Matthew S. Stockton
I’ve been teaching at PCC since 2001 with the majority of my classes being offered at the Sylvania campus in a physical classroom. I was raised in the Portland area and finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon with a major in cultural anthropology and only a minor in philosophy (I will likely share this story at some point). After my graduation in 1995, I moved to Jackson, WY to snowboard for a couple of seasons which was a brilliant and transformative experience. This was followed by a couple of stints in Washington, DC and Costa Rica before I moved to Missoula, MT to study ethics at the University of Montana. My studies there culminated in 2000 with me completing a MA in Philosophy and moving back to Portland where I started teaching philosophy at Linfield College and PCC. Since then I’ve earned another Master’s Degree in 2006. This one in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Lewis & Clark College with which I operated my own private counseling practice from 2006-2010 working with individuals, couples, and families. While initially done to supplement my income as an adjunct instructor I also found the experience enriched my teaching greatly. Having since become a full-time instructor, I’ve since retired from active practice. However, feel free to approach me if you have any specific issues in life that you’d like some quick perspective on. In 2010 I was hired into the full-time Philosophy ranks at PCC and am currently serving as the Faculty Department Chair for Philosophy and Psychology at the Sylvania campus.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.