The purpose of The Ethical Professor is to provide a road map to some of the ethical dilemmas that doctoral students and newer faculty members are likely to face as they enter a career in academia (the Academy). Academic career paths appear to be quite standard, transparent, and achievable with dedicated and hard work. Argued in this book, however, is that the road map to a successful academic career is not so easy. There are ethical pitfalls along the way, starting with entry into academia as a new PhD student. These ethical dilemmas remain equally opaque as faculty progress in their careers.
The ethical pitfalls that plague each of the steps along the academic career path are often not visible to doctoral students and young faculty members; nor are they well prepared to spot them. Ethical issues are seldom discussed and little training is provided on how to spot and handle these potential road blocks to a successful career in the academy.
Based on extant research and collective years of academic experience, The Ethical Professor seeks to shorten the learning curve around common ethical pitfalls and issues by defining them, sharing research and experiences about them, and offering a discussion framework for continued learning and reflection.
This innovative new volume will be key reading for doctoral students and junior faculty members in social science departments in colleges and universities, as well as managers undertaking an MBA. Due to the increasing complexity of managing academic institutions, more seasoned professors, administrators, and college deans and presidents, will also benefit from the research presented here.
"The authors keep to the blog-post format—providing short, easy-to-digest material followed by discussion questions. The authors are well established within their respective disciplines and engaged in the discussion of ethics in higher education for a sustained period."
Hailley Fargo (Penn State University Libraries), Brooke Long-Yarrison (Penn State Altoona), and Nicholas J. Rowland (Penn State Altoona).
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Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Ethical Dilemmas in Research
Part 3: Ethical Dilemmas in Teaching
Part 4: Ethical Dilemmas in Professional Life
Conclusion: Roadmap to Success in the Academy