Dr. Mia Wood
- PhD – University of South Carolina, 2011
- MA – University of South Carolina, 1994
- BA – Pepperdine University, 1992
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I had an opportunity to work for a year as a full time lecturer at URI (2016-2017). I am delighted to continue my connection there as a part time faculty. I have since returned to my position as a tenured philosophy faculty at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA.
Working at the intersection of philosophy and everything else has led to the following non-academic essays:
- "Elliot the Unreliable Narrator: Knowledge, the Self, and Choice" in Philosophy and Mr. Robot (Open Court Press, 2017)
- "Evil Corp: Hypostatization, Legal Personhood, and Moral Responsibility" in Philosophy and Mr. Robot (Open Court Press, 2017)
- "How Hollywood"s Dream Machine Preys on Deep-Seated Fears and Terrors” on Van Winkle's (http://vanwinkles.com/how-hollywood-s-dream-machine-preys-on-deep-seated-fears-and-terrors)
- "As Our Dreams are Mapped, Science Catches Up with Philosophy" on Van Winkle's (http://vanwinkles.com/decartes-locke-plato-and-the-philosophy-of-dreams)
- "Requiem for the American Dream" and the Power of Ideas on ScreenPrism (http://screenprism.com/insights/article/screenosophy-requiem-for-the-american-dream-and-the-power-of-ideas)
- "Is there such a thing as mere entertainment?" on ScreenPrism (http://screenprism.com/insights/article/screenosophy-what-is-entertainment)
- "What do Inception and The Maxtrix have in common?" on ScreenPrism (http://screenprism.com/insights/article/what-do-inception-and-the-matrix-have-in-common)
- "What ethical theories are reflected in The Big Short?" on ScreenPrism (http://screenprism.com/insights/article/screenosophy-what-ethical-theories-are-reflected-in-the-big-short)
- "On Giving a F**K When It's Not Your Turn: The Individual in The Wire" on ScreenPrism (http://screenprism.com/insights/article/on-giving-a-fuck-when-its-not-your-turn-the-individual-in-the-wire)
- "What do Dark City and Memento have in common?" on ScreenPrism (http://screenprism.com/insights/article/what-do-dark-city-and-memento-have-in-common)
- Quicklet on Ayn Rand's Philosophy: Who Needs It (2012)
Which classes do you teach online?
Philosophy 101: Critical Thinking
Why did you start teaching?
I confess I did not have a plan in mind. I just wanted to keep reading philosophy, and a graduate program was the place I could do so full time. As part of my grad student responsibilities, I served as a teaching assistant for a number of courses. This work included conducting discussion sections and conducting my own courses.
Teaching is immensely rewarding. I am benefitted by what I learn when discussing philosophy with class members, and by helping students achieve their academic goals. Having been in the classroom for 15 years, I can confidently say that (accidentally) becoming a teaching professor was the best career move I could make.
What advice would you give to prospective online RN to BS in Nursing students?
There are three pieces of advice I have for online RN to BS in Nursing students:
- Don't wait to ask for help. The critical thinking course's focus is on identifying, developing, and honing existing skills and capacities. Consequently, there is a lot of practice involved. A further implication of studying what you do every day is confusion — what we do every day is obvious until we start to analyze it. That's partly because stepping back to dissect our reasoning processes is unfamiliar, but also because we have developed habits that are hard to break and reconstruct. Seeking help along the way will keep you on track.
- Stick with the practice. Keep drilling the exercises.
- Know that the work we do will serve you well in all facets of your life, during stressful times and times you can carefully deliberate.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?
I am my mother's caregiver. She's been through a lot of health crises, so we've worked with a lot of hospital and doctor office professionals. In addition, my father's last days were spent in a hospital, and if it weren't for a particular nurse's advice in the middle of the night, I may not have been able to detect that it was time to call my mother to get up and get to the hospital to be with my dad when he died.
Nurses offer remarkably comprehensive care, draw from a deep well of technical and experiential knowledge, and are extraordinarily generous and efficient. They also know how to do and be these things without exhausting all their reserves. After all, they have their own lives to lead.
It seems to me that a particularly successful nurse is one who can walk into a situation and quickly assess both the personalities and the health issues involved. So, for example, almost all the nurses my mom and I have worked with understood that they're working with an elderly and fragile individual. They don't rattle off health directives, but get a sense of what my mom can handle and what should be my job as a health proxy. In my dad's case, the overnight nurse knew death was imminent, and was able to explain to me what was happening when I asked about a change in my dad's breathing. That explanation led me to call my mother to the hospital so she could be with him when he died.
Given the immense responsibilities nurses have, as well as the physical and intellectual demands made on them, it is important for nurses to be able to think on their feet. They also need to know themselves well enough to be able to shepherd their resources.
I recognize that I have been writing about crisis situations, but the same ideas apply to nurses working in doctors' offices and in the field (e.g., visiting nurses). There are myriad factors to consider as nurses perform their professional duties. These require a breadth and depth of skills similar to, or identical with, those found in an ER or hospital ward.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?
It seems to me that nurses are asked to take on more responsibilities, many of which require continually broader and deeper critical thinking skills.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.
My dad was a comedian and game show announcer.