Institute of Professional Ethics

About the Institute

The UNC Institute of Professional Ethics was founded in 1992 to foster research, teaching, and training in applied ethics. Consistent with UNC’s statutory status as the primary institution for undergraduate and graduate teacher education in the state of Colorado, we focus on ethics across the teaching professions, including K-12, undergraduate liberal arts, and professional education. We also emphasize ethics in business and the health care professions.

Our programs are designed to serve both the UNC campus and the wider community. Currently, we:

  • Host an online, ethical deliberation tool which provides concise information on a wide variety of ethical perspectives and a detailed deliberation process designed to enhance ethical decision-making.
  • Facilitate ethics across the curriculum initiatives both on and off campus
  • Provide training and consulting services to working professionals in the fields of education, business and healthcare.

For more information, please review the links on the left hand side of this page. We welcome comments and suggestions, which can be sent to our Director at any time:

Nancy Matchett
Campus Box 126
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

Phone: 970-351-1567

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Jeffrey Reiman Visit

November 12-13

Jeffrey Reiman

Jeffrey Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Washington, D.C. and a specialist in ethics, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of justice. His visit is co-sponsored by the Philosophy, Criminal Justice, and Sociology programs and funded by a grant from UNC’s Schulze Fund. His two-day visit includes a master class on the death penalty, a faculty luncheon, a student meet-and-greet, and a public lecture entitled “Putting Philosophy into Practice: How to Think Morally about Criminal Justice.” The lecture, which will be on Thursday, Nov. 12, is free and open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Panorama Room.

More Information

Ethics Bowl

Join UNC’s Ethics Bowl team and compete at CU in November! You needn’t be a philosophy major to be on the team.

Contact either Paul Hodapp or Nancy Matchett for further information.

Visit the
Ethics Bowl Site

Grant Received for
Ethics Training

Institute Director Nancy Matchett and Lee Anne Peck in Communication Studies have been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Relations. As Page Legacy Scholars, Drs. Matchett and Peck will develop and test an online ethics training module for public relations professionals. The module will be integrated with the existing Center for Ethical Deliberation. More information about the Page Legacy Scholars grant program can be found on the Page Center’s Web site.

Advisory Committee

We are currently forming an advisory committee to help our Director refine and implement the Institute’s goals. We are especially interested in members who can help to identify campus and community needs in applied ethics. All interested parties are encouraged to contact (970-351-1567).