Teaching

Teaching Statement

In the post-pandemic era, where students are experiencing (or recovering from) traumatic circumstances, such as disease, loss of income, unequal healthcare treatment, or racism,  listening is very important when teaching. Listening supports students by providing a space where they can be safely vulnerable; listening can be directive by giving space for students to cultivate inner strength, self-awareness, and wisdom. Listening is also very important for philosophical reflection.

I encourage students be both analytical and open-hearted, so that students can feel safe to test out arguments, critically analyze faults in their reasoning, ultimately to cultivate openness to well-informed ideas. I bring my unique skill set of listening into my classroom, which provides students a space where they are met and adjustments for each students’ needs are made accordingly.


Recent and Upcoming Courses

University of California, Irvine (2022-2023)

Writing 60

Puzzles and Paradoxes

Medical Humanities 1. Health, Wellness, and Conception of the Body

Contemporary Moral Problems


Previous Courses Taught

University of California, Irvine

Medical Epistemology

Summer 2020

This course provides students with an overview of the exciting field of medical epistemology. Based on case-studies drawn from contemporary medical practice, the course will be themed around nine key topics: 1) Testimonial and hermeneutical injustice in the medical context. 2) Expert disagreement in the medical context. 3) Trust and the role of experts in the medical context. 4) Transformative experiences in the medical setting. 5) The significance of vaccine skepticism. 6) The ethics and epistemology of placebos. 7) The value and accuracy of diagnostic tests. 8) The difference between side effects and intended effects. 9) The nature of medical indications.

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Graduate Academic Writing

2020-2022

This course teaches skills for developing academic writing practice and technique. It will cover a variety of topics about the academic writing process including planning, designing a research project, abstracts, and sentence level editing. 

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

Critical Thinking

January  – June 2017

In this course, students study fundamental logical rules that apply when making claims to knowledge. Students learn basic logic functions, in their inductive and deductive forms, and those forms relate to the everyday language. The goal is to develop students’ abilities to analyze, criticize, and advocate for their ideas, to reason inductively and deductively, and to reach well-supported conclusions by applying the concepts of critical reasoning.


Los Angeles City College

Introduction to Philosophy

September  – December 2016

The objective of this course is to introduce students to philosophical inquiry and discuss major themes in an open and responsive environment. Many issues that we naturally wonder about are topics for philosophic debate, such as: What is the goal of human life? How can I decide morally difficult cases? Does God exist? Do I exist? We will explore these main topics in philosophy through traditional and contemporary debates, as well as become familiar with the conceptual tools available to philosophic inquiry.


California State University, Los Angeles

First-Year Writing

Summer 2015

This summer writing class works with incoming students, prior to the first semester of freshmen year, to develop their writing skills. Students are assigned readings. Half of the class time is spent discussing the readings, and then students use the remainder of the class time to work on their essays.