C K Gunsalus

C K Gunsalus
C K Gunsalus
Professor Emerita of Business Administration
(217) 333-1416
330 Coordinated Science Lab

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  • 1984 J.D., Magna Cum Laude, University of Illinois; Dean’s List, 4 Semesters; Harno Fellow, 3 Semesters
  • 1978 B.A. in History with Distinction, University of Illinois; Edmund J. James Scholar, Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honorary); Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta (History Honorary), Dean’s List


C. K. Gunsalus is a nationally recognized expert, speaker, author and workshop presenter on matters of research integrity, ethics and professionalism in academia. She is the Director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE), Professor Emerita of Business, and Research Professor at the Coordinated Sciences Laboratory. Gunsalus was the PI for the centerpiece project of NCPRE, Ethics CORE, a national online ethics resource center initiated with $1.5M from the National Science Foundation. She has been on the faculty of the colleges of Business, Law and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served as Special Counsel in the Office of University Counsel. She started her career at the Computer-based Education Research Laboratory, which developed the PLATO project. Gunsalus graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law and has an AB with Distinction in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.

Academic Positions

  • Professor Emerita, College of Business
  • Research Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory
  • Director, National Center for Principled Leadership & Research Ethics

Other Professional Employment

  • Illinois campus research standards officer
  • Special counsel in the Office of University Counsel
  • Associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2002-2010
  • Associate provost from 1994-2002
  • Assistant and associate vice chancellor for research from 1984-1994

Professional Registrations

  • Served on the the United States Commission on Research Integrity
  • Served on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
  • Served on the AAAS Council of Delegates
  • Chaired the AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award committee
  • Chaired the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility
  • National Academy of Sciences Committee on Responsible Science

Research Interests

  • Professionalism
  • Negotiation
  • Leadership
  • Research and organizational ethics
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution

Research Areas

  • Technology and Societal Impacts

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)