English/History/Executive Functioning Coach
Adam is a lifelong learner and dedicated teacher. In his pursuit of higher education and expanding his own horizons, he has traveled broadly across the United States, Europe, and South Asia. He grew up in Ohio and studied world music at Bowling Green State University, where he enjoyed performing in Balinese gamelan orchestras, Japanese taiko drumming ensembles, the Men’s Chorus, and Jazz Big Bands. After developing an interest in mindfulness and Buddhist forms of contemplation, he completed his master’s degree in South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. At the same time, Adam traveled back and forth to Nepal to learn the Tibetan language and live in Tibetan communities.
He is now finishing a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, focusing on Tibetan Buddhism at the intersection of history, literature, philosophy, and sound studies. He is also a publishing intern for the Journal of Contemplative Studies. While he has grown through his research, both at the University and through a year-long Fulbright for field research in India, he finds his most meaningful work is teaching. He has been the teaching assistant for six courses and the lead instructor for two, in topics that range from history of the senses to Hinduism, to theological bioethics. In all these courses he has sought to support students in their own intellectual growth, individually working with them on papers, course concepts, and organizational strategies. He believes in a skills-first approach to teaching: helping students acquire the tools and skills needed to perform in-depth research, break down complex topics to their core concepts, think critically and creatively, and communicate their own ideas fluently.
In his free time, Adam enjoys playing guitar and learning new songs, backpacking in the Shenandoah mountains, and playing tabletop games with friends.