I am Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Graceland University. My main research interests include Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion, and I am also interested in Environmental Ethics. My primary area of inquiry is personal ontology, specifically how puzzles in ordinary object metaphysics threaten materialist personal ontologies.
The courses I teach cover a variety of issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and ethics. I'm currently teaching Finding Peace in Identity, Environmental Ethics, and an interdisciplinary course, First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking. In Spring, I will teach World Philosophy and Social Dimensions of Equality.
One of my continuing projects is designing and facilitating pedagogy workshops for my peers. I'm particularly interested in the use of rubrics and active learning strategies as means to enhance learning.
Recent and Upcoming Events:
AAPT Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, Presenter, 'Fostering an Active Learning Environment in the Philosophy Classroom', July 26, 2018.
Pedagogy Workshop: 'Active Learning for Student Engagement', Facilitator, CETL, 3pm on September 12, 2018.
Minnesota Philosophical Society: Presenter, ‘Material Problems for Immaterialism’, October 13, 2018.
Illinois Philosophical Association: Presenter, ‘Material Problems for Immaterialism’, November 2-3, 2018.
APA Central: Presenter, 'Material Problems for Immaterialism', February 2019.
Discussion Group at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame (Invited), April 5, 2019.