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Promoting Research Integrity

A Workshop for Research Faculty and Administrators

Jacksonville, Florida | Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 10:15 am-4:30 pm

Sponsored by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions-Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Research, and Texas Tech University with the support of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

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It is time to reconsider our approaches to promoting research integrity and dealing with research misconduct and questionable research practices.

This workshop will be interactive and collaborative with a focus on improvement. The three presenters will critique selected current practices, identify critical shortcomings, and outline suggestions for improvement. All participants are encouraged to bring and share their own thoughts about problems and solutions, and to challenge or supplement the presenters' arguments.

David E. Wright, Director of the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, will participate in the workshop pending funding availability.


Next Steps: Beyond RCR Instruction – Kenneth D. Pimple, Ph.D., Director of Teaching Research Ethics Programs, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, Indiana University Bloomington, will critique the "failure" of RCR instruction (RCRI), debunk the notion that RCRI should be expected to eliminate research misconduct, and describe realistic goals and genuine benefits of RCRI. He will also provide a conceptual framework that can be used to develop practical, measurable initiatives to manage misconduct and promote research integrity.

The Survey of Organizational Research Climate (SORC) – Brian Martinson, Ph.D., Senior Research Investigator, HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, will describe the development of the SORC, a gold-standard measure of ethical climate in research institutions. He will describe the SORC's content, use, and value in promoting research integrity, and as a tool for quality improvement and quality assurance in research enterprises.

Compliance, Curriculum, and Community: One Institution's Approach to Research Integrity – Kathryn Partin, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Research, Colorado State University, will provide additional arguments for a change in course in institutional responses to research misconduct and other research shortfalls. She will also describe CSU's discovery of enormous gaps in the fundamental skills of trainees – skills essential to producing reliable results – and discuss meaningful alternative approaches to RCR instruction that may reduce reckless misconduct, illustrating the gap between the RCR instructor and the Research Integrity Officer.


10:15 Registration and introductions
10:30 Next Steps (Pimple)
11:15 Discussion
11:45 Introduction of lunch discussion
Noon Small-group discussion over lunch – Best practices
1:00 Summation of lunch discussion (Pimple)
1:15 SORC (Martinson)
2:00 Discussion
2:30 Break
2:45 Compliance, Curriculum, & Community (Partin)
3:30 Discussion
4:00 Closing discussion
4:30 Adjournment

Registration and fee

The workshop will take place the day before the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) in the meeting hotel.

Box lunch is included in registration.

Registration fee APPE members Non-members
Until Dec. 1, 2013 $80 $130
Dec. 2 to Jan. 7, 2014 $100 $150
After Jan. 7, 2014 $120 $170


Join our list of sponsors and receive recognition and a discount on registration. Please contact Glenda Murray for further information.

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Teaching Research Ethics: Changes

The 20th Annual Teaching Research Ethics Workshop was May 14-17, 2013. Enrollment has been declining for several years, and we have concluded that the TRE Workshop requires major changes. We regret to announce that we have decided not to offer the TRE Workshop at IUB in 2014. 

We are considering other models for continuing something like the TRE workshop, including switching to a biannual schedule. Another possibility would be for a university, or a cluster of universities physically near each other, to host a workshop. Kenneth D. Pimple, Ph.D., Director of the TRE project since its inception, would work with the host to design a cost-effective workshop. If your institution is interested in exploring this idea, please get in touch with Ken.

In its 20 years, the Teaching Research Ethics Workshop (TRE) at Indiana University Bloomington gained an international reputation for excellence, attracting more than 700 participants from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 15 foreign countries, representing 235 universities and other institutions.

In its first three years, of TRE received major funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. When that grant expired, the Poynter Center organized the workshop to operate on fees and contributions from sponsors. Workshop evaluations always included effusive praise.