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Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Announces Awards

Published: May 1, 2009

The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at CSULB is providing students from majors as diverse as social work, computer science, criminal justice, construction engineering, science education and communications with essential ethical decision-making tools before entering the workforce. Through one of its key initiatives called “Ethics Across the Curriculum,” the center offers $2,000 stipends to faculty members who integrate a three-hour ethics module into their courses.

The 2008-09 multidisciplinary faculty awardees were Chikako Nagai for “Critical Ethical Issues Addressing Spirituality and Religion in Social Work Practice;” Hung Nguyen for “Integrating Ethics in Construction Engineering Management Courses;” José Rodriguez for “Preventing Sexual Assault: Ethical Performance in Interpersonal Communication;” William Straits for “Ethics in Science: A Guide for Future Science Teachers;” John Wang for “Teaching Ethical Issues in Forensic Sciences through a Mock Trial Debate;” and Xiaolong Wu for “Infusion of Computer Ethics into the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Curriculum.”

Recipients received their awards at a campus luncheon attended by faculty, staff, College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani, College of Health and Human Services Interim Dean Dixie Grimmett, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Dean Laura Kingsford and College of Business Dean Michael E. Solt.

“Ethics Across the Curriculum” has been made possible through a grant from Boeing. The Ukleja Center launched the program with College of Business Administration faculty in 2005. Now all CSULB colleges and disciplines are invited to participate and lecturers as well as tenured faculty are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for 2009-10 proposals is Friday, Oct. 30.

Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Announces Awards
Photo courtesy of Jane Roeder
Pictured are (l-r) Xiaolong Wu, José Rodriguez, Hung Nguyen, Kathleen Lacey, Louise Ukleja, Chikako Nagai, William Straits, John Wang, and CBA Dean Michael Solt.

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 to applied ethics – university research, education, and community outreach. In addition to offering programs for faculty and students, the center works with companies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to advance the practice of ethical leadership.