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Craig Hanks

Dr. Hanks

Professor Craig Hanks

NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor 2009-2012

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Office: Comal 102

Phone: (512) 245-2285

E-mail: craig.hanks
Teaching and Research Specialties:

Philosophy of Technology, Critical Theory, American Pragmatism, Applied Philosophy (including: Environmental Philosophy, Professional Ethics, Bioethics).


Dr. Hanks is professor of philosophy at Texas State University. A winner of seven teaching awards, including the highest recognition at Texas State University and The University of Alabama in Huntsville, he has more than 25 years of experience teaching Philosophy of Technology, Engineering Ethics, and Professional Ethics. He has served Texas State on the Intitutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which he chaired for three years. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Inderdispininary Graduate Program in Sustainability Studies at Texas State. He was a visiting associate professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and has offered short courses and seminars on philosophy and ethics for teachers from high school through doctoral programs. His book Technology and Values (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) is in revision for a second edition, and his new book Technological Musings is forthcoming in 2014, with Technology and Transcendence in development. He is an active member of the International Society for Philosophy and Technology, a member of the editorial board for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, and an editor for the book series Philosophy of Engineering and Technology (Springer).


During 2013 and 2014, Professor Hanks was a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation Grant with colleagues from Texas State (Dr. Jitendra Tate, Ingram School of Engineering, Mr. Satyajit Dutta, Ingram School of Engineering) and University of Texas at Tyler (Dr. Dominick Fazarro, Human Resource Development and Technology).  The purpose of the grant was to develop introductory and advanced curricula that address social, ethical, environmental, health, and safety issues of nanotechnology.

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