Currently I'm a Lecturer in Philosophy in the Department of Humanities at Indiana University Kokomo. Additionally I'm Director of the Honors Program, Interim Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, and manage the Philosophy minor and act as faculty advisor for the Humanities B.A. degree.
My areas of specialization in philosophy include Eastern philosophy and religion, phenomenology, ethics and philosophy of human nature. I also have areas of competence in environmental ethics, contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy of religion and philosophy of technology. In addition to teaching in philosophy I also co-teach a Freshman Learning community each year that introduces first year students to the relationship between the sciences and humanities.
I have a wide range of interests in philosophy beyond my specializations and competencies including the scholarship of teaching and learning, aesthetics, philosophy of time, love and friendship, philosophy of human nature and philosophy of woman. Basically I consider myself a generalist in philosophy and will happily teach and research in nearly any area of philosophy.
Prior to my work at IU Kokomo I studied and taught in Philosophy at Purdue university. Before to moving to Indiana, I lived in Maine and attended the University of Maine. My studies there focused on philosophy, literature (in particular critical theory), and cultural anthropology (with a focus on mythology). While at UMaine I was also worked as a principle website developer for the University.
At the moment I live in Indiana with three eccentric cats and far too many books. In my spare time I read (fiction and fiction depending on my mood), hike, kayak and travel to visit my family in Maine when I can.
Current Positions at IU Kokomo
Lecturer in Philosophy
Director of the Honors Program
Interim Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Faculty Advisor for the Humanities BA & Philosophy Minor & Philosophy
Areas of Specialization
Eastern philosophy & religions
philosophy of human nature
Areas of Competency
contemporary continental philosophy
philosophy of religion
PHIL P311 - Enviormental Ethics: This course will explore the relationship between human beings and the natural world and evaluate what ethical obligations humans have toward the environment. We’ll study the history of
environmental ethics and evaluate whether the environment has ethical value because it is useful to human beings or because it is valuable in its own right. In doing this we’ll look at theories that can be used to evaluate what ethical obligations (if any) you might have to plants, animals, ecosystems, and the natural world as a whole. The second half of the semester will address specific real world
environmental problems such as wilderness
preservation, population, the ethics of food, the relationship between technology and nature and the role of government in setting environmental ethics policies.
PHIL P100 - Introduction to Philosophy
Do you like to think about weird stuff? If so then this is the right course for you! Philosophers are the
thinkers who have puzzled over the major questions that have bugged human beings through history: Who are we? What is the meaning of existence? What is free will? How should I live? What is knowledge? Are my mind and body separate things? What is the nature of evil? and more. In this course, we will utilize key texts from the history of philosophy to explore these types of questions and develop critical thinking, reasoning and debating skills that will serve you well in this, and every other college course you take.
Freshman Learning Community Part 1: Natural Disasters & Ethics, team taught
In this course, students are introduced to the humanities & the sciences as academic disciplines and world views as part of a Freshman Learning Community. The course theme focuses on natural disasters. We will use various media from the humanities such as literature, film, art & philosophy to examine current & future issues that human beings face. Scientific principles related to each unit will also be addressed.
PHIL P383 - Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy of Good and Evil through Super Heroes and Super Villains
The nature of good and evil is a major topic of debate in philosophy and many other areas of human life. This course will examine the concepts of good and evil through case studies of super heroes and villains in literature, comic books, film and myth.
PHIL P140 - Etihcs
Freshman Learning Community Part 2: Natural Disasters & Ethics, team taught
PHIL P100 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL P223 - Philosophy of Woman
PHIL P330 - Philosophy of Eastern Religions
PHIL P342 - Moral Problems: Love, Friendship & Human Relationships
PHIL P335 - Phenomenology & Existentialism
PHIL P375 - Philosophy of Law
PHIL P383 - Topics in Philosophy: Environmental Ethics
PHIL P383 - Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy of Human Nature
LBST D511 - Graduate Course in Philosophy of Human Nature
LBST D511 - Graduate Course in Phenomenology & Existentialism
HON H399 - Honors Colloquium in Philosophy of Technology
COAS E103 - Freshman Learning Community Part 1 (team taught)
COAS E105 - Freshman Learning Community Part 2 (team taught)