Maguire Ethics Center Faculty Incentive Grants
SMU President R. Gerald Turner declared in his 1995 Inaugural Address that the University is charged with providing “the foundation for what must be an enhanced commitment to provide our students with the bases for identifying and addressing social and ethical issues.” Graduates of SMU should have the technical knowledge to succeed in a globalized economy.
However, SMU graduates should also “be qualified and comfortable in addressing the difficult but crucial ethical issues at the foundation of interpersonal, business, and group behavior.” The faculty concur with this and in the recently enacted curriculum determined that one of the pillars upon which a student’s general education should be based is “Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics.”
To help fulfill SMU’s commitment to ethics education, the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility created the Maguire Ethics Center Faculty Incentive Grant Program. The goals of this program are to
enhance existing ethics courses
develop new ethics courses
develop a research ethics seminar for graduate students
increase faculty publications and research related to the field of ethics.
It is our hope that this program will position SMU as a national leader in interdisciplinary teaching and research of ethics. Further, we hope the new courses and publications will enhance the discussion, reflection, and application of ethical standards and public responsibility among all students.