I am a professional ethicist, educator, researcher, and public speaker. As an educator and researcher, I focus on ethics education, moral development, and social-emotional learning. As a professional ethicist and public speaker, I work with both community and campus stakeholders, striving to make ethics and ethical decision-making practices accessible and engaging. I have led ethics workshops for education, healthcare, criminal justice, business, finance, and accounting industry leaders, among others.
I currently serve as Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Bakersfield. I also serve as President of the Public Philosophy Network and, previously, served as President of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization. I am founding editor of Precollege Philosophy and Public Practice, a journal devoted to advancing research in and on the impacts of public humanities and philosophy. In past years, I held leadership and academic positions at Penn State University (Rock Ethics Institute and Department of Philosophy) and UNC-Chapel Hill (Parr Center for Ethics and Department of Philosophy).
I am also a musician, beekeeper, lover of the out-of-doors, and one who strives to approach life and my work with joy and appreciation.