The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at CSULB is providing students from majors as diverse as engineering, health care administration, criminal justice, gerontology, educational psychology and communications with essential ethical decision-making tools before entering the workforce. Through one of its key initiatives, Ethics Across the Curriculum, the center offers $2,000 stipends to faculty members who integrate a three-hour ethics module into their courses.
The 2007-08 faculty awardees were Amy Bippus for “Integrating Ethical Thinking into Communication in Conflict Management,” Teresa Chen for “Cyber Ethics for Teacher Candidates,” Maria Claver and Melanie Horn Mallers for “Ethical Challenges in Gerontology: Preparing Our Future Leaders,” Ryan Fischer for “Teaching Criminal Justice Research Ethics through a Classroom-based Mock Trial Educational Module,” Brenda Freshman for “Ethical Issues in Health Care Management and Administration,” and Fei Wang for “Integrating Ethical Topics into the Electrical Engineering Curriculum.” Recipients received their awards at a campus luncheon attended by faculty, staff, College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani and new College of Business Dean Michael E. Solt.
Ethics Across the Curriculum has been made possible through a grant from The Boeing Company. The Ukleja Center launched the program with College of Business Administration faculty in 2006. Beginning last year, all CSULB colleges and disciplines were invited to participate and lecturers, as well as tenured faculty, were encouraged to apply. The application deadline for 2008-09 proposals is Friday, Oct. 31.
Named for its major donors, Mick and Louise Ukleja, the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership equips individuals 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.