Curriculum Vitae

William Kline

University of Illinois at Springfield                                        Email:
Department of Business Administration                                Office Phone: 217-206-8138
One University Plaza, MS UHB 4054
Springfield, IL 62794-9293


Ph.D.   May  2000       Philosophy      Bowling Green State University
M.A.    May  1993       Philosophy      Bowling Green State University
B.A.    May  1990       Economics       Grove City College (Magna Cum Laude)


Business Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy


Ethical Theory, History of Economic Thought, History of Philosophy


University of Illinois, Springfield
Chair, Business Administration and Economics
Associate Professor, Business Administration, 2015-present
Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, 2013 – 2015
Chair, Department of Liberal Studies, 2013 – 2015
Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies, 2008 – 2012

Molloy College
Assistant Professor, Philosophy, 2003 – 2006
Director, Center for Business Ethics, 2003 – 2006
Central European University Graduate School of Business, Center for the Social
Foundations of Business, Budapest (Hungary), Visiting Lecturer, Summer 2005

Central Michigan University
Assistant Professor, Philosophy, 2000 – 2003
Director, International Center for Applied Ethics, 2002 – 2003
Director, East European Initiatives, International Center for
Applied Ethics, 2000-2002

Bowling Green State University, adjunct instructor, Spring 2000
University of Toledo, adjunct instructor, 1997-1998; Fall 1999
Fort Hays State University, full time visiting instructor, Spring & Summer 1999
Firelands College, adjunct instructor, Spring 1998
Eötvös Loránd Tudomány Egyetem, Budapest (Hungary), visiting instructor, 1996- 1997
European Business Polytechnik, Budapest (Hungary), visiting instructor, Spring 1997
Eötvös Loránd Tudomány Egyetem Teacher’s College, Budapest (Hungary),
visiting instructor, Fall 1996
Pazmany Peter University, Piliscsaba (Hungary), visiting instructor, Fall 1996



with Karl McDermott, “Evolutionary Stakeholder Theory and Public Utility Regulation”,  Business and Society Review, Forthcoming

“What is Business?” in Heath, E., Kaldis, B., & Marcoux, A. (2018). The Routledge Companion
to Business Ethics. London: Routledge. pp. 223-238.

“Exploitation and Just Price Theory”, Business Ethics Journal Review, 5(4), August 2017, pp.   22–27. Doi: 10.12747/bejr2017.05.04

“Identity, Professional Ethics, and Substantive Style in The Fountainhead“, in Capitalism and
Commerce in Imaginative Literature: Perspectives on Business from Novels and Plays,

Capitalist Thought: Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Ed Younkins, ed.,
Lexington Books, 2016. pp.  287-302.

“Hume’s Theory of Business Ethics Revisited” Journal of Business Ethics, July 2011,
pp. 1-12. Doi: 10.1007/s10551-011-0956-0

“Do No Harm: A Defense of Markets in Healthcare”, HEC Forum, Volume 22, Number 3,
September 2010, pp. 241-251.

“Business as an Ethical Standard”, Journal of Private Enterprise, Volume 24,
Number 2, Spring 2009., pp. 35-48.

“Flourishing Through Trade” in Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on
Norms of Liberty,
 edited by Aeon J. Skoble, Lexington Books, 2008, pp. 149-164.

Review of Daniel K. Finn, The Moral Ecology of Markets: Assessing Claims about
Markets and Justice
, in the Journal of Value Inquiry, Volume 41, Number 1,
March 2008, pp. 105-110.

“Collapsing Goods and the Milieu of Innovation” the Journal of Value Inquiry, Volume 40,
Numbers 2-3 , September 2006, pp. 181-193.

“Business Ethics from the Internal Point of View”, Journal of Business Ethics,
Volume 64,  Number 1, March 2006, pp. 57-67.

“It’s Not Obvious:  How Rational Agents use Salience” in Praxiology:  The International
Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology
Vol 6, edited by Wojciech W.
Gasparski and David Botham, Transaction Publisher: New Brunswick 1998, pp. 77 – 89.

With David Schmidtz, review of Henry S. Richardson Practical Reasoning About Final
in International Studies in Philosophy, XXVIII/4, pp. 144- 145.



