"Like most students in high school, I didn't know much about philosophy. I knew some guy named Socrates was involved with the field, and there was also a lot of talking that went on. I began my undergraduate studies here at UNI in 1995 with a major in history. Needing to fulfill some electives, I signed up for a couple philosophy courses — one introductory course and another on Karl Marx. Within a short period of time I had declared a second major. Philosophy is the field that discusses the most important topics that pertain to human existence: reality, truth, religion, art, ethics, politics, and many others. Fast-forward a few years and I now teach the Humanities I/II/III sequence of courses at UNI. These courses provide a survey of the history, literature, religion, philosophy, and art of the Western world. In my sections I stress that part of what it is to be a citizen (as opposed to just an individual) is to understand and appreciate what we have received from previous generations."
MA, Philosophy, University of Montana
BA, History and Philosophy, University of Northern Iowa
|Research and Teaching Interests:|
Environmental Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Humanities
|Regularly Taught Classes:||Humanities I, II, and III|
Understanding and Addressing Environmental Problems, Self-Published, 2009. [short book]
"An Introduction to Environmental Ethics," Religious Education Series. February 5, 2012. Cedar Valley Unitarian Universalists. Cedar Falls, IA. [public talk]
"The Scope and Limits of an Ethics Course," Kirkwood Faculty Lecture Series. September 21, 2010. Kirkwood Community College. Iowa City, IA. [public talk]
"The Theme of Rest in the Works of Saint Augustine," Iowa Philosophical Association Annual Conference. November 5, 2005. Simpson College. Indianola, IA. [conference paper]
"The Influence of Meister Eckhart on Henry Bugbee," What Welcomes Thought: The Philosophical Legacy of Henry Bugbee Conference. June 16-17, 2005. University of Montana. Missoula, MT. [conference paper]
"I was an adjunct instructor at Kirkwood Community College from 2001-2011, and in 2005 I received the Kirkwood Difference Maker Award. It is a prestigious teaching award based on nominations from students."