Teaching

Teaching at a small liberal arts college means I get to teach a broad range of classes - including fifteen courses abroad in the last ten years.  Most years I teach two courses abroad, one in Central America in January and a short one in Greece over our spring break. I have also taught a monthlong nature-writing course in Alaska for Middlebury College.

It's a lot of work to prepare new classes on a regular basis, but teaching new classes means I get to continue to be a student, so I regularly add courses on new topics.

Here are some courses I am currently developing (or currently teaching):
  • How To Make Your Ideas Clear: Thinking Like Cicero And Plutarch  (Fall 2016)
  • How To Begin To Solve "Wicked Problems" in Environmental Ethics and Policy (Spring 2017)
  • Toolmaking, Tool-Design, and Problem-Solving (TBD)

Here's some of what I've taught:

General Philosophy and History of Philosophy:
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • American Philosophy
  • Asian Philosophy (focus on Classical China)
  • Contemporary American Pragmatism  
  • Critical Thinking (Informal Logic)
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Plato and Aristotle 

Philosophy of Religion:
  • Philosophy of Religion 
  • Philosophy and Theology in Dialogue
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Literature: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

Ecology and Environmental Philosophy:
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Ecology  (team-taught)
  • Tropical Ecology and Spanish Immersion (team-taught in Guatemala and Belize)
  • Nature-writing: Trout, Salmon, and Char in Alaska (team-taught course for Middlebury College, summer 2015)

Classics:
  • Classical Greek Language I, II and IV
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Plato and Aristotle

Ethics:
  • The Question of Justice, From Plato to Genesis to Job
  • Contemporary Moral Issues 
  • Media Ethics
  • Business Ethics
 
Aesthetics:
  • Visual Culture and the Sacred: Creative Acts of Resistance and Redemption in Art, Film, and New Media (team-taught)

Courses Abroad:
  • Greece: Tracing the Roots of Western Civilization (focusing on Parthenon and ethics of antiquities, often with stops in Rome or London) 
  • Nicaragua: Globalization and Economics
  • Guatemala and Belize: Tropical Ecology: Neotropical Forests and Barrier Reef 

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