute at DePauw University have a toast
Sarah Pfatteicher of APPE and Andrew Cullison of the Prindle Institute at DePauw University.

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics is happy to announce The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University as its new host institution.

DePauw University is a nationally recognized liberal arts University in Greencastle, Indiana and prides itself on “more than 175 years of creating an atmosphere of intellectual challenge and social engagement that prepares their students for lifelong learning.”

The entrance to the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw
The entrance to the Prindle Institute

The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics serves the DePauw students and the community with continuing the DePauw legacy of “helping people to think critically and to act creatively about how we – as individuals, as an institution, as a society, and as a world – ought to live today.”

Sarah Pfatteicher, chair of the APPE Executive Board, made the announcement at the opening reception of the 2017 APPE International Conference in Dallas, Texas, last month.  During a champagne toast, Pffateicher announced that the Association had reached an agreement in principle to move their headquarters to the Prindle Institute at DePauw University effective July 1, 2017.

“I’m thrilled about this collaborative partnership,” said Andrew Cullison, director of the Prindle Institute. “Having the APPE headquartered at Prindle is going to enrich all of our core program areas. Our online media, campus events, education and research initiatives, and community engagement projects will all be strengthened by APPE’s presence.”

Pfatteicher says the APPE Executive Board was “particularly drawn to Andy’s infectious enthusiasm and his forward-thinking vision for our partnership. The array of social media activities he has initiated at Prindle are excellent fits for an association seeking to attract a new generation of scholars as we enter our second quarter century as an association.”

The Association began its search for a new home late in the summer of 2016 with an announcement for a Request for Proposals from potential new host institutions.  We received nine proposals from institutions across the United States.

“In addition to a strong financial partnership, we were looking for close alignment of mission, a record of engagement with APPE, evidence of ongoing commitment by campus leaders, and an energetic and visionary director with whom to partner,”  Pfatteicher said, “At DePauw we found all of those things in spades.”

“Our missions are so closely aligned they are practically identical and we share similar visions for how to execute those missions,” Cullison said, “This collaborative partnership benefits both of us equally and we’re going to help each other get to the next level.”

The entrance to the Prindle Institute
The entrance to the Prindle Institute

We are already in the planning stages of transitioning the Association to DePauw and hope to be completely moved in by late June.  Our plan is for this to be a seamless transition for our membership.

“It’s going to be wonderful to have that team, with that kind of energy and vision right down the hall,” Cullison said. “I’m really excited to see what the future holds for Prindle, APPE, and the entire field of practical and professional ethics.”

We will release information regarding changes in contact information, website, payment processes and address as we finalize these items.  All current information is still valid and questions can be emailed to the APPE Office at

We look forward to serving our members and the international community of ethics from our new home at the Janet Prindle Institute of Ethics!