EducationPhD, History and Philosophy of Science, Notre Dame, 2008
MS, Physics, Notre Dame, 2005
BS, Physics, U. of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, 1996
BA, English, U. of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, 1996
ExperienceWant to hire a college professor to teach your high school student? You've come to the right place.
I taught at the collegiate level for 8 years, at Notre Dame, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and most recently at the University of Chicago, where I completed a four-year fellowship in 2012. At the U. of C., I taught humanities courses in philosophy and literature to first-year students and a graduate/undergraduate course in philosophy of physics. I received the highest marks in student reviews in every major category of evaluation (reviews available upon request). When my fellowship was over, I chose to leave academia to pursue other interests, although I still do original research in the philosophy of physics.
The key to being a good teacher is being a good listener. In order to help a student develop as a thinker, one has to take the student seriously as a thinker in the first place. This is true with regard to the humanities and equally so with mathematics and the sciences. Gaining expertise requires mastery of a conceptual landscape, not merely skill with techniques.
My goal is to help the student develop a deep and fundamental understanding of the subject matter, which, in turn, will make the student a better problem-solver.
I'm qualified to teach a variety of subjects. My research specialty is in the philosophy of physics and is heavily mathematical, so I'm comfortable teaching all mathematical subjects and most of the sciences (physics, in particular, of course). I also have an undergraduate degree in literature and have taught writing for many years.
HobbiesI'm a big sports fan (pro and college football, in particular), a photographer, and a fiction writer. I also perform in physical theater.
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