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

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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. During the 2019-2020 academic year, I will teach two new courses: Reason and Religion 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 will pursue a project evaluating the effectiveness of alternative assessments in Philosophy courses. A continuing project 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. 

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