Santa Clara University

Key Facts


What is the Ethics Center?

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is the most active university-based center on ethics in the world.

The Center:

  • addresses the practical ethical dilemmas professionals and individuals face in their daily lives
  • hosts on- and off-campus speeches and events of all kinds
  • conducts practical research to produce articles, cases, best practice reports, podcasts, and videos
  • maintains a website of ethical resources visited by more than 2 million unique visitors a year
  • sponsors online communities of professionals to discuss ethical dilemmas
  • offers free massive open online courses (MOOCs) to a global audience
  • offers a rich on-campus program of internships and research grants

Contact Information

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Arts & Sciences Building
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0633

Strategy for 2013-2020

The Center has adopted a strategy and direction for 2013-2020 which includes:

  • A focus on the critical role of leaders and leadership in shaping organizational ethics
  • A focus on the particular ethical problems which arise in Silicon Valley and its industries
  • A focus on personal ethical behavior by building online communities of professionals for the discussion of real ethical issues
  • A focus on the ethics of the next generation by developing ethics curricula which can be used in universities and K-12

Program Areas

The Center has major programs in selected areas including:

In these professional areas, the Center hosts quarterly gatherings of practitioners committed to that field of professional ethics and sponsors an active program of speeches, research, curriculum development and video production.

Relationship to Santa Clara University

As a unit of Santa Clara University, a Jesuit Catholic institution, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics benefits from the University’s significant commitment to the study of applied ethics, but maintains its identity as a center which serves all religious traditions and secular society. The Center reports to the Academic Vice President and Provost.

People at the Center


The Center has a staff of 20, five of whom are part-time, and draws upon the expertise and engagement of 55 Center Scholars who are faculty at Santa Clara University.

The Center’s Executive Director is Kirk O. Hanson, a professor of business and organizational ethics and a pioneer in the business ethics field.

Advisory Board

The Center’s Advisory Board consists of 30 community leaders in many professional fields. The chair is Dick Levy, who is former CEO and chair of Varian Medical Systems and currently chair of Sutter Health.


Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Milestones - Celebrating 25 years of programs

Contribute to the Center

To contribute to the Center, go to: