Ciulla, a founding faculty member of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University. She has written more than 70 publications, including Ethics: The Heart of Leadership (Praeger, 1999). Her newest book, The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work (Times Books and 3 Rivers Press, 2001), offers a historical perspective on the culture of work from philosophical, economical and linguistic points of view. It is a very readable search for the meaning of work and includes Ciulla's first-person observations of corporations and individual workers.
Ciulla was the first person to hold the UNESCO Chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations University International Leadership Academy. There, she developed leadership training programs for emerging leaders from all over the world. A highly sought-after consultant for corporations, Ciulla has appeared on National Public Radio, Bill Moyers' "World of Ideas" and other radio and television programs in the United States and abroad. She received the 2003 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.