NPA Postdocs

POSTDOCS: Open to all

Spring 2009

NPA Research Ethics

The goal of this site is to support and empower postdoctoral fellows as full members of the community of scholars. It is part of the "Bring RCR Home" project of the National Postdoctoral Assocation (NPA) and a companion site to the NPA RCR Toolkit.

The readings and exercises are designed to assist you in meeting others and enhance your chances to succeed in your scholarly endeavors and find a permanent position. The readings introduce the rewards of and obstacles to research; the causes and consequences of misconduct; the rights and obligations of professionals; the habits of excellent mentors; and the social responsibilities of researchers.

We will follow a three-step ethical method: my interests; our interests; all interests. The method will help you organize your thoughts as you move through our topics. It should also be useful long after you finish the course. When novel ethical dilemmas arise in your research, you will need not only skills of critical analysis but moral imagination as well. Our method teaches these skills.

Designed as an asynchronous, self-directed program of study, you may require up to 14 hours to complete it.

To begin, take a minute to acquaint yourself with the three tabs to your left. Click on each one--Schedule, Modules, and Assignments--and review the menus.

Ready to proceed? Click again on Schedule, find "0.0 Intro to course," and click there.

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When taught by an ethicist in a face-to-face instructional setting, this seminar satisfies the responsible conduct of research training requirements of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the America COMPETES Act. The seminar is being developed by the Model Curriculum for Land Grant Universities in Research Ethics (LANGURE) project. It is being evaluated by the Extend and Assess Research Ethics Education (EAREE) project. LANGURE is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0530217 and EAREE by Grant No. 0734919. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This site may contain information regarding policies, regulations, and rules (PRR) of your university. To the extent of any conflict between the information on this site and the actual policy, regulation, or rule, the actual PRR governs. Always check your university's PRRs because its language may differ from what is described here.

All materials used in these modules are used with permission or pursuant to the fair use provisions of Section 107 of Title 17, the United States Copyright law. Further uses may be subject to the copyright law. The materials under NC State University copyright may be used for non-profit educational purposes, if given the customary attribution and notification is sent to the LANGURE director at

Commercial use is prohibited

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Ann Peiffer
Wake Forest University
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Kathleen Flint
National Postdoctoral Association

Teaching Assistant
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Gary Comstock
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North Carolina State University