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Past Frederick Scholars

The Frederick Professor is 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.

Claudia Mills (2011-2013)

Claudia Mills (PhD, Princeton, 1991) joined DePauw as the Frederick Visiting Professor as well as an Associate Professor of Philosophy. Prior to coming to DePauw, Dr. Mills worked in children’s book publishing at Scholastic in New York City, earned a master’s degree in library science (specializing in the study of children’s literature), and spent a decade as editor and director of publications at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland. There she wrote articles on topics ranging from nuclear deterrence, the regulation of air pollution, the preservation of endangered species, and the political uses of food, to racist and sexist humor, children’s television, privacy in the computer age, and her most popular essay, “Why Life Is Disappointing.” 

Prof. Mills’s research interests focus on ethical questions regarding the family, such as the rise in the use of behavior-altering medications for children, conflicts between parents and non-parents in the workplace, and intercultural adoption. She also publishes widely on moral and philosophical questions in children’s literature. In addition to her many scholarly articles, she is the author of 40 books for children, including Makeovers by MarciaZiggy’s Blue-Ribbon Day7 x 9 = Trouble!, and Being Teddy Roosevelt (see her author page for more information). In 2005, she was a judge of the National Book Award in the category of Literature for Young People. Claudia returns to the University of Colorado, where she has been a professor in the Philosophy Department since 1992.

Richard Lippke (2008-2010)

Richard Lippke received his B.A. in philosophy with distinction from Iowa State University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. After teaching for a year at Iowa State University he took a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Florida. In 1984, he joined the faculty at James Madison University, where he taught through 2007. In the summer of 2007, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Australian National University and was recently a Senior Scholar in the Department of Criminal Justice, Nelson Poynter Scholar at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University. Dr. Lippke has published two books (Radical Business Ethics, Rowman and Littlefield, 1995, and Rethinking Imprisonment, Oxford University Press, 2007) and thirty-five articles in academic journals.

John K. Roth (2007-2008)

John K. Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College, where he taught from 1966 through 2006.  In 2007-2008, he served as the Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.  In addition to service on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and on the editorial board for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, he has published hundreds of articles and reviews and authored, co-authored, or edited more than forty books, including Genocide and Human Rights: A Philosophical GuideGray Zones: Ambiguity and Compromise in the Holocaust and Its Aftermath; and Ethics During and After the Holocaust: In the Shadow of Birkenau.  Roth has been Visiting Professor of Holocaust studies at the University of Haifa, Israel, and his Holocaust-related research appointments have included a 2001 Koerner Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England as well as a 2004-05 appointment as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.  In 1988, Roth was named U.S. National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 

Max L. Stackhouse (Spring 2007)

Max L. Stackhouse served as the Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw University during the spring semester of 2006-07. He taught courses in Early Christian Ethics, as well as Ethics and Globalization. He also organized a faculty reading group on the topic “Religion in Public Discourse: Does It Help or Hinder Justice?” Twelve faculty members were active participants in this semester-long reading group which culminated in a symposium featuring the authors of the texts studied: John Witte of Emory University, Robert Audi of Notre Dame, and Marci Hamilton of Cordoza Law School.

Dr. Stackhouse recently retired from his position as the Stephen Colwell Professor of Christian Ethics, director of the Project on Public Theology and the Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary. He studies and writes extensively on the relationship of theological ethics to society. He is author or editor of numerous articles and 12 books, including: God and Globalization; Covenant and Commitments: Faith, Family and Economic Life; On Moral Business; Christian Social Ethics in a Global Era; Public Theology and Political Economy; andCreeds, Society, and Human Rights.

David Orentlicher (Fall 2005)

David Orentlicher served as the Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw University during the fall semester of 2005-06. He taught a topics course, “Social Regulation of the Body - Organ Transplantation and Reproductive Decisions” and a course in biomedical ethics. He also convened a seminar at DePauw entitled, “Making Research a Requirement of Treatment: Why We Should Sometimes Let Doctors Pressure Patients to Participate in Research.”

Dr. Orentlicher is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law and co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. Before joining the law school in 1995, he served as director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the American Medical Association for six-and-a-half years. He has practiced both medicine and law, each for about two years.

A nationally recognized expert in medical ethics, Orentlicher has published more than 80 articles in leading legal and medical journals addressing critical issues in medical ethics, including end-of-life decisions, new reproductive technologies and managed care. His co-authored textbook, Health Care Law and Ethics, is widely used, and his newest book, Matters of Life and Death, was published by Princeton University Press.

David H. Smith (2004-2006)

David H. Smith served as the inaugural Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw University from 2004-2006. Prior to serving DePauw in this capacity, Dr. Smith retired from a faculty position at Indiana University as professor of religious studies, adjunct professor of medicine and of philanthropic studies, and director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, a role he filled for 21 years. He also served as a visiting scholar in bioethics at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University.

At DePauw, Smith taught courses in biomedical ethics, the morality of killing, and moral issues in doing good. He convened four faculty seminars on topics ranging from the ethics of aging to science research ethics. He also served as an adviser to the University on the development of the Prindle Institute for Ethics.

David Smith is the author of eleven books, including Caring Well: Religion, Narrative and Healthcare, Ethics and Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trustees, as well as over forty articles.