Teaching

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I enjoy teaching, and consider it an essential complement to my research: I think more clearly and precisely about material that I engage with as a teacher. I have taught in a range of settings, from Oxford’s tutorial system, to undergraduate seminars at the University of Chicago, to a larger and more diverse group of students here at Hunter. My training as an actor and improviser enable me to communicate vividly and adapt flexibly to the flow of a discussion and my enthusiasm for teaching has translated into excellent responses from my students. In my last year at the University of Chicago, and again this spring at Hunter College, more than half the students in every one of my classes gave me the highest possible ranking in every area of evaluation. Written comments repeatedly emphasize my strengths as an engaging and passionate teacher, and one that prompts deep reflection in my students. I make an effort to make my classes inclusive and welcoming to students from a range of backgrounds. For example, the introductory course I taught this spring aimed to reflect at least somewhat the diversity of Hunter’s student body by bringing in several texts from outside the Western philosophical tradition. I also take care to ensure that female philosophers are well represented on my syllabi.

LIST OF COURSES TAUGHT

CUNY Hunter College

Spring 2019 (scheduled)

Aesthetics

Introduction to Philosophy

Fall 2018

Games, Play, and Philosophy

Philosophy, Literature, and Life

Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Spring 2018

Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophy, Literature, and Life

Wittgenstein

Fall 2018

Humans and Other Animals

Heidegger

Twentieth-Century Philosophy

 

University of Chicago

Spring 2017

The Philosophy of Games and Play 

2013–17

Human Being and Citizen (year-long seminar covering major works in Western philosophy and literature)

 

Oxford Tutorials

2012–13

General Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind for first-years)

Early Modern Philosophy (Descartes to Hume)

Post-Kantian Philosophy (Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre)

Later Wittgenstein

Aesthetics

2010

Later Wittgenstein

Frege, Russell, Early Wittgenstein

2009

Schopenhauer and Nietzsche

General Philosophy

Wittgenstein and Heidegger

 

McMaster University

Winter 2012

Technology & Society II (interdisciplinary animal studies)