Geoethics and Professionalism: The Responsible Conduct of Scientists
David Mogk, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University
Be Prepared--And an Ounce of Prevention
Administrators, faculty, staff, students, managers and co-workers may encounter all manner of interpersonal conflicts that may affect the safety and productivity of the work environment. Know how to recognize the signs of potential trouble, intervene early to prevent a bad situation, know the rules, and have a plan in place about how you can respond to mitigate impacts. Here are some thoughts on how to prepare:
- Be Prepared blog post on Earth and Mind and presentation (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.8MB Dec11 16) made to the 2017 AGU Heads and Chairs meeting session on Addressing Harassment and Improving Workplace Climate by David Mogk.
Topics Addressed in this Module:
- Principles of Professionalism: power, trust, responsibility, respect, fairness, justice.
- (Un)Professional Behaviors
- Building an Inclusive Work Environment -- Workplace "Climate," civility, department vision, ethical leadership, "pass the harasser," and "blacklisting" an institution (your department's reputation is too valuable to be exposed to negative perceptions of life in the department).
- Behaviors that Impact Department/Workplace "Climate" -- Factors that impact "department climate: Microaggressions, Implicit Bias, Empowering Bystanders.
- Departmental Diversity -- Strategies to ensure your department is inclusive and welcoming for ALL students, staff and faculty.
- Professional Relations Built on Trust -- Mentoring, writing letters of recommendation, writing journal/grant reviews and performance reviews, working in a collaborative environment (access to data, publication, lab safety, appropriate behavior at meetings, conflicts of interest)
- Professionalism in the Geosciences in Service to Society -- Contractor/client relations, serving as an expert witness.
- Department Development Workshop: Professionalism and Geoethics -- Creating a Departmental "Climate" Where Everyone Can Succeed
Consequences of Unprofessional Behavior
The Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism lists these Possible Discipline Outcomes: "Most legislated geoscience bodies have the ability to discipline a member, where and when appropriate, up to and including the right to revoke membership, to remove the right to title and to remove the right to practise geoscience in the jurisdiction concerned. Other geoscience bodies and learned societies generally also have the right to discipline members, where and when appropriate, up to and including the right to revoke the membership and to remove the right to title, but not the ability to remove the right to practise geoscience in the jurisdiction concerned. The consequences noted are among the most stringent available to the geoscience bodies. Other various discipline measures are available such as reprimand, mediation, and fines."