Research

The Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility provides support for novel and interdisciplinary faculty research initiatives in the areas of ethics, leadership, and social responsibility.  Particular emphasis is on scholarship which demonstrates the interrelation of these three themes and which connects theory with practice.

The Institute’s research collection is housed in the Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library, which also maintains an online research guide.


I believe that bringing the ethical issues inherent in every human pursuit into explicit focus in our courses across the curriculum is an invaluable initiative. It can help our students realize the moral complexity in the application of any theory, begin to tackle ethical challenges in their major fields, and become more aware of the interconnectedness of every aspect of the world they navigate every day. Neither leaders of society nor responsible adults can develop without confronting moral ambiguity in theory and practice."

Maria Kaplun, Religious Studies