Provost launches Ethics Colloquium Series

Rick Miranda, Colorado State University Provost on The Oval. August 12, 2015
Rick Miranda

A new Ethics Colloquium Series will help Colorado State University faculty and staff collaborate to bring an ethical perspective to virtually any issue facing the community, both on campus and beyond.

The first in this series will be a conversation on “The End of The University” by Provost Rick Miranda and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor Matt Hickey. The discussion will take place 4:30–6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in 113 Natural Resources, and Stephanie Clemons, vice chair of Faculty Council, will moderate. No registration is required.

Miranda and Hickey will describe some of the issues that university faculty could/should consider in designing curricula that equip students to have a values-based approach to their education: How can our students learn to deal both ethically and effectively with the civic, social, political, and economic implications of our changing world – and how should we provide those learning outcomes?

“The purpose the CSU Ethics Colloquium is to promote cross-disciplinary, cross-college conversations about ethics-related issues,” Miranda said. “The Colloquium will support, highlight, and enhance new and existing activities to give our broader Northern Colorado community a window into all that is happening on campus with respect to ethics.”

While themes and topics will be broad-based, the Colloquium will emphasize ethical issues in the professions and disciplines, particularly when such issues have larger social, civic, political, and economic implications.

The second Colloquium event will be a panel on “Learning Analytics: Risks, Benefits, and Ethical Implications” 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday, Feb. 22, in the LSC North Ballroom.

The discussion will feature several experts on digital learning, learning analytics, and research ethics: Gene Gloeckner, professor in the School of Education and member of the CSU Institutional Review Board; George Siemens, professor and director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research (LINK) Lab, University of Texas at Arlington; Sharon Slade, senior lecturer and regional manager of the online Certificate in Management, The Open University, United Kingdom; and Mitchell Stevens, associate professor, Sociology and Graduate School of Business and director of the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR), Stanford University. Anton Betten, chair of the CSU Committee on Teaching and Learning, will moderate, and refreshments will be served.

Other talks this spring will address a range of topics, from media ethics and religious ethics to the ethics of how laboratory animals are treated and the intersections between ethics and diversity issues in community-based research and teaching. In academic year 2016-17, the Colloquium will feature both additional campus events and a nationally prominent guest speaker with expertise in a relevant area.

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