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Mission and Vision   

The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership is a primary catalyst for the realiza on of the values, mission and vision of Samford University, suppor ng teaching, research and service across the Samford University campus. Our mission is to:  Promote the moral development of Samford students and equip them for ethical leadership in voca onal, community and family life.  Serve as a center of teaching excellence, empowering faculty with the methods and resources to integrate ethics effec vely into the curriculum.  Foster a university culture that values produc ve, moral discourse around challenges facing individuals, the professions and society.  Amplify other Samford ini aves in ethics and leadership, encouraging interdisciplinary scholarship across the university.  Engage the professional and business communi es for mutual learning and the advancement of ethical values and prac ces. Through our work, we support and affirm Samford University’s mission “ nurture persons in their development of intellect, crea vity, faith and personhood…” and to “...foster academic, career and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.” We also work to advance Samford’s core values of:  learning and responsible freedom of inquiry;  personal empowerment, accountability and responsibility;  voca onal success and civic engagement;  spiritual growth and cul va on of physical well-being;  integrity, honesty and jus ce;  apprecia on for diverse cultures and convic ons;  and service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community. Our work also enriches undergraduate educa on by suppor ng Samford’s baccalaureate goals, including cri cal reflec on, ethical reasoning, and community engagement. Addionally, the Mann Center plays a key role in furthering Samford’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which calls for Cul va on of Virtues as well as Cul va on of the Mind, and the individual missions of Samford’s schools.



Mission and Vision ............................................................................. p. 3  Welcome ............................................................................................ p. 6  Snapshots ........................................................................................... p. 7  Academic Integrity ........................................................................... p. 20  Be er World Theatre ........................................................................ p. 20 Courageous Conversa ons ............................................................... p. 22 Faculty and Professional Development ............................................. p. 22 Hodges Lectures in Ethics and Leadership ......................................... p. 23 Interna onal Ini a ves .................................................................... p. 25  Mann Medal in Ethics and Leadership .............................................. p. 25 Collabora ve Programs .................................................................... p. 25 Scholars in Ethical Leadership ........................................................... p. 26  Communica ons .............................................................................. p. 28  External Connec ons ........................................................................ p. 29  Publica ons ...................................................................................... p. 29  Advancement ................................................................................... p. 31  Future Ini a ves .............................................................................. p. 32   

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The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, a unit of the Office of the Provost at Samford University, is a catalyst for the university’s Chris an mission, cul va ng ethical leaders who realize our vision that “the world is be er for it.” Founded with support from Samford alumnus Marvin L. Mann, the center strives to develop ethical competencies through innova ve and challenging student programs, faculty development, and community engagement. In June 2013, the center completed its fi h full year of service at Samford University. The 2012-2013 academic year has seen internal and external partnerships strengthened, while faculty engagement with the center’s ini a ves has increased substan ally. The center is now in a period of transi on, with my elec on as the twel h president of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, effec ve July 1, 2013, but it is poised for even greater success under the leadership of the next director. A search has begun for a naonally recognized scholar to serve in that capacity. Highlights of the center’s work during the 2012-2013 academic year included:  Academic Integrity.  One of the most cri cal academic challenges facing higher educa on today is an epidemic of academic dishonesty. The Mann Center has led the way in addressing this issue head-on at Samford, and is now leading a regional ini ave to enrich academic integrity prac ces at ins tu ons throughout the Southeast.  Be er  World  Theatre.  In November 2011, the Mann Center debuted its signature Be er World Theatre pedagogy, which to date has been used successfully in courses in the nursing and business schools. In Spring 2013, students par cipa ng in a cocurricular Be er World Theatre project wrote and produced a brief play on academic integrity, which they then presented at two professional conferences in April.  Interna onal Service Prac cum.  For the past two summers, Samford students have worked with Living Way, a microenterprise development center in Cape Town, South Africa, to effect social change through economic empowerment. Their work with the organiza on’s Agri-Academy, a mentoring program for aspiring farmers, will be con nued during a July 2013 prac cum.  Scholars  in  Ethical  Leadership.  The Mann Center’s proposed Scholars  in  Ethical  Leadership  program, the first of its kind at Samford, will be a dis nc ve asset for Samford, while posi oning the center more securely as an academic unit and strengthening collabora ve rela onships with academic and student affairs. Program development, which began in 2012, will be ongoing during 2013 and 2014. As always, we are grateful for the ongoing support of those in the Samford and external communi es who engage in the center’s work and share our vision of cul va ng the leaders of tomorrow. Sincerely, PAGE 6 

John C. Knapp Founding Director

S Since its incep on five years ago, the Mann Center has developed a na onal reputa on for the caliber and crea vity of its programs, serving as a model of excellence in ethics educa on. The center’s innova ve interdisciplinary programs challenge students to become ethical leaders, engage the professional community, and impact the city, the country, and the world. The stories of these ini a ves and other vital ac vi es are highlighted in the following pages.

