• Associate Professor (Lecturer), Honors College

Teaching Philosophy

I have always been deeply interested in a vareity of artistic mediums.  In my studies and practice I have sought to grapple with the specific capacities and limitations of individual mediums, and to find ways to combine them without losing sight of their specificity. Simultaneously, I have tried to find ways to reinterpret apparent chaos, messiness and accident as alternative forms of order.

As a teacher, I endeavor to work along similar lines.  My aim is to read creatively, and to help students to do the same.  I see texts - whether literary, philosophical, or scientific - as works of art produced in frequently unfamiliar, initially unreadable styles. Such works can occasion a range of subjective responses - bewilderment, frustration, boredom.  The challenge I accept is to identify the unique capacities and incapacities, the insights and oversights, of individual texts, and make reading the unfamiliar a bracing, rewarding, and empowering activity.  

I greatly enjoy meeting and working with students.  Consequently, my classes are discussion-intensive, ideally functioning more as seminars than lectures. Without losing contact with the syllabus, I try to allow the particularity of each group to determine the direction of our conversations.  I hope students will enjoy the casual and lively atmosphere I try to foster within the classroom, and find it an important part of their total university experience.