Research Ethics Videos

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Inside Higher Ed Columns

Our Inside Higher Ed columns focus on academic leadership challenges and tools for strengthening shared governance. To learn about new columns as they are published, follow us on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

Below is the list of our published entries:

How Healthy Is Your Academic Department?

Nicholas C. Burbules, C. K. Gunsalus, Robert A. Easter and BrandE Faupell have created a tool to help you diagnose problems in your academic unit and identify ways to improve it.

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence

How can academic leaders foster a culture of excellence in their departments and other units? Robert A. Easter, C. K. Gunsalus, Sebastian Wraight, Nicholas C. Burbules and Jeremy D. Meuser suggest some specific actions to take.

Challenged Academic Units

C. K. Gunsalus, Nicholas C. Burbules, Robert A. Easter and Jeremy D. Meuser recommend five steps for managing conflicts and disputes.

Reforming Challenged Departments: The Faculty Role

Dysfunctional departments have identifiable patterns, and faculty members share some responsibility for dealing with them, argue Nicholas C. Burbules, C. K. Gunsalus, and Robert A. Easter.

Taking Over a Troubled Unit?

Robert A. Easter, C. K. Gunsalus and Nicholas C. Burbules offer advice to increase the likelihood you’ll leave things better than you found them — as well as remain healthy and balanced yourself.

Understanding and Navigating Cognitive Biases

They are often at work in troubled academic units and in how people react — or fail to react — to the problems, write Sebastian Wraight, C. K. Gunsalus, and Nicholas Burbules.

Understanding and Navigating Cognitive Biases: Part 2

Sebastian Wraight, Nicholas C. Burbules, C. K. Gunsalus, and Robert A. Easter explore how to reduce the problems cognitive biases can produce in your academic department.

Fostering Trust in Academic Departments

It is crucial in a vibrant academic unit, and you can cultivate it in some specific ways, advise Elizabeth A. Luckman, C. K. Gunsalus, Nicholas C. Burbules, and Robert A. Easter.

How to Change an Unhealthy Department Culture

It can make the difference between a high-performing collegial unit and one riven by factions, rivalries or unproductive friction, argue Elizabeth A. Luckman, Robert A. Easter, C. K. Gunsalus and Nicholas C. Burbules.




Decision Making Framework: Quick Guide (PDF)

Cognitive Bias: Quick Tips (PDF)
One possible framework for developing good decision-making habits

Crisis Management As A Leader: Quick Tips (PDF)
How to manage a public relations crisis effectively

Michael Loui on Making Difficult Decisions

Andrew Alleyne Decision Making and OODA Loops

Billy Tibrizi on Making Decisions

Barb Wilson on Data-Informed Decision-Making


Barb Wilson, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois, describes some of her strategies for decision-making.

Bob Easter, President Emeritus of the University of Illinois, discusses the fundamentals of decision-making as a leader.

Jump to section: Dealing with Challenges to Your Decisions, Making Merit Based Decisions, Decisions About a GroupMaking Good Decisions, Understanding the Impact of Your Decisions, What Decisions Should You Make?When to Decide, A Tough Decision Well MadeHave a Process for Making DecisionsThe Role of AnalysisFinding Balance as a Leader


Thinking long term

Strategic leadership relates to making organizationally relevant decisions that go beyond the individual unit.

Facing difficult situations

Difficult situations at work are easy to ignore, but this often leads to ethical failures. Becoming more comfortable managing difficult situations will lead to more ethical decision-making and a more ethical culture.

Communication and interpersonal relationships

Being an ethical leader requires building trust with the people around you; this comes from effective communication techniques and relationship development.

Managing people and their careers

Human resources perspective; ensuring there are effective systems for managing careers.

Managing the day-to-day work

Leading effectively requires the ability to manage the technical aspect of work; including the processes required to make the department/unit/organization function.

Self-awareness and professional development

This section starts by asking people to think about their own strengths/opportunities.

These videos are part of a series of videos on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) produced by the Office of Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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