What does it mean to be a professional? Engineers, physicians, and others would be able to refer to professional codes of conduct in answering this question. To what can we refer as university teachers? Despite the absence of a well-defined and regulating code of ethical (teaching) conduct, university teachers, regardless of academic discipline, do face or are part of complex ethical issues regularly. Although there is a growing body of literature pertaining to “best” practices in teaching, surprisingly there is very little pertaining to the ethics in teaching.
In this workshop, simple ethical principles will be introduced and used in examining ethically relevant teaching scenarios. Questions addressed include: What covert lessons do students draw from our practices? How could we help students develop lives of disciplined integrity even when "integrity" is not what we teach? How can we avoid teaching in ways that make us feel as though we've "sold out"? How can we demonstrate ethical leadership in the light of issues that may arise in class?
By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to articulate ethical principles underlying teaching and apply ethical principles in analyzing cases in teaching in higher education.