Teaching

 

I have extensive teaching experience, having taught 54 classes in eight years of full time teaching. I regularly teach my department’s two introductory courses, Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to Ethics, as well as History of Ancient Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion. I have also developed and taught several upper level undergraduate courses including a seminar on Aristotle and contemporary metaphysics, a seminar on Augustine’s life and works, an epistemology course exploring the nature of trust and testimony and their roles in forming our beliefs and practices through historical and contemporary sources, and an upper level course on the connections between metaphysics and mysticism in ancient and medieval philosophy.

Philosophical topics are often presented to students in an abstract way that is disconnected from their lives. The Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, for which I am currently serving as one of the Lead Faculty Advisors, seeks to change that. This project involves building up a network of schools and scholars committed to connecting philosophy to the way students live and to teaching visions of the good life from a wide variety of cultures. We encourage teaching that explores big questions in dialogue with students’ existing perspectives and commitments. Our immersive activities draw on students’ lived experiences and bring them into conversation with the authors we are reading. I have taught two interdisciplinary Honors seminars on The Ancient Arts of Living: Ways of Life in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, Religion, and Literature and recently gave a pedagogical presentation at Purdue on incorporating philosophy as a way of life into teaching philosophy

Here are my sample syllabi: pdf.

Here is my statement of teaching philosophy: pdf.

In general, my areas of interest include ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, social epistemology, the philosophy of religion, and medieval philosophy. I am also interested in teaching metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics, and logic at an undergraduate level.