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The Ethics Center

Staff Details and Contact Information

Andrew Fiala, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Andrew Fiala, Ph.D.

Dr. Andrew Fiala is a Professor of Philosophy.  He is founding Director of Fresno State's Ethics Center.  He writes a weekly column for the Fresno Bee and is the author of a number of books and articles.  In 2017, Fiala was recognized by the American Philosophical Association's Public Philosophy Op-Ed contest.  In 2017-2018 Fiala received a Provost's Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship or Creative Accomplishment.  More information here.

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Jacques Benninga

Associate Director for Character Education
Jacques Benninga, Ph.D.

Dr. Jacques Benninga is Professor Emeritus of Education.  He is founding Director of the Bonner Center for Character Education.  In 2012, Benninga received the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.  He is co-editor of the Journal for Character Education.

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Zhanna Bagdasarov

Associate Director of Ethics Across the Curriculum
Zhanna Bagdasarov, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhanna Bagdasarov is Assistant Professor of Management, Craig School of Business.  An expert in ethics training and assessment, Dr. Bagdasarov was recognized by a Provost's Award for Promising New Faculty in 2018.

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 Steve Morris

Associate Director for Civic Education
Stephen Morris, Ed.D

Dr. Stephen Morris is CEO of the Civic Education Center.  A former school teacher and principal, Dr. Morris has a long record of work on civic and service learning projects, while working in diverse and economically challenged communities in rural Fresno County, the city of Fresno and South-Central Los Angeles

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 Susan Schlievert  

Program Coordinator Character Education Conference
Susan Schlievert, Ed.D, 

Dr. Schlievert is a member of the faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has conducted California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) arts seminars. She serves as Fresno State’s representative to the California State University Academic Senate. A former teacher and administrator, Dr. Schlievert has worked on the Bonner Character Education conference for many years.  

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 Negin Tahvildary  

Program Coordinator for Mediator Mentors
Negin Tahvildary, Ph.D. 

Dr. Negin Tahvildary is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. She has a law degree and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature.  She has worked with the United Nations, with National Coalition Building Institute, and with the Interfaith Alliance.

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Staff Support and Departmental Assistant
Ms. Ruth Aparicio
(Department of Philosophy)

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 Student Assistants and Interns