Ethics in the Classroom

Enron. WorldCom. ImClone. Martha Stewart. Jayson Blair.

Names such as these make it clear that it is neither old-fashioned nor unnecessary to talk to college students about responsibility and ethics, regardless of what field of study or career path they have chosen. Although some students believe they have reached ethical maturity upon graduation from high school, the developmental process is one that continues throughout adulthood.

Both in and out of the classroom, faculty members can play an important role in the ethical development of students. Teaching critical thinking about ethical issues (versus “teaching ethics,” per se) can be seamlessly integrated into syllabi in many different ways. Furthermore, faculty members can be role models for ethical behavior in how they conduct their classes, and in how they interact with the larger academic world.

The purpose of this page is to give Mary Washington’s teaching faculty members ideas about how they might make a difference for today’s students — tomorrow’s leaders in government, law, business, medicine, education, research, engineering, journalism, science, and the arts.

If faculty members are interested in collaborative programming dealing with ethical issues (debates, films, lectures, etc.) with the office of Judicial Affairs and Community Responsibility , please contact Raymond Tuttle by email or at 540-654-1660.