Ethicist

Curriculum Vitae

I taught Ethics and Philosophy continuously between the years 2000 and 2006.  My last teaching position was at the National Naval Medical Center, where I was employed by Central Texas College Department of Philosophy to teach “Introduction to Philosophy”. The class was a review of major philosophical figures, including Plato, Augustine, Descartes, and Nietzsche. Special attention was given to writing instruction and assistance. These military students were among the hardest working students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching.

The teaching experience that had the greatest impact on me was definitely the semester I taught inmates at Lorton Federal Prison in Lorton, Virginia. As an adjunct of the Georgetown University School for Summer & Continuing Education, I taught 18-20 inmates, of a variety of ages, the following texts:  Plato’s Apology, Crito, and Symposium, Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and excerpts from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.  This class centered on readings, our once-a-week discussions, and several writing assignments. I was very impressed by the commitment of my students in this class; they did their readings and came to class prepared to talk. They wrote out their assignments long-hand on the paper I provided to them. They relished having a venue for their intellectual opinions. This class is still my personal touchstone reminding me to never take education for granted.