Summer Schedule 2020
Phil3 - Section 8463 Online
Office hours by Zoom
University of California, Davis. M.A. (Philosophy) 1996
California State University, Sacramento. B.A. (Philosophy) 1994
Yuba College; Spring 1996 - Spring 1998
Chapman University, Sacramento; Fall 1996 - Summer 1998
American River College; Fall 1997
Butte College; Spring & Fall 1997
Sierra College; Spring 1997 - Spring 2000
University of Phoenix, Sacramento; Fall 1997 - Spring 2000
University of Phoenix, Online; Spring 1998 - Fall 2003
Cosumnes River College; Spring 1999
Napa Valley College; Fall 2003 - Fall 2004
Santa Rosa Junior College; Fall 2003 - present
College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast; Spring & Summer, 2012
Mendocino College, Ukiah; Fall 2017 - present
I began teaching at Santa Rosa Junior College in the Fall of 2003, shortly after I moved to Sonoma County. My elder daughter, Brooke, received her BA from California State University, Sacramento, and my younger daughter, Morgan, has attended SRJC, where she proved to be a very good actor, singer & dancer. She loves traveling the world, having been in Turkey, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, and New Zealand over the last couple of years. Brooke lives in Winters, California with her husband, and my granddaughter, born June 30, 2015 - her name is June Avery Lonergan
Like an increasing segment of the community college student population, I returned to school as an adult. I am familiar with the challenges inherent in pursuing an education while having a family and a job to manage. I earned my undergraduate degree in philosophy from California State University, Sacramento, and then received my Masters degree in philosophy from the University of California, Davis. Many of SRJC's students have families to support and most need to work either part-time or full-time. Having completed my BA and MA under similar circumstances, I am committed to supporting my students in achieving their educational goals.
Prior to returning to school, I worked primarily as a manager for a number of companies. I have managerial experience in production, personnel training and development, scheduling, logistics, and public relations. I have found that my experience in business grounds my philosophical training, and affords me real-world connections to what some might see as somewhat abstract and esoteric material. A primary intention in my teaching is to make the course content relevant, interesting, and applicable to anyone in his or her daily life.
I live in Ukiah in Mendocino County, and am active in my community there. I was the Interim Executive Director & General Manager of KZYX, the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting NPR radio station, which I did for six months from July 2015 to December 2015. I have also served on their Board of Directors as President and Treasurer. In addition, for five and a half years I hosted a bi-weekly radio program where I interviewed authors of books.
I love engaging with my students in conversation. In our fast-paced world, many do not take the time to investigate such questions as, "What does it take to fulfill human life?"; "How do we integrate the sacred and the profane?"; "What is the power of communication?"; or "What's the best basis for making moral and political decisions?" We will address such questions (and many more) in my classes. Students often find the conversations engaging and influential. I welcome those of you who choose to join me.
Professional Areas of Interest:
I am interested in communication, education, religion, and ethics, as they impact us in everyday life. While esoteric and abstract conversations can sometimes be fun, I am mostly concerned with where philosophy meets lived experience.
I hosted a radio program called "Consider This" on KZYX (90.7 & 91.5 FM), Mendocino County Public Broadcasting (MCPB), mentioned above. The show's focus was on education, religion, ethics, and other topics of local & national interest, featuring authors and other guests. Archived podcasts of the show are available on the program's website.