The purpose of The Ethical Professor is to provide a road map to some of the ethical dilemmas that doctoral students and newer faculty members are likely to face as they enter a career in academia (the Academy). Academic career paths appear to be quite standard, transparent, and achievable with dedicated and hard work. Argued in this book, however, is that the road map to a successful academic career is not so easy. There are ethical pitfalls along the way, starting with entry into academia as a new PhD student. These ethical dilemmas remain equally opaque as faculty progress in their careers.

The ethical pitfalls that plague each of the steps along the academic career path are often not visible to doctoral students and young faculty members; nor are they well prepared to spot them. Ethical issues are seldom discussed and little training is provided on how to spot and handle these potential road blocks to a successful career in the academy.

Based on extant research and collective years of academic experience, The Ethical Professor seeks to shorten the learning curve around common ethical pitfalls and issues by defining them, sharing research and experiences about them, and offering a discussion framework for continued learning and reflection.

This innovative new volume will be key reading for doctoral students and junior faculty members in social science departments in colleges and universities, as well as managers undertaking an MBA. Due to the increasing complexity of managing academic institutions, more seasoned professors, administrators, and college deans and presidents, will also benefit from the research presented here.

chapter 1|9 pages


part I|80 pages

Ethics and Research

chapter 2|10 pages

Twenty Questions

Ethical Research Dilemmas and PhD Students

chapter 4|6 pages

Scientists Behaving Badly

Insights from the Fraud Triangle

chapter 5|9 pages

Slicing and Dicing

Ex Ante Approaches

chapter 6|9 pages

Slicing and Dicing

Ex Post Approaches

chapter 7|15 pages


Mistake or Misconduct?

chapter 9|5 pages

Ethics in Research Scenarios

What Would You Do?

chapter 10|7 pages

Thought Leader

Michael A. Hitt on Ethics in Research

part II|62 pages

Ethics and Teaching

chapter 11|6 pages

Beyond Course Content

92Ethical Dilemmas in Teaching

chapter 12|3 pages

Teaching and Ethics

A Critical Incident

chapter 14|5 pages

Teaching versus Preaching

Conversational Ethics in the Classroom

chapter 15|6 pages

My Students Want to Friend Me!

Boundaries and Relationships with Social Networks

chapter 16|5 pages

What Do We Do When Students Despair?

Considering Pedagogical Caring

chapter 17|6 pages

From Content to Relationship

chapter 18|10 pages

It’s Not Just Rate My Professor Anymore!

Ethics and Student Evaluations

chapter 19|9 pages

Student Recommendations

To Give, or Not to Give, That Is the Question

chapter 20|7 pages

Thought Leader

Robert A. Giacalone on “Broken When Entering”

part III|65 pages

Ethics in Professional Life

chapter 21|7 pages

Codes and Conflicts of Interest

chapter 23|6 pages

Attending Professional Meetings

chapter 24|6 pages

Peer Reviewing

chapter 25|5 pages

Managing University Service Work

chapter 26|5 pages


chapter 27|5 pages

Outside Appointments

chapter 28|7 pages


chapter 29|7 pages

Media Engagement

chapter 30|10 pages

Thought Leader

Andrew H. Van de Ven on Ethics and Professional Life

part IV|13 pages


chapter 31|12 pages

Connecting the Dots

Themes, Practices, and Considering What’s Next