Association for

Practical and Professional Ethics

Twenty-fourth Annual International Conference


Conference Information

The Twenty-fourth Annual Conference was held at the Hilton Orange County, Costa Mesa Hotel in Costa Mesa, California on February 19 - 22, 2015.


Click here for the Twenty-fourth Annual Conference Program.


Click here for the Twenty-fourth Annual Conference Abstracts.


Keynote Speaker



Stephen M. Gardiner, Ph.D.

Keynote Address 11:00 a.m. – Noon

Book Signing - A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change

Keynote Luncheon in Honor of Stephen M. Gardiner, Ph.D. 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Stephen M. Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are ethical theory, political philosophy and environmental ethics. His research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics.



Steve is the author of A Perfect Moral Storm: the Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change (Oxford, 2011), the coordinating co-editor of Climate Ethics: Essential Readings (Oxford, 2010), and the editor of Virtue Ethics: Old and New (Cornell, 2005). His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy and Public Affairs.

Steve has published on a diverse range of topics including intergenerational justice, the ethics of geoengineering, the precautionary principle, climate justice, Aristotle’s account of the reciprocity of the virtues, Seneca’s approach to virtuous moral rules, and Socrates’ political philosophy. He is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook on Environmental Ethics with Allen Thompson of Oregon State University.


Hotel Information

 The Twenty-third Annual Meeting convened at the beautiful Costa Mesa Hilton,3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. The hotel offered a complementary shuttle to and from the John Wayne Airport (SNA). Guests enjoyed their beautiful outdoor pool or their relaxing hot tub as well as wonderful refreshments and meals throughout the meeting.



Features at the Twenty-fourth Annual Meeting


Ethics Center Directors Summit

The 2015 Ethics Center Directors Summit was held on Thursday and included a variety of interactive panels and sessions.

Click here to view an overview, agenda and Photos of the 2015 Summit.

Here’s an overview of the interactive program that the APPE Ethics Center Director Summit Organizing Committee curated--

  • Strategy and Purpose
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Positioning an Ethics Center for Successful Fundraising
  • The Role of a Campus Ethics Center when Campus Ethics Challenges Arise

2015 Annual Conference Program Tracks

Bioethics Program Track

Business Ethics Program Track

Education Ethics Track

Empirical Ethics Track

Engineering, Science, and Technology Track

Law and Society Track

Media and Journalism Track

Moral Theory Track

Research Ethics Track


Special Tracks for 2015:

Animal Rights and Ethics Track

Climate Change and Environmental Ethics Track



2015 Authors on the Program

Follow the link below to see a list of the Authors on the Program and their publications that were featured:

2015 Authors on the Program


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 was open for the first time not only to graduate students, but also those who have been teaching practical ethics for less than three years. The Graduate Seminar was held on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

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.

Second Annual Saturday Night Social Hour


This second annual event is a real crowd pleaser and was well attended!  The social hour was held at the Bristol Palms Pizza Lounge at the Hilton Costa Mesa. 

Attendees enjoyed having a chance to meet up and enjoy some pizza appetizers, while they discussed some of the sessions from the conference.  Some could even be heard planning their trip for next year!  We hope they will enjoy the Third Annual APPE Social Hour with us at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston,Virginia! 

Ethics Bowl at the Conference

The Association had the pleasure of hosting both the IEB and the Two Year Ethics Bowl competitions, at the Conference this year.

The Two Year College Ethics Bowl commenced on Thursday, February 19th, with nine teams.  

Congratulations to the 2015 Two Year Ethics Bowl Champions - Harper College!

Harper College - 2015 Two Year College Ethics Bowl Champion

Additional information and photos can be found at the following links:

2015 Two Year College Ethics Bowl Competition

2015 Two Year College Ethics Bowl Photos

The Nineteenth International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Championship was held on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Hilton Costa Mesa Hotel, Costa Mesa, California in conjunction with the 2015 APPE Annual Conference.  Thirty-two teams competed from across the nation, who were given top honors in their regions.

Congratulations to Taylor University - Nineteenth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Champions!


For more information about the IEB championship and photos, see the following links:

2015 - Team Photos

2015 - Nineteenth International IEB Nationals Photos

2015 - Nineteenth International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Nationals

Spread the News

APPE entered the'Twitterverse' this year by initiating a live tweet campaign at the 2015 Annual Conference.  Plans are underway to have scheduled tweet sessions on current topics in Ethics, throughout the year.  If you are interested in hosting or participating in this social media campaign, please contact the APPE office at or 812-855-6450.


Follow us on Twitter @APPEonline where we live tweeted throughout the conference.  #APPE2015

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