Business and Professional Ethics Journal

Volume 43, Issue 1, Spring 2024

David E. DesplacesOrcid-ID, Laura BeauvaisOrcid-ID, Avi KayOrcid-ID, Susan BoscoOrcid-ID
Pages 1-26

Understanding Unprofessional Conduct of Faculty

Although researchers have paid much attention to the widespread cheating by students during their college careers and the possible sources behind such unethical behaviors, there has been less attention given to the unethical behaviors of faculty. Research on the types of unethical behaviors of faculty has pointed out the unique nature of higher education and the particular pressures placed on faculty as potential drivers of such behavior. In this paper, we examine the factors and underlying cognitive processes that may drive faculty to engage in such behaviors. Specifically, we identify potential drivers of faculty unethical behavior, the cognitive processes activated by these drivers, and the types of behaviors that are considered most ethically questionable among faculty as they carry out their professional roles. We conclude with research considerations and implications of faculty misconduct on the profession.