Conference Strives to Engage Students, Teachers   To Promote Academic Integrity  Megan Thompson, Samford Office of Communica on  April 23, 2013 - Samford University's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership recently hosted the 2013 Southeast Regional Academic Integrity Conference. The event was cosponsored with the Interna onal Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI). Keynote speaker was Gary Pavela, director of academic integrity at Syracuse University. Pavela began with his thoughts on preven ng academic dishonesty. According to Pavela, students engaging with teachers is the most effec ve way to establish academic integrity in the humani es. Pavela said the passion to ques on "why things are as they are" is not limited to the humani es, however. "In the hands of good teachers, it carries over to all of the fields." Samford freshmen students Kris n Aebli, Catherine Forman, Claire Gaxiola and Chris na Wi performed a short play on academic integrity, which they wrote, and led the audience in a discussion of the ethical issues in the play. "Not only was their performance fantas c, they exhibited an enormous amount of poise during the discussion and represented Samford very well," said Azalea Hulbert, Mann Center program manager. This was the first year for the Southeastern Regional Academic Integrity Conference. Hulbert said the conference was successful in bringing leaders from other schools together on campus to discuss the issue of academic integrity. "We had just over 40 a endees at the conference, represen ng 26 ins tu ons in seven states. These a endees included faculty, student affairs staff, administrators, and students, and represented a variety of schools: large public ins tu ons, community colleges, military schools, and smaller private schools." The Mann Center will con nue to use the Academic Integrity Conference to establish these rela onships between different academic fields, according to Hulbert. The Mann Center will begin to lead a consor um formed in partnership with the ICAI, one facet of which will be the annual conference, at Samford.


"ICAI hosts an interna onal conference every year, but has recently been working to create smaller regional consor a that can keep the work of ICAI going more effec vely throughout the year," Hulbert said. "Our ICAI Southeast Consor um is the third such group to be formed to date. We feel that this collabora on will enrich academic integrity prac ces at schools throughout the Southeast, and will posi on Samford as a thought leader in this cri cal area."

Samford’s Knapp Elected President of Hope College  Philip Poole, Samford Office of Communica on  March 25, 2013 - John C. Knapp, founding director of Samford University's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, has been named the next president of Hope College effec ve July 1. Knapp was elected the 12th president of Hope by the college's board of trustees March 25. In announcing the elec on to the Samford community, Samford Provost and Execu ve Vice President J. Bradley Creed said, "This is a great opportunity for John and further affirms the quality of leaders we have here at Samford University. I appreciate the outstanding job he has done with that program in building a strong founda on for the future. "I know you will join me in congratula ng John, in thanking him for his service to Samford and in praying for his family as they make this transi on to a new opportunity of service." Note: This story includes informa on provided by the Hope College office of public relaons.    

Lincoln Chose a Winning Moment to Proclaim Emancipa on  William Nunnelley, Samford Office of Communica on  February  19,  2013  - President Abraham Lincoln first read his proposed Emancipa on Proclama on to his Cabinet July 22, 1862, but it was a full two months before he issued the historic document publicly, Lincoln scholar Richard Carwardine said at Samford University Feb. 19.  

Carwardine, an American history specialist and president of Corpus Chris College at the University of Oxford, U.K., delivered Samford's Andrew Gerow Hodges Lecture on Ethics and Leadership, speaking to about 700 students and others in Reid Chapel. His book [Lincoln: A  Life  of  Purpose  and  Power]  won the 2004 Lincoln Prize for the best book on the Civil War.  

During the two-month delay, Lincoln bought me with his public answer to New York  Tribune editor Horace Greeley, who on Aug. 19 accused the President of "disdain of twenty million freedom-loving Unionists and of pampering the border states."  

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In a response to Greeley in the Washington Chronicle, Lincoln said, "My paramount objec ve in this struggle is to save the union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery." Lincoln added, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it."  

In closing his le er to Greeley, he said, "I have here stated my purpose according to my

view of official duty; and I intend no modifica on of my o -expressed personal wish that all men every where could be free." Carwardine called it "an adroit answer" because it reassured radicals that Lincoln was preparing for a drama c step and conserva ves that he had no such inten on. But the historian said there was no misunderstanding of where Lincoln stood personally because he had built his reputa on during the 1850s on his "earnest opposi on to slavery." He quoted Lincoln as saying, "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong." The historian noted that the 2012 movie Lincoln showed that the President "used all his wiles to gain emancipa on," portraying him as a "shrewd party opera ve." During a panel discussion Feb. 18, Carwardine described Lincoln as "profoundly moral," "driven by injus ce" and a man with "deep belief in natural rights." He said Lincoln believed "to deprive a slave of the fruits of his labor was an affront to jus ce." The lecture and panel discussion were sponsored by Samford's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. The Hodges lectureship is named for the Samford graduate and long me trustee and supporter of the University.

