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Curriculum Faculty Committee

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The affiliated faculty who comprise the vibrant and growing multidisciplinary curriculum committee represent a cross section of colleges and universities across the United States. As experts in their respective fields, these scholars are focused on creating a legacy of teaching and scholarship about whistleblowing. In harnessing this intellectual and pedagogical talent as a complementary extension of the American Whistleblower Tour’s public education effort, GAP’s goals in partnering with the faculty include:

  • Creating multi-disciplinary curriculum materials such as case studies and primers, along with developing a resource guide of the most relevant whistleblowing scholarship in diverse academic fields.
  • Facilitating dialogue among faculty at different schools and in different areas of study to identify scholarship that is needed and to leverage the committee’s collective knowledge to address challenges unique to each discipline.
  • Building relationships between GAP and important new allies in academia, which will strengthen and inform our advocacy work in valuable new ways.

GAP’s work is enhanced by our faculty committee members, while they in turn are able to enhance their teaching and scholarship through connection to GAP’s front-line, multi-pronged advocacy work with important whistleblowers, as well as through their connections to scholars across several disciplines.

GAP Faculty Committee Members

Alison Bass, Assistant Professor of Journalism, West Virginia University
Professor Bass is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and A Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, the true story of two women who exposed the deception behind the making of a blockbuster drug. She was a longtime medical and science writer for The Boston Globe.  She is now an assistant professor at West Virginia University, where she teaches courses in public Affairs Journalism, Multimedia Journalism and Health and Science Journalism.  Before coming to WVU, she taught at Mount Holyoke College and Brandeis University. 

Fred Blevens, Professor of Journalism, Florida International University
Professor Blevens is a leader in the emerging discipline of news literacy, which responds to the glut of digital information by empowering citizens with tools to critically analyze information that shape global opinion. Most recently, he has extended his research into archival theory, examining serious credibility issues associated with private corporate public relations archives being housed in major research university libraries. His teaching has been recognized at three universities, and in 2001 the Freedom Forum named him National Journalism Teacher of the Year. For nearly 20 years, Professor Blevens was a reporter and editor at major metropolitan newspapers in Tampa, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Houston.

Jonathan Brock, Associate Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, University of Washington
Professor Brock is an emeritus faculty member of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, where he served for 30 years. His teaching and research specialties include courses in leadership, human resources management, labor relations, and conflict resolution, focusing on effectiveness of government and non-profit services and the well being of employees and customers. He also taught courses about, assisted with and performed research on the resolution of large-scale policy conflicts. Professor Brock founded the Electronic Hallway, an online repository of quality teaching cases and other curriculum materials for faculty who teach public administration, public policy, and related subjects. He is also the founder and chairperson of the Hanford Concerns Council, which resolves whistleblower disputes over nuclear safety at the Hanford Site, a former nuclear weapons production facility.

Richard Carlson, Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law
Professor Carlson teaches and writes in the fields of employment law, including discrimination and collective bargaining, family law, and contracts. He is also the author and editor of two annually updated and annotated statutory compilations, Carlson's Federal Employment Laws Annotated and Carlson's Texas Employment Laws Annotated.

Jim Clark, Professor of Theater Management & Associate Dean of Assessment and Accreditation, Syracuse University
Professor Clark is a professor of theater management and associate dean of assessment and accreditation at the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He has been a consultant and on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and numerous theater companies and university drama programs.

Kathleen Clark, Professor of Law & John S. Lehmann Research Fellow, 2012-2013, Washington University in St. Louis
Kathleen Clark practices law in Washington, D.C. and is a leading expert on ethics standards for lawyers, current and former government officials, and government contractors. She recently served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, writing an Ethics Manual for the District’s 32,000 employees, advising the Attorney General on comprehensive ethics reform legislation that was enacted in 2012.  Clark served as Research Conslutant for the Administrative Conference of the United States, writing a report that became the basis for ACUS recommendations on government contractor ethics, and she is the Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Government Ethics, drafting a treatise on anti-corruption standards. Her extensive academic work on ethics and corruption has been cited in hundreds of books and articles, and she teaches courses on government and legal ethics, the law of whistleblowing and national security law.

Debra Comer, Professor of Management, Hofstra University
Professor Comer is a professor of management in the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. Her current research interests include ethical behavior in organizations, online learning, crisis management, and the use of popular culture in management education. She is the co-editor of Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work, to which she contributed several chapters. She has authored or co-authored several other publications on business ethics, including Unsavory Problems at Tasty's: A Case Exercise about Whistleblowing and Business Ethics Everywhere: An Experiential Exercise to Develop Students’ Ability to Identify and Respond to Ethical Issues in Business.

