Dr. Mary Ann G. Cutter is currently a 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 is a 2018 recipient of the President’s Teaching Scholar designation, a University of Colorado (CU) system-wide teaching recognition.
Dr. Cutter teaches and publishes in the areas of philosophy of medicine and biomedical ethics. Her work on disease, and particularly breast cancer, focuses on its classification and description and their implications in treatment decisions. Her work on death focuses on its meaning as expressed in global contexts and found in diverse spiritual and secular traditions. Her work in applied ethics focuses on elements of ethical decision-making in the context of case study analysis. She brings her expertise on death and ethical decision-making to her courses on the Fall 2020 voyage.
Dr. Cutter has served on numerous ethics boards and committees and has been honored with a 1996 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 2008 and 2013 and is currently Chair of Academic Program Review at UCCS.
It is with enthusiasm that Dr. Cutter joins the Fall 2020 faculty of Semester at Sea. Dr. Cutter taught for Semester at Sea during the Spring 2017 voyage, which traveled from San Diego California through Asia and Africa and onto Hamburg, Germany. Prior to this, Dr. Cutter has traveled throughout the United States and to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Budapest, Romania, Hong Kong, Israel, and Peru. Her daughter taught English in Peru for three years and is currently a dual-language elementary teacher. Her youngest son voyaged as an undergraduate student during the Spring 2012 term of Semester at Sea. Dr. Cutter is honored and excited to join the faculty of Semester at Sea during the Fall 2020 voyage. She travels with her husband of 32 years, Lew, a Colorado optometrist and a Spring 2017 voyager too.