Curriculum Vitae

Last updated: December 12, 2012.

Positions Held

2012 - current. Lecturer, Washburn University, Topeka, KS.

2011 - current. Adjunct Professor, Avila University, Kansas City, MO.

Spring 2012. Adjunct Instructor, Washburn University, Topeka, KS.

2007 - 2011. Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.

2006 - 2007.  Adjunct Instructor, College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE.

2006 - 2007. Adjunct Instructor, Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE.

2004 - 2006. Teaching Assistant, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. 


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, December 2011. Dissertation: "Strategies for Defusing the Demandingness Objection".

M.A., Philosophy, University of Idaho, May 2006. Thesis: "Living Oracles of the Law: Virtue Jurisprudence, Judicial Knowledge, and Proper Judging."

B.A., Philosophy and History, University of Idaho, May 2004.



Book Reviews

Review of Ethics for a Broken World: Philosophy After Catastrophe, by Tim Mulgan (2011, Durham: Acumen). Forthcoming in Political Studies Review 11:2, May 2013.

Review of Ethics and Animals: An Introduction, Lori Gruen (2011, Cambridge University Press). Metapsychology Online Reviews, February 11, 2012.

Review of Responsibility and Punishment (3rd ed.), J. Angelo Corlett (2006, Springer). Metapsychology Online Reviews, December 12, 2006.

Review of What’s Wrong With Children’s Rights, Martin Guggenheim (2005, Harvard University Press): Metapsychology Online Reviews, August 29, 2006.

Conference Presentations

"Demandingness, Fairness, and Promoting the Good: Modifying Murphy's Collective Principle of Beneficence."

Commenter on "How Not to Argue Against Consequentialism", by Dale Dorsey, Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, University of Colorado-Boulder, August 9-12, 2012.

"Inclinations, Decisions, and the Moral Exemplar: Similarities Between Kant and Aristotle." Northwest Conference on Philosophy, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, October 21-22, 2005.

Invited Talks

"Ethical Theory and the Environment." Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, November 10, 2010.

Colloquium Presentations

"Permissiveness and the Agent-Centered Prerogative.” UNL Philosophy Graduate Student Colloquium, February 11, 2011.

"Moderate Consequentialism.” UNL Philosophy Graduate Student Colloquium, February 12, 2010.

"Indeterminacy and the Four-Category Ontology.” UNL Philosophy Graduate Student Colloquium, April 3, 2009.

"The Doctrine of Civic Priority in Aristotle’s Political Theory.” UNL Philosophy Graduate Student Colloquium, November 21, 2008.



Lecturer, Washburn University (2012 - present)

  • PH 102 - Ethics: Introduction to Moral Problems

Adjunct Professor, Avila University (2011 - present)

  • PL 255 - Ethics
  • IS/PL 312 - Bioethics (team-taught with Stephen Daggett

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2007-2011)

Independent teaching responsibility for these courses:

  • PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 211 - Introduction to Modern Logic (in intensive summer sessions)

Assisted teaching responsibility for these courses:

  • PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 106 - Philosophy and Contemporary Issues (including one semester in which PHIL 106 was taught as an introduction to environmental ethics)
  • PHIL 110 - Introduction to Critical Thinking

Adjunct Instructor, College of Saint Mary (2006-2007)

  • ETH 110 - Moral Reasoning

Adjunct Instructor, Southeast Community College (2006-2007)

  • ENGL 0980 - Developmental Writing

Teaching Assistant, University of Idaho (2004-2006)

  • PHIL 103 - Introduction to Ethics



University and Departmental Service

Washburn University

Philosophy Department

  • Student Learning Outcome Co-ordinator for PH 102 and PH 117, Fall 2012.
  • Creation of promotional materials for Philosophy Department Web site and Washburn Majors Fair, Fall 2012.
  • Senior thesis committee (Religious Studies), "The Vodou-Doll: The Use of Effigies in Contemporary Vodou Practices", May 2012.
  • Senior thesis committee (Philosophy), "Spinoza, Eternity, and Modes", April 2012.

University of Idaho

Philosophy Department

  • Representative, Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Senate, 2005-2006. 

University service

  • GPSA Rules and Administration Committee, 2005-2006.
  • GPSA Judicial Board, 2006.
  • GPSA Representative to University Judicial Council, 2006.

Memberships and Professional Service

Member of the American Philosophical Association

Member of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies

Discussion Panel Chair, Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, Moscow, ID, 2006.

Professional Development

Regular participant in and co-author of a case study for, the Graduate Student Ethics Forum, sposored by the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010-2011.

Regular participant in Ethics Brown Bag Luncheons sponsored by the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010-2011.


Awards and Honors

  • Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010-2011. Mentor: Janet McCarthy, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE.
  • Edgren Graduate Tuition Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 2006.
  • University  of Idaho Honors Program Core Award, May 2004.
  • Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History, May 2004
  • University of Idaho Dean’s List, Spring 2001, Fall 2001, Fall 2003, Spring 2004.