Teaching

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CLASSES TAUGHT OR CLASSES THAT I WILL TEACH (AS LEAD INSTRUCTOR)

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

German Idealism (forthcoming, Spring 2022)

Values and Public Life Seminar (Fall 2020-Spring 2021)*

* In this seminar, I worked with six amazing seniors completing a Certificate in Values and Public Life for the University Center for Human Values.  They all produced impressive work on wide-ranging topics involving normative topics.

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

Dystopian Dreams – Utopian Ideals (Spring 2019)*

* For this course, I was awarded a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship prize.

The Good, the Bad, and the Guilty (Winter 2016)

TOWSON UNIVERSITY

Introduction to Ethics (Spring 2018)

CLASSES TAUGHT AS A GRADUATE INSTRUCTOR (AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY)

Introduction to Formal Logic (with Peter Achinstein, Spring 2018)

Introduction to Greek Philosophy (with Richard Bett, x2 Fall 2017 & Fall 2016)

Foundations of Modern Political Philosophy (with Dean Moyar, Spring 2017)

Introduction to Greek Philosophy (with Richard Bett, Fall 2016)

Introduction to Moral Philosophy (with Nandi Theunissen, Spring 2016)

Philosophy of Religion (with Steven Gross, Fall 2015)

Here are some comments left by students on anonymous surveys:

“Alex is just an awesome professor and if I didn’t take this class with him, it probably would have sucked.”

“This class was fun and engaging and Alex was an amazing professor. Class was never dull and he made everyone engaged and wanting to participate. I loved the connections to modern film and writings and how we looked at everything through the lens of the critical philosophical writers. Also, Alex explained everything very well and his charts were amazing.”

“Having you as a TA in freshman year and as a professor in senior year has been incredible! Thanks for making all the difference and being the reason I chose a new minor in philosophy.”

“Sometimes Alex starts off with some lecture to give us context for what we’ve read and what we’re going to talk about. He’s a charismatic, energetic, and truly wonderful teacher and professor. The group dynamics he have set up feel safe, comforting, and encouraging for everyone to continue talking and state their thoughts, and I who normally hate participating find it easy and fun to do in this setting. This is a perfect example of what a philosophy class should be like. Alex answers questions rarely; he instead directs us to lines or concepts in our readings and asks us to think on the answer ourselves, which has always worked so far. Instead of our discussions being fumbling around in the dark, we are given a direction to share our thoughts in. In the latter half of the class all of the small think tanks get together and start talking about what they’ve discussed, and we work out our “philosophical knots” together. It’s such an enlightening and fun class. I can’t even describe how great Alex is. He’s an ineffable amount of good.”

CERTIFICATIONS & TRAININGS

1.  Completed the Johns Hopkins Teaching Academy Certificate of Completion

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

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