Teaching Philosophy

One of my central goals in teaching is to foster understanding and respect for people with different backgrounds, identities, and experiences, as well as for different ideas, arguments, and points of view. Pedagogically, I try to do this by teaching students strategies that allow for the effective communication of ideas and emotions, as well as strategies for listening well to the perspectives of others.


I frequently try to incorporate a diversity of voices into classroom discussions, both in terms of the content, and in terms of encouraging diverse students to engage openly. Additionally, I find it imperative in an ever-changing world to prepare students for a range of potential careers, and I do this by focusing on the development of transferable skills: critical thinking, clear communication, effective argumentation, charitable engagement with the positions of others, close reading, and efficient writing. The practice and improvement of these skills has benefits far beyond the university classroom. 

Leading a seminar on "Contemporary Approaches to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics"  at Harvard University as a PIKSI Boston Teaching Fellow, June 2018.

Teaching Experience

University of Colorado, Boulder 

Philosophy 1160: Introduction to Medical Ethics, Instructor, Fall 2020 

Philosophy 2200: Major Social and Political Theories, Instructor, Fall 2020 

University of Louisville 
Philosophy 219: Sex and Values, Instructor, Fall 2020 

Western University 

Philosophy 2062G: Power, Oppression, and Privilege, Co-Instructor with Carolyn McLeod, Winter 2021
Philosophy 2073G: Death, Teaching Assistant to Ryan Robb, Winter 2020 
Philosophy 2720G: Ethics and Professionalism, Guest Lecturer, Winter 2020

Philosophy 3810F/Law 5850A: Justice, Teaching Assistant to Andrew Botterell, Fall 2019.

Philosophy 2062G: Power, Privilege and Oppression, Teaching Assistant, Winter 2019

Philosophy 1305F: Questions of the Day, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2019

WSFR 1020: Introduction to Women's Studies and Feminist Research, Teaching Assistant, Fall/Winter 2019

University of Colorado, Boulder 

Philosophy 3140: Environmental Ethics, Teaching Assistant, Spring 2017

Philosophy 4260: Philosophy of Law, Guest Lecturer, Spring 2017

Philosophy 1000: Introduction to Philosophy, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2016

University of Louisville 

Philosophy of Mental Illness, Guest Lecturer, Spring 2016

Ethics, Guest Lecturer, Spring 2016

Medical Ethics, Guest Lecturer, Spring 2016

Biology 262: Anatomy and Physiology II, Supplemental Instructor, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Our Moral Obligations to [Non-Human] Animals, K-12 Public Schools, London, ON, January 2020-March 2020
Playing God: The Ethics of Human Subjects Research, Johns Hopkins Center For Talented Youth Program, at Princeton University, Princeton NJ, Summer 2020 [Course cancelled due to COVID-19]. 

Sample Syllabi:

Sample Bioethics Syllabus: Here 

Sample Political Philosophy Syllabus: Here 

Sample Philosophy of Sex Syllabus: Here

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