Parr Center Ethics Scholar Program
As of 2020, the Parr Center is pleased to be able to offer a structured program for Carolina undergraduates from all fields of study who are interested in ethics. Students who participate in the program invest significant time and effort in ethical reflection, leadership, and skills development over two years. In recognition of their special concentration on ethics, students who complete the program are recognized as Parr Center Ethics Scholars by an official designation on their University transcript. The creation of this program has been made possible by a generous donation from the Center’s founding donor, Gary Parr, whose support we gratefully acknowledge.
Check out our regularly updated Parr Center Ethics Scholar Handbook or read the information below to learn about the program requirements.
Two Years as a Parr Center Undergraduate Fellow
The Parr Center Undergraduate Fellowship is a selective co-curricular program for which students are chosen on the basis of a written application and a personal interview with Parr Center staff. Criteria for selection are the student’s interest in deepening their ethical competencies through co-curricular enhancement and their likely contribution to team-based and project-based ethical learning.
Fellows are expected to participate in all required Fellowship activities. The Fellowship kicks off each year with a full-day orientation/retreat with Parr Center staff, at which Senior Fellows lead group activities. Fellows meet regularly as a body throughout the academic year to hear and discuss Fellow-focused lectures in which scholars from across UNC present current research in ethics specifically to the Fellows. In addition, Fellows are required to attend a number of the Parr Center’s public lectures each year. After training with Parr Center staff, Undergraduate Fellows serve as moderators at the North Carolina and National High School Ethics Bowls competitions, which are held on our campus each year. Finally, Senior Fellows pursue team-based projects in ethics at the Parr Center throughout the academic year. They spend at least two hours per week working with their teams and are supervised closely by Parr Center staff. As Senior Undergraduate Fellows, Parr Center Ethics Scholars will spend about 85 hours per year, 170 hours in total, on these co-curricular activities at the Parr Center. To learn more click here!
At Least Two Academic Courses in Ethics
Scholars are required to take a minimum of two academic courses in ethics during their time at UNC. The first class can be any of the courses on a master list maintained by the Parr Center. The second class serves as a capstone course in ethics and can take the form of either mentored research or mentored experiential learning.
Any Pre-Approved Course in Ethics
One course drawn from a master list of UNC courses that are centrally concerned to nourish student reflection on ethics and ethical problems.List of UNC Courses in Ethics
Capstone Course in Ethics
One capstone course in ethics, for which Scholars may choose between mentored research and mentored experiential learning. These experiences serve to deepen and put into practice student knowledge of ethics and ethical problems. Scholars typically complete this requirement with a member of the Parr Center academic staff.
Scholars who elect the mentored research route write a research paper in ethics. Scholars are encouraged to select a member of the Parr Center academic staff as a mentor; in this case, Scholars would enroll in PHIL 396: Directed Readings, or another course number as appropriate. However, Scholars may request approval for a different mentor from the Parr Center Director. Scholars interested in pursuing this option should contact Program Director, Sally Moore at Sallybm@live.unc.eu.
Scholars who elect the mentored experiential learning route complete an experiential learning project in ethics. Scholars typically select a member of the Parr Center academic staff as a mentor and enroll in PHIL 261: Ethics in Action or PHIL 292: Fieldwork in Philosophy. However, Scholars may request approval for a different mentor from the Parr Center Director. Scholars interested in pursuing this option should consult example courses in the Parr Center Ethics Scholar Handbook and contact Program Director, Sally Moore at Sallybm@live.unc.edu.
At Least One Relevant Skills Training Course Offered By a Campus Unit
Approved skills training courses help Scholars learn to include and lead others in ethical pursuits. Below is the current listing of approved Skills Training Courses. Scholars may complete an alternative skills training course upon the approval of the Parr Center Director.
|Training Course||Created By...|
|Carolina United Retreat||UNC Student Life and Leadership|
|Green Zone||Carolina Veterans Resource Center|
|HAVEN||Carolina Women's Center|
|Leadershape Retreat||UNC Student Life and Leadership|
|L.E.A.D.||UNC School of Pharmacy|
|Mental Health First Aid Training||UNC School of Social Work|
|OneAct||UNC Student Wellness|
|Rethink Psychiatric Illness||UNC Campus Y|
|Safe Zone (I) (II)||LGBTQ Center|
|Undocu Carolina Ally Training||LATINX Center|
One Final Reflection and Public Presentation
Participants in the program will submit a log each semester of their experiences and activities from the above list. Parr Center staff will review the cumulative logs prior to graduation to ensure completion of all program requirements.
Seniors in their last semester will submit a 750-1000 word essay, articulating how participation in the Parr Center Ethics Scholar Program has enhanced their ethical reflection, leadership, and practice. Parr Center staff provide individualized feedback in order to help Scholars make meaning from their experience in the program.
In addition, Seniors will present their ethics research or project at a public poster show open to the public or at an approved conference or symposium open to the public. The Parr Center holds an annual End of Year Celebration & Poster Show where Scholars may fulfill this requirement.