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Mary A. Cooksey

Senior Lecturer in Humanities
Whitewater Hall Room 259
(765) 973-8438


  • M.A. in English, Ball State University, 1982
  • M.A. in Philosophy, Ball State University, 1982
  • B.S. in Philosophy, Ball State University, 1980

Current Research Interests

Biomedical Ethics, Death and Dying, The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • 'Rigor versus Reality: The Challenge of Balance in the University classroom,' Quick Hits for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University Press, 2015.
  • 'The Once and Future King: The Status and Impact of Adjunct Faculty in the Academy in the 21st Century,' Quick Hits for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University Press, 2015.
  • Cooksey, M., Editor. (2009) Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies from Award-Winning Teachers. Bloomington, Indiana:  FACET and Indiana University Press. “From Vision to Mission:  An exploration of The Baxter Neighborhood Help Center Project. The Governor’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 26, 2008.
  • Cooksey, M. (2007). Crossroads and Common Ground, Indianapolis: Indiana Campus Compact.
    "An Exploration of Criterion Five: Using Service Learning  in Accreditation"  The National Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 5, 2007, and The International Symposium on Service Learning.  The University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 15, 2007.
  • "Using Service Learning to Teach Philosophy."  Biennial Conference of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, William and Mary College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 4, 2006.
  • "Exploring the Engelbart Hypothesis:  A Reflection."  Computing and Philosophy Newsletter.  March, 2006.
  • Cooksey, M. "Logic in a New Light: The Political Activism Project." Quick Hits for Civic Engagement, Indiana University Press: Bloomington, Indiana, 2005.
  • "An Assessment and Analysis of Instruction in Cyberethics" The WWW@10 conference, Indiana State University, September 30, 2004, The American Association of Philosophy Teachers Biannual Conference, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, August 6, 2004.

Selected Previous Employment Positions

  • Coordinator of Freshman Year Experience and Faculty Member, The Honors College, Ball State University, 1987-2002
  • Lecturer, Departments of English and Philosophy, Ball State University, 1982-2001
  • Lecturer in Philosophy, Ball State University, 1982-1987

Selected Academic Awards/Recognitions

  • Helen Lees Distinguished Teaching Award, Indiana University East, 2013
  • Bender FACET Fellowship, Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching, Indiana University, 2013
  • Member, Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching, Indiana University, 2012 - Present
  • Distinguished Faculty Service Award, Indiana University East, 2008
  • Brian Hiltunen Award for Scholarship of Engagement, Indiana Campus Compact, 2008
  • Martin Luther King Multicultural and Diversity Award, Indiana University East, 2006
  • Alpha Tau Omega National Chapter Advisor of the Year, Theta Alpha Chapter, 1992
  • University Teaching Professor Award, Ball State University, 1989-1990

Professional Societies

  • Member, Oxford Roundtable on Women in the University, Harris-Manchester College, Oxford, England, 2015


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