Teaching Philosophy

As a scholar in the field of values and science, I learn that expanding the range of what we value within a society can contribute to promoting equality. My teaching has also informed me of the importance of diverse values, identities, backgrounds, and experiences in promoting learning.

One obstacle to student learning I came across in my teaching is the common misconception that women and people of color are not as good at philosophy as white men. I could see that this misconception biases students to believe that their critical thinking ability is innate and fixed rather than something acquired through practice.

In my class, I used several strategies to dispel the common misconception of philosophy as a genius game: diversify means of participation, give low-stake assignments throughout the semester, structure class discussions and assignments in a stepwise manner, and utilize peer assistance on various occasions. These strategies allow students to appreciate the value of making errors and mistakes in a supportive environment.

 

Instructor of Record

Mount Royal University

Critical Thinking (2022 Fall)

  • Class size: 45 students

University of Calgary

Information Technology Ethics (2019 Spring)

  • Class size: 45 students

  • Mean rating of teaching by students: 6.17/7 (43 responses) 

  • Course outline (PDF)

In this course, we explore a number of ethical issues associated with information technology, including privacy, intellectual property, online hate speech, algorithmic decision-making, the meaning of humanity, and the digital divide. All the issues we discuss converge into the consideration of how to stop inequality and discrimination with the use of information technology and to promote social justice in this era. 

Science and Philosophy (2018 Summer)

  • Class size: 33 students

  • Mean rating of teaching by students: 6.21/7 (28 responses)

  • Course outline (PDF)

This course examines a number of important issues in the philosophy of science, including the demarcation problem, the role of objectivity in science, the relationship between indigenous and scientific knowledge, and the role of values in science. 

Teaching Assistantship

University of Calgary

Logic I (2020 Winter)

Mind, Matter and God (2016 Winter/ 2020 Fall)

Integrated Decision Making (Spring 2021), Capstone course for the Master of Management Program