Association for

Practical and Professional Ethics

Twenty-fifth Annual International Conference


Conference Information

 The information provided pertains to the 2016 Annual Conference. Information for the 2017 Annual Conference will be provided within the next few months.

Join the APPE Membership in celebrating:

February 2016



The Twenty-fifth Annual Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel in Reston, Virginia on February 18 - 21, 2016.



The Twenty-fifth Annual Conference, open to Association members and nonmembers, capitol-building-washington-dcLarge.jpgwelcomed persons from various disciplines and professions for discussion of common concerns in practical and professional ethics. The meeting provided an opportunity to meet practitioners, professionals and scholars who share your interests. The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics was founded in 1991 to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching of high quality in practical and professional ethics by educators and practitioners who appreciate the practical-theoretical aspects of their subjects. The Association facilitates communication and joint ventures among centers, schools, colleges, business and nonprofit organizations and individuals concerned with the interdisciplinary study and teaching of practical and professional ethics. The Association is also the sponsor of the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl held at the Annual Meeting, the 10 Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowls, the International Two Year College Ethics Bowl and the National High School Ethics Bowl held under its auspices.


Registration is now open!  Please, see the Annual Conference Registration page to complete your registration.


The complete 2016 APPE Preliminary Program is available.  Please, click on the following link to open the Preliminary Program in PDF:

APPE Preliminary Program PDF


Join the APPE Listserv to get the most current information about the 2016 Annual Conference!  Contact the APPE office at to join!


Please, see the list of Important Deadlines at the bottom of this page for specific submission deadlines.

The information provided pertains to the 2016 Annual Conference. Information for the 2017 Annual Conference will be provided within the next few months.

Keynote Speaker


The  Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH

Vice Chairman

National Transportation Safety Board

Keynote Address

"The Everyday Ethics of Disaster: Before, During, and After Transportation Accidents at the NTSB"

Friday, February 19, 2016; 11:00 a.m. - Noon

For more information on the Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, please see the following page:  Keynote Speaker

Additional information regarding our Keynote speaker, including the title of her address, will be sent to the APPE Listserv, as soon as it is available. 

To subscribe to the APPE Listserv, contact the APPE Offices at or 812-855-6450.

For more information on the 2015 Annual Conference keynote speaker, please follow the link below:



Ethics Center Directors Summit

The 2016 Ethics Center Directors Summit was held on Thursday, February 18, 2016, in conjunction with the Twenty-fifth Annual Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.  Information can be found on the Ethics Center Directors Summit page and was announced through the APPE Listserv.

To subscribe to the APPE Listserv, contact the APPE Offices at or 812-855-6450.

For more information on last year's 2015 Ethics Center Directors Summit, click on the link below:

2015 Ethics Center Directors Summit



Special Lunch Programs on Friday

Special Lunch Programs - Friday, February 19, 2016

12:00 Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon – The Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr


Business Ethics Luncheon

Craig_Cash.jpgCraig Cash

Director, Mission Systems and Training - Ethics & Business Conduct

Director, Ethics Corporate Investigations, Lockheed Martin



Bioethics and Research Ethics Luncheon


Christine Grady, MSN, Ph.D.

Chief, Department of Bioethics

Head, Section on Human Subjects Research, National Institutes of Health

Clinical Center Senior Staff, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


 For more information on Christine Grady, see: Special Programs at the Annual Conference

Annual Conference Program Tracks for 2016

The 2016 Program Tracks are available on the Annual Conference Program Tracks webpage.  These tracks include Bioethics, Business Ethics, Education Ethics, Engineering, Science and Technology Ethics, Empirical Ethics, Journalism and Media Ethics, and Law and Society Ethics

Announcements regarding programming in these tracks were sent to the APPE Listserv.


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Annual Conference Saturday Social Hour

The Third Annual Saturday Social Hour occured on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7 pm.  The cost for attendance was $15.  The Association provided some light hors d'oeuvres and attendees are encouraged to purchase refreshments of their choosing.  In addition, the opportunity to make reservations and stay for dinner, are also encouraged!

Information on venue (or any additional details) were advertised through the APPE Listserv.  Be sure to purchase your ticket with your registration, as space is limited! 


A Companion Registration Rate


 APPE offers a special Companion Registration rate to support APPE members and Annual Meeting attendees who wish to bring a non-APPE member companion with them to the conference. Restrictions DO apply.  Please, see below.

Located in the thriving heart of Reston Town Center, the Hyatt Regency Reston is surroundedUS-Capitol-Mall-2.jpeg by the beauty of Virginia, as well as plenty of retail stores, restaurants and even a movie theater!  This luxurious 4-Diamond hotel is the only 4-Diamond property in all of Reston, Virginia. 


Located 18 miles west of Washington, DC, this hotel offers easy access to the Nation's Capital and historic attractions, by way of the nearby Washington METRO station.  While attendees are busy in sessions, families can visit numerous wonderful sites of some of our Washington-Monument-Above-Trees.jpgNation's most historic moments.  Visit the National Museums on mall, or the Library of Congress!  Extend your time in the area and booke a Tour to some of the wonders the area has to offer.  

Companion registration also provides access to all of the Annual Meeting program sessions including the Keynote Address.




The $50.00 APPE Companion Registration rate is for non-APPE members and those not working as an ethics educator, researcher, or professional who attend the Annual Meeting with a registered participant. Please contact the APPE Office if you have any questions regarding eligibility for the companion registration rate: phone: 812.855.6450 or email at

To register someone as a companion, please access our online payment portal and click the on the Participation Fees section:  Please, click here to access our online payment portal.

