On Advancing Professional Ethics to the Next Level: Interdisciplinary vs. Intra-Disciplinary Approaches

By Manfred F. Meine and Thomas P. Dunn.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The American Sociological Association and the American Society for Public Administration are widely recognized as being among the premier professional associations in their respective fields within academia and beyond. Although a commitment to the promotion of ethical competence among their members is clearly viewed by both organizations as being central to the accomplishment of their missions, their techniques for doing so have included unique, as well as similar initiatives, to include, perhaps most importantly, periodic reviews and revisions of their marquee Codes of Ethics. While these reviews, which have been undertaken from an intra-disciplinary perspective, have been productive, it is the position of the authors that to approach future reviews of their ethics codes, and other ethics initiatives, from an interdisciplinary, collaborative perspective could serve to facilitate even more insightful modifications. To that end, this paper 1) provides a comprehensive, comparative overview of the ethics initiatives of the two professional associations, 2) presents a summary of what the authors will have learned with respect to the feasibility of continuing to pursue the proposed collaboration between the two associations, and 3) if it is determined that continuing efforts are warranted, presents a formal plan for moving the initiative forward toward a positive conclusion with regard to the ASA and ASPA as well as for potential expansion to other organizations.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Professional Ethics, Disciplinary Ethics Programs, ASPA, ASA, Models

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.25-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 801.707KB).

Dr. Manfred F. Meine

Professor of Public Administration, Global Campus Florida, Troy University, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA

Manfred Meine has been teaching at the University level for over 30 years, and he currently holds the academic rank of professor and is a member of the TROY Public Administration graduate faculty. He has served Troy University for more than 16 years in a number of roles including Public Administration Department Chair, and as Director of extended campuses. Meine’s professional background includes attendance at the FBI National Academy, managing investigative units throughout the world, supervising personal security for two Secretaries of Defense, personnel management at Departmental Level and several investigative and training policy positions. Meine’s education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha; a Master of Arts Degree from John Jay College, City University of New York; and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Meine is the Immediate Past President of the Florida Advisory Council on Military Education (ACME) and he is active in the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) where he is the treasurer of ASPA’s Ethics Section. Meine has presented extensively in the international arena throughout Europe, and recently as a member of ASPA delegations in China and Russia.

Dr. Thomas P. Dunn

Assistant Professor, Soxiology, Troy University, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, USA

Thomas P. Dunn is an assistant professor of sociology at Troy University, where he has also served as a Regional Department Chair for the College of Arts and Sciences and as Interim Academic Dean for Troy University’s Global Campus. His education includes the A.B. Degree from Western Kentucky University in Psychology and the M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Dunn’s research interests include the sociological aspects of education in general and the online education phenomenon in particular.

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