Marion Cockey came to Towson in the Fall, 1969. Her interests were the Sociology of Occupations and Professions. Being drafted to teach Social Problems and later Minority Groups eventually led Marion to be concerned about issues of Corrections. At the time, Law Enforcement and Corrections was located within the General Studies rubric. After completing course work for the Ph.D at the University of Maryland, Marion brought the Corrections Concentration into the Sociology Department. Working with prison inmates in self help organizations convinced Marion of the necessity of practical experience for students in the concentration. All majors were required to complete a Practicum in a criminal justice agency in order to satisfy requirements for graduation. Courses prepared and created to support the Corrections Concentration included "Sociology of Law," "Research Methods in Criminal Justice," "Corrections in America," "Probation and Parole," "Women and Criminal Justice," and "Issues in Campus Violence."
In 1991 Marion stopped working within the Prison walls and began work with victims of crime, specifically Domestic Violence survivors. Since that time she has created a "Workshop in Domestic Violence" course which has been well received. Marion's most recent new course offering is "Criminal Justice Through Film." Marion is an active volunteer in the community and is currently President of the Board of Directors of a non-profit agency for domestic violence survivors.