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Martha Rainbolt

First Coordinator of the Prindle Institute for Ethics

When The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics was first conceived, President Robert G. Bottoms asked Martha Rainbolt, a Professor of English, to serve as the Institute's first Faculty Development Coordinator. In this position Dr. Rainbolt organized the initial year's programs. Through her initiative and guidance the Faculty Advisory Committee was institutionalized, reading programs for both students and faculty were begun, interesting outside speakers were invited to become part of the DePauw community, and the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium was initiated in 2008. Martha played a key role in promoting ethics-related topics that would be of interest to students, and she organize faculty development workshops to help DePauw faculty members integrate ethics into their teaching and scholarly research. Dr. Rainbolt also helped recruit student interns who promote the work of the Institute. For several years, Professor Rainbolt served as the chair of the Prindle Institute's Advisory Committee, as the coordinator of the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, and as the Faculty Development Coordinator. As Senior Professor of English, Dr. Rainbolt continued to stay very involved with the Prindle Institute activities, coordinating the many reading groups each year and also working with Prindle staff on programs that serve the Greencastle and Putnam County Communities. Martha Rainbolt's contributions were instrumental in the conception, growth and impact of The Prindle Institute for Ethics.