About the author: I’m an educator and avid reader.
My research interests are in Ethics, Political Philosophy (& politics), Moral Psychology, and Pedagogy (teaching and learning strategies). You might notice a theme here: these fields & sub-fields all complement one another. Before moving to Utah, I received a B.A. in 2006 from Washington & Jefferson College, an M.A. in 2007 from the University of Chicago, and, in 2013, I received M.S. in Philosophy from the University of Utah. Believe it or not, I’ve actually become more practical through those years of study. Were I to return to the academy, it would be for a Ph.D. either in public policy, foreign policy, or educational policy. I’m most interested in the practical applications of careful academic research. The theories in these areas remain compelling, yet I am always reminded of Kant’s warning that theory without experience is empty and experience without theory is blind.
In recent years, I have taught on a part-time basis at the University of Utah, at the local community college, and at Utah Valley University. My day job is in elementary education. I have a passion for teaching and for continued learning.
My own liberal arts education broadened my horizons and helped me to understand that the more I learn about the world, the more there is to learn about it. I’m genuinely enthusiastic about learning and about helping others to gain knowledge about the world.
Apart from honing my teaching skills, I’m an avid hockey fan and recreational ice hockey player. Our recreational team won the championship in 2013 and I currently manage and coach the team for which I’m playing. I root for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but I like the sport enough to watch the teams that aren’t the Pens. I love living in the Rockies and try to get in as much hiking, skiing, and snowboarding as I am able. I’m toying with the idea of becoming a professional hiking guide. In 2012, I was most challenged by Mt Olympus in the Wasatch Mountains; I’m still hankering for my first 13’er, King’s Peak – the highest peak in Utah and about a 4-day excursion. My long-term hiking goal is to cover the Washington and Oregon sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. I’d also like to spend some time hiking Glacier National Park and the Colorado Trail.
I also really enjoy traveling by aeroplane and by train, and I spend as little money as possible in my adopted hometown so I can visit someplace new and exciting each year. My favorite destination so far has been Switzerland (photos from my Matterhorn hike pictured above), and my favorite “I’d love to live there” destination was Germany. I also like sitting on beaches and reading The Economist news magazine – preferably simultaneously.