Professor Mather started his education at a community college where he earned an associates degree in Journalism from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs and spent four years writing for a small family of newspapers in Manitou Springs which is nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak. During that time he was awarded with two shared editorial writing awards from the Colorado Press Association.
After moving to Denver he returned to school and earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He then completed a graduate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Denver. He is currently working on his doctorate in Philosophy and Religion, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. His areas of specialty are environmental ethics (with an emphasis on virtue ethics) and religion and ecology.
Professor Mather has been working in higher education for 20 years, holding several roles at the University of Denver that included student support manager, instructional designer and site director for an annual international service learning program in Nepal. He has been in California for ten years and teaching for ELAC for almost as long. He primarily teaches Ethics, Logic and Introduction to Philosophy.
When not teaching or going to school himself, he enjoys hiking the San Gabriel Mountains, gardening and cooking.