I am an ethicist, educator, researcher, and ethics institute director. As an educator and researcher, I focus on ethics education and moral development, philosophy of education, public humanities, and social-emotional learning. As an ethics institute director, I strive to make ethics accessible and engaging both at and beyond the university, including creating and facilitating ethics workshops for education, healthcare, criminal justice, business, finance, and accounting industry leaders.

I 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 public 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.

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