Kathy Lund Dean

Faculty

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Professor of Management in Economics and Management and Faculty Associate, Community Based & Service Learning in Community-Based Srvce and Lrng

Coming to Gustavus in 2012, I am the inaugural holder of the Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics, a position uniquely designed to engage external stakeholders with students, faculty, and program opportunities. In my role, I navigate four strategic focus areas:

  • Increase Gustavus’ national and international footprint through scholarship, teaching practice, research-based consulting & service, and high profile recognitions
  • Partner with Gustavus departments for external development & relationship support
  • Increase and deepen Gustavus’ commitment to experiential learning and student research opportunities
  • Develop Gustavus as a leader in ethics

There are lots of activities I undertake in support of this great position, from staying active in the Academy of Management and my editorial work for two experiential education journals (the Journal of Management Education and launching the new Management Teaching Review), to engaging with alumni to create study-away opportunities with Gustie alumni groups around the country, to working to create international internship opportunities for J-Term. Getting Gustavus' brand out there is the focus of many the responsibilities I accept internationally, such as with Maynooth University in Ireland each August, my Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury in spring of 2015, and co-hosting the Research in Management Learning & Education wherever they occur, like Spain, Peru and for 2016, France.

On campus, it's been terrific to engage Gustie students in the business ethics course and to bring interesting speakers to campus, examining ethical topics in a variety of topics. We focus on behavioral ethics, meaning, how the classic typologies and ways of thinking about ethics inform real behavior in organizations. We practice generating options for ethical choices, through cases, videos, and articles about current ethical problems (unfortunately, no shortage of examples here).

Beginning in January 2016, I will be serving as Faculty Associate for the Community-Based Service & Learing center, providing faculty support for community-based learning efforts around campus. In February, for example, the CBSL center is provding a workshop about how to craft CBL courses, which I will co-facilitate with CBSL staff. For my own courses, I utilize service-learning and project-based learning opportunities for my students to engage with community partners in St. Peter as well as Mankato.

From a background perspective, I grew up in Chicago on the north side, attending a big public high school in Park Ridge. I found my way to Notre Dame for undergraduate studies, taking advantage of the topical blends available at liberal arts institutions. My combined major of French and Business allowed me to study what I loved while gaining practical business learning. My Masters degree from Aquinas College, staffed mainly by working managers, was a revelation to me for my managerial skill set, as I was a bank manager and a small business partner during that program. I earned my Ph.D. in organizational behavior and ethics from Saint Louis University, where again the liberal arts combination was at play: the OB degree was from the Cook School of Business while the ethics portion of the degree was facilitated within the Philosophy department. My current research projects include how ethical culture is created in organizations, how religious discrimination disputes in the workplace get resolved, and what the future of academic careers may hold.

It’s going to be a great year!

Here is my cv from January 2016.

Education

Ph.D. Organizational Behavior and Ethics, Saint Louis University; Master of Management [M.M.], Aquinas College; B.A., French and Business double major program, University of Notre Dame [Go Irish]



Courses Taught

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
E/M-261Organizational Behavior32014/FA, 2014/SP, and 2013/SP
E/M-251Ethics in Bus & Econ22015/FA and 2014/FA
E/M-206Entrepreneurs-LasVegas12016/JN
E/M-344ST:Conflict Mgmt12013/FA
E/M-365Strategic Management12012/FA