About APPE

Established in 1991, the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to advancing scholarship, education, and practice in practical and professional ethics.  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 Programs & Services

    • Annual International Conference offering over 100 sessions and bringing together more than 400 students, academic faculty, researchers, and other professionals for a 3-day educational and networking event

    • APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl® program:  12 U.S. based regionals engaging nearly 200 participating student teams from approximately 150 institutions of higher learning with a national competition held annually

    • Summer APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl® Workshop

    • Connection to colleagues within special ethics interest sections (bioethics, business, education, law/government/military, RISE: Research Integrity Scholars Education, social and societal, and STEM)

    • Listserv of nearly 2,000 colleagues interested in ethics

    • Support for early career faculty and researchers

 

Mission Statement

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

Through its programming and multidisciplinary membership, APPE supports and trains the next generation of ethics faculty and professionals, works to improve ethical conduct in our communities and workplaces, and advances public dialogue in ethics and values.  

Our Commitment to Racial Justice and Equity

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) is committed to furthering public dialogue in ethics and advancing ethical conduct among all professions. Following the killings of Black Americans George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many, many others, APPE reaffirms these commitments and acknowledges its moral obligation to be a voice for the values of equity, solidarity, and social justice.

To that end, we call upon every individual to stand firmly against the entrenched and unethical systems of racial oppression and discrimination.

We ask professional organizations, businesses, and employers to actively move beyond a written code of ethical conduct and engage in the hard work to institutionalize the cultural shirts needed to transform those words into daily professional behavior. We implore the law enforcement community, especially, to take immediate and visible action to inculcate the highest ethical standards among all of its professionals to stop police violence.

Our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives to structural racism.