“A Libertarian Defense of Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act”, Association for Private
Enterprise Education International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2018

“Justice and the Language of Price: A Humean Approach”, Philosophy Politics & Economics
Inaugural Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2017

“Teaching Business Ethics”, Association for Private Enterprise Education International
Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2016

“Fighting Corruption in Black Markets:  The importance of property rights.”, 3rd International
Conference of the “Ludwig von Mises and Contemporary Societies” cycle: “Liberalism,
Postcommunism and reforms”, Lviv, Ukraine; October, 2015

“Mises on Bureaucratic Management”, Ludwig von Mises Institute-Europe and the International
Scientific Conference on “Economics and Bureaucracy in an Open Society” in Lviv
Bryuhovychi, Ukraine, on the occasion of the 130th birth anniversary of Ludwig von
Mises, September 30 – October 1, 2011

“Hume’s Theory of Business Ethics”, Association for Private Enterprise Education
International Conference, Nassau, The Bahamas, 2011

“What is Liberty Studies”, Association for Private Enterprise Education
International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2010

“Hume’s Theory of Justice: How Moral Obligation Survives the Sensible Knave”,
36th International Hume Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 2009

“Using Boyer Categories to Organize Core Text Learning”, 15th Annual Conference of the
Association for Core Texts and Courses in Memphis, Tennessee,  April 16-19, 2009

“The Obligations of Property”, Association for Private Enterprise Education 34th International Conference, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2009

“Coordination & Aggression: Why the Stability of Possession is not always a Prisoner’s
Dilemma”, Iowa Philosophical Society Annual Meeting, Cornell College, Mount Vernon,
Iowa, 2008

“What is Liberty Studies”, 35th Conference on Value Inquiry: Values and Medicine,
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, 2008

“Business as an Ethical Standard”, Association for Private Enterprise Education 33rd
International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008

“Hume’s Theory of Justice: How Moral Obligation Survives the Sensible Knave” – New
Jersey Regional Philosophical Association Meeting, The College of New Jersey, March

“Metanorms and Markets” – American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual
Meeting,  Dennison University, October 2006

“What is a Market Value”, 33rd Conference on Value Inquiry: Market Values and Moral
Values, Rockville Centre, NY, April 2006

“Is There a Free Market Business Ethics?”, Ninth Annual Meeting of the American
Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2005

“An Examination of Motivationally Effective Business Norms”, American Association of
Behavioral and Social Sciences, Eighth Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, February

“The Purpose of Business,”, European Business Ethics Network 16th Annual
Conference, Budapest, Hungary, August 2003


Individual Presentations

“What is Business”, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, March 16th, 2017

“Immigrants and Markets”, Lviv Regional Institute for Public Administration of the National
Academy for Public Administration, Ukraine, October 2015

“Business IS Ethics”, Wheeling Jesuit University, November 3rd, 2011

“Can There Be an Austrian Business Ethics?”, National Academy of the Public
Administration, Lviv Ukraine, September 29th, 2011

“What is Liberty?”, Wheaton College, September 20th, 2010

“Business Ethics”, Rockford College, March 17th, 2010

“Complexities of Liberty”, Hillsdale College, March 23, 2009

“Ayn Rand and Environmental Ethics”, The Atlas Society, Portland OR, summer 2008

“Morality and the Ability to Choose” – Bank of New York Continuing Professional
Education Seminar, Southampton, NY, August 2006

“Creating an Ethical Culture in Your Business: An Alternate to Litigation” – Hauppauge
Industrial Association 17th Annual Long  Island Business Trade Show &
Conference, May 2005

 “Learning to Cooperate” – ethics seminar presented to the Long Island Division
of CB Richard Ellis, Inc., December 2004

“Business Ethics” – presented to the American Society of Training and Development, June 2004

“A Brief History of Business Ethics” – presented to the Bank of New York, Financial and
Estate Planning Seminar, May 2004

Ethics Panelist for the Investment Management Consultant Association’s Spring
Professional Development Conference, Boca Raton FL, April 2004

“Professional Ethics in Local Government” – presented to approximately 50 of the top
Nassau County Executives, April 2004

“Ethics & Campaign Contributions” – presented to Michigan state senators, Lansing, MI,
February 5th, 2003

“Professional Ethics and Elected Officials” – presented to Michigan state representatives,
Lansing, MI, November 14th, 2002

