Instructor, Philosophy Program
Office: PC 3206I
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I am an instructor at Gannon University, having a blast teaching philosophy classes to great students. I moved here in 2009 with my wife Jessica Hartnett, due to her being hired here as a Psychology/ Applied Stats professor. We met in graduate school back in DeKalb, Illinois, although all who know me can tell pretty quickly that I am originally from the East Coast---Long Island, NY to be exact. I'm also a certified mathematics teacher, and have done a bunch of other things (as you can see some of the other jobs below). I love to work, but teaching philosophy is both work and play for me. You'll witness my enthusiasm in my classes, I'm sure.
Why philosophy? Well, it started with an authority complex at a young age (and a subsequent desire to become my own authority on the most important matters of my life), and ended with a lifelong immersion into the great problems of philosophy. I am humbled by my own ignorance, and at the same time cherish seeking to reach and stretch the limits to my knowledge. I value individual autonomy in forming beliefs, maxims, and values, and approaching the world with a critical, authentic, and yet appreciative eye. I believe that with nurtured critical thought and depth of character and meaning in life we are capable of being even more awesome than we already are. I have a deep love for the potential of humanity itself, and believe that philosophy should play a large role in our quest for wisdom about ourselves and the world we live in.
Why teaching? I get to share everything I'm interested in, and sprinkle the insights I've gathered along the way in my own humble quest for wisdom. In the teaching experience, I get to spread the joy and intrinsic motivation that comes along with grasping insights. I also get to help facilitate critical thought about the all-important things in life, and watch so many bright minds at work. Also, I can ALWAYS grow as an instructor, and I'm constantly modifying my classes and looking to develop more (like the World Philosophy class I'll begin teaching Fall 2014). Learning subjects that you are interested in for the sake of teaching the material might be the BEST experience for true lifelong learners. If you are one, I suggest giving teaching a shot!
Things I enjoy:
Chilling out with my wife, dog, and little guy. They are pretty awesome.
Running. It's one of those deep joys only runners understand.
I also listen to early-90s rock and progressive rock, and I love having my music in the background of my activities or simply sitting back for a meditative listen to my turntable.
There is nothing more relaxing and aesthetically pleasing than a cup of coffee and reading a good book. Of course I'm always buried in philosophy texts, but I also really dig literature Classics and some math-stuff. With the math, I find myself deeply enjoying proofs, solving complex equations, and of course logic games--but time for those things is more limited at this point. With the Classics, I have a goal of reading almost all of the "Great Books" before I die. However, I'm getting older fast!
Eating at restaurants! As long as my order doesn't have lactose or MSG in it, it's pure joy for me, especially shellfish dishes.
I'm a big-time New York Mets fan. If you ever want to sidetrack me, bring them up.
As far as television is concerned, I love pretty long drama series (like The Wire, Breaking Bad, The Killing, The Sopranos, Walking Dead, etc.), and both the horror movie genre and cartoons. You'll find some of them sprinkled into my lectures.
Come take one of my classes and have a blast with me! I have a pretty good reputation of making what you might call "dry" material pretty fun, and I don't think you'll find somebody who loves his/her job more than I do!