Academic Director

Joanne B. Ciulla
Academic Director

Joanne B. Ciulla is Academic Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership and Professor of Leadership Ethics in the Department of Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School. She 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. Ciulla 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. She was attracted to Rutgers because she 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 build another institution that brings together academics and practitioners.

Besides her work at the University of Richmond, Prof. 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 of UNESCO Chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations International Leadership Academy in Jordan, where she helped develop their curriculum. As a teacher, Ciulla has won the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia Council of Higher Education and the Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Richmond.

A philosopher by training, Ciulla earned her B.A. from the University of Maryland, her M.A. from the University of Delaware, and her Ph.D. from Temple University. She 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. In the area of philosophy of work, she authored, The Working Life, The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work, a philosophical and historical exploration into the meaning of work, which was awarded Best Business Book of 2000 by the editors at

Ciulla 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 called, 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. Her past board associations include the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and the Center for Principled Problem Solving at Gilford College.

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