I have been teaching at the University of Tennessee since Fall 2010. I am most experienced teaching survey courses in applied ethics, although I have also taught Introduction to Philosophy twice. These courses meet general education requirements and have no pre-requisites, which means they are designed for students who have had no prior exposure to philosophy. For an overview of how I approach teaching undergraduates, please read my Teaching Statement.

This page contains links to my course syllabi and schedules, some recent student evaluations, several syllabus prototypes, and a list of student resources. The syllabus prototypes are descriptions of courses that I have have developed and am prepared to teach but have not yet taught. The student resources are designed to give students further insight into how to read and write philosophy. Fellow philosophy instructors should feel free to use any of these resources in their own courses.

Recent Syllabi and Student Evaluations

Syllabus Prototypes

Student Resources

Advice on Academics in General

Guides to Reading and Writing Philosophy

Handouts on Reading and Writing Philosophy


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I am currently a graduate teaching associate in the philosophy department at the University of Tennessee. My primary research interests include applied ethics, normative ethics, and epistemology. I am currently finishing my doctoral dissertation, which addresses the ethics of procreation in light of the environmental impacts of overpopulation.


Office: 818 McClung Tower
Office Phone: 865-974-7198
E-mail: thedberg@vols.utk.edu

Mailing Address:
    University of Tennessee
    Philosophy Department
    801 McClung Tower
    Knoxville TN 37996-0480