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Dr. Maria Sanders is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and coordinates the Philosophy program at Plymouth State University. Dr. Sanders is an applied ethicist whose research engages the public in scholarly philosophical dialogue within the areas of medicine, business, education, and law while encouraging thoughtful interaction with existing and emerging technologies in an attempt to create opportunities for civic engagement and reflective living.
Dr. Sanders also hosts a weekly radio program on WPCR-Plymouth (91.7 FM) entitled Philosophy 4 Life which offers a public forum for philosophical discourse. The show airs live Tuesday evenings from 5:00pm -7:00pm (EST) and streams live at www.wpcr.org .
In addition, Dr. Sanders is an award-winning teacher who has taught at the college level in both the community college and university systems for over 20 years. She has taught nationally in Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and New Hampshire; and internationally in Greece, Turkey, England, Scotland, and Ireland. She recently led a major revision of the Philosophy program at PSU to focus upon Applied Ethics that resulted in 18 new courses. Dr. Sanders is passionate about building bridges between philosophy and other programs such as nursing, business administration, and criminal justice; and finding ways for her students to take what they learn in the philosophy classes and apply it to the real world through service learning and internship opportunities.
Ph.D. in Philosophy – Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
J.D. in Law – Saint Louis University
M.A. in Philosophy – Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
B.A. in Philosophy – Mansfield University
B.A. in Music – Mansfield University
Sanders, Maria. “Social and Ethical Considerations of Smart Home Technologies.” (forthcoming 2017)
Sanders, Maria. To Lie or To Learn: An Honest Inquiry into Dishonesty in Higher Education. (forthcoming 2017).
Holba, Annette, & Sanders, Maria. “Carving Out Place and Time.” (forthcoming 2016).
Sanders, Maria. “Revitalizing a Struggling Philosophy Program.” (forthcoming 2016).
Sanders, Maria & Phillips, Claire. Social Media in Higher Education: Possibilities and Pitfalls. (forthcoming 2016).
Moulenbelt, Jason, Sanders, Maria, & Thorsby, Mark. Guided Readings in Philosophy: Plato’s Meno. (forthcoming 2016).
Sanders, Maria. “Embracing Critical Thinking as a Model for Professional Development: Creating CTB-FLCs On Your Campus.” Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, 26(1), 29-37. Spring 2011.
Sanders, Maria & Moulenbelt, Jason. “Defining Critical Thinking: How Far Have We Come?” Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, 26(1), 38-46. Spring 2011.
Sanders, Maria & Thorsby, Mark. “Broaching Fragmented Learning: Principles for Reflective Learning in the Cyber-age.” INTED 2011, 5th ed. e-book. March 2011.
Sanders, Maria. “Comprehensive Planning: The Freeburg Experience.” Municipal Affairs Bulletin, 15 (3), 2-5. Fall 1998.
Honors and Awards:
Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award Nominee, 2011/2012
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Faculty Excellence Award, 2011.
Lone Star College System’s Faculty Excellence Award, 2011
Madison’s Who’s Who Among Professionals, 2010
South Texas College’s Jaguar Award for Instructional Services, 2006
Saint Louis University School of Law’s Outstanding Achievement in Criminal Jurisprudence, 1996
Saint Louis University School of Law’s Outstanding Achievement in Copyright Law, 1996
John Rutherford Ott Award in Philosophy, 1990
Courses taught at PSU:
PY 1010: Ultimate Questions
PYDI 1050: Building a Civil Society
PYDI 1120: Ethics in Everyday Life
PYDI 2410: Creative Problem-Solving in Ethics
PYDI 2710: Science or Superstition
PY 3010: Topics in Philosophy: Happiness
PY 3110: History of Ancient Philosophy
PY 3113: History of Contemporary Philosophy
PY 3360: Ethics and Psychology
PY 3390: Applied Ethics
PY 3720: Philosophy of Law
PY 3380: Humans and Humanoids
PY 4770: Great Philosophers Seminar: Aristotle
PY 4770: Great Philosophers Seminar: David Hume
PY 4770: Great Philosophers Seminar: Plato
PY 4920: Internship in Philosophy and Applied Ethics
Courses taught at previous colleges: Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Logic, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Ethics (Honors), Legal Ethics, Business Ethics, Medical Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of law, politics, and society, Non-Western Philosophy, Legal Research and Writing, Introduction to Law for Paralegals
Professional Association Membership and Participation:
American Philosophical Association (APA)
APA Philosophy and Law Subcommittee
APA Women in Philosophy Group
American Bar Association (ABA)
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
American Association for Applied Philosophy (AAAP)
American Association for Philosophy Teachers (AAPT)
American Association for Informal Logic (AAIL)
American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC)
AAWCC-LSC Chapter Advisory Board Member)
Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA)