1st Edition

The Ethical Professor A Practical Guide to Research, Teaching and Professional Life

    244 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    List of Illustrations

    Part 1: Introduction

    Part 2: Ethical Dilemmas in Research

    2. Twenty Questions: Ethical Research Dilemmas and PhD Students

    3 Research Pitfalls for New Entrants to the Academy

    4 Scientists Behaving Badly: Insights from the Fraud Triangle

    5 Slicing and Dicing: Ex Ante Approaches

    6 Slicing and Dicing: Ex Post Approaches

    7 Retraction: Mistake or Misconduct?

    8 Double-Blind Review in the Age of Google and PowerPoint

    9 Ethics in Research Scenarios: What Would You Do?

    10 Thought Leader: Michael A. Hitt on Ethics in Research


    Part 2: Ethics and Teaching

    11 Beyond Course Content: Ethical Dilemmas in Teaching

    12 Teaching and Ethics: A Critical Incident

    13 Peer Pressure, or, I Thought I Was Out of High School

    14 Teaching versus Preaching: Conversational Ethics in the Classroom

    15 My Students Want to Friend Me! Boundaries and Relationships with Social Networks

    16 What Do We do when Students Despair? Considering Pedagogical Caring

    17 From Content to Relationship

    18 It’s Not Just Rate My Professor Anymore! Ethics and Student Evaluations

    19 Student Recommendations: To Give, or Not to Give, That Is the Question

    20 Thought Leader: Robert A. Giacalone on "Broken When Entering"


    Part 3: Ethics in Professional Life

    21 Codes and Conflicts of Interest

    22 When Is a Job Offer Really a Job Offer in the Academy?

    23 Attending Professional Meetings

    24 Peer Reviewing

    25 Managing University Service Work

    26 Tribalism

    27 Outside Appointments

    28 Consulting

    29 Media Engagement

    30 Thought Leader: Andrew H. Van de Ven on Ethics and Professional Life

    Part 5 Conclusions:

    31 Connecting the Dots: Themes, Practices, and Considering What’s Next




    Lorraine Eden is the Gina and Anthony Bahr Professorship in Business in the Department of Management at Texas A&M University.

    Kathy Lund Dean is the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Gustavus Adolphus College.

    Paul M. Vaaler is the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law and Business at the University of Minnesota's Law School and Carlson School of Management.

    "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).