By Joseph Hartman

The Manning School of Business and the Richard and Nancy Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility are pleased to announce a call for applications for Donahue Fellows in Ethical Leadership. The purpose of this Fellowship is to support research excellence and high-impact contributions by faculty across the university that steward Ethics-in-Leadership. Fellowship efforts can include but are not limited to: development of awareness, learning and impact in scholarship, teaching and organizational practice. Furthermore, applications that include interactions with the City of Lowell, including implementation programs and models of best practices, although not required, will be viewed favorably.

This Donahue Fellowship program is designed to provide research or implementation support, and to advance opportunities for external funding and public outreach, in the broad areas of ethics and leadership. Fellows will be affiliated with the Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility. Each Fellow will be awarded up to $7,500 per year, renewable annually for up to a three-year period. This Fellowship period begins during the 2023 Spring semester (from January 2023).

Focal topics may include: leadership of social responsibility and sustainability, values-centered leadership, inclusivity in leadership, leadership innovation, cross-sectoral leadership, leading in the age of transdisciplinarity, ethical decision making, moral role modeling, ethics in leadership development, authentic leadership, partnerships for the advancement of ethics, ethics in scientific investigation and scholarship, leadership ethics in complex and uncertain contexts, ethics in STEM, as well as additional leadership considerations within applied philosophy, bioethics, engineering ethics, and environmental ethics, among others.

Faculty Fellows will be expected to:

  • Participate in the Fellowship cohort, including periodic gatherings, progress sharing, and reporting.
  • Pursue additional external funding opportunities aligned with the Fellowship.
  • Acknowledge support of the Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in future publications and presentations associated with the Fellowship.
  • Provide an abstract or brief synopsis of the research or project for the Donahue Center website.
  • Present a Lightning Talk at the UML Faculty Symposium during the Fellowship period.
  • Support student collaborators to present at a Student Research & Community Engagement Symposium.

The application for this Fellowship MUST include:

  1. An abstract or short summary of proposed research or implementation project (not to exceed 300 words).
  2. A statement detailing why the applicant is both (i) interested in this Fellowship, and, (ii) qualified to pursue the proposed research or project (not to exceed 300 words).
  3. An estimated timeline with anticipated key milestones, deliverables, and specific outcomes associated with this Fellowship.
  4. A separate document (as attachment) with (a) evidence of demonstrated scholarly success and/or (b) demonstrated leadership activities in areas related to this Fellowship. This may include (in bullet form): a list of relevant citations of scholarly or practitioner articles published and/or a list of relevant initiatives pursued in the last five years.
  5. Current CV (as attachment) or link to updated Digital Measures profile.

The application for this Fellowship MAY include additional attachments:

  • Abstracts or short summaries of previously conducted related research and/or projects that would be representative of the efforts to be undertaken by this Fellowship.
  • Recent (within the last five years) or upcoming invited/accepted scholarly and/or professional presentations or seminars related to this Fellowship. Please list in bullet format – date, title of presentation, co-authors, venue / audience.

The Co-Directors of the Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, along with the Dean of the Manning School of Business, will work collaboratively to administer and support this Fellowship.

Full-time faculty working in any discipline are invited to submit applications by 5 p.m. on March 15, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by a committee established by the Co-Directors of the Donahue Center, the Dean of the Manning School of Business, the Provost, and the Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development.

Please submit proposals electronically to DonahueCenter@uml.edu with “Donahue Center Fellowship Application” in the subject line.