Association for

Practical and Professional Ethics

Twenty-third Annual International Conference


Meeting Information


The Twenty-third Annual Meeting convened at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida on February 27 - March 2, 2014.


2014 Annual Conference Program

2014 Annual Conference Abstracts

2014 Annual Conference Photo Gallery


Keynote Speaker

Meet the our Keynote Speaker for the APPE Twenty-third Annual International Conference


Robert F. Chauvin

President of SimplexGrinnell, a division of Tyco International

“The Business Ethics Challenge”

Bob Chauvin was appointed President of Tyco SimplexGrinnell in October 2010. As president, he is the chief executive for an industry-leading $2.5 billion business with 11,000 employees in the United States and Canada. He is responsible SimplexGrinnell’s operations in the United States and for the newly combined Tyco Integrated Fire & Security business in Canada.

Bob has spent 33 years in the life-safety industry with Simplex and SimplexGrinnell. Before assuming the president’s role, he spent six years as the company’s vice president of northern operations. He previously served as chief financial officer and also held leadership roles in business planning and marketing.

Under Bob’s leadership, SimplexGrinnell has delivered strong performance and become a key Tyco business, with a focus on customer satisfaction and consistent year-over-year growth in operating income.

Bob is passionate about SimplexGrinnell’s life-safety mission and about the importance of the company’s commitment to improve the local communities where it does business.  Across SimplexGrinnell, district offices are integrally involved in serving and supporting their communities.

Bob serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, and has helped spearhead SimplexGrinnell’s support for United Way Youth Venture – an innovative, student-led youth leadership and community improvement program. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Heywood Hospital in Gardner, Massachusetts.

Bob received a Tyco Chairman’s Award in 2008 and served for several years on the Tyco Diversity and Inclusion Council.  He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut and a master of business administration degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts.


A Companion Registration Rate

Tandem_bicycle.jpg  APPE offered again a special Companion Registration rate to support APPE members and Annual Meeting attendees who wished to bring a non-APPE member companion with them to the conference.  It was very well received and a number of companions took part in many aspects of the 2014 Annual Meeting. Companion registration also provided access to all of the Annual Meeting program sessions.



Hotel Information



The Twenty-third Annual Meeting convened at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, 225 E Coastline Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32202.  The Hotel supplied meeting attendees with scrumptious food and beverages, that complemented the wonderful warm weather conference attendees were craving from the brutal winter of 2013-14.






Features at the Annual Meeting

Conversation and Networking at the Annual Meeting


The APPE Table Topic Lunches continue to be a great success with topics this year ranging from "How to Improve Teaching and Learning of your Engineering Ethics Class" to "Brain Death Cases: Jahi McMath and Marlise Munoz", to "Marijuana and Philosophy." 

There is never a dull moment when you're involved in table topics such as those!



Ethics Bowl

Eighteenth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm

Ethics Bowl was more competetive than ever, this year!  With growth of the program comes growth in competition!  


On Thursday, Feburary 27, 2014, thirty-two teams of undergraduates, who qualified at the ten regional competitions, battled it out through preliminary rounds, though the semi and quarter finals, until only two teams were left for the final round. 

 Champs U of Montana with Rutland Cup

 Congratulations to the 2014 International IEB Nationals Winner: University of Montana

See our Ethics Bowl link for more information about IEB Nationals, regional competitions in the fall, Ethics Bowl Workshops, and for information about registering Ethics Bowlsm competitors to attend the Annual Meeting.

Colleges and universities across the United States and throughout the world who competed in the IEB's Regional Competitions are invited to enter teams of undergraduate students in the Associations’ Eighteenth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm. Attendance is open to Annual Meeting attendees and the general public.

Thirty-two teams are selected from regional ethics bowls. To enter a team or for more information, please contact: Richard Greene, IEB Executive Board Chair, Weber State University, PH (801)626-6694(801)626-6694. Email; or visit our Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) web page.


Additional Items of Interest from the 2014 Annual Conference

Promoting Research Integrity: A Workshop for Research Faculty and Administrators


This one-day workshop was held Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 10:15 am-4:30 pm.


