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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.

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.

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.

John Schlichtman, PhD (Department of Sociology, LASS)

Dr. John Joe Schlichtman is an urban sociologist who is motivated by the potential of equitable, just, and productive community development. His research has focused on understanding the dynamics of macro-level processes such as globalization and gentrification: how stakeholders resist or exploit them, the decisions residents make in navigating them, and their influence on the urban landscape. This interplay relates to facets of community as diverse as housing, community development, policing practices, and education policy. In the book GENTRIFIER (2017) with Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill, Schlichtman works to develop a more nuanced and productive theorization of gentrification that can directly inform action and policy. He is also developing a global ethnography for the Globalization and Community Series at University of Minnesota Press. Professor Schlichtman’s research and perspectives have been discussed in such media outlets as Next City, CityLab, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the New Republic, and the Economist. He serves as a board member of the Research Committee 21 (RC21) for Urban and Regional Development. He has been a recipient of the PSA Praxis Award (2012) for impact on organizational institutions, community betterment, and human suffering, and was also named a Next City Vanguard (2016).

Wicklander Fellowship Project:

“The Role of Ethics in Decisions Relating to Gentrification”


Kathryn Grant, PhD (Department of Psychology, CSH) 


PhD, University of Vermont, 1995


Major Areas of Interest

• Understanding the effects of stressful life experiences on young people

• Developing interventions that protect youth from negative stress effects


Wicklander Fellowship Project:

“Development of an Applied Ethics Research and Teaching Model in the Context of a University-Community Partnership (Cities Mentor Project)”

  • John Berdell, "The Transformation of Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments"
  • Jason Martin, "Professional Journalism Ethics in the Age of Mobile Media"
  • 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)

Pat Werhane Scholarship

Through the kind support of Patricia Werhane and her supporters, the Institute for Business & Professional Ethics offers a generous scholarship to DePaul students in an effort to propel ethics education in future DePaul alumni business professionals. Details and application instructions forthcoming.