Teaching Experience and Course Information
My earliest teaching experience was not as a philosophy instructor, but as an academic enrichment specialist for a large, urban school district in Michigan. For nearly a decade, I taught students in grades 4-12 advanced concepts in mathematics, language arts, and logic. In this capacity, I also coached competitive academic teams, and my students earned over a dozen national championships in Academic Games League of America tournaments. This work afforded me my first opportunity to experiment with different pedagogical styles and teaching strategies. I still apply much of what I learned then to the philosophy courses that I teach now.
Since starting my current position at UC San Diego, I’ve taught graduate seminars on emotional attachment, trust, and hope. I’ve also taught several undergraduate courses in ethics and philosophy of emotion. As a lecturer at Princeton University, I regularly taught an upper-division undergraduate bioethics seminar entitled, “Ethics and Pathologies of Attachment.” Prior to that, as an adjunct instructor at UC Riverside and Western Michigan University, I taught courses in theoretical and applied ethics, philosophy of law, philosophy of emotion, and Asian philosophy.
I will soon update this page with links to course syllabi and other materials.