Membership FAQ

Why Join the ABPD?
The ABPD exists to serve the needs of bioethics programs and their directors. The Association’s work helps to foster the development and success of bioethics programs housed in academic institutions, by creating information of use to program directors, acting as a clearinghouse for information, and hosting conversations among peers about issues that are important for those in leadership positions.

What are the benefits of membership?
A main feature of the ABPD is the sharing of information and networking among a small group of colleagues; only the directors of bioethics programs (which may include scholars in other fields) are eligible for membership and attendance at ABPD meetings. In addition to organizing semi-annual meetings of the membership, the Association will collect and share information related to programmatic issues such as faculty salaries, overall budgets, development strategies, and undertake other projects as determined by the membership. The results of surveys and other information collected or produced are available only to ABPD members, via a password-protected area on the Association’s website.
Because of its limited membership, the ABPD can be responsive to issues that arise within the bioethics community and take action as a board or by consensus of the membership as described in the Association’s bylaws.

What will dues support?
Dues ($500 annually) will support the local costs of organizing and hosting semi-annual meetings; create funding for surveys, studies, and projects (paying for associated research/graduate assistant costs at the member institutions leading particular projects); and defray the administrative costs of housing the Association.
If you are the director of a bioethics program, we need your help to achieve the ABPD’s goals—please join today.

Who can I contact for more information?
Barbara Juknialis (ABPD Administrative Director)