Regular Events

Ethics Forum for Faculty Research

This series showcases faculty research on interdisciplinary ethics across campus. The series is generally held six times per academic year, on the first Tuesday of September, October, November, February, March, and April from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Ethics Awareness Week

Held annually the last full week of September, Ethics Awareness Week explores the moral dimensions of numerous disciplines and topics through a series of panel discussions and other events. The week also contains the keynote addresses of the University Faculty Fellows in Ethics, the Excellence in Ethics Award, the Ethics and Public Policy Symposium, and the Philosophy Colloquium on Ethical Theory.

Excellence in Ethics Award and Address

The Excellence in Ethics Award is presented annually by the President of UVU and the community advisory board of the Center for the Study of Ethics. The award is presented to an individual who demonstrates a sustained commitment to ethics at the community level to make the world a better place. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President.

Past recipients have been:

Michael Zimmerman (1994), Irene Fisher (1995), Delmont Oswald, director of the Utah Humanities Council (1996), Jay Jacobsen (1997), Karen Ashton (1998), Omar Kader (1999), His Holiness the Dalai Lama (2000, awarded May 2001), Pamela Atkinson, homeless advocate (2001), Bill Pope (2002), Jon Huntsman Sr. (2003), Michael K. Young (2004, awarded March 2005), Kim Clark (2005, awarded March 2006), J. P. Lilly (2006), David Dominguez (2007), Christine M. Durham (2008), Brent S. Crane, executive director of the Food and Care Coalition in Provo (2009), David Irvine, public interest litigator and policy reform activist (2010), Kay A. Lindsay, fourth district juvenile court judge (2011), Kerry D. Romesburg, president of Jacksonville University and former president of Utah Valley State College (2012), and Allen Alexander, chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Salt Lake (2013).

Annual Ethics and Public Policy Symposium

This symposium is convened during Ethics Awareness Week to explore the ethical dimensions of a timely and relevant public policy issue, including business and medical ethics.

Conference by the Faculty

During the third week of January, the Conference by the Faculty provides a forum for UVU faculty to present papers and lead discussion.

Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics Award and Address

Established by the family of Kirk Englehardt, the Business Ethics Award and Address honors a Utah businessperson who integrates ethics into business practice. The event is co-sponsored by the Woodbury School of Business.

Past recipients have been:

Patricia Werhane, Rruffin professor of business ethics at Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia (2004); Kim Clark, president of Brigham Young University–Idaho and former dean of Harvard School of Business (2006); Joel C. Peterson, lecturer in business at Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (2007); Jeanette Lynton, founder and CEO of Close to My Heart Corporation (2008); Orin Richards Woodbury, former president and CEO of Woodbury Corporation (2009); Dave Ulrich, professor of business at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and co-founder of the RBL Group (2010); Timothy P. Stratford, assistant U.S. trade representative for China affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President (2011); Omar Kader, founder and chairman of Pal-Tech and chairman of the Middle East Policy Council in Washington (2012), and Peter Metcalf, CEO and president of Black Diamond Equipment (2013).

Environmental Ethics Symposium

Held during the first week of April to commemorate John Muir's birthday, the Environmental Ethics Symposium explores the complex relationship between humans and nature.

Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Summer Seminar

During the third full week of May, faculty from across campus get together every afternoon for 5 days to study an interdisciplinary ethics topic with a renowned visiting scholar.