A U.S. citizen born in Germany, I earned BA degrees in philosophy and history at George Mason University in 1985, and MA and PhD degrees at the American University in 1991. My teaching career started in the philosophy department at Loyola University Maryland in 1991 until 2007. I taught courses in philosophical anthropology, honors ethics courses, as well as upper-level courses in my area on Kant and 18th century aesthetic theory. While at Loyola, I expanded my AOC to satisfy an interest in science and designed and taught a special course in the history and philosophy of science.
My 16-year old granddaughter was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in 2006 and I opted to retire from academic life in 2007 to be with her in the last year of her life. Since that time I have found new joy and satisfaction in teaching philosophy for the Osher Life Long Learning in Retirement Institutes at George Mason University and at the American University, as well as for a similarly organized program at Encore Learning in Arlington.
I never imagined that giving up a satisfying academic tenure-track position would lead to something even more rewarding, that is to a brand-new adventure to teach an intellectually engaged retirement community — genuine seekers of wisdom after a lifetime of having had careers in science, law, medicine, government. This for me has become the greatest academic highlight, to engage students in philosophical debates on a variety of issues, who bring sagacity and infectious joy of learning to the study of philosophy, adding their rich professional backgrounds and insights to class debates. I’d say, it can’t get any better than that. To design new courses and amass a certain repertoire I have ventured beyond my area of competence (see my course offerings on this page). I have also taught a course at my local church, titled “The God of the Philosophers”, to talk about the close relationship between Faith and Reason.