Teaching

I have four primary goals when I teach: to inculcate in students an appreciation for and an interest in philosophy; to help students achieve clarity in their thoughts and writing; to facilitate their understanding of the arguments relevant to an issue; and to model respect for others and their ideas.

How this all works depends from class to class. I like to draw examples from popular culture and current events to make philosophical points and, if I were more coordinated, I wouldn’t be above standing on my head to keep the class involved.

Teaching Experience
Associate Professor, Northern Michigan University Department of Philosophy, 2014-present.
Assistant Professor, Northern Michigan University Department of Philosophy, 2010-2014.
Visiting Lecturer, UCLA Department of Philosophy, 2006-2008
Graduate Teaching Associate, Ohio State Department of Philosophy, Fall 2004-Summer 2006
Teaching Assistant, Ohio State Department of Philosophy, Fall 2001-Summer 2004
Graduate Teaching Associate, Cincinnati Department of Philosophy, Fall 1998-Spring 2001

Courses Taught at NMU
Philosophy 160: Introduction to Logic
Philosophy 180: Fundamentals of Ethical Theory
Philosophy 181: Business Ethics
Philosophy 182: Computer Ethics
Philosophy 184: Legal Ethics
Philosophy 185: Medical Ethics
Philosophy 200: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Honors 211: Philosophy and Psychology of Emotion
Philosophy 295: Philosophy and Psychology of Emotion
Philosophy 295: Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy 310: Social and Political Philosophy

Courses Taught at UCLA 
Philosophy 166: Philosophy of Law
Philosophy 157A: Early Modern Political Philosophy
Philosophy 155: Medical Ethics
Philosophy 150: Society and Morals
Philosophy 22: Introduction to Ethics

Courses taught at OSU and UC
Philosophy 367: Contemporary Social and Moral Problems in the United States
Philosophy 230: Political and Social Philosophy
Philosophy 130: Introduction to Ethics (Philosophy 106 at UC was very similar)

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