Mann Center Emphasizes Faculty Role   In the Moral Development of College Students  From INSIGHTS in Ethics and Leadership  January 16, 2013 - Neuroscience research is yielding new insights into the development of young adults, showing that the college years may be prime me to acquire competencies in ethical recogni on, reasoning and ac on. As the prefrontal cortex matures in the later stages of brain development, it becomes possible to engage in more complex reasoning; to take into account the wider and longer-term consequences of ac ons; and to deal more competently with ambiguous or conflic ng moral claims. This phenomenon is among many topics explored in the Mann Center’s workshop, “The  Moral Development of College Students.” Offered most recently to the faculty of the Ida V. Moffe School of Nursing, the seminar encourages members of faculty to think in new ways about their roles in fostering student character and ethical competencies. The Mann Center has iden fied three characteris cs that should be recognizable in all Samford University graduates:  Competent in ethical recogni on, reasoning and ac on.  Commi ed to lifelong development of virtuous character and spiritual maturity.  Prepared for moral agency in naviga ng the increasingly complex social and ethical demands of life in families, organiza ons, professions, and society.

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The workshop covers formal and informal influences on moral development, showing how each member of the faculty can play a crucial role in this process. “College life can and does affect moral development – for be er or for worse,” said Dr. Knapp. “We must recognize that many students are ques oning the values and beliefs of their upbringing as they formulate their own moral iden es. In the midst of this developmental journey, they are making important life decisions with moral implica ons. We must be inten onal about equipping them to navigate life's challenges.”

“Conversa on” Discusses Culture Shock for Interna onal Students  Sarah Waller, Samford Office of Communica on  November 28, 2012 - A Nov. 27 forum at Samford University focused on transi on and assimila on challenges faced by interna onal students. Sponsored by Samford's Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, the Courageous Conversa ons event brought together a diverse crowd of American and interna onal students to "Culture Shock: The Life of a Chinese Student in the South."  

"This is not a presenta on. It's a conversa on," said John Knapp, Mann Center director.

A panel of students led the conversa on by asking for the audience's reac on to certain ques ons like, "Are you comfortable talking to someone that has difficulty speaking English?" Over me, the conversa on naturally progressed as audience members directed ques ons to each other, and students stood up to give their replies.

The four student moderators were junior history major Darren Gray, senior graphic arts major Monica Longoria, freshman undeclared major Rebecca Liang and senior accoun ng major Kirby Xu. Both Liang and Xu are from China.

With 67 graduate students, 51 undergraduates and 77 students enrolled in the English Language Learner Ins tute, Samford's interna onal students represent 22 countries, and 85 percent of these students come from China.

As the conversa on focused around culture shock, one American student posed the ques on, "What can I do for Chinese students to feel more comfortable around me and my friends? I am so worried that I am going to accidently offend them by doing something wrong."

The Chinese students present gave a variety of answers. One student said it would help if people would just smile and be warmhearted. Another explained her dilemma with American jokes, saying she wished people would simply explain them to her.

"When we are talking, some mes people start to laugh, and I don't understand. I translate the conversa on word-for-word, but I don't find it funny. Instead of saying, 'oh, it's nothing,' it would make me feel more included if someone would just explain it to me," she said.

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Nursing Students Produce Plays on Ethical Issues Philip Poole, Samford Office of Communica on  November 20, 2012 - Students in Samford University's Ida V. Moffe School of Nursing par cipated Nov. 19 in the most recent edi on of Be er World Theatre as a class project designed to help them be er understand ethics in the nursing profession. "Discussing ethics is challenging. It was  helpful to prac ce listening to others with a  The students, all in their first semester of nursing school, prodifferent view...Because it took place outduced three short plays highligh ng a variety of ethical dilemside of our normal rou ne, I felt that Be er  mas in the nursing profession, including conflicts of interest, World Theater allowed everyone, par ciinterpersonal rela onships, and the use of social media. Followpants and audience alike, to embark on a  ing each play, the students led the audience in a discussion of journey together of authen c communicathe issues. on and dialogue about ethical issues that  will undoubtedly arise in life…” The project was coordinated by Donald Sandley, chair of Samford's theatre and dance department, and John Knapp, director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. The Be er  World  Theatre ini a ve encourages students to think cri cally about ethical issues in their field of study by ac ng out scenarios they are likely to encounter in the professional world.

-Cari Gelderman, Ida V. Moffe School of Nursing

Church in Rwanda Uses Business Techniques   To Help People Beat Poverty William Nunnelley, Samford Office of Communica on  November 8, 2012 - Anglican Bishop Laurent Mbanda told a Samford University audience the church is using small business techniques to help people out of the "the circle of poverty" in his African homeland of Rwanda. "The church is in the business of trying to upli the condi ons of people," said Mbanda, speaking to a gathering of students, Brock School of Business faculty and others. The Nov. 8 program was sponsored by Samford's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. Mbanda was born in Rwanda but fled with his family at the age of four to neighboring Burundi to escape an ethnic war, and spent much of his youth in a refugee se lement. "My goal growing up was to get out of that refugee camp," he said. PAGE 14 

He was eventually able to do so, and made his way to the U.S. for his college educa on. He earned a master's degree form Denver Seminary and Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Seminary. He returned to Rwanda, "believing God had done wonders in my life," in order to "give back" to his country.

