Involvements

Here you can find out more about things I am involved with at Arizona State.

Barrett, The Honors College. Barrett is the widely praised and highly regarded Honors College of Arizona State University. During their senior year, Barrett Honors students majoring in philosophy complete an extensive two-semester undergraduate thesis and defend it before a committee. I have served as thesis advisor and as second reader for a number of honors theses. Additionally, students in my courses who are part of the honors college may take on special honors "contract" projects in order to receive honors credit for the course. Honors Students do a great deal of independent research, and as a result I get to learn a lot of new things!

The LEAD project. LEAD is a first-year student success initiative at Arizona State University operated by the office of the University Provost. The LEAD program pairs students into cohorts of 20-30 peers who take a set of classes together in their first two semesters. These courses are designed to bolster the skills essential to doing well throughout their time at the University and to allow for greater student-faculty interaction. The program has proven successful at boosting student retention and outcomes. A key part of the LEAD project is a course in Principles of Sound Reasoning (PHI 103) which all LEAD students take in the Spring Semester, focused on principles of logical argumentation. This is a recognition of the immense value of logic and philosophical thinking for all majors in all disciplines, and past students have found the training pays off in future semesters. I have the privilege of teaching this course in 2016 and 2018.

Graduate Philosophical Society. I serve as the faculty co-advisor for the Graduate Philosophical Society, consisting of the Ph.D. and M.A. students in Philosophy in SHPRS and SOLS at Arizona State. The graduate students host an annual graduate philosophy conference which continues to be a great success.

Adaptive Learning Systems. I am part of work to develop an adaptive learning system for an introductory logic course at Arizona State. The adaptive learning system is an electronic "textbook", which 'learns' from student imput and allows students to quickly and easily identify and correct gaps in their understanding.

University Technology Office Research. I've participated in a number of educational technology research projects with the University Technology Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS-UTO) meant to enhance the use of technology in education. Most recently, this included participating in a Learning Managament System (LMS) review and pilot project in 2016-2017 to test the effectiveness of an alternative LMS in a series of two live classes. I have also presented at the CLAS "Demofest", which showcases new uses of technology to enhance the learning experience, and participated in EdPlus research.