CENTER FOR ETHICS*
University of Idaho
Center for ETHICS
500 Memorial Gym
Moscow, ID 83844-3080
Phone: (208) 885-2103
Fax: (208) 885-2108
What is the Center for ETHICS*?
and Honor In Competition and Sport
The Center for ETHICS* at the University of Idaho
offers study, intervention, outreach, consultation,
and leadership in developing and advancing the
theory, knowledge and understanding of character
education including moral and ethical reasoning,
moral development, ethical leadership, and ethical
What is the Center's Mission?
Believing and teaching the tradition of competitive
integrity to inspire leaders of character.
What is the Center's Goal?
To return the classical concepts of justice,
integrity, and responsibility in competition through
education, research, and applied ethical
What are the Center's Objectives?
Model ethical conduct.
Conduct global research about competitive ethics,
moral reasoning and character development.
Develop and provide teaching methodologies and
curriculum supporting the practical application of
moral reasoning in competitive communities.
Sponsor conferences whereby participants will
utilize practical application of moral reasoning to
confront problematic ethical reasoning and action.
Provide professional training programs to help
decision makers navigate current ethical issues or
Nurture a commitment to ethics, moral reasoning, and
character development within competitive
Serve academic, professional, and public agencies in
developing competitive moral excellence.
Who is at the Center?
The Center is home to many
people from many different expertise levels.
We have many professors, graduate students, and
Learn more about
the Center staff.
What Does the Center Do?
The Center, through its director and faculty,
provides classes, workshops, applied interventions,
evaluations, assessments, and consultation about
character education and all its perspectives to any
organization, profession, industry, and discipline.
Learn more about specific character
education curriculum, methodology, and programs for
The Centers staff has written teacher texts,
Sport Ethics: Applications for Fair Play,
athlete texts, Who Says This Is Cheating,
developed computer generated interactive CD-ROM
teaching tools, Performance Enhancing Drug Use,
teacher curriculum materials, teacher methodologies,
and computer assisted teaching materials.
The staff has also developed student texts in Principled Thinking for K-12 using sport as a
milieu, as well as, commissioned curricular works
for specific athletic programs.
The Center houses the largest statistical
information (approximately 80,000 inventories as of
March 2009) base of the
Hahm-Beller Values Choice
in the Sport Milieu in America on moral reasoning of
athletes, from junior high students through the
elite level, and Division I-III NCAA. The
Center has worked with over 250 research groups.
The research base also includes information on
professional character development as well as the
development of numerous other competitive
How Does the Center Work?
The Center is composed of interested people who are
committed to the proposition that a specific,
copyrighted educational program can make a
difference in how people make moral decisions and
how these decisions affect other people.
for and oversees all of the Center's scholarly and
academic activities as well as all applied
strategies by formulating ideas, concepts, and
direction. The Director stimulates innovative
approaches and creative ideas about intervention,
teaching methodology, research activities, and
generally promotes the interests of the Center.
Research/Measurement Specialist--responsible for
designing, carrying out, and implementing various
research projects using cognitive instruments.
Graduate Work in Sport Ethics in the Division of Health,
Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance
Master's Degree in Physical Education, and a Ph.D. in Education
are all available at the University of Idaho, with emphasis and
majors in Sport Ethics and Sport Philosophy. All graduates from
the Sport Ethics/Sport Philosophy program have found
professional opportunities in their chosen fields.
Graduate Research Assistantships
Center for ETHICS* employs graduate students to assist with the
numerous research projects the Center conducts. These
assistants conduct research, read philosophical material,
contribute content to and edit the Athletes of Character text
book series, act as consultants, act as editors, input and
analyze data, critique the managerial process, review and
develop policies, among other important tasks. The
graduate assistantship is a paid position and offers many
excellent resources for ones' academic and professional
Currently, there is one graduate assistant
working at the Center,
Julie Latrell. Please contact
either Julie or the director,
for any questions about these positions.
Center for ETHICS* also works with undergraduates who want to do
their internship requirement for the degree they are pursuing.
There are always a variety of projects going on at the Center
and doing an internship with the Center is a great way to learn
about research and get exposed to different types of research
Our center is a year round enterprise and
we presently have contracts through
Winning With Character
especially working with University of Georgia football, Montana
State football, University of Maryland football, and the Atlanta
Braves baseball developmental teams as well as more than 40 high
schools and junior colleges.
develop curriculum, pedagogy, and evaluative instruments to help
coaches teach the basics of servant leadership to their young
men and women. What we do at the center is write
curriculums based on virtue and servant leadership.
we teach then we are obligated to evaluate the learning, thus
begins a different work venue - we develop instruments both
qualitative and quantitative to measure learning....especially
cognitive moral reasoning.
Summers here at the Center are busy and active. We are
either writing, editing, revising, or developing new curriculums
because at present we have approximately 40 different texts in
some state of the above. We also are inputting data and
struggling to manage the largest data base in America on moral
reasoning of Athlete Populations. Summer staff is 2-4
research assistants and Dr. Stoll.
internships are unpaid because we are an educational enterprise
and because at the present moment all of our money goes into
research and graduate student education. However, we do
have interns show up here, work hard, and then clamber to come
back to study.
for more information and/or any
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
of the unique things that the Center for ETHICS* has to offer is
the opportunity for undergraduates to do research. In the
Fall of 1998, a group of undergraduates at the University of
Idaho who had all taken a class taught by Dr. Stoll, started an
undergraduate research team. The PLAY Group tackled
philosophical issues and developed a position paper on the
importance of play (physical activity) across the lifespan.
The article was published in the Journal of Physical
Education, Recreation, and Dance, November/December 2000 issue.
What is Presently Occurring at the Center?
The Center began with a mission to improve
American sport but now addresses needs in business, law,
education, and the military, i.e., the American Bar Association,
the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force
Academy, the United States Central Intelligence Agency, the
NCAA, NFHSAA, NYSCA, Washington State University, College of
Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia Football Team, and
the Atlanta Braves developmental baseball teams.
See a complete list of
the schools that the Center is currently involved with.
See a list of terms commonly used at the Center for