Society for Values in Higher Education The Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE) is a fellowship of teachers and others who care deeply about ethical issues—such as integrity, diversity, social justice and civic responsibility—facing higher education and the wider society. The organization studies these values through publications, projects, regional gatherings and an annual national meeting.

The annual meeting of SVHE will be held at Portland State University from July 21-25, 2010. The theme is Making Choices: Sustainability in a World of Conflicting Values.

At the meeting, SVHE is organizing afternoon working groups for scientists, scholars and educators to present work that addresses sustainability from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Working groups will meet for 1.5 hours each afternoon for three days and will deal with one of two sets of questions.

  • Human Capabilities and Moral Motivation: Are human beings capable of making the choices and acting in such a way that we can have a sustainable future? What lessons from our past might provide insight about our capacity to make the kind of sacrifices necessary? Are we capable of practicing the kind of distributive justice necessary for human sustainability? What are the limits of human action?
  • Strategies and Negotiations: What strategies are effective in leading institutions of higher education to implement sustainability programs? How are the multiple values of institutions negotiated in order to promote sustainability? What institutional values have led to sustainable practices? What are some effective models? How do we educate students to value sustainability and the common good? What curricular or co-curricular strategies promote these values?

Submission Guidelines: Proposals should be sent as e-mail attachments to Proposals should not exceed 1000 words in length.

Awards: Each participant in a working group will have the $200 registration fee waived for the Fellows Meeting. In addition, the program committee of the SVHE will select two papers for special recognition at the meeting. To be eligible for an award, completed drafts of the papers must be submitted by June 1, 2010 and authors must attend the SVHE meeting to present their papers. Each winning author will receive $300.

Distribution and Publications: Participants will have the option to post their completed work on the SVHE website. They also will be encouraged to submit their manuscripts for possible publication in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Deadline: Proposals are due by April 1, 2010. Early submissions are encouraged. In keeping with the mission of the SVHE, interdisciplinary and/or practice-oriented proposals are encouraged.

Contact: Inquiries can be directed to Amy Berger, Associate Professor of Geology, Heidelberg College ( or to Eric Bain-Selbo, Department Head, Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University (

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Author: Debbie Van Der Hyde (8 Articles)

Debbie Van Der Hyde is an experienced freelance writer with a strong interest in sustainability, clean energy and the green industry. For more than a decade, she has helped organizations effectively communicate their brand and promote their products and services through feature articles, brochures, video scripts, podcasts, web copy and more. Now Debbie is expanding her writing repertoire through blogging about the green economy—and what started as a pastime has become a passion. Prior to becoming a writer, Debbie worked in marketing and corporate communications for a global consulting company. When not wordsmithing, she usually can be found volunteering, attempting to perfect a yoga pose, or orchestrating dozens of family activities. More about Debbie is available at She can also be reached at