Professional Bio

EDUCATION

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Ph.D. in Religion (Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy), 2009

Denver Seminary, Denver, CO

M.A. in Philosophy of Religion, 1995

Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO

M.A. in Counseling, 1990

Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

B.S. in Speech/English Education, 1988

 

LANGUAGES

English – Native Speaker

French – Reading Proficiency

German – Reading Proficiency

Hebrew – Elementary Reading Proficiency

Koine Greek – Reading Proficiency

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Regis University, Denver, CO

  • Associate Professor, Liberal Arts Department, College for Contemporary Liberal Studies              

          2011 - Present

  • Affiliate Faculty, Religious Studies, Regis College                                                             

          2011 - 2012

  • Affiliate Faculty, Liberal Arts Department, College for Professional Studies

          2004 - 2011

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

  • Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies and Global Studies Residential Academic Program

          2010 – 2011

University of Denver, Denver, CO

  • Scholar-in-Residence for Holocaust Awareness, The Center for Judaic Studies         

          2007 - 2009

  • Lecturer, Department of Philosophy                                                                                    

          2008

Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Department of Theology

          2002 - 2007

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Instructor, Religious Studies                                                                                                  

          2001 - 2002

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                                                 

          2000 - 2002

Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Department of Theology 

          1993 - 1998

  • Instructor, Department of Theology                                                                                    

          1990 - 1993


 

COURSES TAUGHT

Religion

Religion and the Human Quest

Judaism: Faith, History, and Culture

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Women and Religion

World Religions

Biblical Interpretation

Modern Jewish Thought

Religious Ethics

Religion in America

Christianity and the Holocaust

Introduction to Theology (Christian)

Hermeneutics

Our Common Home: Religion, Animals, and the Environment

Philosophy

Existential Literature and Film

Ethics

Introduction to Philosophy

Continental Philosophy

Metaphysics

Bioethics

Philosophy for Psychology and Theology

Perspectives on the Meaning of Life

Logic and Reasoning

Philosophies of Religion

Philosophy of Language

Animal Ethics

Philosophy and Moral Development

Web of Life: Environmental Ethics and Everyday Life

Humanities

Leading Lives that Matter

Forgiving Others, Forgiving Ourselves

Practicum in Environmental Humanities

Public Education Courses

After Auschwitz: Reappraising Modern Jewish Thought

Philosophy and Pop Culture: Fresh Perspectives on Ancient Questions

Religion and Violence: The Justification of War in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

The Ethics of Memory: Portrayals of the Holocaust

 


 

