I have been professionally engaged as an educator for more than twelve years, beginning in 2007 teaching English as a second language. From 2011-2016, I taught at Baruch College, a senior school of the City University of New York, where I gave more than twenty-five philosophy classes spread across nine different courses. Since taking up my position in Cambridge, I have been employed as Teaching Fellow at Downing College and Preceptor at Corpus College, where I have given numerous undergraduate supervisions and have served as supervisor for two Masters Theses.

While serving as an instructor at Baruch, one of my courses was chosen as the Philosophy Department’s sole demonstration class for its five-year review (2013), and in 2015 I was invited by the college to design a new course titled ‘Ethics and Critical Thinking’ that was subsequently adopted by both the Philosophy Department and the Communications Department as a prerequisite for new undergraduates. In 2017, this teaching record was recognized when I was selected from more than six hundred part-time instructors at Baruch College for the College’s Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Select Syllabi

Here are some syllabuses for some of my past courses. All of the syllabuses were designed from scratch for each course. If you have any questions about courses past or present, please feel free to get in touch.

The syllabus for my course Ethics and Critical Thinking (PHI1100)

The syllabus for my course Philosophy of Sex and Love (PHI4900)

The syllabus for my course Experimental Philosophy (PHI3200)

The syllabus for my course Philosophy of Psychology (PHI3035).

The syllabus for my course Thought and Reality (PHI3030).

The syllabus for my course Major Issues in Philosophy (PHI1500).

Class Discussion Materials

I make frequent use of discussion exercises in class, often using short vignettes and thought experiments, again specially tailored for each class. Here are some examples of my favorite discussion exercises.

Free Will Case Studies

Personal Identity Case Studies

Happiness Case Studies

Moral Dilemmas

Artificial Intelligence: Six Scenarios

Eight perspectives on the existence of God

The Virtual Life: Well-Being, Simulation, and Reality


© Henry Shevlin 2015