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The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

Who We Are

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) is a membership organization dedicated to advancing scholarship, education, and practice in practical and professional ethics.

Or, as we like to say, we're an organization for the ethically curious.

As a member, you'll get exclusive opportunities and discounts to attend APPE programs, including our annual conference, and more. As a non-member, you can still stay informed by joining our listserv to receive our monthly newsletter and weekly jobs and events postings.

Interested in becoming a member?

Submit a Conference Proposal

APPE is currently seeking proosals for our 34th Annual APPE International Conference, which will be held February 20-23, 2025, in Norfolk, Virginia. There will be an online-only portion of the conference program on March 28, 2025 to accommodate our members, presenters, and guests who are located across the globe, or who are unable to attend the in-person conference in Norfolk. This year's special focus is What Makes Us Human.

Submissions are due Monday, October 7. 2024.


New Report on Improving Research Integrity Released

Last fall, APPE convened the National Dialogue on the State of Research Integrity Education. The aims of the Dialogue were to (1) characterize historical and current approaches used to teach responsible conduct of research (RCR) and build cultures of research integrity, and (2) propose strategies to strengthen the network of accountability within and between relevant partner sectors.

We recently released a report outlining those strategies, and the discussion at the National Dialogue event, titled "Improving Research Integrity: The Role of Accountability Across the Research Enterprise."

What We Do

Through our signature programs, as well as an annual conference and a variety of programs and events, APPE fosters moral reasoning skill development, works to promote ethical conduct in all sectors of our daily lives, nurtures the next generation of ethical leaders, and seeks to advance civil public discourse on diverse ethical issues.

APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl®

The 28th Annual Association For Practical And Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl® was held in Cincinnati on February 24 and 25, 2024 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza. Congratulations to the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, our 2024 Champions!

Thirty-six student teams from institutions of higher learning across the country competed in matches using a set of prepared cases that were drawn from real-life examples in education, business, life, and politics. A team of case writers worked on cases throughout the summer and fall and students have approximately two months to prepare for the competition. More than 200 teams from more than 150 schools compete in regional competitions each fall to earn a berth to the national competition.

Learn more about the Ethics Bowl competition, including how to start a team.

On July 26 and 27, prospective and current Ethics Bowl competitiors, coaches, and regional hosts are encouraged to participate in the Ethics Bowl Summer Workshop. Learn more.

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Mark Your Calendar

Ethics Bowl Summer Workshop

Join us on July 26 and 27 from Noon to 4 p.m. ET, for a virtual workshop for all things Ethics Bowl!


Strategic Decision Making & Ethical Leadership

A one-day conference for undergraduate leaders will be held on Sept. 14, 2024 at the Prindle Institute for Ethics.

34th Annual APPE International Conference

Join us in Norfolk, Virginia, Feb. 20-23, 2025, for the APPE Annual Conference. The call for proposals will be distributed soon.

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