History of the Institute

The Ethics Institute was established in 1982 by a group of Dartmouth faculty who were concerned about issues in applied and professional ethics.  The Institute exists to foster the study and teaching of ethics, broadly construed, throughout the Dartmouth community through various public programming, workshops, fellowships, and funding for research and teaching.

Endowment Funds

Roger S. Aaron '64 TU'65 Fund for Ethics in Law and Business

Roger S. Aaron '64 a longtime partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom helped orchestrate some of the biggest mergers of the past several decades, notably the unions of Exxon and Mobil and Alcatel and Lucent. The Aaron fund sponsors an annual lecture.

Established in 2014

Hans ’80 and Kate Morris Fund for the Ethics Institute

The purpose of the Morris Fund is to support the Institute and its commitment to foster the study and teaching of ethics. This fund endows the Director's named title.

Established in 2005

The Battle Family Fund for Ethics Across the Curriculum

The Battle Family Fund, established by A. George “Skip” Battle, Class of 1966, is designed to support the Ethics Institute's Ethics Across the Curriculum initiative. This fund will be used to help educate faculty in an intellectual overview of ethical theory, practical insight into pedagogical tools, and ultimately inspire ways for faculty to incorporate and potentially address ethical questions through case studies and research articles into liberal arts courses and courses in the professional schools. This fund will support programming, speakers, seminars and other related activities that add value to the Ethics Across the Curriculum initiative.

Established in 2004

The Dorsett Fellowship

The Dorsett Fellowship was established when the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation, in conjunction with Research Corporation Technologies, made a significant donation in honor of Burt Dorsett ’53, establishing an endowed fund. The purpose of the Dorsett fund is to honor the exemplary business career of Burt Dorsett by bringing practitioners of ethics (business leaders, physicians, engineers, etc.) and/or scholars of ethics to the Dartmouth campus. The Dorsett Fellows have provided public lectures, guest lecturers in college courses, participated in faculty working groups, and spent time pursuing their own research while on campus.

Established in 2001

The Irwin L. Facher '61 Family Fund

The Facher Endowment Fund provides general support for the activities of the Ethics Institute.

Established in 1997

The Ernest Behrens Sr. Director's Discretionary Endowment Fund

The Ethics Institute received an endowment gift from Ernest R. Behrens D'58, T'60 made in honor of his father who "taught me more about business and the ethics of business than anyone". The Ernest Behrens, Sr. Director's Discretionary Endowment Fund for the Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics will provide the Director of the Ethics Institute with the resources to initiate new programs and enhance the on-going efforts of the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth.

Established in 1995

The Hill Blackett 1972 Fund in Ethics

The Ethics Institute received an endowment gift from Hill Blackett III '72 to help support the study of ethics at Dartmouth College. Income from the fund helps to underwrite the costs for faculty to develop ethics components for their courses, to conduct scholarship and research on issues of particular concern as well as other activities proposed by the director of the ethics institute. The sponsorship of conferences and visiting speakers, grants in support of student projects, and the acquisition of instructional materials and equipment exemplify some of the uses to which this fund may be put. This investment in Dartmouth is intended to ensure that the College continues at the forefront of American higher education and that its students are prepared for the challenges and opportunities they will meet as they assume positions of leadership.

Established in 1995

The Dewey B. Crawford '63 Forum Fund in Professional Ethics

The Crawford Endowment Fund for Forums in Professional Ethics will provide the Director of the Ethics Institute with a flexible resource to support the costs of a variety of campus-based forums. As endowment income accumulates, the focus will shift from forums featuring local participants to national-scale forums involving eminent participants discussing major ethical challenges facing their profession. This endowment will underwrite the costs of planning and advertising the program, and, where needed, would cover travel costs and honoraria for invited speakers.

Established in 1995

The Sally Palm Parkinson Fund for Fora in Applied and Professional Ethics

Established by Roger P. Parkinson '63, The Sally Palm Parkinson Fund for Fora in Applied and Professional Ethics is an endowment whose income will sponsor an annual forum involving Dartmouth faculty, students, and other local participants for the purpose of exploring general acceptance systems, rules, principles and guidance which business and other organizations live by in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Established in 1995

The Thomas D. Sayles, Jr. '54 Endowment Fund for Faculty and Student Research in Business and Organizational Ethics

Thanks to the generosity of Thomas D. Sayles, the Ethics Institute has funds to foster multidisciplinary research by faculty and students in challenging issues in business and organizational ethics. Such research will focus on the responsibilities of professionals in profit and not-for-profit organizations, including such matters as the role of loyalty and confidentiality in organizational settings, the meaning of conflict of interest, managing responsibilities to different organizational "stockholders," and the implementation and encouragement of diversity in a changing business environment.

Established in 1994

The Phillips, Samuels Victor Fund

The Phillips, Samuels Victor Fund began as The Helen and Louis Phillips Memorial Fund in 1990. The fund was established by Gerald F. Phillips '47, Tuck '47 and Howard W. Phillips '51, Tuck '52 in honor of their parents and by Stacy D. Phillips '80 in memory of her grandparents, Helen and Louis Phillips. The Phillips, Samuels Victor Fund sponsors an annual competition for undergraduates and supports undergraduate student research grants and internships.

The Phillips Award in Applied and Professional Ethics is presented annually to an undergraduate student from Dartmouth College who has successfully demonstrated strength and interest in applied and professional ethics. Work may be in specific areas, such as medical or legal ethics, or in the broader arena of ethics applied to public life. While selection of the recipient is usually based on written work produced during the relevant year, other evidence of interest or work in applied and professional ethics is also considered.

Established in 1990