Inaugurated in 2007, the Praxis Award in Professional Ethics highlights and celebrates the contributions of a professional or an academic in the field of professional ethics. Presented annually at a special recognition ceremony, the recipient is invited to give a brief lecture, open to the public.

Congratulations to our 2024 Recipient: Paul Farber, PhD



Call for Nominations

Eighteenth Annual

Praxis Award in Professional Ethics

The Ethics Program invites nominations for the 2025 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics. To highlight and celebrate the work of professionals and academics in the field of professional ethics, the Ethics Program of Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences recognizes the work of such a person by awarding him or her with the Praxis Award.

We call for the nominations of individuals who meet any of the criteria outlined below.  To be considered, a nominee need not fulfill all of the criteria listed. Recognizing excellence in one or more of these areas, however, is the objective of the award.

A nominee should demonstrate evidence of excellence by

  1. Embodying the ethical ideals of a particular profession
  2. Connecting work in a profession to a broader understanding of the common good
  3. Promoting ethical integrity in a professional field
  4. Conducting research in the field of professional ethics
  5. Influencing the field of professional ethics in a positive manner through writing, teaching, consulting, and/or professional leadership

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 19, 2024.

With your nomination, please provide the committee with the following:

1.       Your rationale for the nomination

2.       A biography of the nominee

3.       Contact information for the nominee

The person nominating may be asked to meet with the selection committee to discuss his or her nominee.

The committee recommends that all nominations be confidential.

The Selection Committee for Praxis Award includes faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Engineering and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

Please submit all nominations by April 19 2024, to Mark Doorley, Director, the Ethics Program of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Mark Doorley, Ph.D.

2023:  Chef Cristina Martinez

2022:  Dr. Ala Stanford, FACS, FAAP

2020:  Stewart Kwoh, Esq.

2019: Michael E. Mann, PhD

2018: Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman

2017: James Childress, PhD

2016: Deborah Wilson, RN, BSN

2015: Louis S. Rulli, JD

2014: Judge Marc Carter

2013: Jennifer Staple-Clark

2012: Andrew Kricun, PE

2011: Milton H. Donaldson, MD

2010: Marc Edwards, PhD

2009: Amy Domini

2008: John Hansen-Flaschen, MD

2007: Joel J. Nobel, MD

The Ethics Program instituted a student essay prize—open to graduate and undergraduate students—in conjunction with the Praxis award. The best essay will receive a $300 prize.



Each academic year, typically in the fall, the Ethics Program invites a junior scholar in Ethics to deliver a public lecture for the Villanova University community. Undergraduates have an opportunity to engage a younger scholar at the beginning of their career on a variety of contemporary moral topics. This lecture is sponsored by the William T. Dunn ’55 Ethics Program Endowed Fund.

Each year during Family Weekend we celebrate the best works in ethics from the previous academic year.  Learn more here.


Group I-Environmental Ethics

Gina Imperiale
“Walter the Water Droplet”
Ryenn Engles
“The Ethical Dilemma Behind Having Children During a Climate Crisis”
Sarah Carstensen
“Saving Live, Hurting Souls”
Gina Ngo
“Cancer Diagnoses in China: Does Culture Warrant Nondisclosure to Patients?”
Alexandra Emma
“Fast Fashion: Enacting Change From the Ground Up”

Group II-Incarceration and Justice
Megan Rigione
“A face of Oppression: Incarcerated Pregnancy”
Becca Wang
“Justice and Jesus: Rethinking Christianity’s Responsibility Towards Mass Incarceration”
Carter Walden
“Rawls vs. Nozick”
Colin Gilligan
“Modern Slavery: The United States Prison System”

Group III-Social Issues
Natalie Schirmacher
“A Eudaimonistic Critic of the United States Immigration System: Restructuring the US Immigration System to Place Human Flourishing at the Center of the Immigration Debate”
Ellie Smart
“Special Education Teacher Burnout Through the Lens of Kittay’s Ethic of Care”
Alex Saltus
“The Economic Ethical Dilemma of the Community Affordable Loan Solution”
Katie Jordan
“Beholding Death on Pale Wings”


Villanova also hosts the annual Delaware Valley Regional High School Ethics Bowl, as part of The National High School Ethics Bowl. Similar to the Collegiate Bowl, teams take turns analyzing cases about complex ethical dilemmas and responding to questions and comments from the other team and from a panel of judges.  For more information, please contact Mark Doorley.  The 2024 Ethics Bowl will be held on February 3, 2024.

Villanova University, SAC Room 205
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Director: Mark Doorley
Assoc. Director: Brett Wilmot
Admin. Asst.: Peggy Elder