Out of the Office
When I am not in the office, I like to hang out with animals, lift heavy things, practice yoga, and read pretty nerdy fiction.
I taught yoga for 3 years at Take Yoga studios, a studio group in Pittsburgh. Teaching yoga and teaching philosophy can be remarkably similar activities. For both, my priorities are creating space for students to practice the skills needed to grow beyond their current capabilities and offering the right tools to help them learn. In the yoga classroom, the growth is physical as well as intellectual and emotional, but the skills needed to cultivate a personal yoga practice are not that different from those needed to cultivate the kind of critical thinking that leads to successful philosophy: patience, dedication, and a curiosity about one's self and one's place in the world. The ability to fail gracefully never hurts, either.
I started powerlifting a few years ago as a rehab activity for a back surgery in 2012. Since then, it has become an important part of my life outside the office, and it has kept me safer and healthier for long days of writing and grading. I compete in USA Powerlifting meets a couple of times a year, and I currently hold the Kentucky state deadlift and total records for the 84-kilo weight class. The gym offers novel examples for teaching concepts from philosophy of science, such as incommensurability, through the mechanisms of lifting, such as the fact that it's impossible to carry out a workout plan written out in pound increments if you only have kilo plates.