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New Prindle Director Search Underway

Phyllis W. Nicholas Director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics

DePauw University, a selective liberal arts college, is seeking an outstanding candidate for the position of Phyllis W. Nicholas Director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics to begin July 1, 2014. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The position may include teaching responsibilities of up to one course each semester. Salary will be commensurate with experience and credentials.

The Director will lead the Prindle Institute, strengthening and maintaining it as a major national center for inquiry and discussion in ethics, broadly defined to include scholarly, policy, leadership, creative and artistic endeavors. The Director will lead the Institute in promoting the centrality of ethical inquiry and engagement to a liberal arts education and to one’s life. While the Prindle Institute is a freestanding enterprise with programming that advances its unique mission, it remains an integral part of the University. Thus, the Institute’s endeavors should be designed to enhance the development and education of DePauw students, enrich the intellectual life of the University community, and expand the reach and reputation of DePauw University.

The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in ethical thinking, a passion for working with undergraduate students, exceptional leadership skills, and the potential for excellence with respect to the following responsibilities:

  • Directing the Prindle Institute and its programs, budget, and staff; 
  • Hosting and facilitating substantive academic and creative explorations of personal and professional ethics with programming that embraces both the practical and the philosophical with strong emphasis on the spirit of inquiry;
  • Recruiting and hosting distinguished scholars, artists and speakers to share their expertise and spark the moral imagination of the University community, including students, faculty and staff members, and alumni;
  • Facilitating programming that enables students to translate their ethical principles into action;
  • Providing support for DePauw faculty members to further incorporate ethics in their teaching and research;
  • Engaging DePauw students with the Institute in shaping projects related to ethical issues and matters;
  • Coordinating and hosting several major symposia each year that focus on important ethical concerns of our time, involving students and faculty members from both DePauw and other universities, and enhancing DePauw University’s reputation as a place of intellectual vitality;
  • Encouraging and enabling campus organizations, community groups, corporate and other outside organizations to use the Institute as a setting for retreats that focus on leadership, values, and ethics; 
  • Leading recruitment of Nancy Schaenen Visiting Scholars at the Prindle Institute for Ethics;
  • Capitalizing on the energy, creativity and support of the larger DePauw community, including alumni;
  • Conducting comprehensive and continuing reviews of the programs and structure of the Prindle Institute with the aim of continually improving the effectiveness and reputation of the Institute’s activities; and,
  • Promoting and publicizing the activities of the Prindle Institute and, together with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and with the collaboration and support of the Office of Advancement and Development, leading fundraising to support Institute programs and Prindle’s long-range development and overall mission.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

Required education and experience: A terminal degree in the candidate’s field or significant successful academic program management or administrative experience that would translate effectively to an undergraduate university. Demonstrated success as a teacher or mentor of undergraduate students and two to four years of significant successful program management and administrative experience.

Application Instructions: Submit cv and letter of interest including a statement of your vision for the Prindle Institute for Ethics to: Jane Griswold, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Direct specific inquiries or questions to Sharon Crary, Search Committee Chair, at