Religion Shows No Sign of Disappearing from Poli cs, Says Douglas  Drew Laing, Samford Office of Communica on  October 12, 2012 - Religion has been a cornerstone of American poli cs through history, Chris an ethicist Mark Douglas said during a program on "Faith and Poli cs: Do We Need Religion in the Public Square?" at Samford University Oct. 11. "Religions and religious faith have always been involved in American poli cs as both guiding forces and subject ma er and they show no sign of disappearing in the foreseeable future," said Douglas, who teaches ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. The event was sponsored by Samford's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. Not only has religion been a "guiding force" in American poli cs, but according to Douglas, there's been an innate divisive nature between poli cs and religion since the incepon of America. "Poli cal secularism has been in the U.S. formally, since the Bill of Rights. So poli cally, there's division [between religion and poli cs]," Douglas said. "We started with poli cal secularism, moved our way to cultural secularism and then that manifested itself into more of a civil religion," he added. Douglas also stressed the idea of faithful engagement in the public square of private issues such as religion, but religious people are struggling to find their voice and to convey their message eloquently. "There are religious voices all over the place in public, but they are having trouble being coherent," Douglas said. Douglas spent me in 2006 wri ng an editorial for an Atlanta weekly The Sunday Paper. While engaging in public discourse about topics ranging from religion, poli cs, tragedies and contemporary issues, Douglas said he discovered that religious language tends to be tolerated. "I learned people are more interested in 'a rac ve' than clear arguments," Douglas said. Douglas teaches courses in science and religion and directs the master of arts in theological studies program at Columbia. He is author of the book, Believing Aloud: Reflec ons on  Being Religious in the Public Square and founding editor of @this point: Theological reflec ons on church and culture, the seminary's online journal. 

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Samford's Mann Center Helps Students   Take a Stand for Academic Integrity  William Nunnelley, Samford Office of Communica on  October 11,  2012 - While some students come from middle and high school situa ons where chea ng is common, Samford University is stressing the value of academic integrity in a posi ve way--through student peers. Samford's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership has put together a program that appoints a group of students to be Academic Integrity Advocates. Their role is to help develop ways to reach other students, especially incoming freshmen, about the value of good academic behavior. Is the program working? "The program is doing a good job of educa ng students, which reduces the 'I didn't know that was considered chea ng' factor," said Lydia Nace, a student who serves as an Academic Integrity Advocate. She noted that the advocates are working to fulfill a Student Government Senate resoluon to write an honor code for Samford. She said the advocates program will con nue to take steps toward informing students about academic integrity "and how to respond to the new pressures of academic performance in college." Nace was part of a group of students leading a Sept. 20 convoca on on the topic, "When Winning is Losing: How Not To Get Ahead at Samford." They spoke at a freshmen convoca on in Reid Chapel as part of the Mann Center's Courageous Conversa ons Series. "The series encourages students to engage in moral discourse on difficult, yet cri cal issues," said Azalea Hulbert, Mann Center program director. "Since many students come from schools where chea ng is the norm, we feel it is very important to remind them, once they are here, that we have high standards at Samford and that we expect students to do their work honestly and with integrity," said Dr. John Knapp, Mann Center director. "It is very powerful to hear upperclassmen reminding new students that a Samford degree really means something, and that it is essen al to get in the habit of doing honest work."

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The Mann Center a empts to remind students of the value of academic integrity in other ways. It con nuously develops an online resource center with helpful materials on academic integrity for students and faculty. It also collaborates with the Interna onal Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and other universi es to iden fy new approaches and best prac ces in addressing academic integrity.

Samford University Students Develop   Agribusiness Coursework in South Africa  Mar n Swant, The Birmingham News  September 14, 2012 - Students from Samford University spent the summer on the other side of academia -- and in another hemisphere -- training and teaching South African farmers how to be er run their business. Five students and one faculty member spent three weeks developing coursework for agribusiness for an agribusiness program in Masiphumelele, a township near Cape Town. The student group was led by Samford Brock School of Business student Mallo“I have seen how crucial this has been to my own perry James, who is a senior majoring in social sonal development. While internships are great and  entrepreneurship. necessary, this experience equips students with so  much more. Some mes I feel like students see a huge  disconnect between work and serving God, and the  Mann Center's projects have taught me how to  bridge that gap.” 

James, who first visited the country her freshman year as a part of for a January term class, said the students teamed with Living Way, a nonprofit Chris an ministry -Mallory James, Brock School of Business that's part of Living Hope. That organizaon's focus is economic empowerment and it addresses poverty in South Africa, with each of its divisions working on a different solu on.

"To see people want to learn so bad and have their own business so bad to have more for themselves, their family, and the genera ons a er them is so inspiring," she said. One of the program par cipants is 39-year-old Clifford Tavengerwa, who moved to South Africa from his home country of Zimbabwe with the hopes to finding a way to be er provide for his wife, two daughters and younger brothers. Back home, he had done some farming and also worked in the tourism industry un l it collapsed. Tavengerwa graduated from an inial Living Way program in December, when and his fellow students submi ed project proposals. His plan is to start his own business raising pigs. He and two other students spend three days a week plan ng cucumbers, tomatoes and beans. The other two days are spent in the classroom learning business concepts in theory and in prac ce, such as financial management and accoun ng.

