Kathy Lund Dean


Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Professor of Management in Economics and Management

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. With the adoption of the Gustavus ACTS Strategic Plan, my role allows me to support three main strategic focus areas:

  • Increase Gustavus’ national and international footprint through scholarship, research-based engagements, and high profile recognitions
  • Increase and broaden career readiness through alumni engagement
  • Increase and deepen opportunities for experiential learning for all students across campus

My scholarship activities include staying active in the Academy of Management and continuing my longstanding editorial work for two experiential education journals (the Journal of Management Education and our 'sibling' publication Management Teaching Review). Getting Gustavus' brand recognized outside the United States is the focus of many the responsibilities I accept internationally. Once the Fulbright Commission gets back on track post-COVID, I won a Fulbright Specialist role to assist institutions in countries under-represented in academic scholarship. Many nascent countries do not have scholarship infrastructure, training or support and as such, their faculty struggle to get their research published in mainstream journals. Whole blocs of voices and perspectives are not being shared in academic research, and my Fulbright work aims to help with that ethical issue. I also work with other institutions around the world, such as with Maynooth University in Ireland as master's programme extern, my joint appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and co-hosting the international Research in Management Learning & Education, building brand awareness in Spain, Peru, France, Scotland and Croatia.

My ethics scholarship extends to those of us in faculty positions with a book published in May 2018 (Routledge/Taylor & Francis press) entitled, "The Ethical Professor: A Practical Guide to Research, Teaching and Professional Life." My co-authors Lorraine Eden (Texas A&M) and Paul Vaaler (University of Minnesota) and I have been writing for about four years about the ethical pitfalls that are common to those in our profession, and we offer a workbook-like way of learning about potential ethical issues, discussing them in community, and creating solutions to preserve ethical integrity as academic professionals. Another research stream involves how organizations resolve Title VII religious discrimination disputes, and the increasing complexity of doing so due to the increasing diversity of religious experience in the United States. I have a TEDxTalk based on this research that I invite you to view and share with others.

Engaging students in learning about investing and markets is also a passion of mine. I advise the E. Terry Skone Investment Club here on campus, where students work with a portfolio of over $240,000 invested in a variety of positions, learning strategies for diversification and ways of analyzing potential positions. The Skone Club's mission involves philanthropy and giving back part of the portfolio's earnings. For FY 2020, the Club donated right around $9,000 to general scholarships and this year, FY 2021, the Club contributed a record amount of $9,481, bringing the total that the Club has returned to Gustavus to over $67,000. I am  thrilled to partner with Trustees Marcia Page and George Hicks to bring student members onto the Board of Trustees Investment Committee, a group charged with actively managing Gustavus' endowment. Engaging with the group of professionals sharing their talents to secure Gustavus' financial future is truly a signature experience for students.

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 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 Chaifetz 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 experiential learning activities require special attention to ethical facilitation and professor skills, and what the future of academic careers may hold.

My latest c.v. from March 2021 is attached below.


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

E/M-369 (Conflict Management)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
E/M-251 Ethics in Bus & Econ 5 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, and 2014/FA
E/M-261 Organizational Behavior 4 2016/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, and 2013/SP
E/M-206 Midwest Entrepreneurs 3 2018/JN, 2017/JN, and 2016/JN
E/M-352 Ethics in Business 2 2020/FA and 2019/FA
E/M-344 ST:Conflict Mgmt 2 2017/SP and 2013/FA
E/M-269 Conflict Management 1 2018/SP
E/M-365 Strategic Management 1 2012/FA