"Program for Leadership and Character" Archive

Honesty Project announces winners of funding competition

The Honesty Project, which launched in 2020 with a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, has awarded grants to 16 projects exploring the science of honesty and philosophical questions related to the virtue. Photo of a student wearing a mask and working on a laptop while sitting at a black iron picnic table in the Tribble Courtyard. A large tree with autumn foliage is shown behind her.

The Project’s funding competitions drew hundreds of proposals from researchers worldwide who are investigating what determines honesty, how honest people are, and the consequences of honesty for relationships, groups and institutions. The winning studies focus on a range of topics from honesty in public health communications to understanding culturally-endorsed parental lies.

“We are thrilled to be able to support these 16 teams researching the philosophy and the science of honesty,” said Christian B. Miller, project director and A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest. “The study of honesty has been surprisingly neglected in academic research, but these highly innovative and exciting projects will help to change that. I can’t wait to see the discoveries about honesty they will produce in the coming years.”

Read the full story and view the research award winners on the Wake Forest News website.

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Faculty Panel to be held April 7

Informational flier for the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Panel Discussion on April 7, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The flier shows headshots of WFU faculty moderator Betsy Barre and faculty panelists Katherine A. Shaner, Corey D. B. Walker and Betina Wilkinson.

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity will host a virtual faculty panel on anti-racist pedagogies on Wednesday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to noon. The event offers faculty across the University the opportunity to think more deeply, dialogue more broadly and act more decisively in implementing anti-racist pedagogies in their courses. The interdisciplinary panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging anti-racist pedagogy in the classroom.

“Grassroots movements across the U.S. are urgently calling for bold action to eradicate racial injustice and violence at its core,” said Jill Crainshaw, Vice Dean for faculty development and academic initiatives. “Through intentional dialogue, we hope to explore our role as educators in embodying bold action through teaching and ways to enhance our pedagogy to better prepare students for critically conscious, anti-racist leadership.”

The conversation will be moderated by Betsy Barre, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Panelists include:

  • Katherine A. Shaner, associate professor of New Testament
  • Corey D. B. Walker, Wake Forest professor of the Humanities
  • Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, associate professor and associate chair of Politics and International Affairs, and director of the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative (RIPI)

This event is co-sponsored by the WFU Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative (RIPI) and made possible through a departmental grant from the Program for Leadership and Character.

Registration is required.

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Conference explores character in the professions

Earlier this month, leading scholars joined physicians, attorneys, religious leaders, government leaders, engineers, educators, business executives and other professionals to explore the role of character in the professions at a three-day virtual conference.

The Character and Professions Conference, hosted by the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University and the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford, provided a unique opportunity for students, faculty, staff and professionals to explore the importance of character in various professional settings and consider ways of cultivating character in their personal and professional lives.

Panels included: Character and Public LifeCharacter and Religious LeadershipCharacter, Engineering and TechnologyCharacter, Diversity and the ProfessionsCharacter and MedicineCharacter and Business; and Character and Law.

Follow the links above to watch videos from the conference, and visit Wake Forest news to learn more.

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An invitation from President Hatch: Character and the Professions Conference

The following message was emailed to the Wake Forest community on March 15 on behalf of University President Nathan O. Hatch. 

Dear Wake Forest community,

I write to invite you to participate in the virtual conference on Character and the Professions hosted on March 18-20 by the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest and the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford.

The conference will kick off on Thursday evening, March 18, with a keynote session with former U.S. Secretaries of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright and Gen. Colin L. Powell. This event, in partnership with the Face to Face Speaker Forum, will feature a conversation about leadership and character in public life. Read more

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Updates from HR: Vaccines, operating status, focus groups, TIAA webinars, and Character and the Professions conference

COVID-19 vaccine update

Last Thursday, Governor Cooper announced that those eligible in Group 4, beginning with people with high-risk medical conditions and those who live in certain congregate settings, will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Wednesday, March 17. Photo of a banner hanging on the Z. Smith Reynolds library with the text "Operating Status: Yellow" above an image of the sun. Below the sun, text says "Hello Yellow! Nice work. Keep it up."

All other essential workers in Group 4 – including all WFU employees and students living in residence halls – are expected to become eligible on April 7.

Additional on-campus vaccine clinics are anticipated to be available the week of March 22 to faculty, staff and students with high-risk medical conditions. Colleagues and students will receive more information regarding eligibility and registration this week.

Follow Wake Forest University Human Resources on Instagram and Facebook, where colleagues have shared what the vaccination means to them. You can also share and tag your own vaccine photos with #ThisIsOurShot.

Yellow Operating Status

In light of the continued downward trend in positive cases of COVID-19 on campus, WFU returned to Yellow Operating Status on Friday, March 12.

You can read the full announcement on Our Way Forward.

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