Public Integrity Hall of Fame

Best Article Award

2016 – To be announced in 2017

2015 – J. Patrick Dobel, “What Athletic Achievement Can Teach About Ethics”
Athletic achievement exemplifies the nature of classical ethical virtue. Aristotelian virtue grows from self-mastery combined with intentionally learned skills of practice and striving with others to achieve a common purpose. Virtue expresses itself through judgment and action that flow from the integration of cognitive, emotional, perceptual, physical, and relational attributes into pattern recognition and coordinated activity to achieve a purpose. Athletic excellence embodies such integrated judgment and action. Personal, professional, and athletic achievement all express similar structural virtues. Such intentional and virtuous action grows not only from self-discipline but also from self-knowledge and the cognitive commitment to study, learn, and master complex skills. It manifests as the integrated cognitive, emotional, and physical ability to sacrifice and overcome obstacles. Athletic excellence further requires serious commitment to social community and its norms. Athletic achievement demonstrates how the virtues of self-mastery, sacrifice, courage, truthfulness, curiosity and learning, and honor and loyalty unite to support high levels of professional excellence. As a form of virtue, athletics possesses ethical worth that deserves respect and emulation.

2014 – Doron Navot, “The Concept of Political Corruption: Lessons from a Lost Epoch”
This article revises the concept of political corruption by bringing a fresh perspective to prebehavioral scholarship. It acknowledges prior scholarship but also recognizes its limitations. By refuting the assertion that early twentieth-century conceptions are irrelevant, understanding of political corruption and public integrity can be enhanced.