Research & Scholarship

Invited Paper on Laudato Si’ and Public Civility 2016
“The Animal Question and the Study of Religion” 2015
Week of Jewish Philosophy. University of Denver/Center for Judaic Studies, Program in Jewish Studies/ University of Colorado-Boulder, Department of Philosophy/CU-Boulder, Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion/DU and Iliff; Denver, CO
“The Environment and Belief” 2015
Regis University; Denver, CO
“ ‘Let Us Not Look the Other Way’: Jews, Christians, and Higher Education at the Margins” 2014
Society for Values in Higher Education; St Paul, MN
“Roundtable On Methodology in Philosophical and Religious Thinking” 2014
The Week of Jewish Philosophy. Sponsored by The Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver; Denver, CO
“Memorials, Memory, and Memorialization” 2011
Follow-up conversation to Dr. James Young’s Lecture: “The Stages of Memory in Berlin and New York (9th Annual Fred Marcus Holocaust Memorial Lecture) Sponsored by the Holocaust Awareness Institute of The Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver; Denver, CO
“The Ruptured Self: War, Psychic Trauma, and the Promise of Narrative Repair” 2010
Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA
“Enhancing the Quality of Life” 2009
Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine; Parker, CO
“Re-inscribing Felicity Through Taboo: Train of Life, Speech Acts, and Jewish Identity”      2009
Western Jewish Studies Association; Denver, CO
The Seriously Funny Decalogue: Humor and Jewish Culture 2009
Invited Panelist: 10 Judaic Studies Theorists in Conversation. Sponsored by the University of Denver and The Center for Judaic Studies; Denver, CO
“Putting Freud on Levinas’ Couch: Why Infinity Matters” 2009
Denver Psychoanalytic Society and the Graduate School for Social Work at the University of Denver; Denver, CO
No Podemos Olvidar (“We Cannot Forget”)  2008
Interview Subject for Series on the Holocaust: Univision Colorado (Televised November 11-12, 2008); Denver, CO
“The Laughter is on our Side: Humor as Resistance is Mihaileanu’s Train of Life 2008
Keynote Presentation: Yom HaShoah Program; Vail, CO
 “The Truth in Pictures: Ethical and Conceptual Challenges in Henryk Ross’ Lodz Ghetto Photographs” 2008
Mizel Musuem; Denver, CO
“Radicalizing Wittgenstein: Reading Him Against the Grain of Postliberal Theology” 2008
AAR/SBL/ASOR/RMGP Regional Meeting; Denver, CO
 “Speaking Silence: The Ethics of Elie Wiesel’s, Night” 2008
The Richman Study Group; Denver, CO
Theater and Theology Talk-Back with the cast of The Diary of Anne Frank  2007
Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Synod at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Denver, CO
“Picking Up the Pieces: Ethical Response as Kristallnacht Memorial” 2007
Keynote Presentation for Children of Kristallnacht: A Program of Memory and Reflection. Sponsored by the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies, BMH-BJ Congregation and Mizel Museum; Denver, CO
“Idolatry and Magic: Using Wittgenstein to Break the Spell of Metaphysics” 2007
AAR/SBL/ASOR/RMGP Regional Meeting; Omaha, NE
“Laugher and Remembrance: Train of Life as Fulfillment of the 614th Commandment” 2002
American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region; Atlanta, GA

 

Community Involvement & Service

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY (REGIS UNIVERSITY)

Committee Member of Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Peer Review Process (2016-2017): Committee is tasked with evaluating Regis’ fulfillment of our mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning.

 

Committee Member of Higher Learning Commission | Criterion 1 (2015-2018): Committee is tasked with providing assurance arguments for mission fulfilment necessary for maintaining regional accreditation.

 

Leverage Committee (2014-2015): Committee was tasked with recommending mission, vision, operational structure, and governing policies and procedures for the establishment of a new college that combines the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Education.

 

Member of the Following Search Committees (2011-2012): Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assistant Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Instructional Designer for Learning Design, and Faculty for the School of Management

 

D2L Implementation Team (2011-2013): Tasked with drafting policy recommendations for the new LMS (Learning Management System)

 

Jesuit Commons-Higher Education at the Margins: Facilitated PHIL 105: Logic and Reasoning (Fall, 2011) Regis University offers a Diploma in Liberal Studies to qualifying students who live in refugee camps in Kakuma, Kenya, Dzaleka, Malawi, and Aleppo, Syria. Faculty volunteer to teach online courses, and there is no tuition charged to the qualifying students.

 

Ignatian Faculty Scholars Program (2011-2012)

 

SERVICE FOR THE COMMON GOOD

 

Founder and Race Director, Running Wild, a Certified 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run that benefits conservation efforts on behalf of endangered African wildlife. Our inaugural race (2015) earned over $5,000 for our beneficiaries. (Denver, CO), 2014- Present

President and Former Secretary of the Executive Committee, Ivory Free Colorado, Aims to pass Anti-Wildlife Trafficking bill in Colorado.  (Denver, CO), 2014- Present

Board Member, Institutional Review Board, Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, (Parker, CO), 2009-2011

Committee Member, Ethics Advisory Committee, Hospice Care of Broomfield and Boulder Counties, (Lafayette, CO), 2009-2010

Art Council, Holocaust Memorial Project, University of Denver, (Denver, CO), 2008-2009

Member, Religious Advisory Council, University of Denver, (Denver, CO), 2007-2009

 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Animals and Society Institute
  • American Academy of Religion
  • British Wittgenstein Society
  • The Grosvenor Council (National Geographic Society)
  • The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education
  • The Society for Values in Higher Education
  • Golden Key International Honour Society