The Ethical Challenges of Academic Administration

Author: Elaine E. Englehardt
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789048128419
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This book is an invitation to academic administrators, at every level, to engage in reflection on the ethical dimensions of their working lives. Academics are very good at reflecting on the ethical issues in other professions but not so interested in reflecting on those in their own, including those faced by faculty and administrators. Yet it is a topic of great importance. Academic institutions are value-driven; hence virtually every decision made by an academic administrator has an ethical component with implications for students, faculty, the institution, and the broader community. Despite this, they receive little systematic preparation for this aspect of their professional lives when they take up administrative posts, especially when compared to, say, medical or legal training. Surprisingly little has been written about the ethical challenges that academic administrators are likely to face. Most of the literature relating to academic administration focuses on “leadership” and draws heavily on management and social science theory. The importance of focusing on ethical deliberation and decision-making often goes unrecognized.

University Ethics

Author: James F. Keenan, SJ
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442223731
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University Ethics not only highlights the ethical shortfalls of colleges today on topics ranging from sexual violence to the treatment of adjuncts but also proposes solutions based on best practices. Essential reading for anyone connected to higher education, the book proposes creating an integrated culture of ethics university-wide.

Higher Education Administration

Author: Norma M. Goonen
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313303043
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In higher education, decisions are made against a complex and often conflicting backdrop of applicable law, ethical questions, and practical considerations. Goonen and Blechman assist academic administrators by providing an overview of the legal parameters, ethical questions, and practical suggestions applicable to the most frequently encountered areas of academic decision making.

Ethical decision making in academic administration

Author: Maria Rosario G. Catacutan
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Research on the ethical decision-making processes of school administrators has received increased attention in the educational leadership literature (Roche, 1999 ; Begley, 201 ; Shapiro & Stefkovich, 2005 ; Norberg & Johansson, 2007 ; Langlois, 2004). This is partly due to studies which provide evidence that school administrators are increasingly driven in their decision-making processes by strategic motives rather than ethical considerations (Strike, Haller, & Soltis, 1998 ; Kirby, Paradise, & Protti, 1992 ; Campbell, 1997). Several studies also highlight the emergence of new challenges in contemporary society that give rise to more complex ethical issues in the school environment (Richmon, 2003 ; Ryan, 2003 ; Dempster & Berry, 2003). Other studies underscore the increasing number of groups that have a stake in schools due to school decentralization processes. This in turn makes decision-making more difficult as school leaders are expected to balance the varied and often competing interests of these stakeholders (Cranston, Ehrich & Kimber, 2003 ; Dempster & Berry, 2003). In all these studies, concerns have been raised regarding principals' ability to effectively handle and resolve the ethical dilemmas that arise in their work. These studies also suggest the need to equip educational leaders with the skills to be effective decision-makers through serious training and professional formation in ethics (Dempster & Berry, 2003). Although ethical-decision making in the context of educational administration has been extensively studied, most research have focused on principals working in secondary school settings while little is known on the ethical decision-making processes in the context of higher education. To date, most research on academic deans center on their profile, tasks, roles, and challenges (Wolverton, Gmelch, Montez, & Nies, 2001 ; De Boer & Goedebuure, 2009 ; Bray, 2008) but research on the ethical dimensions of their work as administrators have not been explored in a few conceptual studies (Weingartner, 2000 ; Englehardt, Pritchard, Romesburg, & Schrag, 201). Further, extant research on ethical decision-making involved school administrators working in North America, Europe, and Australia while there is a paucity of research about school administrators in Asia. IN the Philippine context, research on academic deanship remains largely unexplored except in a few studies that focus on deans' managerial and leadership styles (Undung & de Guzman, 2009 ; de Guzman & Hapan, 2013 ; de Guzman & Hapan, 2014). However, no research has been done in the Philippine setting on the moral dimension of academic administration, and specifically on the ethical-decision making processes of college deans. In order to address this gap, this paper explored how Filipino academic deans structure their ethical decision-making processes in solving ethical dilemmas that confront them in their work of academic administration. Using the qualitative research design, this study afforded the emergence of two research models: (i) the Wheel of School Leaders' Ethical Dilemmas and (ii) the Phases of Moral Sensitivity Practice. The first model provides a description of the nature of the ethical dilemmas experienced by Filipino academic deans, the critical incidents which trigger these dilemmas, and the value conflicts which these deans experience as a consequence of these dilemmas. The second model, meanwhile, depicts a set of moral sensitivity processes Filipino college deans engage in prior to making their decisions about moral dilemmas. In addition, this study also provided an analysis and description of the reasoning processes employed by these deans in solving ethical dilemmas using theoretical thematic analysis. Using the ethical paradigms proposed in the works of Starratt (1991) and of Shapiro and Stefkovich (2005) as frameworks for the analysis, this study described the ethical frameworks of care, justice, and profession as the dominant paradigms used by Filipino deans and their preference for adopting multiple ethical frameworks when making their decisions. As novel research, the empirical evidence afforded by this qualitative study advances existing literature on ethical decision-making in educational management in the context of higher education. At a practical level, this study serves to provide a corpus of tacit knowledge on ethical decision-making processes employed by a small group of academic administrators useful for aspiring and practicing Filipino deans. Findings of this research could also serve as a knowledge-base for crafting ethics courses that could be offered either as stand-alone or integrated in educational management programs at the postgraduate level. Further, the real-life experiences captured in this study could be used as a platform to develop meaningful and relevant case studies for teaching ethical concepts and principles in the Philippine-context. Lastly, these findings can be expanded to explore the ethical decision-making processes of a greater number and more diverse group of academic deans in the country using the mixed methods approach in research.

