Kathy Lund Dean


Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Professor of Management in Economics and Management and Faculty Associate in Community-Based Service and Learning and Career Development

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 three main strategic focus areas:

  • Increase Gustavus’ national and international footprint through scholarship, teaching practice, research-based consulting & service, and high profile recognitions
  • Develop Gustavus' capacity as a leader in developing our students as ethical future leaders
  • Increase and deepen opportunities for experiential learning both on campus as well as through external stakeholder relationship development

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 our 'sibling' publication 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 as master's programme extern, my joint appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and co-hosting the Research in Management Learning & Education wherever they occur, like Spain, Peru, France, New York, and for 2018, St. Andrews, Scotland.

As part of my editorial work, here is a video I made about best practices with respect to reviewing, created for the MSR group at the Academy. It has information about how to structure excellent manuscript reviews in any context. If you view it and find it helpful, please comment as such on YouTube!

On campus, it's been terrific to engage Gustie students in the business ethics course and to examine ethical topics in a variety of topics. We focus on behavioral ethics, meaning, how the classic 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). I also teach the conflict resolution course which is almost completely experiential and asks students to practice responsible conflict management skills over and over to get comfortable in any difficult situation.

My ethics work extends to those of us in faculty positions with a new 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.

Since 2016, I have served as Faculty Associate for the Community-Based Service & Learing center, providing faculty support for community-based learning efforts around campus. For example, the CBSL center provided a workshop about how to craft CBL courses, which I co-facilitated 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.

Engaging students in learning about investing and markets is also a passion of mine. I advise the Investment Club here on campus, where students work with a portfolio of over $200,000 invested in a variety of equities, learning strategies for diversification and ways of analyzing potential positions.  I am also 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 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 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.

Here is my cv from the end of May 2018.


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-251 (Ethics in Bus & Econ)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
E/M-251 Ethics in Bus & Econ 4 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-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