Affiliated Faculty in the Public Service Graduate Program & Education and Outreach Coordinator
Center for Urban Research, Teaching, & Outreach (CURTO) Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
Teaching I have over 10 years of experience in higher education teaching philosophy and professional ethics courses to undergraduate and professional graduate students across departments and colleges. I am passionate about inspiring wonder in my students and preparing them to become Philosophic Co-Creators. In my teaching I do this by facilitating space for students to adventurously and safely try on ideas with one another, to engage meaningfully with a robust canon of historical thinkers, and to identify and analyze their own assumptions in the pursuit of becoming lifelong learners. My project-centered courses invite learners to see the relevance of philosophical problems for their own lives, and empowers them co-create solutions to those problems in design-dialogue and project management with their peers and community stakeholders.
Research My research draws on early 20th century American Philosophers, Jane Addams (1860-1935) and John Dewey (1859-1952), as resources for contemporary problems in social and political philosophy. I am specifically interested in social moral epistemology, political psychology, participatory and organizational democracy, and epistemic inclusion. I have presented on or published articles on topics that include:
Jane Addams’s theory of democracy as social ethics
Jane Addams and John Dewey’s experimentalist social moral epistemology
Philosophy of social psychology (specifically, implicit bias and prejudiced communication)
Aristotle's metaphysics of the emotions
Corporate moral personhood and corporate social responsibility
Organizational leadership and professional ethics
Ignatian Pedagogy for Online Course Management
Philosophy Outreach & Education As many philosophy professors know, philosophy can enrich our students' lives through equipping them to be more thoughtful, critical members of their communities. Something that goes undervalued about philosophy in the current higher education economy, however, is that philosophy can also enhance students' career prospects! How? By equipping them to become more flexible, collaborative, confident, and thoughtful leaders in organizations of all kinds.
I am passionate about developing educational and outreach programming that invites university stakeholders and society to reimagine the many ways that the liberal arts and philosophy remain relevant today. I enact this outreach in many ways.
Building a Brand: By working to build a department "brand" around Philosophic Co-Creation, philosophy and liberal arts departments can invite students, parents, community partners, and university administrators into a appreciation for the many dimensions of philosophy's transformative potential in the changing economy of higher education.
Career Development Programing: Building career development programming that makes space for students to identify and articulate the transferrable skills they are developing in their philosophy courses, and collaborate with one another and community partners to build projects that provide evidence of this on resumes.
Alumni and Workplace Outreach: I am part of a social network of higher education leaders who share my passion to rupture academic isolationism and awaken an appreciation in workplaces and organizations for the value of team members with humanities and philosophy backgrounds. By building connections with alumni and local organizations, students make valuable connections that can deepen their appreciation for their studies in the humanities and strengthen their ability to share that with organizations of all kinds.