Programs and Services

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The Center facilitates a number of curricular and co-curricular programs designed to promote productive, moral discourse across the university and in the community. These include lecture series and other public programs, innovative student-led forums, and off-campus presentations for professional audiences.

A. Gerow Hodges Lectures in Ethics and Leadership

The center sponsors the annual Hodges Lecture, which provides a forum for the Samford community to hear nationally and internationally known thought leaders from business, the professions and academia. Explore past programs here.

Academic Integrity

The center serves as a leader in promoting a positive culture of academic integrity at Samford and throughout the Southeast. Click here to learn more about our ongoing initiatives.

‘Better World Theatre’

The Mann Center's Better World Theatre initiative allows students to explore ethical issues in their field of study. Produced, directed, and performed by students, these plays allow both the actors and the audience to gain a better understanding of the challenges they will face in their careers. Learn more.

‘Courageous Conversations’

An occasional series of campus forums entitled “Courageous Conversations” is offered by the Mann Center and co-sponsored by University Ministries, and is intended to encourage moral discourse on critical issues. Learn more.

Faculty and Professional Development

The center is a resource for Samford faculty seeking to more effectively address questions of ethics, and ethical leadership, through teaching and scholarship in their own disciplines. To this end, the center develops discipline-specific resource guides and materials and conducts periodic faculty development workshops on topics ranging from academic integrity to the moral development of college students.

The center also provides programs for community, business and professional audiences, addressing a variety of topics in ethics and leadership. Learn more.

Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEaL)

The Mann Center partners with Samford's health science programs on healthcare ethics initiatives, including the annual HEaL conference. Learn more.

Leadership and Character Awards

The Mann Center’s Frances Marlin Mann Awards for Leadership and Character are given annually to outstanding student leaders from across the University. Honorees are selected for their consistent leadership and strong character, based on attributes such as humility, courage, self-control, and justice. More information is available here.

Mann Medal in Ethics and Leadership

Samford University awards the Mann Medal to nationally or internationally known leaders whose efforts have made significant contributions to ethics in society. More information on the medal, including the nominating process and criteria, can be found here.

Scholars in Ethical Leadership

The center is developing a four-year honors initiative that will prepare students to be leaders and agents of change in diverse institutional, professional, and societal contexts. The program is in the final stages of the approval process, with the first cohort of students expected in Fall 2014. Learn more.

Student Assessment and Teaching

The center has provided assessment services to the University Fellows honors program, using research methods to gauge the moral development and ethical competencies of Fellows and a control group of other Samford students. Assessment rubrics and instruments can be customized for any academic area.

The center also works with faculty to enhance the integration of ethics across the university curriculum so that every Samford student develops competencies in ethical recognition, analysis, and action. To this end, center faculty and staff work with individual members of faculty and lead class sessions in courses across the university, introducing course content through lectures, simulations, and decision exercises. Learn more.



Drayton Nabers, Jr.

Brooks Hall, 227A


C. Cameron Collins 
Program Manager
Brooks Hall, 227B

Mitzi Lafferty  
Administrative Assistant
Brooks Hall, 227
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 The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership emphasizes the indispensable connection between ethics and good leadership in business, government, social services and the classic professions. Much of the center’s work is at this vital nexus of ethics and leadership. 

Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
205-726-4634 or Cameron Collins, Program Manager