Author of the Month: Julie Van CampPublished: February 15, 2013
Julie Van Camp, Professor, Philosophy
Designed for today’s students through continuous feedback from students, Ethics delivers a visually appealing, succinct print component, tear-out review cards and Course Mate, an online digital product to enhance learning and improve grades. Course Mate includes learning aids to accommodate today’s busy lifestyles such as an interactive eBook, self quizzes and downloadable flash cards. Ethics explores theory and major contemporary moral problems. Step-by-step, this reader-friendly text guides its readers through reasoning strategies with its “Thinking It Through” modules, a course-long examination of important ethical issues. Sample chapter topics include “What is Ethics?”, “Human Life: Beginnings and Endings” and “Marriage, the Family and Sexuality” as well as units on ethics in a variety of professions. Van Camp’s previous textbooks include Ethical Issues in the Courts: A Companion to Philosophical Ethics and Applying Ethics: A Text with Readings. Her primary research interests are philosophical problems presented by art law, especially freedom of expression for artists and intellectual property and she also works on philosophical problems of dance. She has received grants to support her work from the American Bar Association, Commission on College and University Legal Studies; the National Endowment for the Humanities; and the Non-Profit Sector Research Fund of the Aspen Institute. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to lecture at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2007. In her teaching at CSULB from 1990-2010, she was named Most Valuable Professor in the College of Liberal Arts in 2000 and she received the university-wide Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for 1998-99. In 1994 she developed a new pre-law program in philosophy with several new courses, including an interdisciplinary/human diversity course on Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Law, an interdisciplinary course on Law, Philosophy, and the Humanities and a pre-law philosophy internship. In 1998, she taught a course in Philosophy of Art entirely on the Internet, with students from CSULB, New York
City and Brazil. She also taught courses on Computer Ethics, Assisted Suicide, Philosophy of Law, Diversity in Criticism and Analysis of the Arts, a graduate seminar in Teaching Philosophy, Pragmatism, Introduction to Ethics, and Criticism and Analysis of Dance. She has taught at Black Hawk College, Community College of Philadelphia, George Mason University, Manor College, Temple University, Tyler School of Art and UC Riverside. She received a B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, majoring in philosophy; a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University, Philadelphia, specializing in philosophy of art; and a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University, where she specialized in art law.