UAA Ethics Center

Welcome to the UAA Ethics Center. We are an innovative, interdisciplinary research and teaching unit within the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

The Center was created in 2013 and its affairs are informed by an Advisory Board representing community members, faculty, students and research associates. The Center is chaired by the Director of the Center. The Center's approach to other UAA academic, research, teaching and outreach units follows from its mission to advance the research agenda of applied ethics and meet the needs of our diverse communities. The Center has international and Alaskan-based experience with research in applied bioethics, science and technology, deliberative democracy, institutional governance, food and environmental ethics, and the interface between religion and social ethics.


The Center's mission is to advance research, teaching and outreach of applied ethics, conceived as the application of normative approaches to important issues in science and technology, policy and governance, religion and society, business and professional ethics, animal ethics, health and healthcare, the environment, and research ethics.

Currently, the Centre is administered by Department of Philosophy faculty members and aspires to become an interdisciplinary group of scholars who will employ diverse methodologies to a wide range of social dilemmas facing Alaskans.


The Center aims to facilitate well-informed discussions about complex issues related to ethics and society.It also endeavors to conduct world-class research in applied ethics and to educate the next generation of Alaskan researchers and practitioners in applied ethics. There are three distinct characteristics to our work: Research, Resource and Dissemination

The Center is engaged in research that promotes our understanding of complex social, religious and ethical issues. We are particularly interested in the relationships between work in applied ethics and work in science and technology studies, deliberative democracy, animal, food and environmental ethics, religion and society, and governance and public discourse.

As a Resource Center, we:

  • Develop/organize materials pertaining to ethical and social issues reflecting UAA and our diverse communities
  • Provide consultation on ethical issues in medicine, law, religion, politics, government, environment, and academia
  • Provide ethical evaluations on issues in medicine, law, religion, politics, government, food, animal welfare, environment, and academia
  • Promote opportunities to consider various forms of ethical inquiry, including into the value and truth of religious life and belief

Our main method of dissemination is through high quality peer reviewed publications. We also regularly:

Present to local, national and international academic and layperson audiences.
Produce reports for various user groups

Education, Development and Learning Center

The Center provides:

  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in Ethics
  • Consulting/Design/Instruction of Ethics Courses for Lobbyists and Legislators, Municipal and ASD employees (these are required by state law)
  • Training for Municipal Ethics Board
  • Consulting/Design/Instruction Ethics modules for courses throughout UAA
  • Workshops in deliberative democracy, philosophies of sciences and technology, religion and society, looking at ethical issues in these fields
  • Training in environmental ethics, food ethics, and sustainability

Public Square and Outreach

The Center aims to help Alaskans examine critically their assumptions on and the implications of the social and natural sciences, religion, and law.

The Center also holds public forums in the form of profession roundtables, public lectures from both academics and professionals, and white papers/advisory statements on issues relevant to UAA, Anchorage and Alaska.

Student Opportunities

Through community partnerships, UAA students will be able to:

  • Conduct service learning projects on ethical issues in collaboration with local and state government, non-profit organizations, and businesses.
  • Intern with Municipal Ethics Board
  • Work as research assistants