Association for

Practical and Professional Ethics

Twenty-fourth Annual International Conference


Conference Information


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


The Twenty-fourth Annual Conference, open to Association members and nonmembers, welcomes persons from various disciplines and professions for discussion of common concerns in practical and professional ethics. The meeting 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 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.


2015 Annual Conference Call for Papers

The 2015 Annual Conference Call for Papers was released on August 7, 2014.  Please click on the following link to view the official Call for Papers:

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

Keynote Speaker

 The Association is currently in negotiations with possible candidates to deliver the 2015 Annual Conference Keynote address.  Additional information will follow, in the coming months, and an announcement will be made to the APPE listserv, once the decision is finalized.


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.

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa is a refreshing hotel in the heart of Orange County, California The Disneyland.jpghotel is close to a multitude of attractions, shopping, and more. Costa Mesa, offers visitors the best of Southern Californian living, with proximity to miles of beaches, art museums, performance venues, and a vibrant nightlife. Not to mention Disneyland! 

Disneyland, known as "the happiest place on earth," has been delighting visitors of all ages for almost 60 years, yet it remains as fresh and current as the day it opened to the public. Comprised of two theme parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, plus Downtown Disney, Disneyland Resort is a premier destination for visitors from all over the world.   

While conference attendees are in meetings, Orange County, California will offer families and guests numerous opportunities for entertainment and enlightenment.  Considered California's playground, you will never run out of places to visit or things to do. Additional theme parks are available, as well as shopping, sporting events, and cultural opportunities. 

Leave the snow and ice, and head to the beach! The average temperatures for Southern California in February are in the 70s and with the low annual rainfall for the area, we're sure to have lovely weather to do some exploring. 

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


The $40.00 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 Participation Fees block:  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. 

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

2015 APPE Submission Form

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 2015 APPE Audiovisual Needs Form must be submitted by January 9, 2015. 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, 2015 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

Hilton_Orange_County_Costa_Mesa.jpgThe Twenty-fourth Annual Conference will convene at the Hilton Orange County/Cosa Mesa Hotell, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

The hotel has a complementary shuttle to and from the John Wayne Airport (SNA).  When you depart, notify the front desk with the time that you'll need a pick-up. 

Be sure to bring yoru swimming suit to enjoy their beautiful outdoor pool or their relaxing hot tub.  They also have a fully equipped workout facility and many walking and running areas, nearby.


For reservations, call 714.540.7000. Identify yourself with the Hilton_OC_Sleeping_room_2.jpgAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics to receive the meeting room rate of $149 single or double plus tax per night. Note: The deadline for hotel reservations at the meeting rate is January 28, 2015.




Transportation Information

The hotel offers a complementary shuttle to and from the John Wayne Airport (SNA).  The shuttle operates from 5:30am to 11:15 pm, everyday.  When you depart, notify the front desk with the time that you'll need a pick-up. 

Taxi service is available, if preferred.  Please, contact the APPE office, if you would like additional information on taxi service.



Registration is now open!

Please, click here to access the Registration link.

Click here for the Registration Fee Chart.



You may choose to pay online using our secure payment gateway, or send your payment by check or wire. No matter your form of payment, your registration will be saved and you will get an instant confirmation/invoice by email. You will be able to update your registration at a later date with specific meeting and meal selections. Simply keep track of your original confirmation email to re-enter the registration site and update your record.



Members will need to have a current membership to utilize the Member registration rate.  If you have not renewed your membership for the 2014-15 Membership year, and continue with registration, you will be invoiced for your Membership amount.

Please Note:  When you register with the online link, you will only be registering for the meeting (not renewing your membership.) Please, make sure that you have updated your APPE Membership to register at the membership rate.  Members who have lapsed memberships at the time of Registration will be invoiced for their Membership Renewal.

ALL INDIVIDUALS ON THE PROGRAM ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A PAID REGISTRATION, unless specifically notified or arranged by the APPE offices.  All presenters must have paid for their registration prior to the Opening Reception of the Annual Meeting.  Participants who have not paid for their registration will not be allowed to submit for future Annual Meeting Programs and will be invoiced for the registration amount. 


Registration Fees

Registration fees are not required with submissions, but are due two weeks after you have received notification of acceptance of your submission. Please note that persons on the program are expected to pay the registration fee prior to the Opening Reception of the Annual Conference; this includes panelists on group presentations.  Early registration ends November 28, 2014. Persons paying after January 16, 2015 will pay the late registration fee.


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

Nineteenth 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 upcoming IEB national competition will be the first competition taking place with the new schedule of Sunday.  On Sunday, February 22, 2015, thirty two teams of undergraduates who qualify at ten regional competitions will participate in the Nineteenth National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Competition.


IMG_1450.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 will pay 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, 2015.

Thirty-two teams will be 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.


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

Information for Publishers

Important Deadlines

  • October 10    Author Book Sumbissions Due
  • October 17    Program Submissions Due (except for Author Books and Paper Competitions)
  • November 3   Paper Competition Submissions Due
  • November 28 End of Early Bird Registration
  • December     Notification of Program Presenters
  • January 9      Deadline for Audio Visual Request Forms
  • January 9      National Ethics Bowl Team Registration ends
  • January 9      Publisher Ads deadline
  • January 16    End of On-Time Registration
  • January 28    Hotel Reservations deadline
  • February 4    Meal Reservations with Payment deadline

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Important Deadlines



  • October 10    Author Book Submissions -
  • October 17    Program Submissions (For everything but Book Submissions and Special Paper Competitions)
  • November 3   Paper Competition Submissions
  • November 28 End of Early Bird Registration
  • December     Notification of Program Presenters
  • January 9      Deadline for Audio Visual Request Forms
  • January 9    National Ethics Bowl Team Registration ends
  • January 9    Publisher Ads deadline
  • January 16    End of On-Time Registration
  • January 28    Hotel Reservations deadline 
  • February 4   Meal Reservations with Payment deadline