Teaching

I have taught philosophy at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Florida State University and at the University of Arizona, and at the undergraduate level at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I have also been a teaching assistant for numerous courses across a range of topics in philosophy at UBC and at University College Cork (Ireland). Details about my courses may be found in my Teaching Dossier (view as PDF).

My goal in the classroom is to model respect for others and their ideas while encouraging students to critically examine their own and others’ philosophical commitments. Achieving this goal not only provides students from diverse backgrounds with a supportive learning environment in which to grapple with philosophical problems, it also enables students to develop skills that they can apply far beyond the classroom.

As a professor once remarked to me when I asked about her life as a professional philosopher, “Even on the bad days, there is always teaching!” And she smiled. She was right, I realize now. Teaching is one of the greatest rewards of a working philosopher. My own greatest reward as a teacher is when students contact me to say, “You’ve really sparked my interest in philosophy.”

That is what I want my students to remember about me as a teacher ten years from now: that I sparked their interest in philosophy, that I modeled intellectual inquiry and respect for others and their ideas, that the elective they took with me all those years ago was the best class they have ever taken.

And hopefully, they will still be using the toolbox of intellectual skills that they acquired in my class.


My full Teaching Dossier, which includes my Statement of Teaching Philosophy, a list of courses taught, and summaries of student evaluations, is available to download as a PDF.

I have posted useful resources for students elsewhere on this website here.