NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) at Rutgers Business School welcomes new academic director Dr. Joanne B. Ciulla to the organization’s leadership team. Ciulla also joins Rutgers Business School’s Department of Management and Global Business as a professor of leadership ethics. Ciulla states, «I was attracted to Rutgers because I saw great potential in the Institute for Ethical leadership to serve the academic, business, non-profit, and government communities.» She is very enthusiastic about helping to build another institution that brings together academics and practitioners.

Ciulla comes to Rutgers after 25 years as the Coston Family Chair of Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond. She was one of the founding faculty of the Jepson School, which is the first liberal arts, degree granting, undergraduate school of leadership studies in the world.

«We are pleased and consider ourselves fortunate, to have attracted Joanne to the IEL,» says Institute Co-Founder, James Abruzzo, «Her values, energy and desire to make the IEL a significant force for good, are aligned with ours.»

Besides her work at the University of Richmond, Professor Ciulla has had academic appointments at La Salle University, Harvard Business School, and The Wharton School; and visiting appointments at Oxford University, Nyenrode University (Netherlands), University of Fort Hare (South Africa), and University of Melbourne (Australia). She was also the first person to hold the UNESCO Chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations International Leadership Academy in Jordan, where she helped develop its curriculum.

Ciulla has written extensively on leadership ethics, business ethics and the philosophy of work. In 1991, she began to develop the field of leadership ethics and later co-edited the first major reference work for the field, Leadership Ethics (3 volumes). Her other books on leadership ethics include, The Ethics of Leadership; Ethics, The Heart of Leadership; The Quest for Moral Leaders; and Leadership at the Crossroads (3 volumes). Along with two colleagues, Ciulla also published a best-selling business ethics text called Honest Work: A Business Ethics Reader.

She serves on the editorial boards of the field’s two most established journals, Leadership Quarterly and Leadership, as well as on the board of its recent journal, Leadership and the Humanities.  She also serves as a member of the board of Business Ethics Quarterly.  Ciulla edits one of the most extensive series of books on leadership, New Horizons in Leadership Studies, for Edgar Elgar Publishing. Among her professional appointments, Ciulla has held the position of president for two of the main business ethics organizations, The Society for Business Ethics and International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics.

A noted presenter, Ciulla has delivered lectures and seminars to business and government organizations in the U.S. and abroad, and has worked with organizations such as the Brookings Institution, The Aspen Institute, and The World Economic Forum.

Ciulla will fill the seat left empty after the sudden 2015 passing of Dr. Ann Buchholtz, former IEL research director and professor of leadership and ethics at Rutgers Business School.

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About the Institute for Ethical Leadership:

The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School works with business and government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within Rutgers University to provide leaders and future leaders with the education, training and critical-thinking tools needed to become more effective leaders and managers and make ethical decisions for real-world challenges.  For more information, visit


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