I consider teaching to be among the most rewarding work that I do. I currently hold a Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, and I recently received a 2019 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. This is the highest teaching honor in the School of Arts and Sciences. It “seeks 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:

PHIL 001: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 002: Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 003: History of Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 008: The Social Contract
PHIL 030: Democracy and the Power of Rhetoric
PHIL 072: Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 211: Ancient Moral Philosophy
PHIL 277: Justice, Law and Morality

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:

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. I currently lead a team at the (Title 1) Benjamin B. Comegys School in West Philadelphia, where we discuss philosophical issues with middle-school students, developing a curriculum that will eventually be implemented at other schools throughout the district.