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Ethics Scholarship at Fordham


Across diverse disciplines, Fordham is the home of vibrant faculty and student scholarship and activities that enliven and renew university, community and national on the dignity of the human person and the advancement of the common good.  This page highlights the Fordham community's contributions to finding new means of furthering moral responsibility of persons and the moral integrity of the University's overlapping communities of inquiry, instruction, and faith. 

Click on the faculty member's name below to jump to details about his or her research, or simply scroll down to browse them all.

      Elaine P. Congress
      John Davenport
      John J. Drummond
      Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.
      Nicholas D. Lombardi, S.J.
      Aristotle Papanikolaou
      Barbara M. Porco
      Elizabeth Stone
      Daryl Tress
      Hrishikesh D. Vinod



Elaine P. Congress
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Social Service
Fordham University (Lincoln Center)
New York, NY  10023

E-mail:
congress@fordham.edu

Dr. Elaine Congress is Professor and Associate Dean at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in New York City. She also has served as Director of the Doctoral Program and taught the following courses: "Social Work Values and Ethics" to Ph.D. and MSW students, "Clinical Practice," "Clinical Practice Seminar," and "Family Oriented Treatment" to MSW students. Dr. Congress is a past President of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She heads the Ethics Committee and has also been active in PACE, the political action committee of NYC NASW. Currently Dr. Congress is on the national Board of the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Congress is also the North American representative on the International Ethics Committee for the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) which represents 500,000 social workers and 84 professional social work associations around the world.  Dr. Congress is also on the IFSW team at the UN. Dr. Congress has written extensively in the area of social work ethics, cultural diversity and social work education, including two books and over thirty professional journal articles and book chapters. Beginning with her doctoral dissertation on ethical decision making among social work supervisors, Dr. Congress has taught, presented, published extensively and conducted research on ethical issues and dilemmas, as well as cultural diversity in social work practice and education. Her professional journal articles and book chapters have focused on dual relationships, teaching social work ethics, resolving ethical dilemmas, confidentiality, social group work, empowering communities, ethical issues in administration, and groups for immigrant children. She has written several articles on crisis intervention with diverse populations. One of her recent books, Social Work Values and Ethics: Identifying and Resolving Professional Dilemmas (1999, Wadsworth) presents the ETHIC model of decision-making to use in identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas in social work practice. It was translated into Korean in 2002. Her book Social Work Values and Ethics: A Curriculum Resource co-edited with Phyllis Black and Kim Strom-Gottfried (CSWE, 2002) includes course outlines, web sites, videos, and written references on social work values and ethics and currently she is working on a second edition of this publication. Dr. Congress also has edited two editions of a book entitled Multicultural Perspectives in Working with Families and most recently is working on a book on legal and social work issues with immigrants. She developed the culturagram, a family assessment tool for assesing and working with families from different cultural backgrounds. Most recently she has presented at national conferences on health and health disparities with documented and undocumented families.

Articles and Chapters:



John Davenport
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Fordham University
Department of Philosophy, 916 LL
Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street 
New York, NY 10023

E-mail: 
davenport@fordham.edu

Web page

John Davenport studied Philosophy at Yale University and completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 1998. Since then, he has taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Fordham University in New York City, where he serves as Associate Chair and Associate Director of Environmental Studies. He has published widely on topics in free will and responsibility, existential conceptions of practical identity, virtue ethics, motivation and autonomy, theories of justice, and philosophy of religion. With Anthony Rudd, John co-edited the 2001 collection, Kierkegaard After MacIntyre, which defends the relevance of Kierkegaard's ideas for contemporary debates in moral psychology and virtue ethics. His new book, Will as Commitment and Resolve (Fordham University Press,2007), draws on ideas from the existential tradition to defend a non-erosiac conception of willing as the capacity to set new ends based on the recognition of values that transcend the agent's own good. On the basis of this account, he hopes to offer an existential account of 'founded autonomy' that depends on the alterity of values; this model resolves problems with hierarchical accounts of personal autonomy and refines Harry Frankfurt's work on caring and identity-defining commitments. In 2008, John also expects publication of three news essays on Kierkegaard (on Fear and Trembling, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, and on Levinas and Derrida's takes onKierkegaard), an article on global government, and a book chapter on democratic limits to religion in the public sphere.

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John J. Drummond
Southwell Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458

E-mail: 
drummond@fordham.edu

Curriculum Vitae

My specialty is contemporary philosophy, especially the philosophy of Edmund Husserl and the phenomenological and hermeneutical traditions arising there from. I have written extensively on Husserl's theory of intentionality, and have more recently focused attention on Husserl's theory of evaluative and specifically moral intentionality. I have also explored Husserl's writings on ethics and the nature of community in order to understand better the nature of moral and political communities. In addition, I have done recent work on the relations among phenomenology, formal logic, and formal ontology. I hope to connect this work with the work on evaluative intentionality to reveal the special manner in which the valuable properties of things and the specifically moral properties of agents and their actions are manifested to us.



Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458

E-mail: 
koterski@fordham.edu

One of the projects with which I am involved is called "University Faculty for Life." It is a group of college and university professors who are interested in ethical questions concerned with issues of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. I serve as the editor of the proceedings from the annual conference of this organization. The proceedings have the series title Life and Learning. We recently published volume 16 from the 2006 conference, and volume 17 is in preparation for publication early in 2008. The 18th conference will take place at Marquette University in June 2008. The website that I maintain for this organization is www.uffl.org.



Nicholas D. Lombardi, S.J., Ph.D.
Instructional Technologist
Director, eMedia
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458

E-mail: 
nlombardi@fordham.edu

I created and teach the senior values seminar in computer ethics (Cyberspace, Ethics and Issues) and have lectured on the issue to faculty and students and at conferences for Jesuitnet.

