My formal education consists of an M.A. in Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics from the University of North Florida (UNF), a B.A. in Humanities and Philosophy minor from Florida International University (FIU), and lots of for-credit and for-enrichment courses at various community colleges. My informal education has consisted of, among many other things, travels throughout Europe, North Africa, and the continental United States.
These days, in my main role as a Compliance Program Analyst, I deliver Compliance and Ethics training, and assist in managing compliance program elements and resources. I’ve facilitated instructor-led webinars, teleconference sessions for remote employees without Internet access, and in-person sessions at distribution centers across the country. I specialize in helping employees understand what the organization’s stated values have to do with their every work and role, and how those values, as principles, can be used as concrete tools when faced with high stakes decisions.
Since 2007 I’ve taught at the college level as an adjunct philosophy instructor. In this role I specialize in designing and facilitating learning activities that are interactive, engaging, fun, and high-powered. I do this in part by putting philosophical methods (informal logic and Socratic questioning) directly into the hands of students, rather than keeping those tools to myself to use on students. I am highly successful in ensuring the learning environment is challenging, inclusive, engaging, warm, and constructive.
It was at FIU in Miami where I encountered my first philosophy course. By accident! It was love at first sight. All my life I’d been told I “think too much”; philosophy showed me how that trait is an asset in thinking carefully through high stakes issues. Now one of my enduring passions is helping others learn how to use philosophical methods to improve reasoning, conversations, relationships, and prospects in their own lives.
The earliest phase of my professional development included working in the hospitality industry for ten years; I worked as a busser, dishwasher, food runner, bartender, barista, server, manager, and everything in between. Along the way I developed solid skills in customer service, multi-tasking, and cooperative and collaborative working.
In my free time I volunteer, and organize and facilitate public philosophy workshops that promote critical thinking, active learning, and civility.