Biography:C. K. Gunsalus

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C. K. Gunsalus
Other namesTina
EducationUniversity of Illinois College of Law (1984)
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (1978)
OccupationDirector of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory
Professor Emerita in the College of Business
Known forExpert, speaker, author and workshop presenter in the areas of conflict resolution, communication, research and organizational ethics, leadership, negotiation and professionalism

C. K. Gunsalus is the Director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in addition to being a Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory and Professor Emerita in the College of Business.[1]


Gunsalus graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1984, after receiving her AB with distinction in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1978. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.[1]

Current research

Gunsalus is a speaker, author and workshop presenter on matters of research integrity, leadership, ethics and professionalism in academia.[1] Her writing and speaking has been characterized as "lucid, practical and remarkably shrewd,"[2] and she presents "an extremely useful and comprehensive set of tools and skills" in the area of academic ethics "in a conversational tone, with a good sense of humor."[2]

She is the principal investigator for a $2.7 million project collaborating on academic leadership development with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore[3] and was the PI for NCPRE’s centerpiece project, Ethics CORE, a national online ethics resource initiated with $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation.[4]

Gunsalus has collaborated with Carol Thrush, Brian Martinson and other authorities to develop the SOuRCe,[5] the only validated instrument for evaluating research climate in organizations.[6] The growing dataset permits participants to compare their own environments to others both inside and outside their own institutions. Findings from use of the SOuRCe informed an April 2015 Nature article on the effects of research climate on desirable and undesirable research behaviors.[7]

Her areas of professional interest include research and organizational integrity, leadership, professionalism, negotiation, conflict resolution and communication.[1]


During her tenure at Illinois, Gunsalus has held appointments and taught courses in the Colleges of Law, Medicine, Business and Engineering, and served as assistant and associate vice chancellor for research from 1984-1994 where she was associated with some very notorious civil rights retaliation cases on the part of the University of Illinois some of which had to be litigated in Chicago involving parents whose high school student children then at local public high schools were put into psychiatric hospitals for 6 months by the stalking retaliation after they quit the schools at local public high schools by UIUC persons enraged at sexual harassment complaints in the early 1990s published in the area newspapers at the time some of which are continuing involving UIUC staff Tina Gunsalus set up to do so in 1993 ongoing now in 2019 reportedly who by FOIA have been found reporting to be stalking to even other states as of 9 years later than that and other illegal criminal targeted rage until death do us part from her leadership pursued for forced termination 2017-2019, associate provost from 1994-2002, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2002-2010, as well as acting as special counsel in the Office of University Counsel and as the campus research standards (integrity) officer. She started her career at the Computer-based Education Research Laboratory, which developed the PLATO project.[1]

Membership and honors

Gunsalus is currently a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Responsible Science.[8] She chaired the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility and, later, the AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award committee.[9] She has served on the AAAS Council of Delegates, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism,[10] and the United States Commission on Research Integrity.[11] In 2013, she was selected as one of 15 finalists (out of 222 nominations) for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Best Business Professor of the Year Award.[12] She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of her "sustained contributions to the national debate over improving the practical handling of ethical, legal, professional and administrative issues as they affect scientific research."[13]

Selected publications


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Coordinated Science Laboratory". 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Harvard University Press". 
  3. "NCPRE partners with NTU to develop new generation of Asian academic leaders". 
  4. Gudeman, Kim (20 September 2012). "University of Illinois launches online ethics resource for researchers, professionals". Coordinated Science Laboratory. 
  5. "Survey of Organizational Research Climate (SOuRCe)". 
  6. "Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics". 
  7. Baker, Monya (29 April 2015). "Workplace climate: Metrics for ethics". Nature 520 (7549): 713. doi:10.1038/nj7549-713a. 
  8. "National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine". 
  9. "Workshop on Responsible Professional Practices". 
  10. "Commissioners of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism". Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. 
  11. "Integrity and Misconduct in Research: Report of the Commission on Research Integrity". Commission on Research Integrity. 1995. 
  12. "Inside Illinois Achievements". 21 March 2013. 
  13. Dahlquist, April (22 March 2011). "Gunsalus elected delegate to AAAS' Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering Council". 

Further reading

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