Article on Computer Piracy (from America Magazine)



Aristotle Papanikolaou
Assistant Professor of Theology
Fordham College at Lincoln Center
New York, NY   10023

E-mail:
papanikolaou@fordham.edu

Aristotle Papanikolaou is an Assistant Professor of Theology in the Theology Department of Fordham University at Lincoln Center. His research interests center on trinitarian theology, contemporary Eastern Orthodox theology and issues surrounding the relation between religion and culture. He is presently working on two research projects: the first explores the theme of religion in public life by engaging the specific question of the compatibility between Orthodox Christianity with democracy; the second attempts to understand the relation between theological anthropology and the doctrine of the Trinity, with special emphasis on the notion of "person."

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Barbara M. Porco
Director, Program Development
Faculty in Accounting
Graduate School of Business Administration and Gabelli School of Business
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458

E-mail: 
BarbaraPorcoPhD@aol.com

Dr. Porco holds a B.S. in Accounting, a M.B.A. in Financial Management and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy with a specialization in ethics pedagogy. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York whose experiences include positions as an Audit Supervisor and Senior Tax Manager and Director in the Financial Service Group of Personal Financial Planning at PricewaterhouseCoopers (C&L Legacy). After ten years in public accounting practice, Dr. Porco joined Fordham University in 1992 as the Director of Accounting and currently holds the appointment of Director of Program Development, as well as a full-time faculty appointment in the accounting department.

Dr. Porco teaches a variety of business subjects including: Ethics in Financial Reporting and Accounting; Auditing and Assurance Compliance; Accounting Theory and Practice; Federal Taxation and Accounting Research Seminar. Dr. Porco conducts ethics audits and is a consultant and educator to an array of domestic and international banks, financial services organizations, hospitals, regulatory agencies and Big Four accounting firms. In 2006, she was appointed Master Professor and presently oversees the development and training of the Audit Intern Program for one of the world's largest accounting firms. Additionally, Dr. Porco educates all new financial examiners for the largest non-governmental regulatory agency in the United States in Ethics in Financial Markets – an ethics program she personally created.

A Bene Merenti Medalist, Dr. Porco has been part of Fordham’s Business Schools for more than 20 years. A dedicated educator, she is a seven-time recipient of Who’s Who Among American Teachers; a multiple recipient of Teacher of the Year Award at Fordham University Schools of Business and was inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame at Fordham University in 1999 and the recipient of the 2003 National Outstanding Faculty Award by Beta Alpha Psi – premier national honor society for accountants. Over the past two decades, Porco has been recognized among fellow scholars and business professionals for her innovative research in accounting ethics. She shares the prestigious 2008 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) award with KPMG for Best Practices in Educational Programming in Ethics for her development of the KPMG Ethical Compass - A Toolkit for Integrity in Business, which was featured in the 2008 Annual Ethics and Compliance Report.

Dr. Porco also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Jesuit Business Education, a founding member of the KPMG Educators Advisory Board (KEAB) and is the Chairman of the President’s Executive Committee for St. Barnabas and Union Hospital in New York City. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; American Accounting Association; New York State Societies of Certified Public Accountants; Beta Alpha Psi; Beta Gamma Sigma; Phi Kappa Phi; and Kappa Delta Pi.

Click here for an article about Dr. Porco and her work that appeared in Inside Fordham (October 14, 2008).

To access the ethical toolkit that Dr. Porco developed for KPMG, please visit the KPMG Faculty Portal and register as a user (registration is free). Follow the instructions. Once you have obtained your user ID and have replaced your temporary password with a permanent one, please sign in to the portal and navigate to the "For Your Students/Classroom Tools" section for an overview of the Ethical Compass Toolkit. There are presentations and overviews that one can download, however the actual toolkit components and DVDs must be requested via the Faculty Portal. The materials are free to registered users.



Elizabeth Stone
Professor of English, Communications and Media Studies
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458

E-mail: 
elizstone@aol.com

Elizabeth Stone, a professor of English, Communication and Media Studies, has long been interested in ethical issues in relation to the practice of journalism. At Fordham University she has taught "Ethical Issues in the Media." She is a member of the Ethics Committee of College Media Advisors (CMA) and has offered workshops at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association on ethical matters ranging fromunattributed sources to issues of fair comment on online discussion boards. She was the Fall 2002 recipient of CMA's Distinguished Advisor Award.



Daryl Tress
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458

E-mail:
tress@fordham.edu

Articles and Chapters:

  • "Classical and Modern Reflections on Medical Ethics and the Best Interests of the Sick Child," Bioethics: Ancient Themes in Contemporary Issues, Mark G. Kuczewshi and Ronald Polansky, ed. (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2000).
  • "Aristotle's 'Child': Development Through 'Genesis', 'Oikos', and 'Polis'," Ancient Philosophy 17:63-84, 1997. Reprinted in The Philosopher's Child: Critical Perspectives in the Western Tradition (Rochester:  University of Rochester Press, 1998).



Hrishikesh D. Vinod
Professor of Economics
Director, Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458

E-mail: 
vinod@fordham.edu

Curriculum Vitae

My specialty is economics, with special emphasis on econometric theory and applications, including some in the area of good governance in government and businesses as well as a study of the harm caused by corruption to national economies and international trade. Among over hundred publications one deals with ethical issues such as economic distance between blacks and whites, one on conflicts of interest. Human rights are an important ethical issue where many new solutions can be based on entrepreneurship. This was emphasized at a Fordham conference in 2005. Its proceedings published in 2006 guest-edited by me for the Journal of Asian Economics. I have contributed a chapter to a 2008 Wiley publication on business compliance on ethical issues edited by Anthony Tarantino.


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