Jonathan Beever

Department of Philosophy
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida

 
   
   
 
Beever has been involved in a diverse range of teaching, including at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has designed courses, taught widely, and been involved in a range of assessment and pedagogy experiences. For more detail and his perspective on teaching, you can download his teaching philosophy here.

I have taught and lectured widely in philosophy on ethical theory, environmental ethics, bioethics, and Eastern philosophy. I have also developed courses across disciplines in engineering and bioethics as well as led discussions and workshops for nonacademic audiences. I especially enjoy leading discussions about the real-world objectives of ethics, as one of his previous course descriptions suggests:

"How should we live? This is one of the most important, least understood, and most contested questions human beings must address. Many have spent scholarly energy seeking answers to question like “how do we live” through scientific inquiry and empirical study. Philosophical ethics is uniquely placed to advance responses to the larger normative and imperative question of right and wrong and of good and bad. In this course, we will critically evaluate some of the myriad responses that have been offered to this important philosophical query by engaging the work and writings of philosophers both ancient and modern – questions concerning the nature of the good. The ethical theories we’ll outline will give us the foundation to frame debates and responses to important contemporary ethical problems. Your work in this course may very well help you become reasonable thinkers, able citizens, and – dare I say it – better people." (course description, Introduction to Ethics, Spring 2011)

At Penn State, I designed and teach an interdisciplinary graduate seminar titled "RISE UP (Research Integrity in Science and Engineering at University Park)" in the Bioethics program. That course introduces a broader concept of research ethics that involves the wider impacts of ethics as embedded in and through scientific practice. Participants in this course develop a robust understanding of ethical responsibility in their professional work as well as pedagogical training to support their becoming research integrity mentors in their home disciplines (http://rockethics.psu.edu/education/rise-up/rise-up/597b).

In my current position, I teach a range of ethics courses from ethical theory to applied ethics and the ethics of texts and technologies. I work with undergraduate and graduate students to engage the campus community in discussion of ethical issues through their research and coursework.