Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

APPE – Squire Paper Competition: Best Formal Papers on Pre-College Ethics
First Prize $750
Second Prize $500
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, with the support of the Squire Family Foundation, sponsors a competition to advance the work of those interested in pre-college ethics. The Association presents an award for the top two papers submitted on innovative and effective approaches to teaching pre-college ethics or involving pre-college students in ethics education.
The winners are recognized at the Association’s annual dinner, and present their papers during a conference session. The February 2015 conference took place in Costa Mesa, CA.
Deadline: November 3, 2014. All entries for Award Categories require the full paper to be submitted; a 250 word abstract is also required. Please submit all materials to: APPE@indiana.edu
All those applying are also required to fill out and submit a Submission Form.

2016 APPE – Squire Family Foundation Award


1st Place
Stephen Miller

Humanities Department Chair, Faculty Mentor, Philosophy and History Teacher
Oakwood Friends School
“Your Feelings are Wrong”

Ethics education needs to engage the emotions, not sidestep them, argues Stephen Miller in his award-winning essay.

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2015 APPE – Squire Family Foundation Award


1st Place
Daniel J. Mahoney

Professor of Educational Leadership and Administration
Gonzaga University School of Education
“Ethics and Educational Leadership”


2013 APPE Annual Meeting
Feb 28 – March 3, 2013
San Antonio, TX

Roundtable Discussion: Spearheading the High School Ethics Bowl Initiative: Encouraging collaboration between philosophy departments and high schools

Panel: Michael Burroughs
Visiting Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator, Department of Philosophy and Parr Center for Ethics, UNC-Chapel Hill
Karen Mizell
Professor of Philosophy, Utah Valley University
Kyle Robertson
Bay Area HS Ethics Bowl Organizer and graduate philosophy student, UC Santa Cruz
Chair: Robert Ladenson
Moderator: Roberta Israeloff
Director, Squire Family Foundation

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2012 APPE – Squire Family Foundation Award


1st Place
Anthony DeCesare

Indiana University
“On the Potential Contributions of High School Philosophy to Ethical and Democratic Education”

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2nd Place
Amy Reed-Sandoval

University of Washington
“Cross-Cultural Exploration in the P4C Classroom: Reflections on Doing Philosophy with Triqui Children in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico”

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Congratulations Drs. DeCesare and Reed-Sandoval!


2012 APPE Annual Meeting
March 1-4, 2012
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati, OH

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Roundtable Discussion: Building a National High School Ethics Bowl Network Region by Region

Panel: Matt Deaton
Lecturer, Philosophy Department, University of Tennessee
Fred H. Guy
Director, Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, University of Baltimore
George Sherman
Adjunct Ethics Instructor, St. Petersburg College
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
Morehead Alumni Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chair: Roberta Israeloff
Director, Squire Family Foundation

To encourage the expansion of a national network of high school ethics bowls, culminating in a national competition, the panel will discuss ways that the high school bowl planners can build on the regional IEB structure already in place. Ideally, college philosophy departments involved in the IEB will serve as ambassadors to local schools, and will become partners in creating the high school ethics bowl network: philosophy professors and students can serve as trainers, coaches, and judges, creating ties between the academy and local schools that will benefit both communities.

Our panelists are uniquely qualified to address this issue: both Fred Guy and George Sherman not only organize local high school ethics bowls in their areas but are also regional IEB directors in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions, respectively. Geoff Sayre-McCord has successfully enlisted local schools to participate in an ethics bowl by coordinating with the UNC philosophy department and the Parr Center for Ethics.

SFF offers $1,000 for best paper on teaching high school ethics.
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PAST APPE CONFERENCE PANELS

2011 APPE Annual Meeting
Roundtable Discussion: Creating a National High School Ethics Bowl Network
March 5, 2010
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati, OH

“The Growth of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl: A Case Study”
by Robert F. Ladenson, Humanities, Illinois Institute of Technology

Discussants: Matt Deaton
Philosophy, University of Tennessee
Karen Mizell
Utah Valley University
George Sherman
Ethics, St. Petersburg College


Roundtable Discussion at APPE 19th Annual Meeting
March 5, 2010
4:15 to 5:45 pm
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati, OH

It’s Never Too Early To Talk About Ethics:
Creating a National High School Ethics Bowl

Participants: Matt Deaton
Graduate Teaching Associate, Philosophy Department, University of Tennessee
Fred Guy
Associate Professor, University of Baltimore; Director, Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, Baltimore, MD
Karen Mizell
Associate Professor, Philosophy and Humanities, Utah Valley University
George Sherman
Adjunct Ethics Instructor, St. Petersburg College, FL
Roberta Israeloff
Squire Family Foundation, chair

Looking at the success of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl as a way to engage young adults and generate enthusiasm for ethical inquiry in general, it seems logical to adapt the event for high schools. Doing so now will capitalize on the growing interest in involving pre-college students in philosophy education in general, and in ethics in particular.

This panel had a practical and strategic focus. First, the panelists, all of whom have been ahead of the curve by creating local ethics bowls in their communities, discussed how they initiated the event, the difficulties they encountered and surmounted, and their blueprints for expansion. They then discussed how to strategically export the event to other communities, create regional competitions, and ultimately a national competition, modeled on the IEB.


2011 APPE – Squire Family Foundation Award
Paula McAvoy and Diana Hess are the winners of the 2011 Squire Family Foundation APPE award for best paper. Their essay is entitled, “The Evidence and Ethics of Teacher Disclosure.” McAvoy, who taught social studies for ten years, is an assistant professor at Illinois State University in the department of Educational Administration and Foundations, soon to join the Spencer Foundation. The authors are working on a book,The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education, to be published by Routledge Press.


Congratulations Drs. McAvoy and Hess!


2010 APPE – Squire Family Foundation Award
In March 2010 Dr. Randall Curren, chair of the philosophy department and professor of education at Rochester University, won the 2010 Squire Family Foundation APPE award for best paper. In his essay, “Governing Classrooms Well,” Dr. Curren argues that the ethics of teaching and the teaching of ethics are always intertwined.
Read Dr. Curren’s paper.


Congratulations, Dr. Curren!

2009 APPE – Squire Family Foundation Award
In March 2009 Dr. Claudia Mills won the 2009 APPE – Squire Family Foundation Award. The winning paper in the pre-college ethics call for papers competition, which Dr. Mills delivered at the APPE annual meeting in March, is titled “Children’s Literature as a Vehicle for Pre-College Ethics: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Shiloh.” Read Dr. Mills’ paper.

Claudia Mills is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, specializing in ethics, applied ethics, and political philosophy. She is the author of over 40 books for children, including How Oliver Olson Changed the World (Farrar Straus & Giroux 2009) and The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish (Farrar Straus & Giroux 2008). She also writes widely on ethical issues in children’s literature and is a member of the scholarly Children’s Literature Association.


Congratulations, Dr. Mills!