Association for

Practical and Professional Ethics

Twenty-sixth Annual International Conference




Conference Information

The Twenty-sixth Annual Conference will be held at the Westin Dallas Park Central Hotel in Dallas, Texas on February 23 - 26, 2017.



The Twenty-sixth Annual Conference is open to Association members and nonmembers and welcomes persons from various disciplines and professions for discussion of common concerns in practical and professional ethics. The conference provides 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 Conference, the 10 Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowls, the International Two Year College Ethics Bowl and the National High School Ethics Bowl held under its auspices.


The 2017 APPE Preliminary Program is now available.  Please, remember that changes may occur between now and the final printing of the Official Conference Program.  Please, verify all information with the Program publication and the conference reader boards.

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 2017 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.


Keynote Speaker

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Brian Williams, M.D., FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Saturday, February 25, 2017; 11:00 a.m. - Noon


Additional information regarding our Keynote speaker, including the title of his 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.


Ethics Center Directors Summit

The 2017 Ethics Center Directors Summit will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, in conjunction with the Twenty-sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. 

The agenda for the Summit is now available at the following link: Ethics Center Directors Summit 


Annual Conference Program Tracks for 2017

The 2017 Program Tracks are in the process of being updated on the Program Track page and being sent out to the Listserv, as they have been completed. Please, find the Program Tracks at the following link: Program Tracks  

These tracks include Bioethics, Business Ethics, Education Ethics, Engineering, Science and Technology Ethics, Empirical Ethics, Journalism and Media Ethics, and Law and Society Ethics. 

Special Program Topics for the 2017 Conference are:  Aging, Ethics Compliance, and Developing Culture of Ethics in Small, Medium, and Large Businesses.



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Annual Conference Saturday Social Hour

The Annual Saturday Social Hour will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7 pm.  The cost for attendance is $15 and tickets can be purchased through your registration.  The Association will provide 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) will be 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.

The Westin Dallas Park Central is located in the beautiful North Dallas district.  It is in close proximity to two premier Dallas shopping destinations, NorthPark Center and Galleria Dallas.  North_Dallas_at_night.jpgThe hotel offers a complimentary shuttle within a five mile radius of the hotel, which includes the stunning Dallas Arts District filled with museums and cultural activities and is the largest urban arts district in the country.  


Big things are always taking place in Dallas.  There are various entertainment and cultural districts around Dallas. While attendees are busy in sessions, families can visit numerous wonderful museums or catch a game or concert at the American Airlines Center.  Dallas offers no shortage of things to do and see!

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





The $75.00 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



(Submission acceptance has been closed)


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.

Special Notice:

Submissions will be accepted through EasyChair.  Please, click on the following link to be directed to the APPE Submission page: APPE EasyChair.

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


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

2017 APPE Submission Form - Fillable (for Book Submissions only)

(AV Oder acceptance is closed)

Once accepted, an 2017 APPE Audiovisual Needs Form must be submitted by January 9, 2017. 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 9, 2017 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


The Twenty-sixth Annual Conference is being held at the Westin Dallas Park Central in Dallas, Texas: 12720 Merit Drive, Dallas, Texas 75251.

The Westin Dallas Park Central Hotel features an outdoor pool, in-room spa treatments, and newly transformed guestrooms. Experience unprecedented services available to all our guests. Our staff is waiting to assist your every need. If you would like to dine in the privacy of your own room, our room service is available 24 hours a day. For your added convenience, our bell staff offers complimentary shuttle transportation within a five-mile radius of the hotel.




Transportation Information

The Westin Dallas Park Central is located just 15 minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), the world's third busiest international airport serving 135 domestic markets and 38 international markets. Major airlines include: American, Delta, Continental, Northwest, United, AirTran, British Airways and US Airways in addition to six low-cost carriers offering services throughout the U.S.

Close to downtown and just 18 minutes from the hotel, Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) is home to Southwest Airlines, offering over 130 direct and connecting flights daily to destinations across the country. In addition to Southwest Airlines, Continental Express and American Airlines also serve the airport. Taxis are readily available at the ground transportation area outside the airport, at designated taxi cab stations.

The hotel is a quick five-minute drive from the nearest municipal light rail station, offering direct access to downtown Dallas. DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) offers locals and visitors nearly 45 miles of light rail and 120 routes by bus transit providing frequent transportation to locations throughout the city.

If you'd rather be driven door-to-door without worries, Yellow Checker Shuttle provides easy transport from the airport as well as the option of chartered transportation for your every need.


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.)


More Pages of Interest for the Annual Conference


Graduate and Early Career Scholars' Seminar in Teaching Ethics

Ethics Center Colloquium

Media Ethics Division Meeting

Author Meets the Critics and Lunch with and Author

Ethics Bowl



Twenty-first 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 2017 IEB national competition will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017.  On Sunday, thirty six teams of undergraduates who qualify at eleven regional competitions will participate in the International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Competition.


IMG_7333.jpg See our Ethics Bowl link for more information about the upcoming February 26th 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’ Twenty-first International 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 9, 2017.

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.



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Important Deadlines

  • November 28 End of Early Bird Registration
  • December     Notification of Program Presenters
  • January 9      Deadline for Audio Visual Request Forms
  • January 9    National IEB Team Registration ends
  • January 20    Publisher Ads deadline
  • January 23    End of On-Time Registration
  • February 1    Hotel Reservations deadline
  • February 6   Meal Reservations with Payment deadline

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