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Fellowships & Scholarships

​​​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, philosophy, religious studies, political science, communication and management, among others. We accept applications from faculty in any department at DePaul.

Fellowship Overview

The Wicklander Fellowship gives awardees 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 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 theInstitute for Business & Professional Ethics once the article, book, book chapter, etc., has been sent out for publication. All applicants must include a line in the cover letter that confirms their 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.

How to Apply

Interested faculty should prepare a one- to three-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.

Send the required documents to Summer Brown at sbrown15@depaul.edu. For further questions contact Summer Brown at (312) 362-8786 or by email.

Rebecca Feinberg

Rebecca Feinberg | Department of Health Sciences, College of Science and Health; College of Law

Rebecca Feinberg teaches health care policy, health care law and bioethics. Her research addresses issues in the field of women's health care. She began her career studying resource allocation in the developing world with a focus on preventive medicine for women of gestational age. Currently she has focused her efforts domestically on ethics and regulation in the field of assisted reproductive technology. In addition to presenting her work at multiple national conferences, she has represented DePaul as a Bioethics Fellow at Harvard Medical School and a visiting scholar at Yale University.

Wicklander Fellowship Project:
"Out of the Freezer and into the Policy Fire: Ethical Quandaries in Gamete and Embryo Cryopreservation"

Michael Naas

Michael Naas | Philosophy Department, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Michael Naas teaches courses in philosophy and comparative literature and conducts research in the areas of ancient Greek philosophy and contemporary French philosophy. His approach to the classics is informed by thinkers such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Lyotard and Levinas. Naas has many published works and is co-editor of The Oxford Literary Review.

Wicklander Fellowship Project:
"The Day the World Stopped Working: Jacques Derrida, Jeremy Rifkin, and the Future of Work"

  • Grace Lemmon, Driehaus College of Business:"Weight-based Stigma at Work" (2019-20)
  • Joseph F. Mello, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: "Pot for Profit: In Search of a Recipe for Responsible Reform" (2019-2020)
  • Kathryn Grant, College of Science and Health: “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, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: “The Role of Ethics in Decisions Relating to Gentrification” (2018-19)
  • John Berdell, Driehaus College of Business: "The Transformation of Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments" (2017-2018)
  • Jason Martin, College of Communication: "Professional Journalism Ethics in the Age of Mobile Media" (2017-2018)
  • David Lay Williams, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: "The Greatest of All Plagues: Economic Inequality in Western Political Thought" (2016-2017)
  • María del Rosario Acosta López, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: "From Trauma to History: Memory Building in Chicago’s Community Center for Survivors & Families of Police Torture" (2016-2017)
  • Richard Farkus, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences:"The Search for an Ethical Response to 'Situational Corruption' in War-Torn ukraine" (2015-2016)
  • Mark Robinson, School of Continuing and Professional Studies: "The University of Pfizer: Science Medicine and the Ethics of Translation'" (2015-2016)
  • Jonathan Gross, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: "Bringing Poetry into the Public Schools: The 'Don Juan' Project and 'The Harlem Renaissance Remembered'" (2014-2015)
  • Yuki Miyamoto, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: "Neither Victims nor Executioners: Environmental Disaster and Citizens’ Responsibilities" (2014-2015)
  • Michael Mezey, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: "Congressional Ethics" (2013-2014)
  • Bruce Newman, Driehaus College of Business: "The Mass Marketing of Politicians in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign: Some Ethical Considerations" (2012-2013)
  • Arieahn Matamanosa-Bennett, School of Continuing and Professional Studies: "Ethics and Animal Assisted Therapies: Putting the Horse Before Descartes" (2012-2013)
  • Leah Bryant, College of Communication: "Beginning in Families and Continuing in the Classroom: Students' Perceptions of (Un)Ethical Academic Work" (2011-2012)
  • Andrea Lyon, College of Law: "The Influence of the Media in High-Profile Death Penalty Trial" (2010-2011)
  • Scott Erlinder, School of Cinema and Interactive Media: "Ethics in Action: Media Ethics" (2010-2011)
  • Bel Needles, Driehaus College of Business: "A Conceptual Framework of Ethical Financial Reporting" (2010-2011)
  • Susan Bandes, College of Law: "Emotion and the Law" (2009-2010)
  • Tom Muscarello, College of Computing and Digital Media: "Bioethics: Impact of Massive Data Repositories on Informed Consent in Genomic Studies" (2009-2010)
  • Scott Paeth, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: "War and Moral Discernment" (2008-2009)
  • Kathy Dhanda, Driehaus College of Business: "The Market for Carbon Offsets: Being Green or Paying to Pollute?" (2008-2009)
  • Jason Hill, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: "Toward a Cosmopolitan Business Ethics" (2007-2008)
  • Kelly Pope, Driehaus College of Business: "The Effect of Anonymous Reporting Channels and Incentive-Suggestion Programs on Intentions to Whistle-Blow" (2007-2008)
  • Patrick Murphy, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: "Social Entrepreneurship" (2006-2007)
  • Helen LaVan, College of Business: "Disciplining Employees for Free Speech, Whistle Blowing, and Political Activities" (2005-2006)
  • Robert Rubin, Driehaus College of Business: "Antecedents and Outcomes of Ethical Leader Behavior"(2004-2005)

Patricia H. Werhane Business Ethics Scholarship

Riley O'Neil
Riley O’Neil, undergraduate finance major with a minor in philosophy, recently received the Werhane Scholarship.

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, visit the Academic Works website depaul.academicworks.com.

If you have any questions, email Summer Brown at sbrown15@depaul.edu.

Previous Werhane Scholarship Recipients:

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

Patricia H. Werhane
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.

Senior Wicklander Fellow Curtis C. Verschoor

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

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.