STU Student Co-Authors Paper on Ethics Education
Gabriella Tello, a Master of Science in Management student in the St. Thomas University School of Business, has just co-authored a paper introducing a new model of business ethics education. The paper, “Transformative Learning: A New Model for Business Ethics Education,” was submitted to the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and is included in its Spring 2013 edition. Tello was the first author of the paper, which was also co-authored by ethics scholars from Kansas, Georgia, and St. Thomas University.
“Our paper identifies ’transformative learning’ as a new model that combines traditional cognitive learning with involving students in exploring how they learn, what they value, and what they wish to accomplish in their lives. This new model also asks students to challenge conventional wisdom that may be commonly accepted but actually incorrect, and to learn how to verify whether or not a conceptual theory is really valid,” Tello explained in describing the paper.
“The paper is highly practical and is currently the model used for teaching the Management Ethics course at St. Thomas University,” Tello explained. Dr. Cam Caldwell, Associate Professor of Management, teaches that Management Ethics class and is also a co-author of the article.
Tello is a nominee for the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the School of Business at St. Thomas University and has established the career goal of mentoring other young adults. “I have not yet decided whether I would like to continue my education in law or to obtain a doctorate and teach business,” Tello said. This past year she has been a graduate writing mentor at STU and had volunteered to teach a class to help prospective candidates to graduate school to develop their writing skills.
Tello currently works as an assistant to the Vice President of General Hotel & Restaurant Supply in Miami Lakes, FL. “It’s been a gratifying opportunity to attend STU at night while working full-time. Getting published as an academic scholar has been an exciting opportunity that I had not anticipated, but that has given me the opportunity to enhance my writing and research skills,” she concluded.