Teaching

Below is a list of courses I am teaching or have taught. For courses I have already finished teaching, I have included course descriptions, syllabi, and (when available) teaching evaluations, and I have also included a summary of my teaching evaluations for all of the courses for which I was a teaching assistant at UC Riverside.


Washington University in St. Louis

Environmental Ethics, Fall 2018 (two sections)

Present Moral Problems, Fall 2018


Porterville College

The Ethics of Living and Dying (Online), Spring 2018

A philosophical yet practical approach to some of the major medical-ethical problems facing human beings today, such as: what patients should be told, the nature and importance of informed consent, the meaning and criteria for living, dying, and death including caring for the dying and allowing to die, mercy death, and mercy killing. Permeating these problems will be a study of the basis for ethical relationships among human beings through a study of what morality is, consequentialist and non-consequentialist theories of morality, and how to set up an ethical system. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship of professional and the well to the sick, dying and bereaved.

Syllabus


UC Riverside

Introduction to Logic, Summer 2017

This course provides a basic introduction to sentential (i.e., propositional) logic. We begin with the basic notions of argument, validity, and inference. We then learn how to symbolize arguments in natural languages like English by translating them into a formal language, the language of sentential logic. Sentential logic is the logic of truth functions, which serves as the basis of other logics. (Truth functions are also crucial to a number of other fields, especially computer science, linguistics, and mathematics.) The core of the course is learning sentential logic. The system comes in two parts. The first part is truth tables, which give the meanings of the truth functional connectives and can be used to establish a number of logical properties that sentences and sets of sentences have. The second part is the proof theory of sentential logic, where we learn to construct derivations that prove the validity of certain inferences.

Logic is a field of study on its own and the logic of sentential logic is the entry ticket into that field. Moreover, in addition to its centrality to the disciplines already mentioned, the material covered in this course has broader application, as it is key to problem solving in general and being a good critical reasoner. One place where this application is most apparent is with the logical reasoning and logic game questions on the LSAT exam required for entry into most law schools. We will end the course with a discussion of these problems, practicing applying some of the more abstract and formal techniques learned earlier in the course to these problems, and with a discussion of the limits of sentential logic.

Syllabus

UC Riverside, Summer 2017 — Scale out of 5 (Highest)

Teaching Overall

Course Overall

Instructor’s Enthusiasm

My Average

5.00

4.91

5.00

Department Average

4.70

4.64

4.84

Campus Average

4.38

4.33

4.55

Official records: numerical and comments


Mortal Questions, Summer 2015

In this course, we will carefully consider some of the central philosophical questions pertaining to the metaphysics and ethics of mortality. The first half of the course will focus on issues that more directly pertain to death itself—whether we are mortal, whether death can be bad for the one who dies, whether it is rational to fear death—and the second half of the course will focus on (apparently) related issues—whether immortality is desirable, what gives meaning to life, and whether we have free will.

Syllabus

UC Riverside, Summer 2015 — Scale out of 5 (Highest)

Teaching Overall

Course Overall

Instructor’s Enthusiasm

My Average

4.90

4.80

4.90

Department Average

4.50

4.40

4.70

Campus Average

4.40

4.30

4.50

Official records: numerical and comments


Summary of Teaching Assistant Evaluations

UC Riverside, Fall 2014–Fall 2017 (10 Classes Total) — Scale out of 7 (Highest)

Teaching Overall Encourages Participation

Encourages and Respects Diverse Perspectives

My Average

6.60

6.48

6.60

Department Average

6.16

6.12

6.31

Campus Average

6.10

6.03

6.22

Official records: numerical and comments