‘The joy of learning’, Simone Weil writes of education, ‘is as indispensable in study as breathing in running’. How, then, to involve joy in the classroom? My pedagogy responds to this question. I present the classroom as a space of mutual respect, including careful disagreement and a willingness to affirm as well as to challenge one another’s ideas. In particular, I have observed that joy is present in learning when students grow through (1) frequent, reflective writing, (2) careful inquiry about texts, and (3) developing their own philosophical positions.
My full Teaching Statement is available upon request.
As Instructor of Record
ETH 201 — Contemporary Moral Problems: Decolonial Ethics. University of Toronto. Spring 2021.
ETH 230 — Morality in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Human Rights and Migration. University of Toronto. Spring 2021.
PHIL 116 — Introduction to Bioethics: Biomedicine, Culture, Death. Emory University. Fall 2018.
As Teaching Assistant (Co-Teacher)
PHIL 115 — Introduction to Ethics (Instructor of Record: Dr. Michael Sullivan). Emory University. Spring 2018.
As Teaching Assistant (Grader)
PHIL 200 — Ancient Greek & Medieval Philosophy (Instructor of Record: Dr. Jeremy Bell). Emory University. Fall 2017.
I wrote this Tip Sheet for philosophy à la other tip sheets for writers. I invite feedback on what has worked for your students and how you might modify my suggestions.