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Teaching 

I have taught a broad selection of courses, both as an instructor of record and as a teaching assistant. I especially enjoy teaching courses connected to climate ethics, the environment, and sustainability. 

My teaching portfolio can be accessed here

Primary Instructor

 

  • Sustainable Business (Spring 2021)

This course examined fundamental problems of moral philosophy in a business context, with a special focus on sustainability. We examined ethical business principles and practices as they relate to the local and global environment, including climate change, and to society and culture. The main question that frames these discussions throughout the semester is, “What responsibilities, if any, do businesses have to create and promote sustainability, both internally and externally?” 

  • Climate Ethics (Spring 2019)

This course was a introduction to the practice of ethical deliberation through the lens of climate change. We considered four dominant traditions in normative ethics: consequentialism, Kantian ethics, virtue ethics, and contractualism. This course applied these ethical theories to moral questions regarding global climate change. Applied ethics turns the answers to normative ethical questions into action-guiding principles. Our ethical theories ought to guide us in our practical deliberation and decision making, providing us with the necessary resources to justify our ethical claims in the context of public discourse and policy making. Thus, we can now ask questions such as, “how do we apply our theory of the good to evaluate the inter-generational consequences of climate change?” and “what makes certain forms of geoengineering morally right or wrong?” 

  • Ethics and Star Trek (Spring 2018)

​This course was an introduction to ethics using science fiction cases. We covered a number of the major ethical theories and supplemented our readings with viewings of classical science fiction media to be used as case studies. We watched one piece of science fiction per week (either film or television series), typically accompanied by 1-2 selected readings on an ethical theme found in the science fiction piece. The format for the class included a lecture and discussion period covering the assigned readings on Tuesdays. On Thursday viewed a media selection as a case study for the week’s readings and follow with a sustained discussion of the case in light of our topics for the week. 

Sample Lecture

Excerpt from Business and Morality (asynchronous/synchronous hybrid)

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A note from a student tucked into the back of their final exam--still my proudest teaching moment. 

White Rocks

Associate Instructor/Teaching Assistant 

  • Associate Instructor, Public Speaking                                                                      Fall 2022

  • Grader and Tutor, Virtue Ethics                                                                                Fall 2021

  • Grader and Tutor, Medieval Philosophy                                                            Spring 2021

  • Associate Instructor, Bioethics                                                                                 Fall 2020

  • Grader and Tutor, Medieval Philosophy                                                                Fall 2020

  • Grader and Tutor, Virtue Ethics                                                                         Spring 2020

  • Grader and Tutor, Medieval Philosophy                                                                 Fall 2019

  • Associate Instructor- Symbolic Logic                                                                      Fall 2018​

  • Research Assistant to Professor Sandra Shapshay                                                  Fall 2017

  • Associate Instructor- Philosophical Methods                                                    Spring 2017

  • Associate Instructor- Introduction to Ethics                                                           Fall 2016

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant- Morality and Justice                                          Spring 2015

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant- Morality and Justice                                               Fall 2014

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant- Knowledge and Reality                                     Spring 2014

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant- Knowledge and Reality                                          Fall 2013             

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