Director, Michael DeWilde
Michael DeWilde is the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative Director and Professor of Management at the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University (Michigan). He teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs, with a focus on courses in ethics and leadership. He also taught in GVSU’s Philosophy department, offering courses on human nature, eastern philosophy, and service-learning. His Community Working Classics seminar received a national award for "Excellence in Philosophy Programs" from the American Philosophical Association and was the recipient of a major grant from the Kellogg Foundation. DeWilde was a winner of a Pew "Teaching Excellence" award, and has been a featured speaker at universities and businesses in North America, India, and France, giving talks on moral psychology, business ethics, and the pedagogy of teaching ethics. He has a chapter on the importance of introspection for developing leaders in the book Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship and the Common Good, published by Pelgrave Press.
He was, for one year, a Research Affiliate professor with the ESC Rennes School of Business in Rennes, France, and has for many years consulted with West Michigan businesses as an executive coach and "philosopher-in-residence." His work has been featured in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine, among other places, and his latest publications are a chapter in the book Philosophy Imprisoned from Lexington Press, two op-ed pieces, and an article titled "Social Capital, Economic Diversity, and Civic Well-Being" in the Seidman Business Review. His essay on neuroscience and the teaching of business ethics was published in 2017 in BizEd magazine. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Grand Valley State University.
Nguyen Pham, Research Assistant
Nguyen Pham is a graduate of GVSU, with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. With a keen interest in research, Nguyen has completed an internship at Pine Rest's Psychological Consultation Center as a psychometrist, is currently assisting professors in the Psychology department, and is now contributing research and writing for the KBEI in a variety of ongoing projects. She intends to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology and would one day like to be trained as a correctional psychologist, which she hopes will afford her the opportunity to work with institutionalized inmates as well as conduct research on how to better the conditions of prisons as well as improve rehabilitation efforts. In her spare time, Nguyen’s interests also extend to history, astronomy, and working to increase her fluency in the Vietnamese language with the help of her parents.
Roberta Osipoff, Seidman Dean's Office Assistant
Roberta is the Seidman Dean's Office Assistant and assistant to the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative. She earned a masters in Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit leadership from GVSU and a bachelor's in Communication Arts from Aquinas College. She was selected by her professors and received the Outstanding Student in the Major Award for her masters work as well as the Administrative/Professional Outstanding Team Project Award for 2011. She joined GVSU in 2000 and has served as the confidential executive assistant to the Vice President for University Development and Office of the President Project Coordinator for Grand Valley’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. She is also a member of the Phi Alpha Alpha honor fraternity.