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Wicklander Fellowship

The Institute for Business & Professional Ethics is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Wicklander Fellowship

The Wicklander Fellowship is awarded annually to two full-time DePaul faculty members who demonstrate an interest in applied or professional ethics as these topics relate to his or her particular field of research. Past fellows have included faculty from accountancy, law, management, philosophy, religious studies, political science, communication and management. We accept applications from faculty in any department at DePaul.

Fellowship Application Details

The fellowship pays the awardee a $5,000 stipend paid during the course of the academic year, a $2,000 summer stipend and a professional development fund of $5,000 to cover travel, supplies, etc. that can be used during a two-year period. When possible, faculty are given a one-course teaching reduction during the year of the fellowship, which is up to the discretion of your department. There is an expectation that you will publish the research produced during your time as a Wicklander Fellow and that you will submit the published work to IBPE once the article, book, book chapter, etc. has been sent out for publication. All applicants must include a line in their cover letter indicating that they understand and will fulfill this publishing expectation.

Faculty receiving the award are expected to give the annual Wicklander lecture, usually scheduled in late May/early June.

Interested faculty should prepare a one- to three-page description of their proposed research project as it relates to applied or professional ethics, a letter from their chair or dean supporting the nomination, a cover letter (including the language mentioned above) and their CV.

Application deadline: Friday, May 11th​

Please send the documents to Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University 1 E. Jackson, Suite 5000, Chicago IL 60604 or electronically to For further questions contact Summer Brown at (312) 362-8786 or by email at

Senior Wicklander Fellow Curtis C. Verschoor

Strategic Finance Magazine
Strategic Finance magazine

Curtis C. Verschoor, CMA, CPA, is emeritus Ledger & Quill research professor, School of Accountancy and MIS from DePaul University. Verschoor is an honorary senior Wicklander research fellow in the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University. He also is a research scholar in the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University, and Chair-Emeritus of the Institute of Management Accountants' Committee on Ethics. Verschoor wrote the article, "Do the Right Thing: IMA Updates Ethics Guidance," in the July 2017 issue of Strategic Finance magazine.

Curt Verschoor on Ethics: Timely Columns from Strategic Finance Magazine
Curt Verschoor on Ethics: Timely Columns from Strategic Finance Magazine

In October 2017, the Institute of Management Accountants, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, released Verschoor's book, “Curt Verschoor On Ethics – Timely Columns from Strategic Finance Magazine.” The book provides management accounting and finance professionals with real-world, proven insights on key business ethics topics and serves as a guide to improve professional judgment, model ethical behavior, and assist with ensuring integrity and ethical decision making in business.

Current Wicklander Fellows

Associate Professor John Berdell, Department of Economics

John Berdell is an associate professor of Economics at DePaul University. Berdell's research interests are in the history of economics and international economics. 

Berdell has published in the Economic Journal, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the International Trade Journal and the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought. He is the author of "International Trade and Economic Growth in Open Economies: The Classical Dynamics of Hume, Smith, Ricardo and Malthus". 

Berdell is a recipient of the Hellen Potter Award of Special Recognition from the Association for Social Economics for the best article appearing in the Review of Social Economy. He was also awarded the Isaac Sherman Post-Graduate Fellowship by the Rochester Economics Faculty.

Berdell teaches courses in macroeconomics, the history of economic thought and international trade. He has been teaching at DePaul since 1991.

Wicklander Fellowship Project:

"The Transformation of Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments"

Associate Professor Jason Martin | Journalism Program Chair, College of Communication

Jason Martin is an associate professor, program director and chair of Journalism in the College of Communication. He joined the faculty in 2011.

Martin teaches courses in media law and ethics; First Amendment law; political communication; entrepreneurial journalism; reporting, writing and editing skills; and advanced specialty reporting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in areas such as data journalism, public records reporting and statistics for journalists.

His research focuses on the intersection of journalism, technology and democracy, including a focus on political communication outcomes and First Amendment implications of public affairs journalism.

His work has been published in journals such as Journalism, Communication Law & Policy, North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, Journal of Mass Media Law & Ethics, Journalism Studies, Newspaper Research Journal, Mass Communication and Society, Journal of Communication Inquiry, International Journal of Public Opinion, Mobile Media and Communication, International Journal of Mobile Communications and Electronic News.

He also has authored book chapters on political communication in News Agendas in Communication, The Global Journalist in the 21st Century, and The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media, all published by Routledge, and Social Media, Culture, and Politics in Asia, published by Peter Lang.

