David Keller 

In Memoriam: Dr. David Richard Keller
Our beloved friend and colleague David Keller passed away on December 28th after fourteen years as Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics. David's generosity and passion for learning were felt by the many students and colleagues who were affected by his extraordinary life. His pioneering work in environmental studies will leave a lasting impact on this emering field. David was a national leader in the Ethics Across the Curriculum movement. He served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum and as editor of the organization's journal, Teaching Ethics. As a public intellectual, David served an important role in facilitating community dialogue on a range of issues including academic freedom, political engagement, educational policy, and environmental stewardship. Along with a good book, spending time in the Utah outdoors with his wife Anina was among David's favorite pastimes. Though he will be sorely missed, his legacy will continue through the affection and devotion of his UVU colleagues. Read Obituary. 
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Schedule of Events:

As of January 1, 2014


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New Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics:

The Center for the Study of Ethics is pleased to announce that Dr. Jon Westover from the Woodbury School of Business has been appointed as the center's new associate director. He will join the staff on July 1st after completing three years of service as the Director of Academic Service Learning. "Jon will be a critical part of shaping the direction of the Ethics Center led so ably by David Keller for fourteen years" said incoming director Brian Birch.

With a Ph.D. in Sociology and an emphasis in organizational behavior and corporate social responsibility, Jon received UVU's Faculty Fellowship in Ethics in 2012-13 and has been active in Ethics Center activities since he began his tenure at UVU. His interdisciplinary scholarship is exceptionally well-suited to the position as the center extends its reach to more areas of campus. Welcome, Jon! Read more... 

The Ethics Center would also like to thank Dr. Kim Bartholomew for her service as associate and interim director, and most especially during this transitional period after the passing of David Keller. We wish her all the best during her upcoming sabbatical.

New Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics:

Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that Brian Birch has been appointed to serve as the Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics. The Center has a long and distinguished history beginning in 1993; and has played an important role in integrating ethics across the UVU curricula and programs, promoting ethical dialogue, practice and research. Over the years the Center has developed several signature programs including Ethics Awareness Week; the Excellence in Ethics Award; the Faculty Summer Seminar (5 days); Environmental Ethics Symposium; the Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics Award; and the Faculty Ethics Fellowship program.

As the Director, Brian will play a key role in charting the future direction of the Center building upon the established success and reputation. In collaboration with departments and faculty, he will craft a plan for the scope of programs and activities of the Center and its potential contribution within the state as well as nationally and internationally. In keeping with its long-term mission, the Center will continue to reach out and involve all areas of the campus and all disciplines.

Brian has a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology, and a master and bachelor degrees in Philosophy. He has held several administrative positions at UVU including Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2008 to 2010), Director of the Religious Studies Program (since 2002), Department Chair of Philosophy and Humanities (2003 to 2006), and as Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics from 1999 to 2006. During this time, Brian established the Utah Democracy Project and served as the founding editor of Teaching Ethics, the journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. His academic specializations include philosophy of religion, ethics education, and comparative religious studies.

After nearly four years of service as Associate Vice President for Engaged Learning, Brian will be returning to the faculty on July 1, 2014 and his appointment as Director will begin at this time.

There is a new face in the Center for the Study of Ethics:

Susanna Garcia is the new program coordinator of the Center for the Study of Ethics.

Susanna was chosen after a competitive job search by a committee chaired by Elaine Englehardt and comprised of Kim Bartholomew, Associate Director of the CSE, Jill Jasperson, former Associate Director of the CSE, and Jessica Awtry, Administrative Support, Office of Engaged Learning.

Susanna graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Social and Behavioral Science and Environmental Studies. Prior to working for UVU, she worked in the non-profit field of international development for 8 years. She has extensive experience on meeting the needs of people and communities in the developing world. Susanna speaks and writes Spanish fluently. She has worked as a Spanish web consultant for an environmental organization which linked people and technology to resources to support urban and community forests. Her humanitarian service has included projects in Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador. Susanna has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, Save our Canyons, Splore, Utah Aids Foundation and Utah Society for Environmental Education.

At a CSE event, please introduce yourself to Susanna and welcome her to the UVU campus!

Faculty Fellows in Ethics

The Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Advisory Committee (EACFAC) is proud to announce the 2013-2014 Faculty Fellows in Ethics: Scott Hatch, Lecturer in English and Literature, as the University Faculty Fellow in Ethics for Liberal Arts and Science and Nancy L. Peterson, Professor of Education, as the University Faculty Fellow in Ethics for the Professions. You can learn more about the Faculty Fellows in Ethics Program here.


Center for the Study of Ethics


The Center for the Study of Ethics is an academic organization serving the campus of Utah Valley University and our Utah County community. The aim of the Ethics Center is to provide a forum in which a variety of ethical issues can be discussed in an atmosphere of openness and impartiality. We seek to promote the Jeffersonian ideal of an educated citizenry by bringing diverse voices together in thoughtful and productive dialogue.

The Center for the Study of Ethics promotes the study of interdisciplinary ethics at UVU by offering regular and special events designed to foster community, student and faculty discussions of ethics.

Our driving philosophy is centered on the belief that ethics is a dimension of academic inquiry rather than an isolated philosophical discipline.

All UVU Ethics Center forums are free and open to the public.

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