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South Africa didn't necessarily become an economic democracy when it became a poli cal democracy 18 years ago, said John Knapp, founding director of Samford's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. The unemployment of black South Africans is around 40 percent and many of the neighborhoods around Cape Town are squa er camps. He said Samford is commi ed to furthering the idea that its students must be "agents of change" through hands-on economic empowerment.



By fostering a suppor ve university culture that values produc ve and respec ul dialogue, the Mann Center strives to promote the moral development of Samford students. This goal is supported through innova ve and challenging student programs, including the Courageous Conversa ons and Be er  World  Theatre  ini a ves, interna onal service projects, and programming focused on developing a posi ve culture of academic integrity. The following pages explore the diverse signature programs developed to date, and provide a comprehensive update of 2012—2013 ini a ves.

Academic Integrity  One of the most cri cal challenges facing higher educa on today is the prevalence of academic dishonesty. The Mann Center is con nuing to address this issue proac vely at Samford and expanding its influence regionally, partnering on many ini a ves with the Interna onal Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and leading the development of the ICAI Southeast Consor um. Learn more at‐ integrity.aspx.

2012‐13 Highlights  In September, the center convened a student-led Courageous Conversa on on the importance of academic honesty; more than 400 freshmen were in a endance. The center has also developed resources for instructors  of freshman classes, including a student-produced video vigne e on academic integrity. In February, Mann Center program manager Azalea Hulbert presented at the 2013 ICAI conference in San Antonio. The center then hosted the inaugural Southeastern Regional Academic Integrity Conference in April, which featured best prac ce sessions by representa ves from Mississippi State University, Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and Kennesaw State University. Samford students Kris n Aebli, Cat Forman, Claire Gaxiola, and Chris na Wi performed an original skit on academic integrity as part of the center’s Be er World Theatre ini a ve, and interna onally-recognized academic integrity expert Gary Pavela served as the keynote speaker.

Be er World Theatre   

The Mann Center's Be er World Theatre ini a ve, a collabora on between the center and the Samford Department of Theatre and Dance, allows students to explore ethical issues in their field of study by ac ng out scenarios they will likely encounter in the professional world. Plays are produced, directed, and performed by students, who are assessed on their ability to lead the audience in a discussion of the ethical issues raised. Learn more online at erWorldTheatre.aspx.  

2012‐13 Highlights 

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During the Fall 2012 semester, students in a sophomore nursing class produced three plays: S gma, Just a Problem of Time, and The An social Network.   In Spring 2013, freshmen par cipa ng in a co-curricular learning experience wrote and produced Dream  Sequence, a short vigne e on academic integrity. The play was performed at the 2013 Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEaL) Conference and at the 2013 Southeastern Regional Academic Integrity Conference, and was recorded for future use.

Courageous Conversa ons   

The Mann Center convenes an ongoing, occasional series of campus forums called Courageous Conversa ons, co-sponsored by University Ministries and other Samford en es. The programs encourage moral discourse about cri cal issues, with past programs focusing on immigra on, diversity, freedom of expression in cyberspace; sex and sexual conduct; and inclusivity towards individuals with physical and mental disabili es. Learn more at‐conversa ons.aspx.

2012‐13 Highlights  Culture  Shock  Samford:  The  Life  of a Chinese Student in the South  A student-led discussion on the challenges facing interna onal students at Samford. When  Winning  is  Losing:  How  Not  to  Get  Ahead  at  Samford  A discussion led by the Mann Center’s Academic Integrity Advocates, a student leadership group that promotes the importance of academic integrity and excellence at Samford. More than 400 freshmen were in a endance.

Faculty and Professional Development  The center is a resource for Samford faculty seeking to more effec vely address quesons of ethics, and ethical leadership, through teaching and scholarship in their own disciplines. Faculty development workshops focus on the moral development of college students, and on teaching methods that enhance ethics in the classroom. Resources are also provided through an online Ethics Resource Center, accessible via the websites of the Mann Center and University Library, and through the center’s online newsle er, INSIGHTS in Ethics and Leadership, accessible at The Mann Center also makes frequent presenta ons to business, civic, and church organiza ons, and to other academic en es. A comprehensive list of these organiza ons is available online at‐development.aspx.