Guest Lecturer

“Robin Hood in Reverse: How Government Can Take Your Property and Give it to the Rich”,
University of Illinois ECCE Speaker Series, June 13th, 2012

“Business Ethics” Great Connections Seminar, Chicago, July 29th, 2011
“What is Liberty”, University of Illinois ECCE Speakers Series, July 20, 2010

“David Hume and Ethics”, Rockford College, March 17th, 2010
“The Purpose of Business”, Hibbing Community College, tele-presentation, October 6th, 2009

Seminars and Workshops

“Higher Education Disruptive Innovation Workshop”, sponsored by STRATA and the John
Templeton Foundation, Logan, Utah, February 5 – 8, 2017

“Liberty and Responsibility in Corporate Governance”, Liberty Fund Colloquium co-sponsored
by STRATA and the Charles Koch Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 24-27, 2015

“Higher Education Disruptive Innovation Workshop”, business ethics workshop hosted by Strata
Policy and the Institute of Political Economy in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
at Utah State University, Logan, Utah, August 23rd – 26th, 2015

“Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Markets, and Liberty”, Liberty Fund Colloquium co-sponsored
with STRATA and the Charles Koch Institute, Logan, Utah, March 26-29, 2015

“Justice at a Distance”, Mercatus Manuscript Workshop, Lauren Lomasky and Fernando Teson
authors, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, June5-6, 2013

Humane Studies Fellows Research Colloquium, Institute for Human Studies, Fairfax, VA,
November 9-11, 2012

“Applying the Lessons of Markets to Management” colloquium, co-sponsored by Liberty Fund
and the Charles Koch Institute, Arlington, Virginia, April 12-15, 2012

Market Based Management University, Koch Industries, Wichita, Kansas, July 20-22, 2011

“Progressivism and Constitutionalism”, Jack Miller Summer Seminar, Charlottesville, VA, June
13-25, 2011

“Liberty and the Philosophy and Practice of Money”, Liberty Fund Colloquium, Nassau,
Bahamas, April 7-10, 2011

“Liberty, Justice, and Wealth Distribution”, Liberty Fund Colloquium, Las Vegas, Nevada, April
8-11, 2010

“Liberty and Responsibility in Adam Smith”, Liberty Fund Week Long Seminar, Holland
Michigan, July 6-12, 2009

“Liberty and Economic Institutions in the (Not So) Wild West,” Liberty Fund Colloquium, Santa
Fe, New Mexico, September 13-16, 2007


Business, Ethics, and Society (online; on campus); Radical Capitalism (blended); Philosophy of Business (online; on campus); Liberty Studies (blended); Ethics of Capitalism (online); Advanced Business Ethics (on campus); What is Good? (on campus), Bio-Medical Ethics (on campus); Philosophy of Law (on campus); Introduction to Ethics (on campus); Moral Problems (on campus); Introduction to Philosophy (on campus); Critical Thinking (on campus); American Culture (on campus); Ways of Knowing (distance learning); Liberal Studies Graduate Colloquium (online; on campus), Liberal Studies Graduate Capstone (online; on campus), Self-Directed Learning (online; on campus), Liberal Studies Senior Capstone (online);


Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government grants for post-doctoral positions, Weekend
Exploring Liberty, Speaking events, and course development 2011 – 2018

Scholarly Presentation Fund support, University of Illinois, Springfield,  2009, 2010, 2011

Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation course development and guest lecture grant, 2010

Chancellor’s Educational Allowance support, University of Illinois, Springfield, 2009

Young Scholar award from, and for, the 2009 Association of Private Enterprise Education            Conference in  Guatemala City

Office of International Education Travel Grant, CMU, for travel to Hungary,
Summer 2002

Faculty Teaching and Program Development Grant, CMU, for Research on Central
European Models of Business Ethics, December 2001

