Curriculum Vitae


Award-winning, published scholar and community leader with 10+ years of diverse teaching and research experience,
inspiring students to be tomorrow’s critical thinkers. More about me personally can be found here.

Recipient of the Thomas H. Shelby Jr. Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence
2019-2020 (one of three recipients, from TJC’s 500+ faculty)

Academic Positions   

2019 - 2020
Department Coordinator (in lieu of chair)
Humanities & Philosophy Department (5 full-time faculty, 1 adjunct)
TJC: The College of East Texas

2019 - present
Adjunct Professor of Islam | University of Texas at Tyler

2012 - present
Prof of Philosophy & Religion | TJC: The College of East Texas
• Honors Program Board
• Distinguished Lecture Series Board
• Dialogues Forum Committee | Forums organized include:
     • LGBT (Oct), Poverty (Nov), Veterans (Nov)
     • Black History (Feb), Women (Mar), Yom HaShoah (May)
• Appeals Committee
• Food Pantry (for Low Income Students) Committee
• Darwin Day Committee (UT/TJC Joint Science Venture)
Frequent Guest Speaker / Public Intellectual

2008 - 2011
Graduate Teaching Fellow | Florida State University
• Graduate Instructor (Instructor of Record)


2022 (expected) | Ph.D. Continental Philosophy of Religion
Core Areas: Continental Philosophy of Religion, Modern Jewish Thought, Film Studies
University of Texas at Dallas

2020 | Postgraduate Certification in Holocaust Studies
Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas

2011 | M.A. History & Philosophy of Science
Florida State University

2009 | M.A. Humanities: Phil. of Religion
Florida State University

2007 | B.A. Humanities (Honors), Minor in Religion
University of Central Florida


Specialization   Continental Philosophy of Western Religion
Competence     World Religions, Islam, Ethics, Philosophy, Humanities, Holocaust Studies, Film Studies
Languages       English (native), French & German (reading), Hebrew & Arabic (learning)

Peer-Reviewed Publications   

Chapter 1: Forgiveness in Judaism
Invited Chapter for The Philosophy of Forgiveness, Vol. III
Vernon Press, 2018

The Wolf Holocaust Scroll
Article for The Curio Project
University of Texas at Dallas, 2016

Islam in the Early Modern Protestant Imagination (1528-1588)
Article in ERAS Journal. Issue 13.
Monash University (Australia), 2012

Heidegger’s Bridge
The Florida Philosophical Review. 9.2: 121-135.
University of Central Florida, 2009

Recent Academic Presentations (Selected)   

(Many more speaking engagements for the “general public” may be found here.)

2019 | Invited Speaker: The Kaaba: the Center of the Islamic World
TJC Arts Festival: Humanities & Philosophy Presentation

2018 | Invited Speaker for Philosophy of Religion course
God After the Holocaust: Four Responses
University of Texas at Tyler

2018 | Invited Speaker: The Book of Kells: Irish Christianity’s Greatest Artifact
TJC Arts Festival: Humanities & Philosophy Presentation

2017 | Invited Panelist: Interfaith Discussion Panel
Wiley College, an Historically Black Texas College

2017 | Invited Speaker: Religious Tolerance
TJC, Wise Auditorium

2016 | Invited Panelist for The Crisis of Empathy
Stephen F Austin University

2016 | Invited Panelist for Ethical Perspectives on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
University of Texas at Tyler

2016 | Invited Speaker: Ubuntu, Levinas, & Ethics in Africa
Stephen F. Austin University

2014 | Invited Speaker: Bioethics & the Philosophy of Science
University of Texas Biomedical Research Center

I have also been an invited presenter at the East Texas planetarium, the public library, various area churches, the East Texas Islamic Society, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, and Congregation Beth El.

Graduate Level Coursework

Humanities (FSU)
Ancient Humanities • Medieval Humanities • Modern Humanities • History of Symphonic Music • The Ancient Novel • Pedagogy of Humanities • Pedagogy of Film •
Film Studies (UTD) • Word & Image Studies • Utopia in Western Thought • Man, Nature, and the West • The Art of Translation (UTD)Film Noir (UTD)

Philosophy & Religion (FSU)

Heidegger • Nietzsche (UTD) • God After Nietzsche • Ethics • Christian Ethics • Philosophy: Aesthetics (UTD) • Philosophy of Aesthetics: Kant to Nietzsche • Philosophy of Biology • Religion & Just War Theory • The Bible and Power (Political Theology) • Christianity & the Birth of the Modern State • The Soul & the Self (Christian Anthropology) • Bible as Book (Material History of the Bible) • Muhammad & the Qur’an • Islam in the Modern World

Jewish Studies – Ackmerman Center for Holocaust Studies (UT Dallas)

American Judaism (FSU) • The Holocaust • Representations of the Holocaust • History of Jewish Literature • Forgiveness in Judaism • Literature & the Holocaust • Post-Holocaust Thought • Philosophy: Levinas