I am Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Graceland University. My main research areas are 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.
I have recently published ‘What do we do About Religious Disagreement?’ in Philosophy of Western Religions: An Open Educational Resource and ‘God, Morality, and Religion’ in Introduction to Ethics: An Open Educational Resource (jointly published in Religions).
The courses I teach cover a variety of topics in philosophy, including ethics, applied ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of religion. I am currently teaching Reason and Religion, Environmental Ethics, and an interdisciplinary course, First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking. In Spring, I will teach World Philosophy and Philosophy of Death and Dying.
In 2018, I was awarded a Grant for Innovations in Teaching by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. With this support, I am working on a project evaluating the effectiveness of alternative assessments in Philosophy courses. Another 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.
APA Central: Presenter, 'Material Problems for Immaterialism', February 20, 2019.
Discussion Group at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame (Invited), April 5, 2019.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign History and Philosophy Convocation: Invited Speaker, May 11, 2019.
Logos Conference: Chair for ‘Reconciliation and the Jewish Question, or Is Reconciliation Good for the Jews?’ by Amy-Jill Levine, June 8, 2019.
Illinois Philosophical Association: Presenter, ‘Immortality and Immaterialism’, November 9, 2019.
Humanities Career Exploration Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Invited Discussant (via Skype), November 12, 2019.