Of Philosophy

I joined the Wofford faculty in 2002. I teach philosophy and humanities and often seek out opportunities to co-teach with professors from other disciplines. I have taught with professors in English, physics, religion, and mathematics. In 2010, I was honored with Wofford’s Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In 2006, I co-edited with Jeanne Sorrell the book, Listening to the Whispers: Re-Thinking Ethics in Healthcare from the University of Wisconsin Press.

Our second book, Our Dissertations, Ourselves: Shared Stories of Women’s Dissertation Journeys, was released in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan. This book engages readers in intimate stories from twenty women who wrote doctoral dissertations across nine disciplines. Their stories bring to light the common experiences, emotions, and challenges in the sometimes overwhelming process of writing a dissertation amidst a full and complex life. Designed to invite readers into shared experiences, this book provides support and guidance for women writing dissertations, their advisors, and all those on the journey with them, inviting readers to gain new understandings of the often-isolating world of the dissertation writer and celebrate the courage and creativity that these twenty women demonstrate.

Recent publications and grants:

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Alpha Mu chapter), Nursing Education Grant. To conduct site research at a large Midwest academic medical center: “Nurse Preceptor Use of Socratic Pedagogy to Improve Critical Thinking in New Graduate Nurses.” 2017.

Putting Socrates Back in Socratic Method: Theory-based debriefing in the nursing classroom. Nursing Philosophy, vol. 20 no. 2 (2019).

Socrates Café for Older Adults: Intergenerational connectedness through facilitated conversation. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, vol. 57 no. 1 (2019).

Helping Nursing Students Unblock Empathy: A big idea from William James. Nurse Education Today, vol. 61 (2018).

Seeing Oneself in the Face of the Other: The Value and Challenge of Human Connectedness for Older Adults. Journal Of Psychosocial Nursing, vol. 55 no. 7 (2017).

Socratic Pedagogy: Teaching Students to Think Like Nurses. In Expert Clinician to Novice Nurse Educator. J.M. Sorrell and P. Cangelosi, eds. Springer, 2015.

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