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Ethical reasoning education and its assessment have served as a catalyst for faculty, staff, and student scholarly work.


Ethical Reasoning in Action: Validity Evidence for the Ethical Reasoning Identification Test (ERIT), by Kristen Smith, Keston Fulcher, and Elizabeth Hawk Sanchez, was published in the Journal of Business Ethics in September 2015.
Abstract excerpt: Professionals in business and law, healthcare providers, educators, policymakers, consumers, and higher education practitioners value ethical reasoning (ER) skills. Because of this, we concentrated campus-wide reaccreditation efforts to help students actively engage in ER. In doing so, we re-conceptualized the ER process, implemented campus-wide ER interventions designed to be experienced by all undergraduate students, and created the ethical reasoning identification test (ERIT) to measure students’ ability to engage in a foundational step in the ER process.

Mary Gowan, Kenneth R. Bartee Endowed Professor for the College of Business at JMU, co-authored "Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries with Civic Literacy" with Margaret Salazar-Porzio, curator at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. Published in the Summer 2015 edition of Peer Review, an online and print periodical published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The Forum magazine, a member magazine published by the European Association for International Education, included Lori Pyle's article, "Ethical reasoning education: An international responsibility," in its winter 2014 issue.


December, 2015. MC associate chair Lori Pyle presented “Moving from Spectator Ethics to Agent Ethics” during the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in Houston, Texas.

November 2015. Department of Health Sciences faculty members Kristi Lewis and Andy Peachey presented "Assessing ethical reasoning among pre-professional health students" at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

October 2015. MC faculty fellow Holly McCartney and Kara Kavanagh (incoming faculty fellow) from the College of Education presented "Ethical Reasoning and Social Justice Case Studies: Illuminating Privilege, Power, and Educational Inequities in Early Childhood and Elementary Education" at the Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education conference in Dublin, Ireland.

September 2015. Kristen Smith, Courtney Sanders, and Keston Fulcher presented their paper, How do higher education faculty members use assessment results to improve student learning? at the annual conference of the Northeastern Educational Research Association in Trumbull, CT.

March 2015. MC Student Affairs fellow, Shelly Laurenzo, presented "It's Complicated: Introducing Ethical Reasoning to College Students" at the March 2015 ACPA College Student Educators International annual meeting.

December 2014. Holly McCartney presented "It’s More than Just Doing the Right Thing: Pre-service Early Childhood Teachers Construct Understandings of Ethics, Ethical Reasoning, and How to Solve Ethical Dilemmas in the Classroom" at the annual conference of the Association for Construtivist Teaching in Charleston, SC.

November 2014. Bill Hawk, professor of philosophy and MC chair, presented a session at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Fraud Conference in New Orleans, LA, entitled “How Ethical Reasoning Can Prevent or Mitigate Fraud.”

2014. Kristen Smith, Bo Bashkov, and Keston Fulcher presented their paper, Assessing attitudes toward ethical reasoning: Examining the factor structure of the survey of ethical reasoning, at the NERA annual conference in Trumbull, CT.

October 2013. Doctoral student Kristen Smith presented her master's thesis, Developing the test of ethical reasoning via classical test theory analysis and Benson's validation framework, at the annual conference of the Northeastern Educational Research Association in Rocky Hill, CT. At the same conference, Keston Fulcher and Kristen presented their paper, Introduction to an ethical reasoning framework and assessment instruments.

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