DePauw has a long-standing commitment to the study of ethics and its centrality in a liberal arts curriculum. This commitment has been evident in the continuing work of many DePauw faculty members, but it is also revealed in the visiting scholar-teachers who have joined the DePauw community and enriched the curriculum and the intellectual life of students and faculty members. In recent years the Frederick Professor of Ethics has become an integral part of this ethics initiative. The Frederick Professor, along with the Schaenen Scholar, will join other programming at the Prindle Institute to carry forward and enhance the study of ethics at DePauw. Each year, the Prindle Institute will host other visiting scholars who conduct research, lead programs and offer new models for teaching and guiding discourse on ethics.
Robert and Carolyn Frederick graduated from DePauw in 1948 and 1949 respectively. Mr. Frederick served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the RCA Corporation and also as a director on many corporate boards, including Olin Corporation, NBC Corporation and RCA Corporation. He has served on the DePauw University Board of Trustees since 1974. He served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1990 and is now a Life Trustee. The Fredericks provided a gift to the University to endow this visiting professorship.
The Frederick Professor in residence each year will be an established scholar-teacher, a writer and thinker at the peak of her/his intellectual career who will serve as a guide and mentor to faculty members, as well as students. This Professor will be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the direction of the President on the recommendation of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Director of the Prindle Institute, in consultation with the members of the Prindle Institute Faculty Advisory Committee.
Nancy Shelly Schaenen graduated from DePauw in 1951 and served as a member of the Board of Visitors from 1993-95 and as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1995-2003. She and her husband, Nelson Schaenen Jr., have provided a generous endowment to fund this visiting scholar position. The Schaenen Scholar in residence each year will be a scholar-teacher in early or mid-career from any academic discipline. The Schaenen Scholar will be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs on the recommendation of the President, the Director of the Prindle Institute, the current, past and future Frederick Professors, and the members of the Prindle Institute Faculty Advisory Committee.
OTHER VISITING SCHOLAR-TEACHERS:
The Institute also expects to host other distinguished visitors--practitioners as well as professors--who may be in residence at the Institute for a week, a month or a semester. These esteemed leaders provide lectures to the students, faculty and community as well as a very important outside perspective on the work of the Institute.