ERIC Number: ED183041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-19
Reference Count: 0
Ethics in Consulting and Outside Professional Activities.
Dillon, Kristine E.
Ethical concerns related to faculty consulting and other professional activities for supplemental pay are discussed. Some groups, like students and taxpayers, may find it difficult to view outside professional activities of faculty members in the context of public service and professional development. Universities employing academic professionals are beginning to recognize problems with a role definition for faculty that includes provision of tenured job security yet little stipulation of what a full-time appointment really entails. Many problems relating to consulting and other outside activities stem from the fact that it is difficult, if not impossible, for faculty to earn supplemental income without using university resources in some way. These include: faculty time, university supplies and materials, campus facilities, and the use of the university's name. Although outside professional activities are not inherently detrimental to higher education, conflicts are common in terms of how faculty incorporate outside commitments within their overall professional activities. Two hypothetical cases in which ethical problems are involved are presented. The cases raise two major issues important to a discussion of ethics in outside professional activities: intellectual bias and conflicts of interest with respect to time usage. The Ethical and Economic Issues Project at the University of Southern California is cited. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conflict of Interest
Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Higher Education Annual Conference (Washington, DC, April 16-19, 1979)