In 2016, Dr. Martin was honored with the College of Communication’s Excellence in Teaching Award from the DePaul Quality of Instruction Council.

In 2015, he and his colleagues were awarded a $10,000 grant by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Mass Communication and Society Division, to study the political and health communication effects of journalists’ coverage of the Affordable Care Act.

Martin is the vice head and programming chair of the AEJMC Law and Policy Division for 2016-17, and served previously as the research chair (2015-16), clerk/newsletter editor (2014-15) and teaching chair (2013-14) of the division.

He served part of 2014-15 as interim advisor for the DePaul SPJ/ONA Student Chapter and his classes routinely deliver final projects to be published and broadcast in DePaul’s student media.

Martin was a professional journalist for about a decade at daily newspapers and wire services in West Virginia and Indiana, primarily covering sports. His last job in journalism was beat coverage of the Indianapolis Colts and the Indianapolis 500 for the Daily Journal in Franklin, Ind. His coverage of the politics and business developments surrounding the building of Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis sparked his interest in research about the influence and effects of media and government communications. Across his journalism career, he won numerous reporting awards including best sports news coverage; best sports feature writing; and best sports opinion column writing.

Wicklander Fellowship Project:
"Professional Journalism Ethics in the Age of Mobile Media"

Previous Wicklander Fellows

  • David Lay Williams, "The Greatest of All Plagues: Economic Inequality in Western Political Thought"
  • María del Rosario Acosta López, "From Trauma to History: Memory Building in Chicago’s Community Center for Survivors & Families of Police Torture"
  • Richard Farkus, "The Search for an Ethical Response to 'Situational Corruption' in War-Torn ukraine" (2015-2016)
  • Mark Robinson, "The University of Pfizer: Science Medicine and the Ethics of Translation'" (2015-2016)
  • Jonathan Gross, "Bringing Poetry into the Public Schools: The 'Don Juan' Project and 'The Harlem Renaissance Remembered'" (2014-2015)
  • Yuki Miyamoto, "Neither Victims nor Executioners: Environmental Disaster and Citizens’ Responsibilities" (2014-2015)
  • Michael Mezey, "Congressional Ethics" (2013-14)
  • Bruce Newman, "The Mass Marketing of Politicians in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign: Some Ethical Considerations" (2012-13)
  • Arieahn Matamanosa-Bennett, "Ethics and Animal Assisted Therapies: Putting the Horse Before Descartes" (2012-13)
  • Leah Bryant, "Beginning in Families and Continuing in the Classroom: Students' Perceptions of (Un)Ethical Academic Work" (2011-12)
  • Andrea Lyon, "The Influence of the Media in High-Profile Death Penalty Trial" (2010-2011)
  • Scott Erlinder, "Ethics in Action: Media Ethics" (2010-2011)
  • Bel Needles, "A Conceptual Framework of Ethical Financial Reporting" (2010-2011)
  • Susan Bandes, "Emotion and the Law" (2009-2010)
  • Tom Muscarello, "Bioethics: Impact of Massive Data Repositories on Informed Consent in Genomic Studies" (2009-2010)
  • Scott Paeth, "War and Moral Discernment" (2008-2009)
  • Kathy Dhonda, "The Market for Carbon Offsets: Being Green or Paying to Pollute?" (2008-2009)
  • Jason Hill, "Toward a Cosmopolitan Business Ethics" (2007-2008)
  • Kelly Pope, "The Effect of Anonymous Reporting Channels and Incentive-Suggestion Programs on Intentions to Whistle-Blow" (2007-2008)
  • Patrick Murphy, "Social Entrepreneurship" (2006-2007)
  • Helen LaVan, "Disciplining Employees for Free Speech, Whistle Blowing, and Political Activities" (2005-2006)
  • Robert Rubin, "Antecedents and Outcomes of Ethical Leader Behavior"(2004-2005)

HSBC Scholarship

Through the kind support of HSBC-North America, the Institute for Business & Professional Ethics offered a generous scholarship to DePaul students in an effort to propel ethics education in future DePaul alumni business professionals for nine years.

The HSBC-North America Business Ethics Scholarship Program provided $90,000 of funding to 23 students, concluding with its final scholars in the 2014-15 academic year, Marina Ottolino and Karina Alvarez. Congratulations again to all those who were awarded.​