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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Wicklander Fellowship

The Institute for Business & Professional Ethics is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 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, management, MPS and SNL. We accept applications from faculty in any department at DePaul.

The fellowship pays the awardee a $5,000 stipend paid over 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 over 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 the awardee's department. There is an expectation that the awardee will publish the research produced during the fellowship and 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 the cover letter indicating confirmation of the understanding to 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 1-3 page description of the proposed research project as it relates to applied or professional ethics, a letter from the chair or dean supporting the nomination, a cover letter (including the language mentioned above) and a CV. Applications are due June 1, 2020. Selection announcements should take place by July 1, 2020.

Send the required documents to Summer Brown at For further questions contact Summer Brown at (312) 362-8786 or by email.

Senior Wicklander Fellow Curtis C. Verschoor

Strategic Finance Magazine
Strategic Finance magazine

The late Curtis C. Verschoor, CMA, CPA, is an honorary senior Wicklander research fellow in the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University. He was also 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.

Grace Lemmon | Associate Professor, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at the Driehaus College of Business

Lemmon researches employee and employer promises and workplace engagement. She is particularly interested in the intersection between work-life balance and employee engagement and has published her work in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management and Organizational Dynamics.

Her awards and grants include the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for best work-family research and the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation Dissertation Grant.

Wicklander Fellowship Project:
"Weight-based Stigma at Work"

Joseph F. Mello | Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Mello joined the faculty at DePaul University in 2013. His teaching and scholarship are focused on the intersection of law and society. He explores questions, such as how social movement activists use the law, how legal symbols and discourse shape our sense of identity, and how the “law-on-the books” differs from the “law-in-action.” Mello teaches a number of courses on law and American politics and also serves as a pre-law advisor for the department.

Mello's research interests include the study of legal mobilization, legal culture and conservative political thought and ideology. His dissertation on conservative opposition to same-sex marriage was awarded the George F. Cole dissertation fellowship for outstanding dissertation in the field of public law. He has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Law and Social Inquiry, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, and Judicature.

Wicklander Fellowship Project:
"Pot for Profit: In Search of a Recipe for Responsible Reform"

  • Kathryn Grant, “Development of an Applied Ethics Research and Teaching Model in the Context of a University-Community Partnership (Cities Mentor Project)” (2018-2019)
  • John Joe Schlichtman, “The Role of Ethics in Decisions Relating to Gentrification” (2018-2019)
  • John Berdell, "The Transformation of Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments" (2017-2018)
  • Jason Martin, "Professional Journalism Ethics in the Age of Mobile Media" (2017-2018)
  • David Lay Williams, "The Greatest of All Plagues: Economic Inequality in Western Political Thought" (2016-2017)
  • María del Rosario Acosta López, "From Trauma to History: Memory Building in Chicago’s Community Center for Survivors & Families of Police Torture" (2016-2017)
  • 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" (2013-2014)
  • Bruce Newman, "The Mass Marketing of Politicians in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign: Some Ethical Considerations" (2012-2013)
  • Arieahn Matamanosa-Bennett, "Ethics and Animal Assisted Therapies: Putting the Horse Before Descartes" (2012-2013)
  • Leah Bryant, "Beginning in Families and Continuing in the Classroom: Students' Perceptions of (Un)Ethical Academic Work" (2011-2012)
  • 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)


Riley O%27Neil
2019-20 Werhane Scholarship Recipient: Riley O’Neil, Finance Major (minor: philosophy), Senior, Graduating 2020

Through the generous gifts from Professor Patricia H. Werhane and many of her colleagues, the Patricia H. Werhane Business Ethics Scholarship awards an annual scholarship of approximately $2,400 to a junior or senior DePaul University student. This student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must also either be an undergraduate student with a business major (any discipline in the Driehaus College of Business) and a philosophy minor, OR a philosophy major and business minor. We hope to provide this award to well-rounded and engaged students. To apply, keep a look out on the Academic Works website ( If you have any questions, email Summer Brown at


Previous Werhane Scholarship Recipients:

2018-19: Grace Baffoe, philosophy major (minor: hospitality leadership)




Patricia H. Werhane

About Patricia H. Werhane

Professor Patricia H. Werhane is a world-renowned business ethicist and former Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics and managing director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University, as well as Ruffin Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. She has been a Rockefeller Fellow at Dartmouth College and visiting professor at Cambridge University. Werhane has published numerous articles and is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including "Adam Smith and his Legacy for Modern Capitalism" and "Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making," both published by Oxford University Press; "Women in Business," with Posig, Gundry, Powell and Ofstein; and "Profitable Partnerships for Poverty Alleviation," with L. Hartman, D. Moberg and S. Kelley.

Werhane is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics; former president of the International Society for Business, Economics and Ethics, and is an academic advisor to the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. She is currently the co-producer of a documentary television series, “Big Questions,” which explores global projects for poverty alleviation, social enterprise and education.