Deni Elliott holds the Eleanor Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy and serves as Department Chair of the Department of Journalism and Digital Communication at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

She served as campus Ombuds from 2005-2017.

Dr. Elliott was appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Roster in 2015.

Before coming to USFSP, Dr. Elliott held the following positions at the University of Montana: 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); prior to that, she held the following positions at Dartmouth College: first full-time director, Ethics Institute, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Philosophy and Associate Research Professor, Department of Education (1988-1992), Rockefeller Fellow in Professional Ethics (1987-88).

Dr. Elliott’s first post-doctoral teaching position was in Utah State University’s Department of Mass Communication where she was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor three years out of graduate school. Dr. Elliott has held tenured positions in Philosophy and in Journalism/ Communication. Dr. Elliott attained the rank of full professor eight years after completing her doctoral degree.

Dr. Elliott’s publications have spanned the disciplines of practical ethics. She is the author or co-author of more than 200 articles, book chapters and opinion pieces for the scholarly, trade and lay press. Books include Ethics for a Digital Era (Wiley/Blackwell, 2018); 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, which considers ethical questions created by pre-natal genetic testing, and 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 interstitial show produced by Montana Public Radio, 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 University which included work in the Kennedy School of Government, Department of Philosophy and Harvard Law School, in addition to the Graduate School of Education.