2012‐13 Highlights  In November, the Mann Center provided a customized workshop on moral development to faculty in the Ida V. Moffe School of Nursing. The center is also conduc ng a comprehensive update of the online Ethics Resource Center, strengthening school-specific offerings and academic integrity resources. PAGE 22 

The center con nued to provide support to faculty across the curriculum and began to develop specific resources for Freshman Founda ons courses. The center’s Be er World  Theater pedagogy was used successfully with first-year students in the Ida V. Moffe

School of Nursing. Addi onally, the center pioneered an innova ve living case-study method in a graduate Brock School of Business course, and developed a three-module research ethics course for students par cipa ng in an NSF-funded research experience overseen by the Howard College of Arts and Sciences. The center, in collabora on with faculty and staff from across the campus, spent much of the 2012-2013 academic year developing a detailed proposal, including basic curriculum, for the Scholars in Ethical Leadership  program. Significant new courses in that program will include a keystone freshman course, an interna onal servicelearning prac cum, and a research-based, capstone senior experience. The center ac vely engaged the external community during the 2012-2013 academic year, with seminars and presenta ons for the Birmingham Women’s Commi ee of 100; Canterbury United Methodist Church; Clemson University; the Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEaL) Ins tute; the Huntsville Rotary Club; the Interna onal Center for Academic Integrity; the Investment Management Consultants Associa on; the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and the University of Notre Dame.

Hodges Lectures in Ethics and Leadership  This endowed series brings na onally prominent leaders and scholars to Samford to address issues in ethics and leadership. Fourteen lectures on a variety of topics have been hosted to date by the Mann Center, featuring experts in business, law, government, educa on, and other sectors. A comprehensive list of past speakers is available online at manncenter/hodges.aspx.

2012‐13 Highlights  Dr. Richard Carwardine, Lincoln scholar and president of Corpus Chris College at the University of Oxford presented the Hodges Lecture to Samford students, faculty, and special guests on February 19th, 2013. The lecture, Abraham Lincoln and the Challenge of Emancipa on, commemorated both the 150th anniversary of the Emancipa on Proclama on and the 50th anniversary of Birmingham’s most violent civil rights struggles. During his visit, Dr. Carwardine also par cipated in a panel discussion, God’s Ins tu on or Gross Injus ce? Slavery and Religion before the Civil War.

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Interna onal Ini a ves Since its incep on, the Mann Center has been involved in vital ini a ves in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. These ini a ves are designed to promote ethical leadership and social change around the world. Learn more at interna onal.aspx.

2012‐13 Highlights  Caux  Round  Table  (Switzerland)  Dr. Knapp was a par cipant in the 2012 Caux Round Table and Scholar’s Retreat, which focused on the need for cross-sector leadership in the crea on of a sustainable market economy. "Consul ng with Living Way in South Africa    was a capstone experience for my business  Living Way (South Africa) A new South African ini a ve began in educa on...The trip expanded my network  July 2011, when Samford undergraduate students par cipated in interna onally, increased my cultural literaa service prac cum at Living Way microenterprise center in Cape cy, and provided an opportunity for underTown. In 2012, the center partnered with Samford’s Office of Stugraduate research – all fulfilling goals of  dent Leadership and Community Engagement for a second prac mine since freshman year and be er equipcum with Living Way. The goal of the annual prac cum is to allow ping me for gradua on."  students to promote sustainable social change through economic empowerment.

-Kley Sippel, 2011 Service Prac cum Team Leader

The Oxford Tradi on (United Kingdom) The Oxford Tradi on is a unique experience for Samford students that allows them to explore the rich legacy of leadership in higher educa on at the University of Oxford. During the 2012 program, directed by Dr. John Knapp, students studied significant cultural movements, including the transla on of the King James Bible at Oxford.

Mann Medal in Ethics and Leadership   

Samford University awards the Mann Medal in Ethics & Leadership to na onally or interna onally known leaders or organiza ons whose efforts have made significant contribuons to a more just and ethical society. Learn more at mann‐medal.aspx.

Other Collabora ve  Programs   

Throughout the year, the Mann Center co-sponsors a number of programs with other campus departments and community partners. Past collabora ons have involved the Brock School of Business, Cumberland School of Law, Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Beeson School of Divinity, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and the Alabama Humani es Founda on and Birmingham Public Library, to name a few.

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2012‐13 Highlights  50 Years Forward During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Mann Center cosponsored a series of programs, coordinated by Samford University and the Birmingham Public Library, that reflected on significant civil rights milestones of 1963.   Biotechnology,  Law  and  Ethics  Symposium  The center cosponsored the 2013 conference, Which Outcomes? Whose Ra onality? Discre on in a Ra onalizing Health Care System.   Healthcare Ethics and Law Conference During the 2013 HEaL Conference, Azalea Hulbert and Ida V. Moffe School of Nursing professor Jennifer Coleman facilitated a session tled “Be er World Theatre: Teaching Ethics Through the Arts.”

Scholars in Ethical Leadership 

In Spring 2013, the Mann Center received ini al approval to develop and launch a new bou que honors program, Scholars in Ethical Leadership. This marks a significant shi in the center’s role at Samford, posi oning it more securely as an academic unit while strengthening collabora ve rela onships with academic and student affairs. This program is also significant for the larger university, as students who complete the requirements will be awarded an undergraduate honors cer ficate, the first of its kind at Samford. The program will aspire to cul vate ethical leaders devoted to realizing Samford’s vision that “the world is be er for it.” Program development will be ongoing throughout the 2013-2014 academic year; as they are available, updates will be provided online at

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To further the Mann Center’s goals of promo ng the moral development of Samford students and of serving as a catalyst for the development of ethical leaders for the 21st century, we ac vely pursue external connec ons and promote the work of the center through a variety of publica ons and online resources.

