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Ukleja Center Infuses Ethics Across Curriculum

Through one of its key initiatives, “Ethics Across the Curriculum,” the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at CSULB is offering stipends to faculty members who integrate a three-hour ethics module into their courses. The 2006-07 faculty awardees are Martha Dede, Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration; Ping Lin, Accountancy; Javier Lopez-Zetina, Health Science; Teri Yamada, Comparative World Literature and Classics; and Ronnie Yeh, Family and Consumer Sciences. Recipients received $2,000 pedagogical stipends for infusing ethics into their curricula at a campus luncheon reception in April.

“Ethics Across the Curriculum” was made possible through a grant from The Boeing Co. The Ukleja Center launched the program with College of Business Administration faculty last year and this year all colleges and disciplines on campus were invited to participate and lecturers, as well as tenured faculty, were encouraged to apply.

Dede’s students will have an opportunity to explore ethical and accountability dilemmas confronting nonprofit organizations and their managers. Lin’s module, titled “When Cost Can Kill,” focuses on ethical challenges facing cost accountants. Ethical issues in epidemiologic research, with an emphasis on biomedical and public health issues in federally funded research, will be the focus area for Lopez-Zetina’s students. Titled “Ethics in a Flat World: The Case of Wal-Mart and the Chinese Connection,” Yamada’s four-part module focuses on the importance of ethical practice within American culture in an era of globalization. Yeh’s students will delve into ethical issues in the hospitality food service and hotel management industry.

Curriculum outlines will be posted on the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership’s Web site to help other educators integrate ethics across the curriculum.

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 students, the center works with companies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to advance the practice of ethical leadership.