The University of South Florida campus has named Deni Elliott as its Ombuds. The Ombuds Office at USF St. Petersburg provides students and employees (staff, faculty, administration, and temporary) a confidential opportunity to discuss concerns regarding their experience at USFSP and to explore alternatives for how to best address those concerns.
Elliott has served as chair and professor in the university's Department of Journalism and Media Studies. She graduated from the University of Maryland, earned an MA from Wayne State University and a PhD from Harvard University. She specializes in practical ethics. In addition to her writings in media ethics, she has published work relating to ethical issues. Her recent books include Ethical Challenges: Building Your Ethics Toolkit and Philanthropy in Higher Education and Ethics in the First Person, A Guide to Teaching and Learning Practical Ethics. Elliott also works as the Ethics Officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. (USF St. Petersburg Ombuds; Faculty Profile.)