Photo Credit: Melissa Lyttle,  Tampa Bay Times
Photo Credit: Melissa Lyttle, Tampa Bay Times

Deni Elliott is Director and Professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. She holds the Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy.

Prior academic appointments include Mansfield Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs (1992-1996), University Professor of Ethics (1996-2004), Professor of Philosophy (1992-2004), and Founding Director, Practical Ethics Center (1996-2004) at University of Montana; founding director, Ethics Institute (1988-1992), Adjunct Associate Prof., Department of Philosophy (1988-1992) and Associate Research Professor ,Department of Education (1988-1992) 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 three years out of her doctoral work.

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 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 documentaries: The Burden of Knowledge, which considers ethical questions created 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. From 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 the B.A. in Communication from University of Maryland, M.A. in Philosophy from Wayne State University and an interdisciplinary Ed.D. in Philosophy of Education from Harvard with work at the Kennedy School of Government, Department of Philosophy, and Law School, in addition to the Graduate School of Education.

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