Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 287–299 | Cite as

Academic Ethics: Teaching Profession and Teacher Professionalism in Higher Education Settings

  • Satya Sundar SethyEmail author


In the higher education settings, the following questions are discussed and debated in modern times. Is ‘teaching’ a profession? Are university faculty members professionals? The paper attempts to answer these questions by adopting qualitative methodology that subsumes descriptive, evaluative, and interpretative approaches. While answering these questions, it discusses significance and usefulness of academic ethics in the university set up. It examines role of academic ethics to offer quality education to students. Further, it highlights university faculty members’ roles and responsibilities toward students, colleagues, institution authorities, research works, and society at large. The paper submits that teaching in university settings is regarded as a profession, and university faculty members are regarded as professionals provided they perform their duties conforming to the teacher’s code of ethics.


Academic ethics Higher education Teaching Teacher’s responsibilities Profession Professionalism Code of ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia

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