Jesse Koenig

Jesse Koenig
Major: Philosophy
Minor: Art
Graduate: 2004

Where do you work?
What is your job title?

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Liberal Studies Department Chair, Instructor of English and Humanities

How long have you had this position?
What are your key duties?

2 years Teaching, Advising, Administrative

What kind of additional training does this job require besides your degree?
MA in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University

What is a typical day like?
Does your job involve travel?

Busy Occasional travel for assessment, professional development, and student groups

What do you like most about your job?
What do you like least?

+Summers off, variety of courses I am allowed to teach, it allows me to live in the UP 
-smiling at crabby people

How do you feel Philosophy has prepared you for this occupation?
Do you think Philosophy has prepared you better than other majors might have?

The critical thinking from philosophy helps in meetings. Yes, as far as the ability to think critically and outside the box.

Is there anything philosophical about what you do?
I'd like to think that I am trying to teach a love of knowledge where education (boarding schools, etc) has done the contrary.

What attracted you to Philosophy?
Why did you choose to major in Philosophy?

I was attracted to the minded and sometimes heated discussions about important things. I was an undeclared Junior, and I had to pick something.

What advice would you give to an up and coming student considering majoring in Philosophy?
In your studies, seek enlightenment but remember that you'll need a job someday.

What would you say to someone who was worried about the job prospects of Philosophy majors?
As I said above, it's good to think about that, to worry about that. But if you are only looking for a job, go to a technical college. You should come out of the university a different person.

Do you consider yourself a philosopher?

What is the number one thing you learned from your experiences as an undergraduate Philosophy student at NMU?
Critical analysis.

What are your current hobbies/interests?
Literary readings, alternative building methods and energy

Anything else you would like to say?
I had a good time. I miss it.