"It is time to reconsider our approaches to promoting research integrity and dealing with research misconduct and questionable research practices." says Dr. Ken Pimple.


This workshop was interactive and collaborative with a focus on improvement. Three presenters critiqued selected current practices, identified critical shortcomings, and outlined suggestions for improvement. Participants shared their own thoughts about problems and solutions, and challenged and supplemented the presenters' arguments.


David E. Wright, Director of the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, participated in the workshop. The workshop was sponsored by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions-Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Research, and Texas Tech University.

Graduate Seminar on Teaching Practical and Professional Ethics

Deni Elliott, once again, did an outstanding job teaching this seminar for Graduate Students.  The seminar is held in conjunction with the APPE Annual Conference and is generally open only to graduate students. . The Graduate Seminar was held on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

The course is intended for Graduate students who are passionate about teaching ethics and is designed to boost confidence, confront pedagogical issues and provide philosophical comfort.


Deni Elliott, author of Ethics in the First Person and Ethical Challenges will teach the seminar and provide participants free copies of these books. Deni has taught ethics teachers from Kindergarten to mid-career level (and everything in between) in the highly successful Theory and Skills of Ethics Teaching Summer Seminar, in the M.A. in Philosophy, Teaching Ethics Emphasis at the University of Montana, and through various APPE programs. Deni holds the Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy at the University of South Florida. Her current book proposal, New Ethics for New Media, is under review.



Ethics Center Colloquium - Directors Summit

The very successful APPE Ethics Center Colloquium was continued this year with the 2014 Ethics Center Directors Summit at the APPE Twenty third Annual Meeting. It was held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. 

This year’s program was organized by Gretchen Winter from the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society at the College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Kirk Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, who chaired last year’s program chair.

The Summit covered subjects such as Center Mission and Vision Statements, Online Strategies of Ethics Centers: MOOCs, Videos, and Other Educational Offerings, APPE and Campus Ethics Centers: A Partnership in Development, and more. 


APPE Book Resource Room

The APPE Book Resource Room was the 'place to be' at the 2014 APPE Annual International Conference!  Held in the spacious Conference Center A of the Hyatt Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, the room was constantly buzzing with activity, including the new Poster Session at the Annual Conference.  Conference attendees could be found perusing the poster submissions, thumbing through books and journals, discussing sessions at the conversation tables, and enjoying the free beverages and snacks provided by the Association.  It was a wonderful networking hub for attendees and one could always find discussions for planning sessions for the 2015 conference to be held in Costa Mesa, California.

The Annual Conference Opening Reception and Book Resource Room Open House was held in the Book Resource Room on the Thursday evening, February 27, 2014. Sponsored by The APPE Executive Board, the reception was touted as one of the best ever!  Attendees enjoyed sumptuous crab cakes, crudites, carving stations and more.  It was a lovely opportunity for attendees to meet old friends and make new ones, along with engaging in stimulating conversation.

New Poster Session well attended!

The new Poster Session was well attended on Saturday morning in the Book Resource Room.  There were fourteen Poster Submissions that were displayed in the Book Resource Room throughout the conference and conference attendees were able to study each poster in advance of the session and read provided materials from the presenters.  At the session, each presenter was given time to briefly present their poster subject.  After the oral presentations, attendees were able to continue the discussions individually with presenters.  The session was so successful that APPE will continue to offer this submission category at future APPE Annual Conferences.  

Authors Reception

The Authors Reception continues to be a rousing success!  Authors and attendees meet, discuss, sign books and enjoy the stimulating environment.  APPE was proud to host 22 Authors and showcase 17 new works in the field of Ethics.  Please, see the 2014 Authors on the Program page for additional information on the books and their authors.  Also, check out the photo gallery from the 2014 Authors Reception and Book Signing!

Attendees were able to have more interaction with individual authors during the Author Meets the Critics and Lunch with and Authors sessions offered throughout the APPE Annual Conference schedule.  If you have a new works in ethics, please consider sharing it at an upcoming APPE Annual International Conference.  


On Friday evening, March 1, 2014, the Book Resource Room was pleased to award four $50 gift cards donated by Cambridge Scholars Press as door prizes for those in attendance at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet.

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