Interim Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Vice Provost

Deni Elliott

Deni Elliott

Deni Elliott is the Interim Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Vice Provost at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. She also holds the endowed Eleanor Poynter Jamison Chair of Media Studies and Press Policy in the Department of Journalism and Digital Communication. Dr. Elliott began her work with USF in December, 2003. She has served as Department Chair for the Department of Journalism and Digital Communication and has served as the campus Ombuds.

Dr. Elliott is Chief Project Officer for a multi-institutional multi-disciplinary research consortium, the National Ethics Project, that studies how students in higher education learn ethics. She serves as the elected public member on the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She is a subject matter expert for the National Center on Disability and Journalism.

Prior academic appointments include 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); Dartmouth College: Director, Ethics Institute (1988-1992), Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy (1988-1992) and Associate Research Professor, Department of Education (1988-1992). Dr. Elliott’s first tenure-track appointment was in Utah State University’s Department of Mass Communication (1984-1988). Dr. Elliott also served as Ethics Officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (2004-2012).

Dr. Elliott is the author of more than 200 articles and book chapters for the scholarly, trade and lay press. The books for which she is author, co-author, editor or co-editor include Ethics for a Digital Era (Wiley/Blackwell, 2018); Ethical Challenges: Building an Ethics Toolkit (Authorhouse, 2009); 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), Contemporary Issues: Journalism (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), Parts and Parity: Ethics and Organ Transplantation (Institute for Study of Applied and Professional Ethics, 1995) and Responsible Journalism (SAGE, 1986). She has also co-produced three video-documentaries: The Burden of Knowledge, on ethical questions of pre-natal genetic testing, and A Case of Need and Buying Time, which both cover ethical issues of news media coverage of medical and financial need. All three documentaries are distributed by Fanlight Productions. From February, 2003-June, 2006, Dr. Elliott wrote and co-hosted Ethically Speaking, a weekly 2-minute radio show for Montana Public Radio with some shows syndicated through PRX (Public Radio Exchange).

Dr. Elliott has a B.A. in Communication from University of Maryland, M.A. in Philosophy from Wayne State University and an Ed.D. in Philosophy of Education from Harvard University that included work through Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Department of Philosophy, Law School and Graduate School of Education. Professors Sissela Bok, Lawrence Kohlberg, Martin Linsky, and Israel Scheffler served as her doctoral examination committee members.