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Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
Ukleja Center Awards Grants

The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at CSULB launched one of its key initiatives, “Ethics Across the Curriculum,” by announcing its first curriculum research grant award recipients. The grants were awarded at a luncheon reception on March 6.

Faculty awardees included Debra Grace and Jian Zhang from the Department of Accountancy, Omer Benli and Robert Chi from the Department of Information Systems, and Teresa Chandler from the Department of Philosophy. Recipients receive $2,000 pedagogical research stipends for infusing ethics into their course curricula.

The research program was made possible through a grant from The Boeing Company. Although the inaugural program is being launched primarily within the College of Business Administration, all CSULB colleges and disciplines will be included as the program grows.

Grace’s and Zhang’s accountancy students will have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of applied ethics, including Sarbanes-Oxley Act rules and the development of mini-case studies based on identification of the “absolutes” in applied ethics within the accounting field.

Benli’s research project, titled “How Not to Lie with Statistics,” focuses on the use and misuse of statistics in reporting data and key areas to consider with regard to ensuring ethical accuracy in reporting research and related findings.

Utilizing Enron, Arthur Andersen and other case studies, students of Chi, chair of the Information Systems Department, will explore information ethics and norms; Internet, computer, and intellectual property issues; cultural differences and related challenges to managers.
Chandler is fostering the development of curriculum for an interdisciplinary business ethics course.

Named for its major donors, Mick and Louise Ukleja, the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership equips people with the transformational power of ethical leadership. It focuses on a three-pronged approach – discovery of new ideas through university research, development of ethical leaders through education and dissemination of knowledge through community outreach.

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