Year Appointed: 2011
University of Richmond, Communications, Religious Studies- B.A.
Harvard University, Religious Studies – M. Div.
Indiana University; Ethics, Philosophy, and Politics in the Study of Religion – Ph.D.
Dr. King teaches Calculus with Analytic Geometry I and Statistics at CBGS. His statistics classes are built around hypothetical research scenarios, as well the real-word field studies students participate in at CBGS. Math and science “give us a glimpse of how amazing and wonderful the world around us truly is, even in its minutia,” says Dr. King.
Dr. King’s career has been circuitous, beginning as an undergraduate in mathematics and computer science, shifting to religious studies and ethics, and eventually leading him back to teaching mathematics at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School. A common factor in all of this has been an interest in teaching, however, whether it be to college students interested in Levinas, Kant, or Leibniz, or calculus students studying the work of, well, Leibniz. “The truth is that our greatest philosophers were sometimes also our greatest scientists and mathematicians,” Dr. King says. “These classical thinkers were often interested in many things and became experts in multiple disciplines. Both of the inventors of Calculus — Newton and Leibniz — were masters in other fields as well. Newton gave us some of the greatest scientific advancements of his time and Leibniz was also a formidable philosopher.”
Dr. King’s also believes that his divinity school training allows him to be more compassionate and responsive to the needs of the students in his classes. When he’s not teaching students to be excited about math and statistics, Dr. King enjoys being involved with technology as CBGS’s Webmaster, and reading science fiction.