The Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies invites full-time faculty to apply for the inaugural IETT Faculty Fellows program for Academic Year 2020-2021. The IETT seeks scholars from all academic areas and all backgrounds to contribute to the conversation around the responsible use of digital technology, broadly construed. The goal of the program is to provide financial, administrative, and content support to faculty members who wish to begin or cultivate a research agenda in that area. Part of the program will include some technical content instruction in digital technology, but no technical background is necessary or expected.
Purpose of the Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technology
The Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technology is a new undertaking of Seattle University, funded by a generous donation from Microsoft. Rapid developments in digital technology bring an abundance of opportunities but also raise challenges related to employment, health care, privacy, trust, safety, inclusiveness, and accountability. The Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies is engaging community members and elevating the conversation about artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and other modern digital technologies. The Initiative is also developing educational resources for companies and non-profit organizations that seek to improve their ability to develop or deploy new technologies in an ethical way that fosters human flourishing. More information about the Initiative is available at https://www.seattleu.edu/ethics-and-technology/
Benefits of the Program
Any full-time faculty member at Seattle University can apply to be a Faculty Fellow.
Application and Deadline
Faculty interested in applying to be an IETT Fellow should submit an application by Friday, August 21, 2020. A complete application includes a brief research and teaching biography and statement of interest in the program, including how you expect to benefit from and contribute to the program. This statement may also contain a description of your potential area of research, although this is not required, as it is expected that several cohort members will use the program as a way to initiate a research agenda. The above items may be combined in a single document of no more than one page. Additionally, we request an updated copy of your CV.
Applications should be emailed to Nathan Colaner at email@example.com
A selection committee composed of the IETT Oversight Committee, the Executive Director, and Managing Director will meet to evaluate each application. Faculty fellows will be selected based on potential to benefit from and contribute to the program, with the additional selection criteria of maintaining diversity of academic areas. The ideal cohort will have 8-10 faculty representing several schools at Seattle University.
Contact for Additional Questions
Nathan R Colaner, PhD, MBA
Managing Director, Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies
901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-1090
firstname.lastname@example.org | (206) 296-5628 | (206) 296-5628
Dr. Christopher Paul's work analyzes the implications of the symbol systems used in and around digital technologies. He focuses mostly on the words, design, and play of video games and how dominant norms can create toxic environments and limit the kinds of technology and games that get made.
To view Dr. Paul's latest work, please visit: Dr. Christopher Paul Published Works
As Seattle University’s Ethics Bowl coach and the faculty coordinator for the Matteo Ricci Institute’s Applied Ethics Workshop, Dr. Benjamin Howe has overseen dozens of student research projects on the ethics of computer science and information technology. Students have explored new challenges to the protection of privacy in the age of social media, as well as the difficult question of how governments should protect democracy from algorithm-generated political propaganda without compromising their obligation to protect free speech. Much of the most exciting research has concerned the direction of future technologies. For example, in recent years, students have spent considerable time exploring the question of whether and how government and industry should aim to influence the development of robots that serve as human companions. Should we require programmers to develop robots that behave ethically and, if so, what should count as ethical behavior in a robot?
Dr. Jessica Imanaka’s research has focused on technology and power. She brings 20th and 21st century continental European philosophy to a critical analysis of emerging issues in technology. She is also interested in how contemplative traditions intersect with emerging trends in technology. Current research focuses on the psycho-politics of cognitive enhancement.
For information on Dr. Imanaka’s most recent published paper, please visit: Laudato Si’, Technologies of Power and Environmental Injustice: Toward an Eco-Politics Guided by Contemplation
Dr. Tracy Ann Kosa is currently teaching privacy at Seattle University, conducting research at Stanford University, working in security at Google and serving as the Ombudsman for the AI Ethics Board for Axon. Kosa has previously held a number of privacy leadership roles at Microsoft, the Government of Ontario and related tech agencies, where she has helped multiple departments and teams pioneer measurement and assessment programs across the organizations as key components of corporate-wide privacy functions.
Kosa has been active in technology ethics, privacy, and user trust across healthcare, education, finance and the law enforcement sector for 20 years. She specializes in interdisciplinary approaches developing models, systems and processes to capture human values for computational purposes. She has specialized in privacy programs, technical solution design, privacy product development, incident response and breach notification with a focus on automation.
Kosa has been awarded degrees in computer science (Ph.D.), ethics (MA), public policy (MA) and political science (Hons.BA).
Dr. Geneva ("Eva") Sedgwick has designed online courses in law and ethics in business analytics for both Seattle University and for Microsoft on its EDx platform. Her research interests rest at the intersection of human rights and innovative, entrepreneurial business and education models. Dr. Sedgwick has been recognized for her scholarly work in the areas of employee privacy law and social entrepreneurship, and is published in such journals as the Stanford Technology Law Review and the American Business Law Journal. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Boston College; a JD from Villanova University School of Law; and an LLM in International Law from New York University School of Law.
Dr. Jeffery Smith is Seattle University's Frank Shrontz Chair in Professional Ethics and Professor of Management in the Albers School of Business and Economics where he teaches ethics in the management, finance and accounting programs. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Society for Business Ethics and will assume its Presidency in 2017. Professor Smith's research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and business, currently focusing on the philosophical dimensions of corporate responsibility, examining whether recent calls for greater social involvement by corporations can be given a moral foundation, political foundation, or some combination of both. Smith's work has been published in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and the Journal of Business Ethics, and he is the co-author of the forthcoming 8th edition of Ethics and the Conduct of Business.