ETHICS FOR GEOLOGIST AND ENGINEERS: PART 1:
Personal Realizations and Corporate Consequences of Everyday Decisions and Common Behaviors
"I just took the ETHICS FOR GEOLOGISTS AND ENGINEERS course to gain continuing education credits for my LSP license. I thought the presentation was very good, and my time was well spent watching it. Thank you for providing this useful and relevant course material!"
- Jack Mannix, MA Licensed Site Professional
"Thanks you for offering this valuable on-line continuing education opportunity I found both parts to be informative and well presented. It was nice to be able to fulfill MN Professional Geologist CEU Ethics requirement on-line."
- Dave Russell
"While Dr Mathewson's delivery was somewhat paternalistic, his message was clear - to assess motives and ensure that (we) do our best work for our clients and your profession. The class would benefit from more online polls during the discussions to invite attendees to interact more deeply with the case studies. However, this class was well-structured and moved at a good pace and Dr Mathewson succeeded in providing methods to allow professionals to assess and analyze possible ethical dilemmas."
- Dr. Kerry Zwierschke, Senior Engineer
Ethical challenges often come without warning while most professionals do not realize when they are making an ethical decision or when their behavior crosses the boundary.
This two-part webinar provides geologists and engineers with an understanding of how to identify an ethical situation and make an ethical decision or behave appropriately in the everyday work environment. It will help you more easily make decisions while equipping you with a clear process that you can comfortably discuss issues with colleagues, supervisors, clients or regulatory staff.
Take a gigantic step toward solid leadership by recognizing ethical crossroads
and learning ways to help others make good choices.
Thinking about potential problems and brainstorming with your colleagues about possible solutions can also help prepare you for the moment when the actual challenges arise. But there are also those moments when we are presented with immediate challenges when we are called to make the right choice. This webinar addresses the typical kinds of problems we face in working in the environmental and engineering industry and identifies resources and thought processes we can use to make ethical decisions.
Part 1 includes:
- How subtle and not-so-subtle personal values affect our everyday professional decisions: and their consequences.
- Methods to address ethical issues with other environmental and engineering professionals.
- Insights from the Code of Conduct for Legislative Staff.
Part 2 includes:
- Personal crossroads that we face almost every day, usually unknowingly.
- Case studies that highlight subtle but very common ethical dilemmas.
- Live quizzes that intended to prompt discussion following the session at your location.
The most obvious benefit of creating an ethical corporate culture is avoiding the financial penalty from litigation and a potential conviction for civil or even criminal crimes. Fines, settlements, and fees can easily run into the millions of dollars while often adding the cost of external auditors and monitoring controls. Possibly less obvious but equally compelling to establish an ethical corporate culture is promotion of solid leadership, project management and technical excellence while avoiding the inevitable cost of an unethical workforce to the company, its shareholders and the public at large.
PLEASE NOTE that this webinar subject may be sensitive some people. Ethics is inherently a sensitive subject because it addresses individual ideals and personal belief system. Parts of this webinar contain examples that may be sensitive to some viewers. Despite the nature of the subject matter, we trust you will gain meaningful insights from intended message.
Chris Mathewson, PhD, PG
Regents Professor at Texas A&M University
Chris Mathewson is a Regents Professor at Texas A&M University in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. The list of his awards, honors and publications is long while his vast experience lends well to share his keen perspective on ethics in the environmental and engineering industry.
Dr. Mathewson teaches ethics courses at Texas A&M in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. This unique and powerful webinar is a summarization of those semester-long courses with selected scenarios for participants that apply directly to our profession.
Chris has contributed to many professional organizations including: American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, American Society of Civil Engineers (Life Member), American Water Resources Association, Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologist, Geological Society of America (Fellow), International Code Council, National Association of State Boards of Geology, Society of American Military Engineers (Life Member and Fellow).