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CSUB’s Kegley Institute of Ethics Announces 2018 Faculty Fellows

The Kegley Institute of Ethics (KIE) at California State University, Bakersfield recently launched a new Faculty Fellows Program designed to support faculty members from the sciences, humanities, engineering, education, social sciences, and business. The KIE Faculty Fellowship initiative supports projects with clearly-defined ethical relevance and, in turn, supports ethics-related research and pedagogy at CSUB.

KIE offers two annual faculty fellowships: one faculty fellowship awarding one course release, and another for a faculty fellowship awarding one summer stipend. The 2018 KIE Faculty Fellowship recipients are Dr. Brittney Beck from the CSUB Department of Teacher Education and Dr. Kyle Susa from the CSUB Department of Psychology.

Dr. Beck’s project focuses on preparing CSUB teacher candidates and practicing teachers to employ social-emotional, ethical, and democratic content and pedagogy in their classrooms. Dr. Susa’s project focuses on the fallibility of eyewitness testimony in forensic contexts and improving lineup identification practices, including locally. A recent report noted that Kern County has the highest wrongful conviction rate per capita in California based, in part, on faulty eyewitness testimony.

Fellowship applications are reviewed and selected for awards by a review committee, comprised of Dr. Nate Olson of KIE and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dr. Chandra Commuri of the Department of Public Policy and Administration, and Dr. Yvonne Ortiz-Bush of the Advanced Educational Studies Department.

KIE Director Dr. Michael Burroughs described the new Faculty Fellows Program as “another important step in supporting and continuing to create a community committed to ethics at California State University, Bakersfield. Our 2018 Faculty Fellows are doing ethically-rich and novel work that will have a positive impact on our community as well as ethics research and pedagogy more generally.” 

KIE Associate Director and Chair of the Faculty Fellowship Review Committee Dr. Nate Olson said, “Both projects promise to make a lasting difference in Kern County and beyond.  We are excited to help support such important work.”

KIE Fellows will present on their projects at a KIE event in fall 2018.

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