Heather Snyder Quinn is a recipient of the 2021-2022 Wicklander Fellowship, announced by DePaul University’s Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. The fellowship honors full-time DePaul faculty who demonstrate an interest in applied or professional ethics related to their particular field of research. Two professors are chosen each year for the honor.
Heather’s project is titled “Legally trespassing: Using speculative design to imagine the future implications of the metaverse” challenges technocratic power and employs augmented reality (AR) as a speculative tool for understanding implications of our privacy in the virtual space, specifically interpretations of free speech and property rights.
The Wicklander Fellowship gives awardees a $5,000 stipend paid during the course of the academic year; a $2,000 summer stipend; and a professional development fund of $5,000 to cover travel, supplies, etc., that can be used during a two-year period. When possible, faculty are given a one-course teaching reduction during the year of the fellowship, which is up to the discretion of the awardee’s department.
There is an expectation that the awardee will publish the research produced during the fellowship and submit the published work to the Institute for Business & Professional Ethics once the article, book, book chapter, etc., has been sent out for publication. Faculty receiving the award are expected to give the annual Wicklander lecture, usually scheduled in late May/early June.
Founded in 1985, the Institute for Business & Professional Ethics (IBPE) was established as a joint effort of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University and facilitates ethical deliberation in decision-makers by stirring their moral conscience, encouraging moral imagination, and stimulating research in business innovation and practices. The IBPE serves as a forum for exploring and fostering ethical practices in business and the professions particularly aimed at students, faculty, business professionals and the Chicago community.
Read more about the institute and previous fellows here: