Teaching

For a slightly bigger picture, you can download a pdf of the teaching section of my curriculum vitae by clicking here (often abbreviated as a “CV”, a curriculum vitae is effectively a long form version of a resume)

Summer 2022

I will be teaching PHL 382 “Ethics: Death & Dying” again during the second half of summer 2022, on the Saint George Campus.

Notes to students about PHL 382 for 2022:

  1. I rarely ever teach the same course the same way twice, because (a) this is a bioethics stream course, and the scientific and social circumstances are constantly changing with regard to death and dying, especially with recent changes to “medical assistance in dying” in Canada, and (b) I regularly update my assignments based on student feedback and my own pedagogical research. As a result, you’re welcome to look at past syllabi for this course from other students (or to email me), but know that previous syllabi may not be representative of this year’s course.
  2. In mid or late June, I will hold some online FAQ meetings / “planning sessions” open to anyone on the waitlist or currently registered in the course to ask about the course, to make their own suggestions, or just to chat and hang out. I hold these kinds of meetings before all my courses to help people make decisions about their enrolment without worrying about financial penalties for later withdrawal. An email will be sent out early in June to currently waitlisted and enrolled students with invitation and further instructions.

Selected teaching experience:

As a course instructor:

  • PHL 100: Introduction to Philosophy. Co-taught with Julia Smith.
  • PHL 337: Topics in Chinese Philosophy (Main topic: Classical Daoism). Instructor upon the passing of Vincent Shen.
  • PHL 375: Ethics (Main topic: Bodies in ethics and ethical theory).
  • PHL 382: Ethics: Death & Dying. (Thrice)
  • PHL 383: Ethics & Mental Health.
  • PHL C06: Topics in Ethical Theory (Topic: Bodies, norms, and values).
  • PHL C14: Topics in ‘Non-Western’ Philosophy (Main topic: Global metaphilosophies and the values of knowledge).
  • PHL 413: Topics in Applied Ethics (Main topic: Practical moral methodology; non-ideal theory)

As a guest lecturer (past five years only):

  • University of Toronto: Sexual Orientations and Power (for PHL243: Philosophy of Human Sexuality, 2017); Issues in Medical Assistance in Dying (for PHLB09: Bioethics, 2017); The HCP-Patient Relationship (for PHL283: Bioethics, 2018); Determinants of Health: Disability and Space (for HST209: Introduction to Health: Determinants of Health and Healthcare, 2020); Determinants of Health: Accessibility and COVID-19 (for HST209: Introduction to Health: Determinants of Health and Healthcare, 2021); MAID beyond ‘MAID’: Death, Disability, and Power (for PHL283: Bioethics, 2021); Environmental Reproductive Justice (for PHL384: Ethics, Genetics, and Reproduction, 2019, 2020, and 2022).
  • Elsewhere: Disability in old and new media (for RTA918: Media Ethics, Toronto Metropolitan University, 2022).

Teaching awards:

Supervising independent projects

  • I very often get requests from students to supervise independent studies courses on disability, queerness, or global philosophies. The department policy is not to allow PhD candidates (like me) to supervise these projects, so I am not currently able to accept students. There are many good reasons for this policy, but the most straightforward reason is that it’s in your best interest! UofT provides very few chances for one-on-one learning with a tenured professor, and this opportunity can really support your learning, as well as help you make valuable connections that can be useful for (eg) graduate applications.
  • You may still email me however for recommendations about who to work with, for readings and materials, and in rarer cases I might be able to be an unofficial supervisor or reader on your project in cases where there are no faculty with the kinds of expertise or lived experience you need, but this will need to be agreed upon by your supervisor.

Looking for a syllabus?

  • When I teach upper-year courses, I usually take up a practice of course co-design. This means that I use things like student entry surveys, planning meetings, and midterm student input to shape the direction of the course as it unfolds. At a broader level, and because I often teach courses in applied or practical issues, I often tend to shape course content in terms of our learning context (what relationship our course has to other recently taught courses in the same degree program or as a pre-requisite or co-requisite to other courses; what unfolding global and local events have happened recently; what campus or digital and physical spaces we’re learning from, and their relationship to broader narratives of land and history; etc). Altogether, these commitments, and a commitment to building on previous choices or mistakes, means that I rarely teach a course the same way twice, and that I almost never have a pre-packaged list of course readings or materials in advance of a course. Still, you’re totally welcome to email me for the syllabus of any of my past courses. You can also email me to upcoming courses, if you’re a student interested in taking a future course with me together, you’ll likely have a more active role in how that course gets designed.

Other recent teaching research and resources

I am working to digitize some of the workshops and materials that I regularly offer in my courses, with the goal of making them more generally available to the public. If there are particular resources you have benefited from as a previous student of mine, or which you would hope to see, please do contact me and let me know!