Prindle Institute Staff

Meet our team!

Prindle Institute staff are dedicated to the mission of promoting ethics education, dialogue, and research. Get to know us a little better, or figure out how to get in touch with just the right person to help you!

The Prindle Institute Team

Color headshot of Prindle director Andy Cullison in a suitAndrew Cullison (Phyllis W. Nicholas Director) (he/him/his) has led the Prindle Institute since 2014. To find out more about his academic background, visit here. Contact Andy at andycullison@depauw.edu


Emily (Jones) Knuth (Associate Director) (she/her/hers) is a 1999 DePauw University graduate and has deep-rooted family history in Putnam County. She oversees the planning and management for such events as Express C.A.M.P, the Indiana State High School Ethics Bowl and the Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational. Contact her at eknuth@depauw.edu

A color photograph of a woman outdoorsChristiane Wisehart (Associate Director of Content) (she/her/hers) oversees Prindle Institute communications, content and writes stories for the website. She hosts and produces the Examining Ethics podcast and helped develop the Getting Ethics to Work podcast. Contact her at christianewisehart@depauw.edu

Color photograph of a woman in the courtyard of the Prindle InstituteJessica Mejía (Nancy Schaenen Scholar and Assistant Director of Academic Services) (she/her/hers) has a specialization in applied ethics, with a focus on animal ethics. In addition to her research and coursework, Professor Mejía is heavily involved in the decision-making process for the Young Philosophers series, and applications for Prindle reading courses. Contact her at jessicamejia@depauw.edu

Color photograph of a man in front of a bunch of treesE. Tucker Sechrest (Visiting Editorial Fellow) (he/him/his) Tucker holds a PhD from Binghamton University with a focus in Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law. He is the current editor of The Prindle Post. Contact him at evansechrest@depauw.edu

Color photograph of a man in front of a small treeTed Bitner (Scientific Research Coordinator) (he/him/his) leads several research projects at the Prindle Institute, including research on the moral development of children. Contact him at tedbitner@depauw.edu

Color photograph of a woman standing on a bridgeCheyanne Maddox (Communication Manager) (she/her/hers) joined the Prindle Institute team in June 2019. Cheyanne currently oversees day-to-day administrative activities, creates and maintains coalitions and partnerships both externally and within the DePauw community, assists in program, event, and course planning, as well as creating content for Prindle Institute communications.  Contact her at cheyannemaddox@depauw.edu

A woman stands in front of a background of greenery and wildflowersLeslie Petiniot (Events and Facilities Manager) (she/her/hers) began working at DePauw University in 2013, joining the team at the Prindle Institute for Ethics in May 2019.  She is responsible for planning and implementing events such as Express C.A.M.P, the Indiana State High School Ethics Bowl, the Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational, Prindlepalooza, the Dorothy Garrett Martin Lecture, and various other events throughout the year. Contact her at lesliepetiniot@depauw.edu

Color photograph of a woman in front of the Prindle Institute buildingLinda Clute (Retired) (she/her/hers) began working at the Prindle Institute when it opened in early 2008. She retired after a decades-long career at DePauw at the end of 2020. Contact Linda at lclute@depauw.edu

Prindle Institute Advisory Committee (2020-2021)

Members of the advisory committee provide wide-ranging expertise and multiple perspectives as they advise on the work of the Institute. Please contact any of these committee members if you have questions, comments, or concerns.

DePauw faculty and staff who would like to serve on the Advisory Committee or nominate a colleague should fill out the form below this list of current committee members.


Representing Social Sciences: Jarrod Hunt 2020-2023 (Economics and Management)
Representing Arts or Humanities: Harry Brown 2019-2022 (English)
Representing Philosophy Department: Jeremy Anderson 2020-2023 and Tucker Sechrest 2020-2021 (filling in for Rich Cameron [2019-2022] on sabbatical)
Representing Library and Information Services: Z. Sylvia Yang 2018-2021
Representing Natural Sciences/Math: Mamunur Rashid 2018-2021 (Mathematics)
Representing Religious Studies: Nathanael Homewood 2021-2023
Representing Education Studies: Derek Ford 2021-2024

At-large Members

We are currently seeking two people to fill at-large vacancies. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for this position, please fill out the form below this list.
Matthew Balensuela 2019-2022 (Music)
David Gellman 2018-2021 (History)
Lydia Marshall 2019-2022 (Anthropology)

Ex-Officio Members

Marcia McKelligan 2018-2021 (Blair Anderson and Martha Caroline Rieth Chair in Applied Ethics)
Bridget Gourley 2019-2022 (Dean of the Faculty)
Jessie Scott (Director of the Hartman Center and the Bonner Scholar Program)
Andrew Cullison (Director, Prindle Institute)
Linda Clute (Operations Manager, Prindle Institute)
Emily Knuth (Assistant Director of Events and Engagement, Prindle Institute)
Christiane Wisehart (Assistant Director of Digital and Academic Services, Prindle Institute)
Jessica Mejía (Assistant Director of Academic Services, Prindle Institute)
Cheyanne Maddox (Administrative Assistant, Prindle Institute)

Prindle Institute Advisory Committee Interest Form

Prindle Institute Advisory Committee Service Interest Form

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