My goal as a teacher is to invite students into the practice of philosophy in a way that makes this type of systematic reflection relevant to students’ lives. To do so, I strive to meet two objectives in each course. First, I encourage students to consider how the questions we study connect to issues that matter to them beyond the classroom. I encourage students to apply the theories we study to real world problems and to critically examine their own considered judgments in light of each philosopher’s argument. Second, my courses are designed to cultivate students’ critical thinking skills. I incorporate writing workshops, close reading exercises, and structured discussions of the texts into each course. In discussions, I encourage students to engage the points their classmates raise and to situate their own position in response to both their peers and the texts we are studying. Learning how to charitably interpret and respond to a diverse range of positions is one of the most important skills I hope students can take out of my classroom and into their broader lives.
Currently, I work in Georgetown's Ethics Lab on a team designing ways to enhance ethics education by using creative methodologies to encourage active learning and promote connections between ethical theory and its real world application. We develop exercises designed to immerse students in complex moral problems in new ways. We also partner with faculty across Georgetown to draw out moral implications of topics studied in courses as diverse as International Affairs, Environmental Chemistry, and the Global Executive Masters of Business Administration. In addition to teaching my own courses, I design and deliver mini-ethics and social justice units for a variety of courses across Georgetown at the undergraduate and graduate level.
You can see more details on my work with Georgetown's Ethics Lab here. Please see the following links for a list of courses I have taught and a brochure I designed with my colleague, Michael Hannon, to recruit undergrad philosophy majors and minors at Fordham.