I currently assist with course design through the Virtues and Vocations Project at the University of Notre Dame, and I am also a pedagogy contributor at the Blog of the American Philosophical Association, the Daily Nous, PEA Soup, and The Philosopher’s Cocoon. Previously, I was the Mellon Course Design Coordinator for the Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, and, before that, I began my career as an educator in Mississippi with Teach for America. Below, you will find a summary of my work on course design along with links to my popular teaching contributions.
Virtues and Vocations
Virtues and Vocations is a national forum for scholars and practitioners across disciplines to consider how best to cultivate character in pre-professional and professional education. My role with the project focuses on coaching faculty across disciplines through the process of creating virtue-centered courses, and our faculty-training workshops have now established character-related classes at over 25 colleges and universities. For more information about project along with how to get involved, check out our list of upcoming events.
APA Seed Grants for the MAP Mentoring Program
Although the diversity of philosophy is increasing at the undergraduate level, there is still a significant gap between the percentage of underrepresented students that major in philosophy and the percentage that complete PhDs. In order to bridge this gap, this project created three seed chapters of the Minorities and Philosophy Mentoring Program, an initiative that pairs underrepresented undergraduate students with graduate student mentors for support applying to graduate school.
AAPT Innovation in Teaching Grant
Mellon Course Design Coordinator
I worked with the Philosophy as a Way of Life Mellon Initiative, supervising a 10+ person team to create new Philosophy as a Way of Life courses at 13 colleges and universities, including Wesleyan University, Florida State University, and Boise State University, with the course at Wesleyan featured in the New York Times. To learn more about our course redesigns, feel free to read one of our case studies: (1) Living a Good Life at Wesleyan University, (2) Philosophy as a Way of Life at Florida State University, and (3) God and the Good Life at Boise State University.
Teach for America
Before graduate school, I was a full-time mathematics instructor with Teach for America, an organization that places highly-qualified teachers in low-income school districts. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the average mathematics ACT score of my classes rose from a 17.5 at the beginning of the academic year to a 22.4 at year’s end. For these efforts, I received the Rotary Award for Excellence in Education Service in 2012 and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in 2012 and 2013. Full student benchmark data for my time with Teach for America can be found here.
Popular Teaching Contributions
- Learning to Live, Not Just to Think: How Philosophy is Changing Lives at Notre Dame | Blog of the APA, with Blake Ziegler, Evan Dutmer, Haley Dutmer, and Paul Blaschko
- Philosophical Dialogue 101: Building PWOL Communities | Blog of the APA, with Zac Odermatt
- Civic Virtue as an Antidote to Political Polarization | Good Thought
- Degrees of Rationality | New Work in Philosophy
- What Makes a Course Effective? | Blog of the APA
- Character in Times of Crisis | Good Work
- How Do I Know if I am Improving at Online Teaching? | The Philosophers' Cocoon
- Education, Entrepreneurship, and Character | Good Work
- What Makes a Course Engaging? | Blog of the APA
- Creating Community in the Online Format | Philosophy, Ethics, Academia
- Undergraduate Philosophy Club: Florida State University | Blog of the APA, with Dan Crook
- How Should We Grade Students During a Pandemic? | Daily Nous
- No Online, Ed-Tech Tool Will Save the Fall Semester | Blog of the APA