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, Argument and Research, is the second of UCI’s two required writing courses that together fulfill the Lower Division Writing Requirement. Like WR 50, WR 60 focuses on critical reading and rhetoric, and it extends beyond it by teaching you strategies for identifying, understanding, and using various genres and by offering instruction in information literacy and research techniques.
With its focus on social justice advocacy, the WR 60 curriculum motivates analysis of current and pressing societal issues. The themes you’ll address and the readings you’ll encounter will put before you opportunities to study the rhetorical and argumentative strategies of scholars, public intellectuals, policymakers, and social justice advocates engaged in thinking through political and cultural problems of importance to us today. In so doing, we’ll evaluate both our personal perspectives and the broad values that define our engagement with social justice advocacy.
Puzzles and Paradoxes
This course is an introduction to philosophy by way of some famous paradoxes that have challenged our understanding of reality throughout history. Understanding the paradoxes will require development of the formal tools needed to think systematically, and to comprehend and evaluate arguments and theories. By the same token, analyzing paradoxes will give way to fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of space, time, knowledge, the infinite, truth, and the mind. Hence, this class is an excellent way both to be introduced to the proprietary subject-matters that have occupied philosophers and to practice the transferable skills that an education in philosophy offers. In this class, you will get to know what it feels like to analyze arguments and become more confident in your ability to evaluate and participate in theoretical reasoning, to communicate clearly, and to think deeply. We’ll consider problems regarding the nature of space-and-time, the infinite, truth (the Liar’s paradox “This claim is false”), mind and brain (Cartesian dualism), and more recent puzzles that have arisen in decision theory and statistics.
Medical Humanities 1. Health, Wellness, and Conception of the Body
Contemporary Moral Problems
Previous Courses Taught
University of California, Irvine
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.
Graduate Academic Writing
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.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
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
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.