I am a Professor of Teaching in the Philosophy Department at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. In Philosophy I teach courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, and Feminist Theory. I have also taught in a first-year, team-taught, interdisciplinary program at UBC Vancouver called Arts One. I have been Chair of the Arts One program in 2010-2012, and again in 2015-2017.
I am also the Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC Vancouver (since July 2018).
Previous to coming to UBC (in July of 2004), I taught for four years as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin–part of the University of Wisconsin Colleges system.
The teaching part of doing Philosophy has always been what energizes me the most, and what I enjoy spending the most time doing. As a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, I jumped at the chance to teach my own courses as soon as I could, and I also took a job at another university in Austin on the side, in order to get further teaching experience. In my position at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County, I enjoyed being in an atmosphere where teaching quality is a priority. I continually worked to reach the level of teaching excellence displayed in my peers there.
When I came to the University of British Columbia I was pleased to be able to take on a position in the faculty stream that is focused on teaching. We have two tenure-track streams for faculty at UBC: one focused on teaching and research (Assistant, Asssociate, & full Professor), and one focused on teaching and educational leadership (Instructor, Sr. Instructor, Professor of Teaching). I am happy that I can spend most of my time focused on teaching and learning!