Associate Professor of Education, Director of Secondary Education
BA, University of Notre Dame, 1992
MA, University of Notre Dame, 1997
MED, Loyola University Chicago, 2001
PHD, Loyola University Chicago, 2005
Foundations of Education
Includes both campus and field study of learning environments, classroom management and instructional methods that meet the needs of diverse student populations. The course emphasizes race, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, family structures, language and exceptionalities from a social justice, critical perspective in light of the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education.
Introduction to Philosophy
An introduction to the major problems of philosophy such as the nature of knowledge and reality, the relation of faith and reason, and moral reasoning. Discussion of the problems is driven by self-examination of each student’s reasoned ideas and the contributions of major philosophers from a variety of traditions.
Middle School Curriculum and Instruction
Includes both campus and field study of learning environments, classroom management, and instructional methods that meet the needs of diverse student populations particularly as they pertain to 5th – 8th grades. Class sessions emphasize lesson planning, classroom management, multicultural teaching, instructional strategies, and school reform.
An intensive three-week seminar immediately following student teaching. Uses licensure portfolio as a frame and also focuses on: educational philosophy, classroom management and discipline, evaluation, integration of faith and teaching. Includes student projects and presentations, group work, variety of approaches to individual reflection on teaching, and preparation of the licensure and interview portfolio.
Lectures & Presentations
“Multicultural Encounters: Reading for Transformation vs. Reading for the Gist,” presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association of Multicultural Education, Chicago, IL, November, 2011.
“Reading and Teaching for Edification,” presentation at Calvin College’s Education as Formation: Christian Approaches Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, October, 2011.
“The Art of Conversation: Avoiding Bores, Therapists, and Nietzsche’s Will to Power,” presentation at the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Conference, Dayton, OH, September, 2011.
“Liberal Education and Reading for Meaning” presentation at the annual meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society, San Francisco, CA, March, 2010.
“Spiritual Practices that Sustain the Virtues of Excellent Teaching;” presentation with Prof. Robert Reyes, PhD., at Calvin College’s Teaching, Learning, and Christian Practices Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, October 2009.
“Disability and Our Moral Transformation,” presentation at the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Conference, Dayton, OH, September, 2009.
“Teacher Dispositions, Multicultural Education, and the Good Life” presentation at Goshen College. Sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning, March, 2009.
“Educating for Faith and Reason,” Response to Jon Fennell at the annual meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society, Montreal, Canada, March 20-23, 2009.
“Liberal Education and Reading for Meaning,” Philosophy of Education Yearbook, (2010).
“Educating for Faith and Reason” Response to Jon Fennell, Philosophy of Education Yearbook, (2009).
“Kierkegaard and Liberal Education as a Way of Life,” Philosophy of Education Yearbook, (2007).
“Leisure, Freedom, and Liberal Education,” Educational Theory (2006).
Grants & Fellowships
2011 Mininger Research grant from Goshen College
2009-2010 CITL Research Fellows grant from Goshen College
2008-2009 CITL Research Fellows grant from Goshen College
2007 Mininger Research grant from Goshen College
2006 Mininger Research grant from Goshen College
2004-2005 Awarded research sabbatical grant from Loyola Academy
2001 Nominated in the seventh edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Educators
2001 Received a summer Fulbright grant to study the classics in Italy
1999 Loyola Academy Technology Grant Recipient
1997 Awarded Loyola Academy’s O’Donnell Grant to study at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to develop curriculum that integrates art
Memberships & Associations
Philosophy of Education Society (2003-present; session chair 2008; Special Interest Group chair 2009-present;)
American Educational Research Association (2004-2007; reviewer 2006-2007)
North Central Association (2005-2007)
Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society Meeting (2007-present; reviewer 2009-2011; session chair 2011)
National Association of Multicultural Education (2008, 2011)
Leadership of Study Service Term Units