It's important to give a little back.
I do a lot of work in classrooms, offices, and conference spaces at UT, but getting outside these spaces to give some back to the larger community and society is just as important. For many years, I've had the privilege to be able to do this in ways that allow me to take my work and interests along with me, and bring all the things I love about philosophy to new audiences.
Since I started graduate school, I have served in various volunteer and staff capacities with the Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl, an extracurricular outreach program which brings lively and important moral issues to the attention of high school students through some friendly competition. I have had the pleasure to serve as a team liaison and assistant coach for several competing East Tennessee high schools, and have served as a judge and staff photographer at the THSEB event in past years. I became Assistant Director of the program in 2016, and now oversee the THSEB's public relations, social media, and volunteering initiatives, among other administrative responsibilities.
Environmental Education Programs at Gilbert Elementary
Designer/Instructor (with Savannah Oliver)
In the summer of 2013, I worked with Savannah Oliver of the University of Mississippi to design a curricular program focusing on moral and environmental education for primary school students. Over the course of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years, I consulted on the implementation of this program, integrating it with pre-existing STEM curriculum in my hometown's school district to ensure that students could learn about important moral issues on their own terms. I'm proud to say that as a result of this collaboration, a pilot program in partnership with Gilbert Elementary School encourages students to engage each other critically, learning about and grappling with tough moral and environmental issues in some of their favorite books and films, as well as learning to understand various political structures that affect them and how these structures relate to the environment. Additionally, I have been thrilled to watch students practice some of the implications of these discussions by researching, designing, and building sustainable agriculture infrastructure, engaging in local service projects, and much more!