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Our People

Meet the team that makes it all happen.

The Prindle Institute for Ethics is staffed by a full-time team of six and a Visiting Scholar in Ethics, in addition to serving as home to the staff of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). We also employ nearly 30 DePauw undergraduate students as Hillman Interns. The Institute’s work is supported by an Advisory Committee comprised of key stakeholders from across various disciplines and campus units at the University.

Jeffrey Dunn, Ph.D.

Phyllis W. Nicholas Director

Jeff received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts in 2010 and has taught at DePauw since then, with a brief stint at the University of Agder from 2020-21. From 2017-2023 Dunn served as the secretary-treasurer of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. At DePauw, he has taught classes about the philosophical and ethical aspects of evolutionary theory, artificial intelligence, scientific practice, game theory, and economics. He has also taught classes on philosophy for children, where DePauw students discuss philosophical topics with elementary students using picture books. His early research focused on traditional and formal epistemology. Dunn’s more recent work explores connections between epistemology and ethics, with a specific focus on consequentialist ethical theories. He is also interested in ethics pedagogy, especially in how to integrate ethics education throughout K-12 and university curricula and was recently awarded an NEH grant to develop a curriculum that bridges business education with the humanities.

 

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Emily (Jones) Knuth '99

Associate Director

Emily oversees the Institute’s community engagement efforts, the Indiana High School Ethics Bowl, Express C.A.M.P., and the K-12 ethics education initiative. Before this role, Emily was the Assistant Director of Events and Engagement, during which time she organized events and led the Hillman Intern program. She began her career in commercial real estate before transitioning to working in her local community. An alumna of DePauw University and a child of Greencastle, Emily has been involved in various major projects in Putnam County–from managing Castle Arts to leading the development of the splash park at Robe Ann Park. She and her husband, Dennis, live in Greencastle with their three children, Eleanor, Charles, and Michael.

 

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Alex Richardson, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Content Strategy and Engagement

Alex oversees our communications and content libraries, as well as directing the Prindle Institute’s national engagement initiatives. He also teaches courses in the Philosophy Department at DePauw, and serves on Boards of Directors of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and Ethics Bowl Canada, and as Chair of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Pre-College Philosophy. His research interests are varied, but center on issues in moral and civic education. Alex was previously Director of the National High School Ethics Bowl at the UNC Parr Center for Ethics, and holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 

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Kristen Fuhs Wells, M.B.A.

Executive Director, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)

Kristen directs the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)—the world’s largest professional ethics organization, which is headquartered at the Prindle Institute. Previously, she spent more than 12 years as Vice President of Indiana Humanities. Kristen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Communications and an M.B.A. in Marketing, both from Butler University. She is active in the Greencastle community, serving as a board member of the Greencastle Civic League and Friends of the Park of Putnam County, and is a co-founder of the Putnam County Mural Project.

 

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E. Tucker Sechrest, Ph.D.

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Editorial Fellow

Tucker manages the Institute’s ethics-in-the-news online magazine, The Prindle Post. He has served as the publication’s Editor In Chief since 2019. Tucker also teaches in the Philosophy Department at DePauw and holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Binghamton University.

 

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Marko Mavrovic, M.S.

Manager, Campus Ethics Programs

Marko manages a variety of ethics programming that engages the DePauw campus including  the First-Year Intern program and the Hillman Intern Program. He has over five years of Ethics Bowl experience as a student, captain, and coach.

 

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Brian Cox

Manager, Accounts and Events

Brian manages the Prindle Institute accounts and also coordinates Prindle events, both those on the main DePauw campus and at the Institute’s campus in the DePauw Nature Park.

 

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Advisory Committee

Members of the Prindle Institute’s Advisory Committee provide wide-ranging expertise and multiple perspectives as they advise on the work of the Institute.

Departmental Members

Social Sciences: Deepa Prakash, Political Science (term ends Spring 2025)
Arts/Humanities: Harry Brown, English (term ends Spring 2025)
Philosophy: Jeremy Anderson (term ends Spring 2025)
Library and Information Services: Victoria Peters (term ends Spring 2026)
Natural Sciences/Math: Mamunur Rashid, Mathematics (term ends Spring 2025)
Religious Studies: Justin Glessner (term ends Spring 2026)
Education Studies: Caitlin Howlett (term ends Spring 2025)

At-Large Members

Lydia Marshall, Sociology/Anthropology (term ends Spring 2025)
Ryan Rudderham, Economics (term ends Spring 2027)
Michael Roberts, Psychology (term ends Spring 2026)

Ex-Officio Members

Erik Wielenberg, Blair Anderson Endowed Professor, Philosophy
Bridget Gourley, Dean of the Faculty
Emily Knuth, Associate Director, Prindle Institute for Ethics

 

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LOCATION

2961 W County Road 225 S
Greencastle, IN 46135
765.658.5857

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BUILDING HOURS

Monday-Friday: 8AM-5PM
Saturday-Sunday: Closed