Terry Dworkin, Visiting Professor of Law, Seattle University
Professor Dworkin is the Jack R. Wentworth Emerita Professor of Business Law, Indiana University. She is now a Scholar in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law. She was the Dean, Office for Women's Affairs at IU, and preceding that was the Co-Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research, and Chair of the Business Law Department. Professor Dworkin also taught at the University of Michigan and several times overseas, and was the Resident Director of the Program in European Studies in the Netherlands, and a Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies in London. In 2004 she was the president of the national academy for legal studies in business. Professor Dworkin's research has centered on employment issues and, more recently, on issues relating to women. She has published more than 40 journal articles, two books, and several book chapters. Her most recent book, Whistleblowing in Organizations, is one of the most cited and highly-regarded works on whistleblowing.

David Freeman Engstrom, Associate Professor, Stanford University
David Freeman Engstrom is an Associate Professor at Stanford Law School.  His scholarship focuses on the design of litigation and regulatory regimes, including a recent large-scale empirical study of the False Claims Act’s qui tam whistleblower bounty mechanism.  Professor Engstrom holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.Sc. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Yale University.  Previously, Professor Engstrom served as a law clerk to Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy at Yale Law School.  He also practiced at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, where he represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and various trial courts and administrative agencies.

Mary Gentile, Director, Giving Voice to Values; Senior Research Scholar, Babson College
Professor Gentile, Ph.D. is the Director of Giving Voice to Values, a pionerring curriculum for values-driven leadership with over 300 pilot sites globally. It has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly, etc. Gentile, faculty at Babson College and educational consultant, was previously at Harvard Business School.  She holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and Ph.D from State University of New York–Buffalo.

Cary Greenwood, Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Middle Tennessee State University
Professor Greenwood teaches public relations communication and case studies in public relations. Her research interests include evolutionary theory, relationship management, resource dependence, stakeholder theory, and corporate social responsibility. She conducts research on the effects of whistleblowing on organization-public relationships.

C.K. Tina Gunsalus, Professor Emerita of Business Administration, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
Professor Gunsalus is the Director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics. The centerpiece project of the National Center is a national online ethics resource center funded through a $5M grant from the National Science Foundation, for which she is the Principal Investigator. In the College of Business, she currently teaches leadership and ethics in the MBA program and is the director of the required Professional Responsibility course for all undergraduates in the college. She served on the U.S. Commission on Research Integrity, and is the author of a classic article in the field of whistleblowing, "How to Blow the Whistle and Still Have a Career Afterwards."

Roy Gutterman, Director, Tully Center for Free Speech & Associate Professor of Journalism, Syracuse University
Professor Gutterman teaches courses in media and communications law and news writing, and is the Director of the Tully Center for Free Speech. He writes and speaks on media law, free speech, the intersection between courts and journalists as well as legal education issues.

Terry Halbert, Professor of Business and Legal Studies, Temple University
Professor Halbert is an interdisciplinary researcher and teacher. Focusing on business ethics and employment issues, she has co-authored two texts, Law & Ethics in the Business Environment and CyberEthics. In 2005, Professor Halbert was appointed the first Director of General Education for the university. She served for five years, coordinating a transformation of the undergraduate core curriculum, and developing connections to Philadelphia as a context for experiential learning.

Heidi Kitrosser, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
Professor Kitrosser teaches and writes primarily in the area of constitutional law, particularly free speech, separation of powers and government secrecy. She is the author of a forthcoming book, tentatively entitled Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution. Among the topics that she has addressed in law review articles are classified information leaks and free speech, executive privilege, presidential war powers and unitary executive theory. She testified in 2008 before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, on the topic of government secrecy. 

Paul Leighton, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology, Eastern Michigan University
Professor Leighton is a Diversity Fellow and a Technology Fellow at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches courses in law & society; domestic violence & sexual assault; race, gender & crime; corrections; and the sociology of crime. He is webmaster of, a collection of information about violence prevention that has involved several of his classes. His research interests include violence, white collar crime, and criminal justice policy.

Orly Lobel, Professor of Law, University of California - San Diego
Professor Lobel teaches and writes about Employment Law, Discrimination, Trade Secrets, Health Policy and Regulatory Policy. She is the co-editor of the book Employment and Labor Law and Economics. She has conducted experimental studies on ethical behavioral in organizations and on the effectiveness of internal reporting systems and her articles include “Whistleblowers and Social Enforcement” (with Yuval Feldman) and “The Incentives Matrix: A Study of the Comparative Effectiveness of Monetary Rewards as Compliance Systems.”

