“Alex is just an awesome professor and if I didn’t take this class with him, it probably would have sucked.”
~ Anonymous Student Comment
A QUICK THOUGHT ON TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Philosophizing is tough work – but I believe that we all can do it when we put in the work. This truism holds as much for me (as instructor) as it does for students, no matter background or level of experience. The process starts and continues with the humble admission that my first philosophical mentor, Lou, taught me to embrace as a mantra: “I still don’t get it; but I’m trying.”
For the next academic year, I’ll be on a dissertation fellowship. Looking forward to teaching again in the not-too-distant future!
“Dystopian Dreams – Utopian Ideals” at Johns Hopkins University (Awarded the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship)
- A Freshman Seminar in which we explore foundational philosophical questions through dystopias from pop-culture and literature, as well as utopias from the history of philosophy.
“Introduction to Ethics” at Towson University
- What is the good life? What should we do? And why be moral at all?
“The Good, the Bad, and the Guilty” at Johns Hopkins University
- Looking at Karl Jaspers’ seminal lectures, Die Schuldfrage (translated as: The Question of German Guilt), we investigate the nature of guilt and explore its status as a state in our moral psychology in all its possible forms.
GRADUATE INSTRUCTOR EXPERIENCE
Introduction to Formal Logic ~ Spring 2018
Introduction to Greek Philosophy ~ Fall 2017
Foundations of Modern Political Philosophy ~ Spring 2017
Introduction to Greek Philosophy ~ Fall 2016
Introduction to Moral Philosophy ~ Spring 2016
Philosophy of Religion ~ Fall 2015
If there are any former students out there who have stumbled onto this site and would like to get in touch, I’d love to catch up and see where life has taken you! Reach out here.
CERTIFICATIONS & TRAININGS
1. Completed the Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy,
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, Fall 2017 – Spring 2018
2. Teaching Philosophy Workshop
American Association for Philosophy Teachers, Carnegie Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 23, 2015