As a learner-centered teacher of philosophy, I seek to help my students not only master philosophical content, but also learn the skills they need to do philosophy. I also strive to help them develop valuable dispositions that shape how they will engage with ideas, their own learning processes, and other people, both in the classroom and in the world beyond it. In my teaching, I apply the principles of integrated course design - where learning objectives, day-to-day learning activities, and assessment tasks are transparently aligned - in order to create enjoyable and meaningful learning experiences for students.
My approach to teaching philosophy has been heavily influenced by the training I've received from the wonderful members of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT). I have attended a number of AAPT events, including the 2016 (four-day) Seminar on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy. In January 2017, I organized an AAPT workshop at the University of Michigan for philosophy teachers from Southeast Michigan, and beyond.
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of Michigan, 2018
Awarded annually to twenty graduate student instructors across Rackham Graduate School's 180+ graduate programs who demonstrate extraordinary dedication, creativity, and skill as teachers. Nominations are collected by departments (1-2 per department), and recipients are selected based on student evaluations, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of teaching philosophy.
John Dewey Prize, University of Michigan, 2017
Awarded annually by the philosophy department to one graduate student who has shown excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Dean's Citation for Excellence in Tutorials, University of Sydney, 2012
Awarded annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to teachers who display excellence in tutorial teaching. This award is specifically designed to encourage and reward innovative, evidence-based, and reflective teaching. Recipients are selected based on student evaluations and commendations, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.
Teaching Experience (sole instructor)
Fall 2018: Philosophical Questions, Amherst College (introductory class, 25 students)
Fall 2018: Morality and the Emotions, Amherst College (upper-level seminar, 20 students)
Summer 2018: Ethics, Race, and Gender, University of Michigan (introductory class, 45 students)
Summer 2016: Philosophical Dimensions of Personal Decisions, University of Michigan (introductory class, 41 students)
Summer 2012: Philosophy of Happiness, University of Sydney (intermediate course, 75 students, responsible for both lectures and 3 discussion sections of 25 students)
For information about my experience as a discussion section leader, please see my CV and/or teaching portfolio.
If you'd like to know more about my teaching, you can view my teaching portfolio. It contains: further information about my pedagogical training and experience, my statement of teaching philosophy, student evaluations, and some sample syllabi.