Jesse Fine Fellowship
Jesse Fine Fellowships in Practical and Professional Ethics, 2014-15
Call for Proposals
The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions announces the availability in 2014-15 of four Jesse Fine Fellowships in Practical and Professional Ethics at Indiana University Bloomington.
I. Description: IUB faculty and graduate students who teach courses are invited to apply for one of four Jesse Fine Fellowships in Practical and Professional Ethics. The Fellowship is made possible by a gift from Dorothy Fine to honor the memory of her husband, IU graduate Jesse Fine, and to support the expansion of education in practical and professional ethics. Each recipient will receive funding to develop a new course, or to significantly change a previous course, while incorporating a significant ethics component. Courses in all fields and schools are eligible; successful proposals will be those that raise and address ethical questions relevant to the mission of the Poynter Center. The course is to be taught by the Jesse Fine Fellow in the curriculum of the applicant’s home department or school before the end of 2017. Recipients will be identified as Jesse Fine Fellows of the Poynter Center, 2014-15.
- Each Jesse Fine Fellow is entitled to a stipend of $2,500, in two equal installments, the first paid upon initial receipt of the Fellowship, the second paid after the first offering of the course as confirmed by a letter from the Fellow’s Chair or Director.
- Jesse Fine Fellows are strongly encouraged to apply for and attend the summer 2014 Course Development Institute, offered at IUB by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning and the Kelley School of Business. The Institute dates are June 6, 9, 11, and 13; instructors must attend all four days in order to participate in the Institute.
- The Poynter Center will pay the registration fee for each Jesse Fine Fellow to present the results of their course development at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). The meeting is held in late February or early March each year, and recipients may choose to use their free registration in either 2015 or 2016. The Fellow is responsible for travel and lodging for the APPE meeting.
III. Time Frame for developing the course: May 2014–April 2015.
IV. Application Requirements:
- Cover Letter indicating (a) your commitment to fulfill the requirements of the Fellowship, (b) your contact information, and (c) confirmation of the support of your Department Chair or Director, including the latter’s name and contact information.
- A current CV.
- If this is a revision to an existing course, please provide the syllabus of the current course.
- An essay of 3-4 single-spaced pages.
- Begin with the title of your course, your department and school, a one-paragraph description of the course, and an initial list of readings and class objectives.
- In the rest of the essay, address these questions:
- What are the basic or organizing ethical questions that you will examine in the class?
- Where will your course be situated within your curriculum?
- How often will the course be offered? When will it first be offered?
- If this a revision to an existing course, describe the extent and nature of the revisions.
- What are your teaching philosophy and methods?
- How and what will you communicate with your department and colleagues to ensure a successful incorporation of your course into your curriculum?
- A letter of support from your Department Chair, sent independently of your application to Emma Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name in the subject heading.
- Applications are due by Monday, February 10th, 2014. Please submit your application as a single PDF document with each element clearly identified (cover letter, CV, syllabus of existing course if applicable, and essay) and all pages numbered via email attachment to: Emma Young at the Poynter Center (email@example.com), using “Jesse Fine Fellowship” for the subject line. Applicants will be notified by Monday, February 24, 2014.
Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions announces inaugural Jesse Fine Fellowship recipients, 2013-14
The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions has announced that four Indiana University Bloomington faculty will receive the inaugural Jesse Fine Fellowships in Practical and Professional Ethics. Each recipient will receive funding to develop a new course or make major changes to a previous course in professional or practical ethics. The Fellowship is made possible by a gift from Dorothy Fine to the Poynter Center in honor of her husband, IU graduate Jesse Fine. The fellowships support the expansion of ethics education in practical and professional ethics.
“These four recipients are working on innovative projects that reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to ethics,” says Richard Miller, director of the Poynter Center. “They will greatly enrich their students and their respective curricula by providing new pathways for interrogating the normative dimensions of their particular areas of training and expertise.”
The recipients are:
School of Library and Information Science
“S604: Information Ethics Across Technologies, Media, Institutions, and Societies”
Day’s course responds to student demand for a practical ethics course to complement policy and intellectual freedom course offerings.
Department of English
“L240: Literature and Public Life.” Special topic: “Representing the Poor”
Gayk’s course is a service-learning course integrating literary study of how the poor are represented in three different eras (medieval, Victorian, and contemporary) with service work in which students interact with disadvantaged residents of Bloomington.
Kelley School of Business, Business Law and Ethics
“L514: Critical Thought and Practical Wisdom”
Perry’s course is a new required course in the graduate-level accounting program, designed to add critical thinking to the curriculum. The Fine Fellowship will support developing a syllabus that teaches critical thinking through an ethics framework.
Department of Criminal Justice
“P330: Criminal Justice Ethics”
Roush will restructure an undergraduate course in practical ethics in the field.
About Jesse Fine
Jesse David Fine was born July 20, 1907 in Evansville, Indiana. Fine graduated from Central High School in Evansville and attended Evansville College (now University of Evansville) from 1923-25. He received an AB degree from Indiana University in 1928 and received his law degree in 1930 from the Indiana University School of Law.
Fine practiced law in Evansville from 1930 to 1936. Fine and his two brothers owned Premier Theaters in Evansville, which at one time included nine theaters. By the late 1950s and early 1960s the brothers had sold or closed a number of the theaters, selling the last theaters around 1966.
In 1953 the Fine brothers started WFIE television station in Evansville. They sold the station in 1956. They opened and later sold other stations in St. Joseph and Jefferson City, Missouri.
Fine married Dorothy Seegal in 1958 in Sarasota, Florida. Dorothy and Jesse retired to Florida in 1966. Once he arrived, Fine partnered with two other broadcasters and established a new radio station in Ft. Lauderdale, which was later sold. Fine played golf and did community and charitable work. He wrote the IU Alumni Association in 1978 that he and Dorothy traveled “quite a bit.”
Fine died Nov. 11, 1985 in Hollywood, Florida. Once Dorothy Fine became involved with Indiana University, she wanted to create a fellowship in practical and professional ethics in her husband’s name. She died in 2010. This fellowship is the result of her generosity.