Leaders in Ethics and Education


Upcoming Events

Winter Mini-Meeting

Featuring Chats with Change Agents

John Sexton 

American lawyer and academic, John Sexton will join SVHE Executive Director, Eric Bain-Selbo and President Melanie Howard for a conversation about his latest work,the NYT Best Seller, Standing for Reason:The University in a Dogmatic Age. Sexton is President Emeritus of NYU and Dean Emeritus of the NYU School of Law. 

Tracy Fessenden and John Carlson

Fessenden and Carlson will discuss their work at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University. The Center advances multidisciplinary research and education on the religious dynamics of conflict and peace. Their conversation, with Board member Terry Shoemaker, will focus on the university’s role in civil discourse.

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Can We Talk? The University’s Role in Public Discourse 

Guiding Questions & Introduction to the Event:

In a time when misinformation, disinformation, and “fake news” run rampant, how can institutions of higher education respond to the need for accurate information and civil discourse? What ethical obligations do universities and their faculties have to the common good related to accurate and honest information?

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Executive Director Search

The Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE), an organization that has been contributing to and shaping higher education for nearly 100 years, has begun a search for an Executive Director. SVHE is an international organization of educators who care deeply about ethical issues–such as integrity, diversity, social justice, and civic responsibility–facing higher education and the wider society. 

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Our Mission

The Society for Values in Higher Education is a fellowship of teachers and others who care deeply about ethical issues—such as integrity, diversity, social justice and civic responsibility—facing higher education and the wider society. We believe that such values call for study, reflection, discussion, and action. We pursue these activities through publications, projects, regional gatherings, and an annual national meeting.

Our Work

Reading for the Common Good

Since 2013, SVHE has supported reading groups across the country by providing free books. Titles are selected by the conference planning committee and relate to our conference theme, books provided reflect our concern for issues affecting society generally, and higher education specifically. We have provided nearly 400 books to groups organized by SVHE members. This fall, six groups are meeting to discuss So You Want to Talk About Race? By Ijeoma Oluo. The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs are Spread by Cailin O’Connor and James Weatherall is the selection for the spring. Both books provide a lead up to our summer conference themed “Can We Talk? The University’s Role in Public Discourse.” All SVHE members are invited to organize a group. Group participants do not need to be SVHE members.

Support for Young Scholars

Since 2010, SVHE has offered support to young scholars through the Mary Jo Small Fellowship program. Named for a late member who made it her special work to nurture young professionals, Mary Jo Small Fellowships cover the cost of registration, room and board, and travel to a Fellows Meeting. While there, the Fellows have an opportunity to network with more senior professionals from across the country and form mentoring relationships in a welcoming environment.