UVU Names Jon Westover University Faculty Fellow In Ethics For The Professions
April 9, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: David Keller (801) 863-6363
The Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Advisory Committee (EACFAC) is proud to name Jonathan H. Westover, UVU assistant professor of management in the Woodbury School of Business and director of academic service learning, as University Faculty Fellow in Ethics for the Professions during the 2012-2013 academic year.
“The purpose of the fellowship is to facilitate faculty scholarship in interdisciplinary ethics,” said David R. Keller, director of UVU’s Center for the Study of Ethics, which hosts the fellowship. “The fellowship is a great honor for Jon. He was chosen in a competitive application process by a committee of his UVU faculty peers.”
Norman Wright, dean of the Woodbury School of Business, said of Jon and news of the fellowship, “Jon is one of those rare individuals who is able to see business within the broader social context. In doing so, he is remarkable in his ability to prepare students who will positively impact not only corporate bottom lines but, also, the quality of life in their communities.”
The fellow receives a $5,000 stipend to support research in the interdisciplinary ethics of an academic discipline in professional education. Westover will give a University Ethics Faculty Fellow keynote address during Ethics Awareness Week, September 2013, to describe the findings of the fellowship research.
Westover’s scholarship to date (stemming from his dissertation, “The International Political Economy of Job Quality Characteristics and Worker Satisfaction: A Cross-National Comparative Analysis”) has primarily been in the areas of comparative international sociology and the sociology of work and organizations, with broad application into the fields of management, leadership and economics. His ongoing research is increasingly multifaceted and interdisciplinary, exploring such topics as adult learning, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility, in addition to examining the complex intersection of issues such as global development and globalization, labor transformation, work-quality characteristics and employee motivation, and the determinants of job satisfaction cross-nationally.
Westover is a widely respected expert in the fields of business management and organizational leadership, having published 29 peer-reviewed scholarly papers and given more than 75 scholarly presentations around the world. He is a regular visiting faculty member in the MBA program at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, China, and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Academies of Science, in addition to many other professional/service positions.
Westover recently received the prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant and will depart later this month to serve as visiting faculty in the MBA program at Belarusian State University in Minsk, Belarus.
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