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 received view that philosophers are white, non-disabled, and brilliant cis-male persons. That stereotype often creates a psychological barrier for students who do not identify with that description. Many students are reluctant to actively join in-class discussions due to their fear of not appearing smart enough. Sometimes, students give up on assignments and exams too early because they do not believe hard work or practice can make any difference in their achievements.

Some small measures, such as diversifying means of participation, utilizing low-stake assignments, allowing students to take online quizzes multiple times, and encouraging peer assistance on various occasions, were effective in securing a student’s self-confidence.

In the past, I tended to hold the belief that good teachers are born. Ironically, that misguided belief propelled my journey toward obtaining new teaching skills and broadening my perspective on what it means to teach well. I now have extensive training in teaching and pedagogy and earned many teaching credentials. I will continue to learn and expand my teaching competency.

Instructor of Record

Mount Royal University

Critical Thinking (2022 Fall)

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)

 

Science and Philosophy (2018 Summer)

  • Class size: 33 students

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

  • Course outline (PDF)

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