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Research on Ethics

Faculty Fellows Program
Ethics roundtable with CSULB faculty and former Mattel CEO Bob Eckert

The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership seeks to be a leader in research on ethical leadership, both in the academic and practitioner arenas. The center places priority on research areas that are aligned with capabilities and interests of CSULB faculty. Each fall, faculty are invited to attend a Town Hall to discuss ways to enhance the teaching of ethics at CSULB.

The November 13, 2015 Faculty Ethics Town Hall focused on providing tools to support faculty ethics research, including an opportunity to create research teams to apply for specific grants. Here are some resources that were shared:

In 2014, the Ukleja Center began offering annual grants to support faculty ethics research and contributions to the body of knowledge in disciplinary and interdisciplinary ethics. CSULB faculty members are invited to apply for ethics research stipends each fall. Faculty members can apply here. Current ethics research topics include:

  • Ethical Consideration about Sexual Expression in Nursing Homes (Dr. Maria Claver)
  • Graduate Nursing Students' Knowledge and Perceptions of Advance Care Planning: An Ethical Responsibility (Dr. Savitri Singh-Carlson)
  • Women Founders of Public Relations Firms: Ethical Dilemmas and Proposed Solutions (Dr. Emma Daugherty)
  • Speech-Language Pathology's Clinical Decision Making in the State of California: Ethical Considerations (Dr. Lei Sun)

In 2012, the center initiated a university-wide survey to learn how ethics is being taught across the CSULB campus. In addition to serving as a pilot study for a national survey on teaching ethics, this survey is fostering collaborative relationships for research in the field of ethical leadership. As a result of the survey, the center developed an online teaching tool, Designs 4 Teaching Ethics, to help faculty deepen students' learning about ethics. All CSULB faculty are invited to participate through Beachboard.

For more information about any of the center's research initiatives, please contact Dr. Brenda Freshman, Director of Research.