Hoffberger Center Resources and Opportunities
- Hoffberger Ethics Library and Ethics Resources
- Catherine Gira Excellence in Ethics Award
- Hoffberger Ethics Fellowship
- Student Positions and Awards
- Faculty Grants
- Lectures and Talks by Center Staff
The mission of the Hoffberger Ethics Library is to create a proactive information network in ethics that enriches the community, promotes ethical literacy and engagement, supports the mission of the Hoffberger Center, and encourages life-long learning in ethics.
Supported by a seed grant from Chase Bank of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hoffberger Ethics Library plans to expand its physical library and book holdings in the Learning Commons with digital platforms and personnel to help people connect with ethics education and curricular innovations, both regionally and at The University of Baltimore.
Currently, the library includes books, journals, teaching models, videos of Hoffberger Center programs, and documentary and popular films with ethical themes. The library has proven to be especially helpful to faculty and students in the undergraduate course: "Ethical Issues in Business and Society.”
The Hoffberger Ethics Library is moving to the third floor of the Robert L. Bogolmony Library.
Other University of Baltimore Libraries
- Law Library —The mission of the Law Library is to promote and support the scholarly, research, and curriculum needs of the students and faculty of the UBalt School of Law; and to make available law and law-related resources to the UBalt community and to the public.
- Robert L. Bogomolny Library —Robert L. Bogomolny Library cultivates knowledge creation within members of campus, the Baltimore metropolitan area and beyond. The RLB Library does this by teaching the skills and insights necessary to navigate the ever-changing information landscape, ensuring the preservation of, and access to, resources, learning spaces and technology.
Business Ethics Resources
- Business Ethics —A rich compendium which includes links to articles and publications, case studies, corporate codes of ethics, professional organizations and associations, resources and centers, and additional ethics resources.
- BusinessEthics.ca —The Canadian resource for business ethics, with articles, case studies and other resources.
- Caux Round Table —Charting a New Course for Business. Organization for promoting business principles.
- Complete Guide to Ethics Management: An Ethics Toolkit for Managers —written by Carter Mcnamara
Legal Ethics Resources
Medical Ethics Resources
The Catherine Gira Excellence in Ethics Award is funded by an annual donation from Dr. Catherine Gira, co-founder of the Hoffberger Center for Ethical Engagement, former provost of The University of Baltimore and retired president of Frostburg State University. Dr. Gira's wish is to recognize and reward students who best demonstrate excellence in ethics while serving his or her local community. The Center is grateful to Dr. Gira for her continued support of this most worthy scholarship.
Launched in spring 2022, the Hoffberger Ethics Fellowship is a faculty position with activities that include participating in the life and mission of the Center, enriching the curricular development of IDIS 302 Ethical Issues in Business and Society, teaching philosophy classes, and advancing the development of the Hoffberger Library.
The fellowship position is a full-time limited term appointment, ideal for a philosophy postdoc, advanced ABD candidate, or early career candidate. The fellowship is designed to be a source of continuing fresh ideas and diverse perspectives for the benefit of the Center and The University of Baltimore community.
The Hoffberger Center supports student assistant positions and other awards for students who pursue an interest in the study of ethics. Students are selected on the basis of their academic credentials along with a commitment and skills for advancing the mission of the Center.
The Hoffberger Center awards small faculty grants to support Center programming and scholarship.
The Center collaborates with a vital network of ethics centers around the United States and globally. For example, in 2022, directors Steven Scalet and Joshua Kassner led a panel discussion with Portland State University Professor Monica Mueller on “Lessons and Collaborations for Revitalizing and Creating an Ethics Center” at the 31st Annual APPE International Conference, as well as participation in the APPE “Ethics Center Directors Summit.” In 2023, they led a panel at the 32nd Annual APPE International Conference on “Integrating an Ethics Center with Academic Curriculum”.
The Hoffberger Center's Community College Partnership Program is designed to encourage and assist area community colleges in initiating and maintaining ethics programs on their campuses. Since its inception decades ago, the Center has helped produce and sponsor ethics weeks, ethics essay contests, the Community College Ethics Bowl, and other programs. For more information, please email Daniel Gellasch, coordinator of programming and outreach.
Center staff members are available to facilitate and conduct ethics-related lectures, talks, and consultations. Over the years, this work has included corporate seminars, consultation with the City of Baltimore, frequent media requests, classroom guest lectures, invited speaking engagements, and other consultations. In spring 2022, Center director Steven Scalet and director of the Research Fellows Program, Joshua Kassner, led a luncheon discussion on "Ethics in the Public Sector," as part of the Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program administered by the Schaefer Center for Public Policy. In 2023, they led discussions on “Ethics and Organizational Psychology.”
2022-23 Hoffberger Center Events
Please email center director Steven Scalet for event location information and details. Many meeting recordings are available on Panopto for those internal to The University of Baltimore.
- Sept. 1-30: Regular IDIS302 Instructor Cohort Meetings
- Nov. 14-18: Arts and Ethics Week
- Feb. 3, noon-1:00 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: Introduction and Welcome
- Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Mid-Atlantic Regional High School Ethics Bowl
- Feb. 21, 2-3:30 p.m.: Hoffberger Research Fellow Lecture: Sally Scholz, “Moral and Political Justification for Crimes of Solidarity”
- Feb. 23, 2-3 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: Descriptive & Normative Claims
- March 13, 8:30-10 p.m.: Guest Lecture by Steven Scalet, “Ethics and Organizational Psychology”
- March 28, 12:30-2 p.m.: Colloquium: Siobhán Petersen, “How Might a Machine Intend?”
- March 31, noon-1 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: TBD
- April 3, 8:30-10 p.m.: Guest Lecture by Joshua Kassner, “Ethics and Organizational Psychology”
- April 6: Braver Angels Online Debate, “Is Social Media Misinformation a Threat to Democracy?”
- April 11: Centennial High School Assembly, “Ethics and Political Legitimacy”
- April 11, 12:30-2 p.m.: Author-Meets-Critics Session: Karen Stohr, Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement
- April 28, noon-1 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: TBD
- May 5, noon-1 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: Student Fellows Presentation
- Hoffberger Reading Group, every other Friday, 11 a.m.-noon
- Hoffberger Center Staff Meetings, every Friday, 10-10:30 a.m.
- Hoffberger Writing Group, first Friday of every month (times vary)
- Hoffberger Student Fellow Meetings, recurring on Discord
- Philosophy Common Hour
- Daniel Gellasch’s Drop-In Hours, Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.