Creating the Ethical Academy

Author: Tricia Bertram Gallant
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136891900
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For those who believe in the promise of higher education to shape a better future, this may be a time of unprecedented despair. Stories of students regularly cheating in their classes, admissions officers bending the rules for VIPs, faculty fudging research data, and presidents plagiarizing seem more rampant than ever before. If those associated with our institutions of higher learning cannot resist ethical corruption, what hope do we have for an ethical society? In this edited volume, higher education experts and scholars tackle the challenge of understanding why ethical misconduct occurs in the academy and how we can address it. The volume editor and contributing authors use a systems framework to analyze ethical challenges in common functional areas (e.g., testing and admissions, teaching and learning, research, fundraising, spectator sports, and governance), highlighting that misconduct is shaped by both individuals and the contexts in which they work, study, and live. The volume argues compellingly for colleges and universities to make ethics a strategic, institutional priority. Higher education researchers, students, and practitioners will find this volume and its application of empirical research, real-life examples, and illustrative case studies to be an inspiring and applicable read.

Leaders in Philosophy of Education

Author: Leonard J. Waks
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9462097585
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In the late 1950s plans were initiated to bring a higher level of professionalism to the training of educational professionals. New projects included introducing contemporary scholarship from the humanities and social sciences into colleges of education to revitalize the education knowledge base. In North America and the United Kingdom, analytical philosophers were recruited to inaugurate a ‘new philosophy of education.’ Analytical philosophy of education soon spread throughout the English speaking world. By the 1980s this analytical impulse had largely subsided. Philosophers trained in analytical philosophy and their students turned to more ambitious normative pursuits related to problems of social justice and democracy. Meanwhile, feminist philosophers opened up new issues regarding the education of women and the nature of teaching and knowing, and a new wave of pragmatist philosophers turned to issues of educational policy. By the 1990s Anglo-American philosophers of education welcomed a dialogue with counterparts in Western Europe, and the field responded to established trends in European philosophy ranging from critical theory and phenomenology to post-structuralism. New leaders emerged in philosophy of education representing all of these various strands. This volume documents the emergence of contemporary philosophy of education as seen by those spearheading these trends.

Obstacles to Ethical Decision Making

Author: Patricia H. Werhane
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107000033
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An examination of how obedience affects and overpowers the ethics of decision-making in business, and how this can be overcome.

Ethical School Leadership

Author: Spencer J. Maxcy
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780810842779
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Typically, educational leadership is not considered a moral-ethical undertaking. But educators face a dismaying array of moral-ethical challenges from academic dishonesty to sexual harassment every day in our nation's schools. Ethical School Leadership provides a systematic approach to resolving these school-based moral-ethical issues. It offers real world moral-ethical dilemmas, alternate theories of ethical decision-making, and differing philosophies of leadership. Present and future school leaders will find knowledge, dispositions, and performance criteria by which to evaluate case studies of moral-ethical leadership. This book provides an up-to-date treatment of the subject without arcane terminology or abstract argument. Its aim is to provide encouraging, practical thinking about the moral-ethical problems facing our school leaders today and will be of interest to school principals, teachers, school board members and students of education.

Administrative Ethics in the Twenty first Century

Author: James Michael Martinez
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820461205
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After years of languishing in the long shadow of -values-, its 1960s-era substitute, public discussion and debate about virtues, vices, character, and ethics are occupying center stage once again. This book joins that debate in a way that is both practical and useful to undergraduate and graduate students who are being introduced to the full breadth of public administration in introductory courses, or specialized ones in administrative ethics. Intended as a supplement to major ethics texts, this book will help readers develop a thorough understanding of the principles of ethics so they will come away with a deeper appreciation of the challenges and complexities involved in negotiating the ethical dilemmas facing administrators in a twenty-first century democratic republic."

A Professor s Duties

Author: Peter J. Markie
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847679522
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Professors, administrators, and trustees talk a lot about education but give little attention to teaching, especially at major research universities. In A Professor's Duties, the distinguished philosopher Peter J. Markie adds to the expanding discussion of the ethics of college teaching. Part One concentrates on the obligations of individual professors, primarily with regard to issues about what and how to teach. Part Two expands Professor Markie's views by providing a selection of the most significant previously published writings on the ethics of college teaching.