Call for Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellowship applications

Fellows program supports projects by Penn State faculty at all campuses

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Rock Ethics Institute (REI) is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 Faculty Fellowship program.

REI fellowships provide up to $10,000 for a two-course release from teaching to support ethics-related projects by Penn State faculty. Faculty at all career levels and at all Penn State campuses are eligible to apply.

"The Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellows program has a track record of sponsoring ethics-related projects across disciplines, leading to innovative research with impacts on public debate, policy, curriculum and beyond,” said Ben Jones, assistant director of the Rock Ethics Institute. “Regardless of your college or department, if you are engaged in research that tackles critical ethical issues, we encourage you to apply."

The program especially welcomes proposals that intersect with the work of the REI’s core faculty and current research themes: gender and sexuality, food and agriculture, health, global issues, race, public life, sustainability and technology. Proposals that engage with community partners, incorporate students as collaborators, or lead to curricular innovations are also encouraged.

Fellowship applications are due Oct. 28, and successful applicants will be notified by Dec. 6. For more details on how to apply, visit the Rock Ethics Institute’s Faculty Fellowship page. Contact Jones at with questions about the Faculty Fellowship program or application process.

2021-22 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow

The Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow for 2021-22 is Emily Rosenman, assistant professor of geography. Her project, “Philanthropy and urban governance: the ethics of philanthropic ‘repair’ of social injustice,” investigates how philanthropic actors understand and act to alleviate racial and economic inequality through case studies of philanthropic activity in U.S. cities that are segregated by race and income and how philanthropic giving interacts with democratic decision-making and urban governance.

The Rock Ethics Institute was established in 2001 through a $5 million gift from Doug and Julie Rock. The REI’s mission is to promote engaged ethics research and ethical leadership from its home in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts.

Emily Rosenman, assistant professor of geography, is the Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow for 2021-22. Credit: Penn StateAll Rights Reserved.

Last Updated October 21, 2021