If you prefer to pay by check, please contact the APPE office at 812.855.6450 or



Submissions are invited on ethical issues in various fields (e.g., public administration, law, the environment, accounting, engineering, computer science, research ethics, business, medicine, health care, journalism, higher education) and on issues that cut across professions. Special consideration will be given to topics that deal with ethical issues which cut across at least two disciplines or professions and are co-authored by persons from different disciplines. Teaching demonstrations, discussion of moral education, and presentations on ethics curriculum development are welcome.submissions.JPG You do not need to be a member of the Association to make a submission. Submissions will be considered in the following categories: 1) Formal Papers or Individual Presentations; 2) Panel Discussions 3) Pedagogical Demonstrations for Teaching Ethics; 4) Case Study Presentation and Discussion, 5) Poster Presentations 6) Creative Arts Presentations 7) Author Meets the Critics; 8) Lunch with an Author. You may submit materials in more than one category. In practice, one individual submission per person will be accepted, with the exception of Lunch with an Author and Author Meets the Critics.

Authors - please note -  Contact the APPE offices if you have a current publication in Ethics or a related subject. In addition, let us know if you would like your book considered for a Lunch with Author or Author Meets the Critics session.

Please, see the Submission Instructions page and the Special Paper Competitions page for additional information. 

The information provided pertains to the 2016 Annual Conference. Information for the 2017 Annual Conference will be provided within the next few months.

Please, see the list of Important Deadlines at the bottom of this page for specific submission deadlines.

2016 APPE Submission Form - Fillable

2016 Submission Form - Non Fillable - Print, fill, and scan

NOTE: The Submission Form email link is not working for some colleagues with different versions of Adobe or who do not use Microsoft Outlook.  Please, try to either save the form to your desktop or print it to a pdf and attach it to your email.

Once accepted, an 2016 APPE Audiovisual Needs Form must be submitted by January 8, 2016. Please complete and submit the form, even if there are NO audiovisual needs.

Note: Any AV requests not given by the AV deadline of January 8, 2016 cannot be guaranteed.  AV forms must be turned in prior to the deadline to secure the desired equipment.  Changes/additions will not be accepted after the deadline nor on site (at the Annual Meeting.)


Hotel Information

Hyatt_in_Daytime.jpgThe Twenty-fifth Annual Conference was held at the Haytt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia: 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, Virgina 20190.

Take advantage of the hotel's complimentary shuttle to and from Dulles Airport.   The shuttle runs every hour from 6am to 10pm, Monday through Friday and 7am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The pick-up and drop-off point will be at curbs 2A and 2H, adjacent to the lower level baggage claim level. Return shuttle transportation from the hotel departs on the :45 beginning at 5:45am Monday-Friday and 6:45am Saturday & Sunday.  For more information please call the concierge at 1 (703) 709-1234 x51


Transportation Information

The hotel offers a complementary shuttle to and from the Dulles Airport.  The shuttle runs every hour from 6am to 10pm, Monday through Friday and 7am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. 


For additional transportation option, please see the Hotel Information page.


Features at the Annual Conference

Conversation and Networking at the Annual Conference

The Table Topic Lunches at the Annual Conference have become an attendee favorite!  At these lunches, we identify tables for informal conversation around topics of special interest. Topics may be on any area conversations_annual_cong.JPGof practical and professional ethics including such areas as current ethical issues in the news, ideas on how best to teach an area of practical ethics, career options and advancement, or new uses and abuses of technology in the classroom or workplace. Please send us an email, or notify us on your registration, if you would like to lead a specific table topic. If you are interested in participating in a Lunch Table Topic discussion, be sure to buy a lunch ticket in advance for the Friday and/or Saturday topic lunch. We will notify attendees through our Listserv of the topics that will be taking place, in the weeks prior to the conference. Tables will also be available for those who prefer impromptu discussion.

The Lunch Table Topics joins our long established and highly successful Lunch with Author.  We also have additional lunch offerings on Friday, including a lunch with our Keynote Speaker and a Business Ethics or bioethics lunch (depending on the keynote speaker topic.)


Ethics Bowl

Twentieth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm

Ethics Bowl is a team competition that combines the excitement and fun of a competitive game with an innovative approach to education in practical and professional ethics. The 2016 IEB national competition was the first competition taking place with the new schedule of Sunday.  On Sunday, February 21, 2016, thirty two teams of undergraduates who qualify at ten regional competitions participated in the Nineteenth National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Competition.


IMG_7333.jpg See our Ethics Bowl link for more information about the February 22nd competition; for information about the regional competitions in the fall; 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.

For competitors who wish to also attend the Association’s Annual Conference, the Association pays the Annual Conference registration fee for the first 70 actively competing Ethics Bowl team members who register for the Annual Meeting, provided that they register for the Annual Meeting before January 8, 2016.

Thirty-two teams were 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. Email; or visit our Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) web page.


More Pages of Interest for the Annual Conference

Graduate Seminar on Teaching Practical and Professional Ethics

Ethics Center Colloquium

Media Ethics Division Meeting

Author Meets the Critics and Lunch with and Author

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Important Deadlines


  • September 25  Book Sumbissions Due *Extended to October 16!*
  • September 25  Program Submissions Due (Except for Special Paper Competition submissions) *Extended to October 16!*
  • November 3   Paper Competition Submissions
  • November 30 End of Early Bird Registration
  • December     Notification of Program Presenters
  • January 8      Deadline for Audio Visual Request Forms
  • January 8    National IEB Team Registration ends
  • January 8    Publisher Ads deadline
  • January 18    End of On-Time Registration
  • January 28    Hotel Reservations deadline
  • February 2   Meal Reservations with Payment deadline

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