Mary Beth Willard
Associate Professor (Weber State University)
I am an associate professor of philosophy at Weber State University, which is a dual mission, regional state university in Ogden, Utah. I teach a lot of introduction to philosophy, in traditional face-to-face contexts as well as online, and I recently reworked the class to focus on questions related to living a good life. I also regularly teach upper division classes in metaphysics and philosophy of religion, and this past semester I developed a class on philosophy and cyberspace. Our philosophy club this past year started a Philosophy for Tots program, modeled on Warburton's work (at teachingchildrenphilosophy.org) with the kindergarten lab school on campus.
I received my PhD from Yale University in 2009, and my published work lies at the intersection of metaphysics and aesthetics. Recently I have been focusing on questions related to technology, the internet, and art, and have written popularly on the question of how we should treat the work of morally bad artists.
In my free time, I enjoy baking, weightlifting, and playing the piano, but not at the same time.