I am a recent PhD from the University of St. Thomas, in Houston TX. I taught as an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas from 2013-16, and at the Wentworth Institute of Technology from 2016-17. Working with students, both in a classroom setting and one-on-one, is a job I love. My lessons are always challenging, but I strive also to make them engaging, interesting, and relevant. I have a strong emphasis on improving my students' ability to write and deepen their r... [more]
I teach as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. My students are required to write several papers per semester, and often meet with me individually in order to improve their writing abilities. I have additionally taught grammar and writing for high school students at a home school co-op, and have produced my own textbook on the subject with a substantial focus on grammar. Additionally, I studied English literature as an undergraduate, and have privately tutored peers and students for many years. I emphasize the need to understand the use of language in terms of wholes and parts, and thereby show the integration of grammatical knowledge into the overall intellectual pursuit.
As a student, a professor, and a generally technologically-inclined individual, I have spent years using Microsoft Office products, especially Microsoft Word. In the preparation of documents for publication, including my own dissertation and a grammar textbook, I have learned the nuances and features of the program thoroughly, including its uses for purposes of presentation and formatting for different style sheets.
I previously taught as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas and now teach at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. My students are required to write several papers per semester, and often meet with me individually in order to improve their writing abilities. I additionally taught grammar and writing for exceptional middle and high-school students with a home school co-op from 2011-16, with a focus on simultaneously improving reading comprehension, and have produced my own textbook on the subject. Additionally, I studied English literature as an undergraduate, and have privately tutored peers and students for many years. I have one published book, another on the way, and several articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.
I work with my students on their command of the English language both through written and spoken assignments. This includes, but is not limited to, discerning the functions of the parts of speech, understanding the role of syntax, studying the rules of grammar and the principles of style, and both broadening and deepening one's vocabulary. I have employed these methods both as an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas, in teaching at a local home school co-op, and now as an Adjunct at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Government & Politics
As an undergraduate student, I minored in history, in the course of which I took several classes which focused on United States government and political theory in general. I also participated in many seminars on political thought. I have also taken a graduate course on political philosophy and theory.
I have spent many years supplementing my income by doing web design and development as a side business. HTML was the first programming language I ever learned, and I have used it for well over a decade. As an undergraduate student, I led a three week seminar for fellow students, teaching them how to design their own websites using HTML.
As an undergraduate student, I majored in English literature (and philosophy), and have a deep love for the great works written in and translated into English. From Homer to Dostoevsky, Shakespeare to Chinua Achebe, and Shusaku Endo to George Orwell, I keep the habit of regularly reading and studying literature to this day. I encourage students to read literature both in its historical context and the tradition in which it was composed, as well as by critically examining the themes, methods, and structures through which great works communicate perennial truths and insights.
As an undergraduate student, I minored in history. I have always found the study of great ideas, great events, and great human beings to be an essential aspect of educational development. As a graduate student in philosophy, I have often enriched my understanding of philosophical teachings by studying the historical contexts in which they were developed. In the converging global culture of today, it remains important for students to understand the diverse cultures and traditions of different countries and societies--which requires that we know their history. Therefore, I emphasize not so much the memorization of dates and names, but an understanding of the significance of historical events, which I find to be a more effective method of learning than simply parroting a timeline.