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Spring 2022: Mediterranean Exploration

Mary Ann Cutter

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Dr. Mary Ann G. Cutter is currently Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University through the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Program. She has been with UCCS since 1988.

At UCCS, Dr. Cutter teaches a number of ethics courses, including Introduction to Ethics, Practical Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Death and Dying, and Ethical Theory. She works regularly with philosophy students as well as pre-health care professional, nursing, and gerontology students.

Dr. Cutter is the author of numerous publications on the philosophy of disease as well as bioethical topics such as AIDS, genetics, death and dying, and women’s health care. She is author of The Ethics of Gender-Specific Disease (2012, through Routledge), co-author of Ethical Choices in Contemporary Medicine (2007, through Acumen), author of Reframing Disease Contextually (2003, through Kluwer), and editor of Competency: A Study of Informal Competency Determinations in Primary Care (1991). In 2018, Thinking Through Breast Cancer: A Philosophical Exploration of Diagnosis, Treatment and Survival, appeared through Oxford University Press and, in 2019, Death: A Reader appeared through Notre Dame University Press. Dr. Cutter is currently working on a book entitled The Uncertainty of Death: The Case of COVID-19, a project that reflects on how the coronavirus pandemic has led to rethinking death and dying practices.     

Dr. Cutter has served on numerous ethics boards and committees and has been honored with a CU system-wide Bank One Colorado Corporation Faculty Community Service Award for her work on prohibiting genetic discrimination in the State of Colorado. She chaired the UCCS Department of Philosophy between 2010 and 2015, and Academic Program Review at UCCS for over ten years. She is a current recipient of a University of Colorado system-wide President’s Teaching Scholar recognition and the Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award.

It is with enthusiasm that Dr. Cutter and her husband, Lew, voyages with students. Dr. Cutter taught for Semester at Sea in Spring 2017 and traveled with students to Japan, Vietnam, China, India, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, Germany, and Spain. Her youngest son, John, voyaged as an undergraduate student during the Spring 2012 term. Dr. Cutter is honored to join the faculty of Semester at Sea and looks forward to teaching ethics, biomedical ethics, and death and dying in a global comparative context.