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 2020 Recipient: Stewart Kwoh

The nomination deadline is April 15, preceeding each award year.

To be considered, a nominee need not fulfill all of the criteria listed below. However, recognizing excellence in one or more of these areas is the objective of the award.

  • A nominee should demonstrate evidence of excellence by:
  • Embodying the ethical ideals of a particular profession
  • Connecting work in a profession to a broader understanding of the common good
  • Promoting ethical integrity in a professional field
  • Conducting research in the field of professional ethics
  • Influencing the field of professional ethics in a positive manner through writing, teaching, consulting, and/or professional leadership

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 and 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.

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.

More information to come on the topic, guidelines and deadline for 2022 submissions.



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.

2021 Ethics Symposium


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.  

Villanova University, SAC Room 104
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

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