ACTR/ACCLS Summer Language Fellowship for Hungarian, Summer 2001

Foreign Language and Area Fellowship for Hungarian Language Study, Summer 2000

Institute for Humane Studies Graduate Research Fellowship, Summer 1997

American Institute for Economic Research Tuition Grants, 1989; 1990; 1994


University of Illinois, Springfield

Department Chair, Business Administration, Fall 2018 – present
College Executive Committee, Fall 2018 – present
Undergraduate Council representative, Fall 2010 – Spring 2012; Fall 2018 – present
Search Committee, Operations Management, Fall 2018
Organized Parents weekend presentations, Fall 2018
Search Committee, Business Graduate Assistant, Fall 2017, Spring 2018Organizing and hosting Annual “Weekend Exploring Liberty, Fall 2009 – present
Inviting, marketing and hosting speakers each semester, Fall 2012 – present
Hiring and supervising post-doctoral fellows, Fall 2011- May 2016
Department Chair, Liberal & Integrative Studies, Fall 2013 – Fall 2015
Campus Senate representative, Fall 2009 – Spring 2015.
Vice Chair, Campus Senate, academic year 2014/15
Vice-Chair, Campus Senate, academic year 2010/2011
Supervisor and mentor of post-doctoral appointments, 2011 – present.
Interim Director of the Experiential Learning Program, Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
Interim Director of Center for Teaching and Learning, Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
CLAS Dean’s Fellow, Fall 2012
Director of undergraduate program, Department of Liberal and Integrative Studies,
Fall 2010 – Fall 2012.
Undergraduate Council representative, Fall 2010 – Spring 2012.
Co-Organized Academic Entrepreneurship Workshop, Fall 2011
Team member for Gomory Online Scholarship evaluations, January 2009.

Molloy College

Center for Business Ethics at Molloy College, 2003 – 2006
Organizing large scale events including: The 33rd annual Conference on Value Inquiry:
Market Values and Moral
Values, April 2006 Business Ethics Week consisting of
6 presenters and over two hundred  participants, March 2005
Inviting, marketing and hosting distinguished speaker series.  Speakers included Harvey
Pitt, Alan Hevesi, and Michael Novak
Recruiting for Business Ethics Center advisory board
Design and Construction of center website
Editing and publishing of Business Ethics e-journal
Developed new ethics course for the Financial Planning Association of Long
Working with Public Relations department on center and program advertising
Responsible for the development and balancing of center budget

Central Michigan University

International Center for Applied Ethics, Central Michigan University, 2000 – 2003
Organizing speakers, public relations and advertising for the International
Center for Applied Ethics, 2002 – 2003
Allocating, and accounting for, the International Center for Applied Ethics’
budget, 2002 – 2003
Community outreach, specifically working with the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce
and the Mid Michigan Development Corporation on “Character Counts”
initiatives in local businesses and schools, Spring 2003
Developing relationships with Ethics Centers in Central and Eastern Europe
Ethics Panelist for Speak Up, Speak Out:  The Current Events Series on “Animal Rights,              Animal Welfare,” Central Michigan University, Fall 2002
Representative for Philosophy & Religion Department at “CMU & You,” high school                   visitation days, Fall 2000; 2001
Representative for Philosophy & Religion Department at “Majors Night,” recruiting new               undergraduate majors, Fall 2000; 2001
Ethics Panelist for Find Your Voice, Make Your Choice:  Vote 2000! on “Justice &                        Economics,” Central Michigan University, Fall 2000

 Professional Service

Executive Editor, Efficiency of Public Administration, Lviv Regional Institute for Public
Administration of National Academy for Public Administration under the President of
Ukraine, 2015 – present
Co-organized conference “Academic Entrepreneurship”, Chicago, September 17-19, 2011.
Organized conference session, “The Philosophy of Business”, Association for Private       Enterprise Education International Conference, Nassau, The Bahamas, 2011
Organized conference session “Liberty Studies:  What should undergraduates be learning about   liberty?”, Association for Private Enterprise Education International Conference, Las            Vegas, Nevada, 2010.
Referee for the Journal of Business Ethics, 2005 – 2008
Referee for the Journal of Value Inquiry, 2005 – 2008
Assistant to the Book Review Editor, Economics and Philosophy, Spring 2000


“Finding Funding Prospects with The Foundation Directory Online”, one day workshop
on researching foundation funding, The Foundation Center, NY, November 18, 2005 “Proposal Budgeting Workshop”, one day workshop on writing budgets for grant proposals, The Foundation Center, NY, September 9, 2005
“Proposal Writing Seminar”, one day seminar on writing grant proposals, The Foundation            Center, NY, March 14, 2005
“Ethics Symposium” NASD Institute at Wharton two day seminar on ethics in the
securities industry, October 9-10, 2003