On November 23, 2009, DePauw President Brian W. Casey announced the appointment of Dr. Robert M. (Bob) Steele to director of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics effective January 1, 2010. Dr. Steele, one of the nation’s foremost experts on journalism ethics, is also the Distinguished Professor of Journalism Ethics and has been serving as Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values at the Poynter Institute in Florida. Dr. Steele, a 1969 graduate of DePauw University, has taught hundreds of workshops and thousands of journalists and media leaders. He has led ethics and values sessions for nearly one hundred news organizations across the country including newspapers, television stations, and broadcast and newspaper groups. He frequently guides media leaders on ethical dilemmas and leadership challenges. He also has advised many news organizations on their codes of ethics and standards and practices guidelines. Working with the director, Linda Clute serves as Assistant Director of the Institute and Amanda Feller serves as the Graduate Fellow.
The Director of the Institute is advised by the Prindle Advisory Committee. The membership of the committee is selected in an open process which encourages participation from across the curriculum and from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. In addition, these faculty members serve as a group to promote the Prindle Institute’s curricular and programming initiatives on campus.