Katherine Ritchie  |  Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The City College of New York

Teaching Statement

The best courses I took as a student were those that demanded collaborative exploration of the topic. I use this insight in my own teaching by combining lecture with discussion in an exploratory atmosphere. Students participate, engage and learn more when the classroom presents a variety of opportunities to demonstrate conceptual competence. By using lectures, questions and discussion, I engage the broad range of students in class and instill in them an appreciation of the complexity and versatility of the topic matter.

I encourage students to use philosophical thinking out of the classroom by emphasizing the relevance of philosophy and the skill set its study develops to their everyday lives. Whether students are arguing for a political position, proposing an interpretation of a poem or developing an experiment to test a hypothesis, philosophy is especially well-suited to learning how to reason clearly and communicate effectively. As children we push boundaries in order to determine what the rules are and to understand how things work. Philosophy allows us to recapture and strengthen this curiosity. My teaching evaluations and student comments reveal that my methods have been successful. I am eager to learn more about how to promote student learning. I am especially interested in the wealth of empirical research that is available concerning how students learn and what teaching methods best realize the kinds of abilities we prize in philosophy. The pedagogical skills I have developed have given me the confidence to both confront new challenges and embrace exciting new opportunities as I continue to grow as a teacher.


Teaching Experience

(all at CCNY unless otherwise specified)

Metaphysics and Epistemology Fall 2016

Independent Study: Intersectionality Fall 2015

Independent Study: History of Analytic Fall 2015

Feminist Philosophy Fall 2015, Spring 2017

Philosophy of Mind Spring 2015

Honors Rational Animal Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

Introduction to Philosophy Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2016, Fall 2016

Philosophy of Language Fall 2014, Spring 2016

Introduction to Logic Summer 2016

Seminar: Collections and Collectivity (Duke) Spring 2014

Philosophy of Language (Duke) Spring 2014

Appearance and Reality (Duke) Fall 2013

Introduction to Logic (Duke) Fall 2013

Introduction to Logic (University of Texas) Summer 2012