Teaching

Background

I began my teaching career in 2009 when I entered the philosophy graduate program at the University of Connecticut. From 2009-2011, I was a teaching assistant for Philosophy 1104: Philosophy and Social Ethics, Philosophy 1107: Philosophy and Gender, and Philosophy 1101: Introduction to Problems in Philosophy. After earning my Master’s degree in 2011, I independently taught two philosophy courses every semester (as well as a few summer courses) until I earned my Ph.D. in 2015. For the 2015-2016 academic year and for the spring 2017 semester, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. For the fall 2016 semester, I was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. I am currently adjunct teaching at UConn.

Courses taught

I have taught courses in metaphysics, ethics, and non-western and comparative philosophy, as well as introduction to philosophy courses. Below are summaries of the courses I’ve taught.

Metaphysics

Philosophy 252: Metaphysics: survey (Willamette University)

An intermediate-level course on the topics of God, time, personal identity, free will versus determinism, and skepticism versus realism about the external world.

Philosophy 252: Metaphysics: philosophy of time (Willamette University)

The focus of the course was issues in the philosophy of time. We began by examining classic papers in the A-theory/B-theory debate and learning about several of the key views on the nature of time. We then studied the passage of time, time and physics, and the experience of time.

Philosophy 388: Special Topics: Identity, time, and death (Willamette University)

An upper level seminar course on the topic of the professor’s choosing: personal identity and the nature of life and death. The goal of the course was to examine what would be necessary for a person to survive death.

Ethics

Philosophy 1104: Philosophy and Social Ethics (University of Connecticut)

This is a required course for several majors at the university, such as engineering and nursing. In the first few weeks of the course, I focus on teaching the normative theories of utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue theory, using primary texts from Bentham, Mill, Kant, and Aristotle. For the rest of the course, I teach applied topics such as abortion, just war theory, euthanasia, and cloning and stem cell research.

Philosophy 220: Ethics (University of Portland)

An ethical theory course covering several normative theories as well as topics in metaethics.

Non-Western and Comparative Philosophy

Philosophy 1106: Non-Western and Comparative Philosophy (University of Connecticut)

I am currently teaching the course with a focus on comparing different theories of identity and death from Asian, African, and western philosophical texts. I have also taught the course as more of a survey where we compared ethical and metaphysical views from western and non-western traditions.

Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophy 110: Introduction to Problems in Philosophy (Willamette University)

I designed the course to have sections on metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and ethics. The topics of the course were free will versus determinism, personal identity, the existence of God and whether it is rational to believe in God, the nature of consciousness, and—for the ethics portion—egoism, utilitarianism, and abortion. One of my goals was to introduce students to a range of subfields in philosophy as well as to texts from the major historical periods in philosophy, from ancient to contemporary.