Teaching is central to who I am as a philosopher.   While I value and engage in public philosophy, I also recognized that much of my research will contribute to a body of work primarily of interest to a small group of specialized scholars.  In the classroom I have the opportunity to reach the minds, and sometimes the affections, of a much broader audience, and I consider this a great privilege and responsibility.

Teaching Experience

    • Senior Seminar in Philosophy of Religion (syllabus)
      Instructor of Record (Columbia International University, Fall 2012)
    • Classical Philosophy
      Instructor of Record (Columbia International University, Fall 2012)
    • Introduction to Formal Logic (syllabus)
      Instructor of Record (University of South Carolina, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
    • Contemporary Moral Issues (syllabus)
      Teaching Assistant (University of South Carolina, Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
      Instructor of Record (University of South Carolina, Fall 2013)
    • Honors Introduction to Philosophy (syllabus)
      Instructor of Record (University of South Carolina, Honors College, Spring 2016)
    • Introduction to Philosophy
      Teaching Assistant (University of South Carolina, Fall 2011)
      Instructor of Record (Columbia International University, Prison Initiative, Spring 2013)
    • Philosophy of Sex
      Teaching Assistant (University of South Carolina, 2012)
    • Philosophical Themes in Literature: God and Man in 20th Century Russian Literature
      Syllabus developed and submitted for approval to satisfy University of South Carolina’s “Carolina Core: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding” Requirement
    • Elementary Russian (syllabus)
      Instructor of Record (University of South Carolina, Summer 2013)
    • Intermediate Russian
      Instructor of Record (University of South Carolina, Summer 2015)

Other Sample Syllabi
Medieval Philosophy
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Philosophy in Russian Literature
Feminist Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy

Two primary teaching goals guide my practices in the classroom: 1) To provide my student with the tools to engage in the practice of philosophy for themselves, and 2) to help them discover the significance of philosophical issues for their personal lives and fields of study. Upon successfully completing my class, students are able to read, identify, and comprehend central arguments in primary philosophical texts, charitably and critically engage the views of others, express and defend philosophical theses on the course topic, and, where appropriate, articulate both in writing and in oral presentations how the subject matter is significant for public and private life.

My full teaching statement is available here.

Teaching Evaluations

Recent Teaching
Instructor Compared to Others Enthusiastic and Engaging Presents Material Clearly Helpful Feedback on Work Receptive to Comments and Questions
Intermediate Russian 5.0 5.0 5.0
Intro to Logic 4.7 4.7 4.6 4.7 4.8
Intro to Logic 4.1 4.3 3.9 4.0 4.3
Honors Intro to Philosophy 4.5 4.7 4.4 4.4 4.6
Average 4.6 4.6 4.5 4.7 4.6
Career Course Averages Instructor Compared to Others Enthusiastic and Engaging Presents Material Clearly Helpful Feedback on Work Receptive to Comments and Questions
Intro to Logic (x12) 4.0 4.0 3.9 4.0 4.3
Contemporary Moral Issues (x2) 4.0 4.4 4.2 4.3 4.5
Introduction to Philosophy (x1) 4.5 4.7 4.4 4.4 4.6
Classical Philosophy (x1) 4.3 4.6 4.5 4.4

Effective Communicator:

“Dr. Panchuk was extremely knowledgeable about all topics covered in class and was able to make seemingly difficult concepts digestible for first-time philosophy students. This was easily the hardest class I’ve ever taken but she made it one of the most enjoyable and interesting.” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

“She took super hard concepts that I spend hours trying to understand and boiled it down into the concepts the entire class could understand and then apply using the text.” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

“She could come up with witty and clever examples to Illustrate the author’s point more clearly than said author, which is especially helpful to someone as unfamiliar with philosophy as myself.” (Contemporary Moral Issues, 2013)

“She did a good job of explaining the material, and giving real world examples to us even thought it was very difficult material!” (Introduction to Formal Logic, 2015)

Encourages Students to Engage in the Practice of Philosophy for Themselves:

“I think Professor Panchuk did a great job with this course. She created a dialogue in the classroom that required a lot of critical thinking from the students and in turn helped me learn a lot more than I would have from a traditional lecture style class.” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

“She really helped us understand the basic knowledge but then knew when to step back and let us run with the new information.” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

“I learned a whole lot and I now want to continue to read these types of texts on my own, as opposed to 4 months ago when I didn’t even know who Boethius was.” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

“The instructor created an environment where student’s thoughts flourished and came together very well.” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

“I appreciated Ms. Panchuk’s clear communication of complex ideas and explaining the big picture, and how subject matter affected our own lives and beliefs.” (Classical Philosophy, 2012)

“You were the perfect balance of willing to teach as well as forcing us to learn on our own.” (Classical Philosophy, 2012)

Passionate and Engaging

Dr. Panchuk is passionate about what she teaches and it shows. She makes the material interesting and cares that her students understand it thoroughly. (Introduction to Formal Logic, 2015)

“Professor Panchuk’s greatest strength was the fact that she is passionate about the topic.” (Introduction to Formal Logic, 2012)

Objective and Unbiased

“She is open to new interpretations and ideas and will always accept the merit of an idea even if she doesn’t necessarily agree with it.” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

“Good at remaining neutral on subjects discussed. I felt with the topics discussed it would be easy for a professor to be biased in their teachings to reflect their own views, but in this class this wasn’t the case” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

Knowledgeable and Well-Prepared

She has a great amount of knowledge about the subject and that translates into her being able to help struggling students easily

“Dr. Panchuk was extremely knowledgeable about all topics covered in class.” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy.”

“She was very well versed in the content and lead rigorous discussions” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

“Very knowledgable on topics.  Well-prepared on topics discussed.” (Contemporary Moral Issues, 2013)

Helpful Feedback

“She was very good at communicating the strengths and weaknesses in our work in a way that was constructive and helpful.” (Contemporary Moral Issues, 2013)

“The instructor was able to give constructive criticism for these thoughts that never became mean or patronizing.” (Honors Introduction to Philosophy, 2016)

Overall Teaching

“Professor Panchuk is an excellent Instructor!!” (Introduction to Formal Logic, 2012)

“I feel as though I have thrived under Michelle’s instruction” (Classical Philosophy, 2012)

“This was an incredibly course for me and I cannot wait to take more in the future. Thank you so much!” (Introduction to Formal Logic, 2012)

 “Thank you for being an awesome Teacher!” (Introduction to Formal Logic, 2015)