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FAU Appoints Special Assistant to the Dean for Ethics Initiatives

BOCA RATON, FL (October 1, 2004) – In efforts to further integrate ethics into the college curriculum, William A. Covino, dean of Florida Atlantic University's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, announced the appointment of Associate Professor of Philosophy Robin N. Fiore to the new position of Special Assistant to the Dean for Ethics Initiatives. Fiore has also been appointed Adelaide R. Snyder Professor of Ethics. In these roles, Fiore will work to raise the College's visibility as a center for the study and teaching of ethics. She will develop programs, workshops, courses and other resources that support the integration of ethics into teaching and research.

The Adelaide R. Snyder Professorship in Ethics was established as a tribute to Mrs. Snyder, a long time administrative officer of FAU, in recognition of her 30 years of service in higher education in Florida . The principal sponsors, Wilma and George Elmore and Milton and Frances Levenson, desired that the professorship focus attention on contemporary ethical issues and to promote the study of ethics. Now retired and living in Tallahassee , Mrs. Snyder is pleased the goals of professorship in her honor will be enhanced by the dean's new ethics initiatives.

“We are so pleased that Robin Fiore has been named to fill the Professorship in Ethics, and we are confident that she will open up many avenues for an increased awareness of the essential nature of this component in all pursuits,” said Adelaide Snyder.  “It does little good to educate - or train - students for skilled professions and leadership roles unless you make an effort to ensure that they have a 360 degree ethical compass. We were proud to have had Dr. Don Marietta as the first to hold the position, and he emphasized the academic aspects.  Now, it is time to reach out and we feel that Robin has the skills and the enthusiasm to do this.  Wish we had a million to give.”

Fiore teaches moral philosophy and practical ethics, including biomedical ethics, environmental ethics and professional ethics. She is a member of the Board of the Florida Bioethics Network and presently serves as consultant or committee member for government and area institutional ethics committees. Fiore's current research focuses on professional and social justice issues in health care, and the responsible conduct of research.

For more information about ethics initiatives at FAU, contact Robin Fiore at 561-297-3869 or rfiore@fau.edu.


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