Vicky Magley, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut
Professor Magley’s main research focus lies within the domain of occupational health psychology and combines organizational and feminist perspectives in the study of the antecedents and consequences of sexual harassment in the workplace. She has published and presented papers at national conferences on topics such as the effects of self-labeling experiences as sexual harassment – for both men and women, evaluating the effectiveness of sexual harassment training programs, and coping with sexual harassment. In addition, she has assisted as a trial and litigation consultant on sexual harassment cases and worked as a Department of Defense Research Consortium Fellow where she was part of the social science consulting team on the 1995 survey of sexual harassment in the military. Complementing her work on sexual harassment, she has more recently been examining the incidence and effects of non-sexualized, yet uncivil work experiences.

Richard Moberly, Associate Dean for Faculty & Professor of Law, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Professor Moberly teaches Employment Law, Evidence and in the Civil Clinical Law Program. He has published numerous articles on whistleblowing and retaliation, including an empirical study of Sarbanes-Oxley claims published in the William & Mary Law Review and an analysis of the Supreme Court's approach to retaliation cases, which was published recently in the Case Western Reserve Law Review. He also has spoken internationally on whether corporate codes of ethics provide protection to whistleblowers and on the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections. In May 2007, the United States House of Representatives invited Professor Moberly to testify on his research and as an expert on federal whistleblower protections in a hearing before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

Jennifer M. Pacella, Assistant Professor of Law, City University of New York, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
Professor Pacella is an Assistant Professor of Law at CUNY’s Zicklin School of Business. Her scholarship focuses on the structure and effectiveness of federal whistleblower programs, specifically in the securities law context. She has published law review articles pertaining to the anti-retaliation protections and bounty structure of the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower program and the immunity of self-regulatory organizations in the securities industry. Prior to joining CUNY, Professor Pacella served as a law clerk to Judge Julio M. Fuentes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also practiced securities and commercial law in Shearman & Sterling LLP’s New York office for several years.

Suzanne Piotrowski, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University – Newark
Professor Piotrowski founded and moderates the International Transparency and Secrecy Research Network listserv. Her research focuses on nonmission-based values in public administration, including administrative transparency and ethics. Her current work focuses on access to government information at the subnational levels from a multinational perspective.

Sarah Stanwick, Associate Professor of Accounting, Auburn University
Professor Stanwick is a Certified Public Accountant. While at Auburn, she has received two Daniel F. Breeden Endowments for Faculty Enhancement and a Pursell Ethics Grant. Her research interests include the areas of environmental accounting, ethical issues for managers and accountants, and social responsibility issues. Currently, she is the advisor for the Auburn University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma and the editor for the Public Interest Section newsletter for the American Accounting Association.

Dnika Travis, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Texas – Austin & Senior Director, Corporate Practices Research, Catalyst
Dr. Travis joined Catalyst, the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business, in August 2012 and maintains a research affiliation as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Dr. Travis specializes in leadership, communication, and organizational change, and conducted research on conditions that foster employee voice, inclusion, engagement, and retention. Dr. Travis has published widely, and her research has been supported by several foundations and government branches including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Early Learning Council, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She also taught masters-level courses on leadership and the dynamics of organizations and communities, and has served as an organizational consultant in the nonprofit, public, and corporate sectors.

Robert Vaughn, Professor of Law & A. Allen King Scholar, Washington College of Law, American University
Professor Vaughn has published multiple books and dozens of articles on a variety of topics regarding public information law, public employment law, consumer law, and whistleblower protection. His articles on whistleblower protection address important statutes, such as the whistleblower provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, the whistleblower provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, state whistleblower laws, and the model law to implement the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption. He has testified several times before Congress on civil service reform, the federal Freedom of Information Act, and whistleblower protection.

Neil Christy, GAP Student Advisory Member
Neil worked as an intern with GAP during the summer of 2013, helping to develop initial drafts of whistleblower case studies that will form the basis of GAP's curriculum materials. A gifted writer and researcher, Neil's contribution has been invaluable and his continued advice and involvement provides an important student perspective in our effort to produce effective teaching tools for classroom use. Neil is a senior at Georgetown University studying political economy and philosophy, with an interest in corporate and governmental responsibility, particularly in environmental policies.  He is active as Chief of Staff of the North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN LI) at the Georgetown International Relations Association. NAIMUN is the largest student-run Model United Nations conference in the world, with over 3,000 delegates and 200 Georgetown University student staffers.