I consider teaching to be among the most rewarding work that I do. During the 2018-19 academic year, I held a Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. I also received a 2019 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. This is the highest teaching honor in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. It aims to “recognize teaching that is intellectually rigorous, exceptionally coherent, and that has considerable impact upon students.”

To date, I have either taught or assisted with teaching the following courses:

Ancient Moral Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics
Democracy and the Power of Rhetoric
History of Ancient Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Justice, Law and Morality
The Social Contract

I would be excited to teach all of these courses in the future, as well as additional courses in the history of philosophy, ethics, logic, and political philosophy. A complete teaching portfolio (including syllabi and course evaluations) is available upon request.

In addition to my formal teaching, I have organized and run a number of teaching-related workshops in my capacity as a fellow for teaching excellence, as well as in connection with the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. The following is a sample of such workshops:

Karen Detlefsen: Teaching Philosophy to Pre-College Students
Susan Sauvé Meyer: Designing and Teaching an Online Course
Brian Reese: Establishing Clear Expectations for Written Work
Errol Lord: Using Office Hours Effectively
Bryan Van Norden: Teaching (and Learning From) Chinese Philosophy
Brian Reese: Engaging with the Community in Your Future Teaching
Lisa Miracchi: Wellness Advising
Michael Weisberg: Media in the Classroom
Daniel Singer: Effective Lecturing

I have also been working with Karen Detlefsen for the past two years on a community engagement pilot program aimed at outreach for at-risk and underserved children. This initiative is now part of Penn’s Project for Philosophy for the Young. During the 2018-19 academic year, I led a team at the (Title 1) Benjamin B. Comegys School in West Philadelphia, where we discussed philosophical issues with middle-school students, developing a curriculum that will eventually be implemented at schools throughout the district.