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Wicklander Fellowship

The Institute for Business & Professional Ethics is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Wicklander Fellowship.

The Wicklander Fellowship is awarded annually to one or 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.

Wicklander Fellowship Award Details

The fellowship pays the awardee a $5,000 stipend paid over the course of the academic year for which the fellowship is awarded; a $2,000 summer stipend and a professional development fund of $5,000 to cover travel, supplies, etc. The latter fund may be used over a two-year period. Faculty may receive a one-course teaching reduction for the year of the award if the dean approves this one-time release if and when the awardee’s departmental chair requests the course release on behalf of the awardee. The recipient must directly approach his/her chair if a release is desired. Faculty receiving the award are expected to give the annual Wicklander lecture, usually scheduled in the spring.

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, and their CV.

Please send the documents to the Institute for Business & Professional Ethics, DePaul University, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 5000, Chicago IL 60604, or electronically to Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018. 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

Prof. David Lay Williams, Department of Political Science

Professor Williams teaches and conducts research in political theory, especially the history of political thought. He is the author of Rousseau’s Platonic Enlightenment, Rousseau's 'Social Contract': An Introduction, and numerous articles on thinkers ranging from Plato to Jürgen Habermas and topics such as democratic theory, the separation of powers, social contract theory, religion and politics, terrorism, institutional design, political ontology, fear, love, and deception.

Wicklander Fellowship Project:

"The Greatest of All Plagues: Economic Inequality in Western Political Thought"

Prof. María del Rosario Acosta López, Department of Philosophy

She teaches and conducts research on Romanticism and German Idealism, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, and Contemporary Political Philosophy.  More recently, her work has also moved into the areas of memory, trauma and representations of violence with a focus on Colombian and Latin-American contexts. She also collaborates with the Historical Memory Center in Colombia in producing reports on paramilitary violence and creating and consolidating Regional Historical Memory Groups.

Wicklander Fellowship Project:
"From Trauma to History: Memory Building in Chicago’s Community Center for Survivors & Families of Police Torture"

Previous Wicklander Fellows

  • 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 was able to offer 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 2014-2015 academic year, Marina Ottolino and Karina Alvarez. Congratulations again to all those who were awarded.