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.
The courses I teach cover a variety of topics in philosophy. I am currently teaching World Philosophy and Social Dimensions of Equality. In Fall I taught Finding Peace in Identity, Environmental Ethics, and an interdisciplinary course, First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking. 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. 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.
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.