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Louise Collins

Curriculum Vitae:  Louise Collins 

Department of Philosophy, DW 3283
Tel: (574) 520 4245


1993 Ph.D. in Philosophy; McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 

Academic positions

2003 - present Department Chair, Philosophy, IU South Bend.

1999 -present   Associate Professor of Philosophy, IU South Bend

1994 -1999 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, IU South Bend

1993 -1994 Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Selected recent publications

Collins, L. 2008. “Is Cybersex Sex?” In, The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings. Fifth edition, eds. Alan Soble and Nicholas Power. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.  117-131
Collins, L. 2006. "Cybersex."  In, Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, ed. Alan Soble.   Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.  209-216.

Selected recent conference presentations

2007 “Encouraging 11th & 12th Grade Girls to Attend College.”  Paper on panel, title: “What Could You Possibly Teach Me? Young Women Challenging Feminists as Mentors and Muses,” organized by April Lidinsky, with Laurie Anderson-Sathe & Rebecca Torstrick.  National Women’s Studies Association annual conference. Pheasant Run Conference Center, St. Charles, IL

2006  “Feminist Philosophers and Fashion Dolls.” Paper on panel, title: “Building a Better Barbie,” organized by Rebecca Torstrick, with Andrea Rusnock, & April Lidinsky. National Women’s Studies Association annual conference, Oakland, CA.

2005  "Activating Students:  Risks & Opportunities for Feminists."  Paper on panel, title: "Re-Valuing Citizenship:  Multi-Media Active Learning & Activism," organized by April Lidinsky, with Elizabeth Bennion, & Julie Elliott. New England Women's Studies Association Conference, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Recent invited scholarly presentations

2008 “Philosophers and Online Friendship.” Annual Philosophy Colloquium, Murdoch University, Perth, WA. 1 December, 2008.

2008 Seminar paper, “Close Friendship Online.” Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics (CAPPE), Australian National University, October 15.

Recent public presentations

2007 “What did the Moral Philosopher Say to the Fundraisers?”  Address on Codes of Ethics to Association of Fund-raising Professionals of St Joseph County.  South Bend, IN.

2003  “The Impact of the Patriot Act on Research in the Humanities.” Sponsored by the Schurz library, IUSB.
WoSt-related courses taught at IUSB

P342 Problems of Ethics:  Feminist Ethics (also listed as Women's Studies, W302)

P394 Feminist Philosophy (also listed as Women's Studies, W302 Topics)

Recent grants, honors & awards

2009  IUSB Faculty Research Grant ($8,500)

2008 IUSB Sabbatical

2002 Elected to IU FACET (Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching)

Selected WoSt-related campus service

2007 Appointed member, Chancellor’s ad hoc committee on campus safety & security.

1994-present   Member, Women’s Studies Governing Board. 

1997-2007 Faculty Advisor, New Views on Gender, IUSB undergraduate journal, except for sabbatical year, 2000-2001  Member, NVoG advisory board, 1995-97.  Served 1997-07 on Student Publications Board.

Selected WoSt-related community service

7/2005-7/07 Member, Success By Six® advisory committee.  (Co-wrote grant to support early childhood literacy programs in St. Joseph County. Funded by United Way.)

03/2007 Co-organiser with April Lidinsky of College Prep Workshop for Girls.  Sponsored by AAUW/ IUSB Women’s Studies.

2001-07 Founding member of “Michiana Chronicles” series on WVPE 88.1.  Wrote, performed and donated 65 short essays for local NPR affiliated station.

Community awards

2007 Michiana Chronicles won Regional Edwin R. Murrow Award.
2007 YWCA Tribute to Women – Nominated in category of Education.             

Professional memberships

American Philosophical Association
Feminist Ethics & Social Theory