About Deni Elliott

Photo Credit: Melissa Lyttle,  Tampa Bay Times

Photo Credit: Melissa Lyttle, Tampa Bay Times

Deni Elliott is Professor and Chair, Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. She holds the endowed Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy and serves as the University’s Campus Ombuds. She is Chair of the Executive Board of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and serves on the Graduate Council of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Dr. Elliott was appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Roster in June, 2014.

Prior academic appointments include Mansfield Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs, University Professor of Ethics, Professor of Philosophy, and Founding Director, Practical Ethics Center at University of Montana; founding director, Ethics Institute, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Associate Research Professor, Department of Education at Dartmouth College. Dr. Elliott’s first post-doctoral position was at Utah State University’s Dept. of Mass Communication. She was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor there three years after completing her doctoral work.

Dr. Elliott served as the Ethics Officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, September, 2004 until March, 2012. She designed infrastructure, created materials and supervised staff to provide ethics enhancement, enforcement,  and education for the 37-member board, 2000 contractors and 1800 employees at MWD.

Dr. Elliott’s publications have spanned the disciplines of practical ethics. She is the author of more than 190 articles and book chapters for the scholarly, trade and lay press.  Her current co-authored book, in process, is Ethics for a Digital Era (Wiley/Blackwell). Her other authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited books include Ethical Challenges: Building an Ethics Toolkit (Authorhouse, 2008); Ethics in the First Person, A Guide to Teaching and Learning Practical Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); The Kindness of Strangers, Philanthropy in Higher Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); Journalism Ethics: Contemporary Issues (ABC-CLIO, 1998); Ethics of Scientific Research, A Guidebook for Course Development (UPNE, 1997); Research Ethics: A Reader (UPNE, 1997); The Ethics of Asking: Dilemmas in Higher Education Fundraising (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996); and Responsible Journalism (SAGE, 1986). She has also co-produced three video-documentaries: The Burden of Knowledge, regarding ethical questions raised by pre-natal genetic testing, A Case of Need and Buying Time, both of which focus on the role of news media in bringing about extraordinary medical care. The documentaries are distributed by Fanlight Productions. February, 2003-June, 2006, Dr. Elliott co-hosted Ethically Speaking, a weekly 2-minute radio show for NPR stations syndicated through PRX (Public Radio Exchange).

Dr. Elliott holds a B.A. in Communication from University of Maryland; M.A. in Philosophy from Wayne State University; and an interdisciplinary D. Ed. in Philosophy of Education from Harvard with study at the Kennedy School of Government, Department of Philosophy and Harvard Law School, in addition to the Graduate School of Education.

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