Research Integrity Workshop Series

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for Humanities Ph.D. Students

Graduate School – Professional Development – Ethics Spire

Monday, January 11, 2016 – McKenna 100-104 (Conference Center)

Satisfies the Graduate School’s ethics training requirement

Contact the Instructor: Melinda Gormley, Ph.D. •

Represent your profession with integrity. Uphold ethical standards in the workplace.

The University of Notre Dame requires all graduate students in Ph.D. programs to attend Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training, preferably during their first year. The requirement for graduate students in the humanities is 3 hours, which can be accomplished by attending these sessions on Monday, January 11, 2016. Previously, humanities students have attended sessions concentrated on topics in science and engineering, the content of this Research Integrity Series will broach issues pertinent to students in the humanities.

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See The Graduate School's website for more information about the RCR training requirement and professional development opportunities in ethics

Campus Resources 

If you find yourself facing an ethical issue and are unsure where to turn or what to do, see the resources page available through the University of Notre Dame's Graduate School. 

Agenda for the 2016 Ethics Workshop 

10:45 AM – 1:30 PM: Lunch & Keynote Speaker (Optional, RSVP required)

Theater Delta

This year’s keynote presenters are Theater Delta, an interactive theater company led by Ben Saypol, who holds a PhD in Theater from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has worked/taught at the University of Notre Carolina, Chapel Hill and Loyola University, New Orleans. Theater Delta presents an interactive performance promoting dialogue about fostering professional mentor relationships, managing time responsibly, and working with constructive criticism. 

1:30 – 1:45 PM: Registration

1:45 – 2:15 PM: Overview, Introduction, and Recognizing and Approaching Ethical Problems

Melinda Gormley, Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association of the Advancement Science; Asst. Director for Research (on leave), Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; History

This session provides a broad overview of the conceptual frameworks from which students can assess and address ethical problems.  It builds upon a short foundational reading assignment completed prior to the workshop to lead students in an interactive discussion of case studies and real world example examples of ethical dilemmas.  Participants will learn a step-by-step process to follow when confronted with potential ethical problems, and be introduced to the resources, codes of conduct, and professional guidelines to help them navigate challenging decisions. 

2:15 – 3:00 PM: Diversity & Inclusion

Eric Love, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources

This interactive presentation fosters both broad understanding of what diversity means and active, positive engagement with diversity.  Participants will learn how to navigate cultural misunderstandings with patience, and gain the skills and knowledge to better inform their ethical decision-making.

3:00 – 3:15 PM: Break

3:15 – 4:00 PM: Managing Relationships 

Chris Abram, Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Study, Medieval Institute

Sarah Baechle, Assistant Program Director for Professional Development, Graduate School

This panel discussion and Q&A addresses broader issues in forming and maintaining professional mentor/mentee relationships. Participants will learn what to consider when selecting an advisor, what they can expect from professional working relationships, and how to build peer mentor networks.

4:00 – 4:45 PM: Publication, Peer Review, Plagiarism, and More

Michael Westrate, Program Director of Grants and Fellowships, Graduate School

Matthew Capdevielle, Assoc. Professional Specialist, The Writing Center

Mandy Havert, Graduate Outreach Services and Education Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries

This session’s panel discussion focuses on the wide-ranging considerations involved in responsibly conducting and publishing research.  Participants will learn about the peer review and publication process, resources to manage their research, the more complex nuances of responsible use of sources, and their intellectual property rights

4:45 – 5:00 PM: ​Concluding Remarks

Melinda Gormley, Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association of the Advancement Science; Asst. Director for Research (on leave), Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; History


Agenda from the 2015 Ethics Workshop

12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch & Keynote Speaker (Morris Inn Ballroom)  

Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues of Emerging Technologies: A Framework for Analysis

Major General Bob Latiff, Ph.D.
A retired Major General in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Latiff is an expert on systems engineering as well as defense and intelligence issues. His current work on the ethical use of technology in the military was featured in a “What Would You Fight For?” RCR television spot on NBC.
This talk will discuss the breathtakingly rapid advances and the increasing convergence of new and emerging technologies. It will describe how we are seduced by technology's promise and are often led to overlook or dismiss the important step of searching for potential downsides or unintended consequences. It will talk about the ethical responsibilities of the researcher and will offer a framework for analysis based on a study done for the Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) by the National Academy of Sciences.

1:30 – 1:45 PM: Registration

1:45 – 2:45 PM: Overview, Introduction, and Recognizing and Approaching Ethical Problems

Melinda Gormley, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

2:45-3:00 PM:  Break

3:00-4:00 PM:  Managing Relationships and Your Research

Edward Beatty, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History

Gerald McKenny, Walter Professor of Theology, Department of Theology

Sarah Baechle, Graduate Student, Department of English

4:00-4:45 PM:  Publication, Peer Review, Plagiarism, and Data Management

Mike Westrate, Ph.D., Associate Program Director of Grants and Fellowships, The Graduate School

Matthew Capdevielle, Ph.D., Director, The Writing Center

Mandy Havert, Graduate Outreach Services and Education Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries

4:45-5:00 PM: Concluding Remarks

Melinda Gormley, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values 


This workshop series was also taught during fall semester 2014 as six one-hour sessions. 

fall semester 2014

Recognizing and Approaching Ethical Problems (Required: Attend one of two sessions)

Wednesday, September 17, 4-5 PM in DeBartolo 330

Tuesday, October 14, 9-10 AM in Flanner 625

An overview of research integrity will be provided followed by a framework for ethical decision making. Students will apply the framework using a 2-minute challenge. They will also be exposed to the professional codes of conduct and ethical guidelines of the University of Notre Dame and several professional societies in the humanities. To satisfy the Graduate School’s requirement students must attend one of these two sessions.


Managing RelationshipsTuesday, September 16, 9-10 AM in Flanner 625

Managing workplace relationships whether they are contentious or healthy takes effort and skill. Attendees will explore advisor-advisee relationship dynamics using role-playing exercises and learn methods for cultivating successful interactions.


Publication, Peer Review, and PlagiarismWednesday, October 1, 4-5 PM in DeBartolo Hall 330

Scholars need to develop research and writing procedures that enable them to manage their data and attribute credit for others’ contributions. When grading papers an instructor may encounter instances of falsification, fabrication, or plagiarism (FFP). When reviewing a peer’s work, reviewers are expected to remain objective, not disclose someone else’s intellectual property, and be cognizant of possible conflicts of interest or commitment. Using active-learning exercises, ethical situations that may arise in pedagogical, publication and peer review processes are explored.


Business and Professional EthicsWednesday, November 5, 4-5 PM in DeBartolo Hall 330

Any number of questionable practices can be witnessed in a workplace, including sexual harassment, racial discrimination, or the inappropriate use of physical resources. Hypothetical situations are explored and participants learn about several resources available at Notre Dame for dealing with such situations.  


Social ResponsibilityTuesday, November 11, 9-10 AM in Flanner 625

Many academics are experts on topics pertinent to societal and political issues of the day. Scholars who communicate with the public should be cognizant of the roles and responsibilities of public intellectuals so that they protect their integrity and that of their profession. Topics covered are advising and advocacy, responsible communication, and professional obligations to the public.