Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 285–300 | Cite as

Ethics in the Humanities: Findings from Focus Groups

  • Cheryl K. Stenmark
  • Alison L. Antes
  • Laura E. Martin
  • Zhanna BagdasarovEmail author
  • James F. Johnson
  • Lynn D. Devenport
  • Michael D. Mumford


This project examined the ethical issues faced by academics and professionals in the Humanities. We conducted focus groups to gather information about the ethical concerns in these fields and used the qualitative data arising from the discussions to create a taxonomy that represents the structure of ethical issues in the Humanities. A key implication of our findings is that while the focus of ethics research and interventions has been primarily on the sciences and engineering, academics and professionals in other fields also encounter some unique critical ethical dilemmas that require further research and methods of intervention.


Integrity Ethics Ethics taxonomy Focus groups 



We would like to thank the panel members who participated in this project. We would also like to acknowledge the Graduate College for providing the grants for compensating participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheryl K. Stenmark
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alison L. Antes
    • 1
    • 3
  • Laura E. Martin
    • 1
    • 4
  • Zhanna Bagdasarov
    • 1
    Email author
  • James F. Johnson
    • 1
  • Lynn D. Devenport
    • 1
  • Michael D. Mumford
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Applied Social ResearchThe University of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Social WorkAngelo State UniversitySan AngeloUSA
  3. 3.Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland HeightsUSA
  4. 4.Midwestern State UniversityWichita FallsUSA

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