I enjoy exploring new ways to help students engage with complex ideas – finding their own voices rather than merely learning facts – and student reports on my teaching have been routinely very positive. Examples of comments given in autonomous surveys include: “I really enjoyed this module as the lecturer was very engaging, used examples, and theories were clear. I left the lectures excited about studying philosophy” and “They are great and make the lectures engaging and interesting, giving good examples and not just reading off the PowerPoint”.
I am interesting in exploring the ways in which technology can be used to enhance, rather than replace, traditional learning techniques. For example, I have experimented with different kinds of ‘lecture flipping’ where I have produced content rich short pre-lecture videos for students to watch before lectures opening up in-class times for more engaged discussion.
Examples of modules I have taught, at the Universities of Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester, include Ethics, Social Philosophy, Knowledge and Justification, Appearance and Reality, Philosophy of Race & Philosophy of Science. These have ranged in class size between 20 students and up to 240 students.
I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. Currently I am supervising an MA dissertation in moral and political philosophy and two undergraduate dissertations: one on feminism and autonomy and one on philosophy of race.