The honor and integrity team at Smeal College of Business

Director of Honor and Integrity

Portrait of Michelle Darnell.Dr. Michelle R. Darnell is the Honor and Integrity Director, the Director of the Tarriff Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, and an Associate Clinical Professor in Management at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. Dr. Darnell’s primary focus is on creating and sustaining practical initiatives that actively engage and bring together University stakeholders with the intent of supporting responsible business activity. She holds Bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Biology from the University of San Diego, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University. Dr. Darnell additionally completed an AACSB Post-Doctoral program at the University of Florida in Management and Marketing.

Prior to joining the faculty at Smeal, Dr. Darnell served as Co-Director of the Poe Business Ethics Center and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at the University of Florida, where she taught courses in Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Organizational Behavior, and created experiential learning activities for students to develop ethical leadership skills. With more than 15 years experience working in higher education, Dr. Darnell has been recognized for innovative use of technology in the classroom and as ‘Teacher of the Year’ multiple times. Her primary research interests are in issues related to: ethical decision making within organizations, organizational ontology, as well as business education and pedagogy.

In addition to her work for the University, Dr. Darnell also has worked as a consultant for business and government entities that are looking to resolve ethical issues or provide employee centered workshops on ethical decision making and building ethical organizational cultures.