Teaching

I’m a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maine, where I joined the faculty in 1974. I love to teach and thoroughly enjoy my lively interactions with my students. Although I devote a lot of time and energy to teaching, it sometimes amazes me that I get paid to do this because it’s so rewarding and enjoyable. My normal teaching load is three courses per semester. My curriculum vitae provides extensive information on my areas of teaching and various teaching honors.

My teaching experience includes Banaras Hindu University in India (1963-64) as a Fulbright Instructor; Southern Illinois University (1967-72) as Instructor and Assistant Professor; Vanderbilt University (1972-73) as Visiting Assistant Professor; Central Connecticut State University (1973-74) as Assistant Professor; and the University of Maine (1974-present) as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Full Professor (since 1981). I served as Chairperson of Philosophy (1979-82 and 1998-2003). I am also a member of the Graduate Faculty

I have taught the following courses at the University of Maine: Introduction to Philosophy; Introduction. to Religious Studies; Social Issues in Recent Religious and Philosophical Thought; Problems of Philosophy; Honors; Marxist Philosophy (Marx); Twentieth Century Marxist Philosophy; The Nature of Religious Experience; Hinduism; Buddhism; Views of Self: East and West; Theories of Myth; Mircea Eliade; and Mahatma Gandhi. At other universities, I have taught the following courses: Ethics; History of Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; and Afro-American Philosophy. I have also taught Graduate seminars on Indian Philosophy and the Phenomenology of Religion.

Also directly relevant to my teaching at the University of Maine are the following: Coordinator of the Marxist-Studies Interdisciplinary Minor for which I teach the foundational course on the philosophy of Karl Marx and coordinate the weekly Socialist and Marxist Studies Lecture Series; Past Coordinator of the interdisciplinary Religious Studies Minor for which I teach the foundational Introduction to Religious Studies course; regular lecturer for the Honors Program; Faculty Advisor and active participant in the Maine Peace Action Committee; and numerous presentations on and off campus. Information on several of these items can be found on my Peace and Justice website page and on my curriculum vitae page.