Communica ons  

Website The Mann Center maintains an up-to-date presence on the Samford web site to publicly communicate the center’s priori es and ac vi es, and to serve as a source of prac cal resources for students and faculty: A new website was launched in July 2011, and is con nuously updated. Newsle er  The center’s e-mail newsle er, INSIGHTS in Ethics and Leadership, features perspec ves, trends and research in ethics and leadership, and updates on the center’s work: Distribuon is to all Samford employees and a growing list of external cons tuents. Social  Media  The center maintains an acve presence on social media websites: and www.twi Brochures  Two brochures have been produced: an informa onal piece for use on campus and in mee ngs with external audiences, including prospec ve individual donors, and a publica on for prospec ve ins tu onal contributors (Mann Society). The informa onal piece was recently revised, and addi onal pieces will be created for use with prospec ve and current students. Videos  Conversa ons on Ethics and Leadership is a con nuing series of recorded interviews with thought leaders in poli cs and law, business, and bioethics. To date, twelve installments have been produced and promoted via the center’s newsle er and website. iTunes U Audio podcasts of the Conversa ons videos are provided online through iTunes U, as well as recordings of selected lectures and presenta ons. Library  Displays  The center works with the University Library to design display tables featuring resources relevant to issues addressed by programs throughout the year.

2012‐13 Highlights 

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Regular installments of INSIGHTS in Ethics and Leadership have been produced and distributed to Samford and external cons tuents. A new installment of Conversa ons  on  Ethics and Leadership was produced in February 2013, featuring Dr. Richard Carwardine. The University Library designed two in-library displays related to Mann Center programs, and presented a special display of historical ar facts from the Antebellum me period during the recep on honoring Dr. Carwardine.

External Connec ons   

The Mann Center maintains ins tu onal memberships in a number of organiza ons, including the Interna onal Center  for  Academic  Integrity; the  Society  for  Business  Ethics; the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum; and the Associa on for Prac cal and Professional Ethics. Dr. Knapp has served on the boards of the Alabama Humani es Founda on and Clemson University’s Rutland Ins tute for Ethics, and was appointed a Fellow of the Caux Round Table, a global organiza on promo ng ethical business prac ces.

Publica ons  

Mann Center faculty, staff, and associates publish books, chapters and ar cles that promote a wider understanding of ethics and leadership. More informa on, and online access to selected ar cles and reports, is available at publica ons.aspx.



Corporate Compliance  Prac ce  Guide Dr. Knapp updated and published a chapter en tled “CEO Leadership and Compliance Management” in a book for a orneys in the “prac ce guide” series from Lexis publishing. Experiences in Teaching Business Ethics Dr. Knapp published a chapter en tled, "Rethinking Ethics Training: New Approaches to Enhance Effec veness," released in 2011 by Informa on Age Publishing. How  The  Church  Fails  Businesspeople  (and  What  Can  Be  Done  About  It)  Dr. Knapp published a new book, released in 2011 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. The book focuses on the church’s ambiguous teachings on voca on and money, and how the worlds of faith and work can be brought together. The  Business  of  Higher  Educa on  Dr. Knapp was co-editor (with David Siegel) of this three-volume book set in the Praeger Perspec ves series.



Entrepreneurship Strategy  A report by students Mallory James and Kley Sippel on NGO strategy for entrepreneurship screening and development in South Africa.   Ethics  of  Direct  Adver sing  to  Consumers  Wri ng in the journal of the North American Spine Society, Dr. Wilton Bunch, an associated scholar of the Mann Center, examined the problem of direct-to-consumer adver sing by manufacturers of prescrip on drugs and devices.

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Repairing our Stewardship of Crea on: Abrahamic Social Thought and the Global Eco‐ nomic  Crisis  As part of the Caux Round Table’s 2010 Scholars’ Retreat, Dr. John Knapp joined other theologians from Jewish, Chris an and Islamic tradi ons to produce a statement calling for reform based on principles of moral capitalism. Samford  University’s  Mann  Center:  Promo ng  a  Culture  of  Integrity  Wri ng in Ethos, the monthly newsle er of the Interna onal Center for Academic Integrity, Azalea Hulbert and Dr. John Knapp discussed the Mann Center's ongoing efforts to promote a culture of academic integrity at Samford.

2012‐13 Highlights  Dr. Knapp con nued work on his forthcoming book, Ghostwri ng and the Ethics of Authen city, while students who par cipated in the 2012 South Africa Service Prac cum wrote more than forty original lesson plans for Living Way’s Agri-Academy.

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The first use of the general brochure was as an accompaniment to a le er from alumnus Joe McDade to his fellow Samford business alumni from the 1960 and 1961 classes. Several hundred brochures have been distributed at mee ngs and speaking venues. The center maintains a database of individual donors who now number more than 50, and provides recogni on to these individuals online. A concerted effort to secure contribu ons from individuals con nues.

