Dear Faculty Member:

We are writing to announce the Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellows Program designed to support faculty members from the sciences, humanities, engineering, and social sciences, to develop new interdisciplinary research collaborations that have a deeply integrated ethics dimension. All Penn State University Park faculty members at all career levels and established research scientists at University Park are eligible to apply for this fellowship opportunity. Priority will be given to proposals on topics that could interface with or complement the research interests of current Rock faculty. These include: bioethics, human security and global ethics, ethics education and moral development, ethics of health and human performance enhancement, food ethics, sexuality, violence and ethics, ethics and journalism and digital media, engineering ethics, ethical dimensions of climate change and risk management, the ethics of drones, and water resources ethics and sustainable planning. The Fellows Program will launch in the 2016-17 academic year with applications received during the 2015 Fall Semester. 

Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellows will receive up to two course releases during a single academic year (up to $7,000 per course or the equivalent for those who do not have resident instruction responsibilities) designed to provide faculty with the time needed to identify collaboration partners and launch new interdisciplinary ethics collaborations. Collaborative Rock Faculty Fellowships are also available and will provide funding for a team of faculty members for up to three course releases (up to $7,000 per course, with no more than one release per faculty member on the team).


If you are interested in applying, please take a moment to review the program description and the application process.  For additional details on the program and the application process please visit the Rock Ethics Institute web site:


We also encourage you to share this information on the Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellows Program with colleagues who may be interested in this program.  If you have any questions, please contact us


Best Wishes,

The Rock Ethics Institute Directors Team 
Nancy Tuana, Eduardo Mendieta, and Michael D. Burroughs

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