Leaders in Ethics and Education








Upcoming Events




Reclaiming your Writing Time and Space
Virtual Retreat

Friday, October 23rd – Sunday, October 25th
Sponsored by The Society for Values in Higher Education
Writing can be a solitary endeavor, even more so now. Join us, for free, over a long weekend to work on your writing and build community.



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Call For Papers






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




Chats with Change Agents

Featuring Kathleen Fitzpatrick

November, 17, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern 

Executive Director, Eric Bain-Selbo, will host Kathleen Fitzaptrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University for an informal discussion of her current work. The chat will focus on her latest book, Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University.

This session is free and open to the public. It will be held over Zoom.

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Theory of Public Higher Education

Theory of Public Higher Education is a joint project of SVHE and Indiana University. Over the last year and a half, a team of six scholars have met to think through the creation of a university “from scratch.” Given the crises in higher education, this project is timely and important. Their work will result in a special issue of Soundings.





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.