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The Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (OEC) has recently launched several Communities of Practice (CoPs). This ASEE workshop will serve to launch “Teaching Ethics,” the newest CoP.
CoPs are an interactive feature of the OEC, able to host functions such as case writing groups, discussion boards, webinar series, syllabus design workshops, or other activities deemed of interest and value to CoP members. The OEC provides a wealth of resources in support of those who are teaching ethics. This latest CoP will serve to host and support those who have an interest in ethics instruction in engineering, whether they are new to teaching ethics or seasoned veterans. The “Teaching Ethics” CoP will evolve as it grows, reflecting the interests and needs of its members, becoming an active space for the exchange of ideas and to incubate potential collaborations in ethics instruction and research. Workshop participants will play a significant role in its inception.
Rosalyn W. Berne, PhD is Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia in the program of Science, Technology and Society (STS) within the department of Engineering and Society. She received advanced degrees from the University of Virginia, in Communication Studies, and in Religious Studies with a focus on Bioethics. Rosalyn explores the intersecting realms of emerging technologies, science, fiction and myth, and the links between the human and non-human worlds. Her academic research and writing span considerations of ethics in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and reproductive technology, with two academic books, numerous conference papers and journal articles published under her name. She has also written in the genre of science fiction, and published award-winning books in the body-mind-spirit genre about her encounters with horses. She has taught courses in Nanotechnology Ethics and Policy; Gender Issues and Ethics in the New Reproductive Technologies; Religion and Technology; STS & Engineering Practice; The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility; STS and the Frankenstein Myth. Rosalyn regularly incorporates mindfulness practices into her engineering school courses.
Dr. Grossenbacher is Director of Undergraduate Program Review and Director of the Technical Communication Program in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been teaching courses in engineering communication and ethics for over 20 years. In collaboration with colleagues Howard Rosen, Andi Bill, Kevin Rogers, Ned Paschke, and Joy Altweis, she has been teaching engineering ethics for continuing education credits to professional engineers since 2012. Laura has been developing ethics cases to use with a variety of different constituents, including engineers working for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, American Transmission Company, Madison Gas and Electric, WE Energies, Realtime Utility, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the American Water Resources Administration.
Dr. Foley is an associate professor in the science, technology & society program in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He is the principal investigator at University of Virginia on the ‘4C Project’ on Cultivating Cultures of Ethical STEM education with colleagues from Notre Dame, Xavier University and St. Mary’s College. He is also the co-leader of the ‘Nano and the City’ thematic research cluster for the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University.
Dr. Ellison's research, teaching and program development activities span the areas of research ethics, ethics education development and the history of American science and technology. As director of the Life Science Ethics Program with the School of Life Sciences, she coordinates opportunities for students, faculty and staff to learn about and reflect on the ethical dimensions of advances in the life sciences and life science research. She is a Co-PI on the Online Ethics Center, NSF-funded project.
Kelly Laas is the Librarian/Information Researcher at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During her years at the Center, she has supervised several projects relating to the development of online ethics resources and collections, including the management of CSEP’s large Online Codes of Ethics collection and the development of the NanoEthicsBank, a web-based bibliographic database of materials on the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. She is a Co-PI on the Online Ethics Center, NFS-funded project, and is developing the Ethics Education Library, an online database of articles, syllabi, ethics case studies, and best practices of how to integrate ethics into existing technical courses and workshops.