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The Study of Ethics

The study of leadership ethics is foundational to the Jepson curriculum, and all students are required to take the capstone course, Leadership Ethics. Developing the ability to identify and respond to ethical problems of leadership should be part of every student’s education, especially those who aspire to positions of leadership. 

A number of Jepson faculty members have professional interests in the field of leadership ethics. The Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar Program in Leadership and Ethics provides an opportunity for international scholars to develop courses, design programs, and conduct research on the topics of leadership and ethics.

Thanks to the generosity of Chancellor Richard L. Morrill, the Jepson School in 2019 unveiled the Ethics Suite, a space in Jepson Hall dedicated to the study of leadership ethics. Additional funding for leadership ethics initiatives is provided by The Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation.

Jepson Leadership Ethics Faculty

Marilie Coetsee

Marilie Coetsee
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Ethics • Political Philosophy • Ethics and Religion • Moral Psychology

Jessica Flanigan

Jessica Flanigan
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law
Richard L. Morrill Chair in Ethics and Democratic Values 

Ethics • Bioethics • Political Philosophy

Terry Price

Terry L. Price

Professor of Leadership Studies
Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics

Leadership Ethics • Moral Psychology • Responsibility • Followership • Social, Political, and Legal Theory


2020-21 Ethics Working Group Members

Coordinator: David Lefkowitz
Members: Jeppe von Platz, Nancy Schauber, Miriam McCormick, Karin Boxer, William Reckner, Richard Dagger, Stephen Simon, Claudio Lopez-Guerra, Kevin Cherry, Jessica Flanigan, Javier Hidalgo, Colin Kielty, and Andrew Alwood

Ethics Fellows Program

The Ethics Fellows Program supports cross-campus conversations among faculty, students, and staff about ethical issues. Fellows visit classes, host programs for residence halls and student organizations, facilitate discussions for the campus community, and bring in guest speakers.

Jepson Faculty Publications

Leadership and the Ethics of Influence Debating Sex Work Making Moral Judgements Unjust Borders Ethics of Ability

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