I am a Professor of Teaching in the Philosophy Department at the University of British Columbia. In Philosophy I teach courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, and Feminist Theory. I also teach in a first-year, team-taught, interdisciplinary program at UBC called Arts One. I have been Chair of the Arts One program in 2010-2012, and again in 2015-2017.
Previous to coming to UBC (in July of 2004), I taught for four years as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin–part of the University of Wisconsin Colleges system.
The teaching part of doing Philosophy has always been what energizes me the most, and what I enjoy spending the most time doing. As a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, I jumped at the chance to teach my own courses as soon as I could, and I also took a job at another university in Austin on the side, in order to get further teaching experience (I was an adjunct instructor at St. Edward’s University in Austin for a few years in the late 1990s). In my position at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County, I enjoyed being in an atmosphere where teaching quality is a priority. I continually worked to reach the level of teaching excellence displayed in my peers there. When I came to the University of British Columbia I was challenged to be teaching larger classes than I was used to in the past, and very bright and dedicated Philosophy majors (UW-Rock County is a 2-year, transfer college of the UW system, and few chose majors before transferring…but I was happy to see that I helped several students choose Philosophy majors in their further university careers).
My position at UBC is focused on and evaluated according to teaching, and the majority of my time is dedicated to that. I continue to be excited about learning how to improve my teaching through better lecturing, discussions, assignments, and considering which new technologies might be most useful in the classroom.