2012‐13 Highlights  Founding donors were updated on the center’s work, through an update le er and a copy of the center’s recently updated general brochure. In June 2013, alumnus Joe McDade reallocated an exis ng scholarship in his name to the Mann Center. This scholarship will be given each year to a deserving student who displays consistent leadership and strong character, based on a ributes such as humility, courage, and jus ce.




The Mann Society for Ethics and Leadership was established to garner annual financial support from businesses and professional firms that contribute at least $10,000 annually. Each member organiza on is recognized prominently in center publica ons and web pages, and is periodically invited to special center events. This is an opportunity to involve and recognize organiza ons, as dis nct from individual donors.

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The Mann Center solicits periodic support from both individuals and organiza ons to cover expenses related to the presenta on of the Mann Medal. Each donor must contribute a minimum of $3,000, and receives prominent recogni on and special benefits at the Mann Medal event.

Future Ini a ves   







This Fall, the Mann Center will present the inaugural Frances Marlin  Mann Awards for  Leadership  and  Character  to a deserving student from each Samford school. Honorees will be recognized at an annual award ceremony for their consistent leadership and strong character. One student each year will be chosen by a selec on commi ee to receive an addi onal honor, the Joe McDade Scholarship.




The Mann Center is con nuing development of the Scholars in Ethical Leadership honors program, an interdisciplinary program that fosters the systemic thinking necessary to address complex problems facing organiza ons and society. Program development will be ongoing throughout the 20132014 academic year.



The Mann Center hopes to promote formal faculty involvement in its ini a ves, as well as foster ethical competency across the curriculum. All full- me faculty and deans were provided with an update on the center’s work during Fall 2012, which has led to an observable increase in faculty involvement. However, addi onal models and best prac ces at other ins tu ons will con nue to be explored to further enhance faculty engagement.




The Mann Center hopes to award the Mann Medal every one to two years, and to this end seeks nomina ons on an ongoing basis. Nomina ons are currently open for the 2013 and/or 2014 medalist.

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To learn more about all of the center’s future ini a ves and opportuni es, please visit es.

Donors As we celebrate five years of service at Samford, the Mann Center is grateful for the loyal and con nued support of our donors, named below.



Ames Family Founda on

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bartle

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Black

Mr. Daniel P. Bork

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Bruce

Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Bruce

Carolyn and Mike Maples Founda on

Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Weldon Cole

Dr. and Mrs. W.G. Crutchfield

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Dirks

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry P. Ep ng

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall C. Evans

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Fields

First Bap st Church of Raleigh

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fleming

Mr. and Mrs. David L. Goodnight

Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Hardy

Mr. and Mrs. George H. Heilmeier

Mr. and Mrs. Monty Hogewood

IBM Employee Services

Ms. Jeri L. Isbell

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Johnston

Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Kirk

Dr. Eloise T. Kirk and Mr. John L. Kirk, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Laurent

Mr. Ned C. Lautenbach

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Leet

Lexmark Interna onal

Mr. and Mrs. S. Allan Luihn

Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Maxwell

Mr. and Mrs. John H. McCarthy

Mr. William O. McCoy

Mr. and Mrs. David P. Messerlie

Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Paul L. Montupet

Mr. and Mrs. Gary E. Morin

Murphy Family Trust of 2004

Ms. Bobbie Mann Naish

Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Newsom

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis F. Powers

Mr. and Mrs. Mardis L. Price

Purcell, Flanagan and Hay, P.A.

Ms. Kathi P. Seifert

Mr. and Mrs. Howard T. Shell

Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Sisk

Mr. and Mrs. Ray A. Smith

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Stanley

Ms. Ann W. Stephenson

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. S gler

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sumner

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Tingle

Mr. Richard L. Vann

Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Wi mann

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Woolley

Mr. and Mrs. Don U. York PAGE 33 




Alabama Chris an Founda on

El Paso Corporate Founda on

Mo on Industries, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. S gler



Alabama Chris an Founda on

Mr. and Mrs. David Andrews

Mr. and Mrs. William M. Broyles

Mr. and Mrs. Marc Corsini

Mr. and Mrs. Macklin Cowart III

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Curlander

El Paso Corporate Founda on

Mr. Eugene L. Grabinski

Harry B. and Jane H. Brock Founda on

Dr. and Mrs. John C. Knapp

Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Krause

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Mar n

Mr. and Mrs. Edsel F. Ma hews, Jr.

Mr. Joe W. McDade

Mo on Industries, Inc.

Ms. Penny P. Nimmons

Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Owens

Mr. and Mrs. W. Randy Pi man

Regions Financial Corpora on

Prof. William S. Ringler

Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Shropshire

Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Smith

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Snow

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Spielberger

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Streepey

Dr. and Mrs. Harold C. Warlick

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas E. Wilson

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J. Bradley Creed, Provost and Interim Director 205.726.2718

Mark Bateman, Director of Special Projects 205.726.4432

Azalea Hulbert, Program Manager 205.726.4634


Annual Progress Report - 2012/2013  
Annual Progress Report - 2012/2013