A nationally recognized expert on matters of research integrity, whistle blowing, ethics, and professionalism. C. K.Gunsalus began her career at the Computer-based Education Research Lab (CERL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign as a student hourly with the PLATO Services Organization. In her ten years at the lab, she worked with PSO, the system software staff and on policy projects for the director, Don Bitzer. She now serves as Special Counsel in the Office of University Counsel and Professor in the Colleges of Business and Medicine at the University. Her professional interests include professional ethics, with an emphasis on research and organizational ethics, communication and conflict resolution.
A licensed attorney, Ms. Gunsalus graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law and has an AB with Distinction in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She was a member of the United States Commission on Research Integrity and served for four years as chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. In 2004, she was elected a Fellow of the AAAS in recognition of her "sustained contributions to the national debate over improving the practical handling of ethical, legal, professional and administrative issues as they affect scientific research." In 2005, she was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism. In her spare time, Ms. Gunsalus also served 12 years on the Urbana Board of Education (school board), eight of those years as its President.