National Center for Professional & Research Ethics

Dealing With Dysfunctional Academic Departments

CSL's C.K. Gunsalus co-authors story for Inside Higher Ed on how to help academic leaders improve struggling units.
04/10/2017

FROM INSIDE HIGHER ED -- The faculty in the math department of a major university has a history of expertise in theory, but the faculty of its much smaller empirical group has become completely estranged from it. Each faction has very powerful personalities who dislike and mistrust one another, the head of the department and the dean. Hiring and promotion have become divisive and contentious, and email wars involving colleagues on and off the campus are escalating.

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CSL researchers call for greater accountability in the reproducibility of research

As mounting evidence demonstrates a lack of reproducibility in scientific research, CSL researchers say it is crucial in "advancing the frontiers of knowledge."
03/14/2017

Say that a team of scientists publishes very promising results indicating the development of a treatment that matched chemotherapy to a cancer patient’s genetic make-up. The findings promise to transform cancer care, except for one thing: Despite multiple efforts by other scientists, the results cannot be reproduced.

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Illinois’ NCPRE launches third course in Coursera leadership specialization

The course aims to give participants the skills to exert influence and become effective team members and leaders.
10/27/2016

The National Center for Professional and Research Ethics at the University of Illinois launched the third part of its Coursera leadership specialization this week. Building on content from Courses One and Two, Leadership and Influence aims to give participants the skills to exert influence and become effective team members and leaders.

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NCPRE to continue successful Coursera specialization with Course Two: Shaping Your Professional Brand

The course is the second of a three-part specialization, "Professional IQ: Preventing and Solving Problems at Work."
07/08/2016

Do you know how to listen effectively as a professional? Can you tell when you've established rapport? Do you notice the effect you have on people? In Course One of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE) Coursera specialization, learners investigated what is important to them and grappled with some of the basic pitfalls and strategies for tackling them.

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NCPRE Coursera Specialization

NCPRE to help professionals prevent, solve problems at work in its first Coursera offering

Professionals can tackle work pitfalls in a three-course specialization called “Professional IQ: Preventing and Solving Problems at Work.”
04/26/2016

It can be hard to choose–or even know–the right path, and to find a way to take it.  Even if you are an expert in your field, you may find that knowing how to navigate workplace pitfalls is just as important to your career as technical skills.

C.K. Gunsalus
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Consider whether something like this has ever happened to you:

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Ethics Center presents first NTU academy leadership course to Asian educators

About 35 people attended the first course, which focused on ethical leadership development.
05/11/2015

Last year, Illinois and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore formed a partnership to research and develop curricular materials and resources for a new academy at NTU aimed at higher education leaders in Asia. This spring, Illinois experts presented the first course offered through the academy to about 35 department heads, deans and other rising university leaders.

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In the News: SOuRCe survey aids in evaluating workplace ethics

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04/29/2015

Training in research ethics is mandatory for many US graduate students and postdocs, but there is little evidence that formal classes prompt scientists to conduct research ethically. However, the workplace climate — which includes perceptions of regulatory committees, data confidentiality and treatment of trainees — influences research practices and can spawn behaviours such as poor record-keeping or plagiarism.

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Illinois partners with NTU to develop new generation of Asian academic leaders

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is partnering with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore to develop higher education’s next crop of leaders into more ethical and evidence-based decision-makers. With a $2.7 million grant, Illinois is collaborating with NTU to conduct research, develop curricula, provide guidance and create tools to train current and future executives of major research universities as part of a new NTU academy focusing on leadership, expected to launch next year.
08/25/2014

In medicine and other fields, the growing use of evidence-based practices has saved money and improved performance by using data to inform decision-making. But in academic institutions leaders have been slower to adapt to data-driven decision making.

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Awareness week cultivates conversations about ethics in research

There are thousands of examples of unethical behavior in today’s society, ranging from cheating on homework to medical experiments to falsifying research results—and even more examples of ethical conduct, many that go unheralded. Each year, Illinois celebrates Ethics Awareness Week to educate and bring awareness to the ethical issues surrounding students, staff and faculty, focusing on learning, scholarship and research.
04/08/2014

Ethics Awareness was held March 3 - 7 to educate and bring awareness to the ethical issues surrounding students, staff and faculty, focusing on learning, scholarship and research.
Ethics Awareness was held March 3 - 7 to educate and bring awareness to the ethical issues surrounding students, staff and faculty, focusing on learning, scholarship and research.
There are thousands of examples of unethical behavior in today’s society, ranging from cheating on homework to medica

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Illinois ethics expert: "Temptation, rationalization, incrementalism" led to the professional demise of two physicians involved in Silk Road

C.K. Gunsalus talks about how two Delaware doctors accused of selling illegal drugs may have slid into disgrace one step at a time.
12/05/2013

What would make two young doctors risk promising careers in medicine by selling prescription drugs illegally? CSL's C.K. Gunsalus talks to a Delaware publication about the factors that may have led those physicians to participate in the underground Silk Road website.

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