From the Program Director
Welcome to the Ethics in Business Education Program website! Our Program is funded by former Trustee Michael T. Smith ’65 and his wife, Jane E. Smith. Dr. Patrick Kelly from the Accountancy Department serves as the Program Director and Dr. Terrence McGoldrick from the Theology Department serves as the Associate Program Director.
The Program was founded in 2015, and we are encouraged by our progress in addressing our three identified goals. After a thorough review of topics addressed in the Development of Western Civilization Program, we have identified themes related to ethics. These themes will help students make connections with our liberal arts program as they learn about business ethics.
We supported faculty development in ethics by sponsoring a Humanities in Business Seminar titled “Value, Price, and Justice” held in June 2015. We also supported the 2015 interdisciplinary course titled “Sustainability and Social Value” offered in May 2015.
A significant focus of our program is to support student co-curricular activities in ethics. We have supported student participation in the Eller Case Competition at the University of Arizona and the Berg Cup Case Competition at the University of Pittsburgh. We were delighted when our Providence College team won the 2016 Berg Cup Case Competition with the best performance of the 40+ colleges and universities participating in that competition.
More recently, our Ethics Program hosted the first Michael Smith Ethics Case Competition during February, 2017. The case centered on the ethics surrounding self-driving vehicles. Eighteen four-member teams of PC students competed in the semi-final round, with four teams moving to the final round. A team of four sophomores (Michael Cruz, Matthew Gould, Mitchell Pitkin, and Allison Post) won the top prize. We plan to make this an annual competition.
Patrick Kelly, Ph.D.
Program Director of the Ethics in Business Education Program, and Associate Professor of Accounting