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Lincoln Professorships are distinct honors for ASU faculty members who are experts within their fields, but whose research, teaching and outreach interests also have an applied ethics dimension or focus. This prestigious appointment is made possible through the generosity of David Lincoln and the Lincoln Family.
The applied ethics dimensions vary from professor to professor and project to project. In all cases, the work of Lincoln Professors draw attention to the importance of social and ethical dimensions related to inquiries within their field. Being applied ethics, their goal is generally to work towards practical solutions and interventions.
Currently there are ten Lincoln Professors with expertise representing a variety of fields, including: sustainable engineering and the built environment, public affairs, science and technology studies, biomedical engineering, social justice, communications, business management, African-American studies, anticipatory governance in BioScience, law, and conflict management. Each professorship is supported with financial resources and in-kind support from the Lincoln Center staff, which allows Lincoln professors to advance the applied ethics dimensions of their work.
Because of Lincoln Professors' unique orientation towards applied ethics within their fields, and the variety of resources made available to them through the Lincoln Center, the impact of each professorship varies. Some professors have drawn on Lincoln Center resources to develop student engagement opportunities, others have convened experts from various fields around timely topics to advance knowledge and shape policy, while others have invested in community partnerships that serve minority youth.
A common theme among Lincoln Professors is mentorship and service; an investment in tomorrow's leaders. Most of the Lincoln Professors have invested resources made available to them through their professorship into undergraduate and graduate student opportunities. For example, contributing towards travel cost for students to participate in professional conferences and present on the ethical dimensions within the field. These types of funds that are often not available for projects focusing on ethics rather than on the field more generally. Also, many professors have designed research projects that include specific roles for undergraduate and graduate involvement. This is all in addition to the many hours each Lincoln Professor invests in time mentoring students.