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. Services range from identifying discipline-specific teaching materials to assisting with the design of new courses or course components. Faculty development workshops focus on the moral development of college students, and on teaching methods that enhance ethics in the classroom. In 2011, the center pioneered Better World Theatre, a new pedagogy designed to enhance ethical reflection, in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Dance. The center also provides an extensive and up-to-date online resource center for faculty.
The Mann Center provides programs for community, business and professional audiences, addressing a variety of topics in ethics and leadership. Founding director John Knapp has given presentations to dozens of organizations including The Conference Board, National Urban League, Association for the Accreditation of Collegiate Schools of Business, Public Relations Society of America, National Investor Relations Institute, Travel Industry Association, U.S. Federal Reserve System, Georgia Business Forum, and Association of Internal Auditors, among others. Attendees have given the following testimonials:
"Clearly, your message hit a home run in our industry."
"Got to the heart of the matter – very relevant."
"Very well done—thought-provoking!"
"An excellent speaker and his survey helped emphasize some of the major issues."
"Your presentation was thoughtful, meticulously prepared and very well received."
"Your keynote comments, as usual, set the right tone for the rest of the day."
"...an outstanding job...demonstrated subject knowledge and clarity of thinking. Applications were realistic and insightful."
"...a wonderful job and our people are still talking about the issues..."
"The comments from participants were exceptionally positive, a testament to your expertise and congenial, inclusive style."
"Most interesting without lecturing on the subject."