Academics

Meet the Faculty

School of Arts & Sciences

Richard Bulzacchelli, S.T.D.

Dr. Richard H. Bulzacchelli is Assistant Professor of Theology in the School of Arts & Sciences and a Senior Fellow with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He has been teaching at Aquinas College since late May of 2004, and helped develop Aquinas College’s Bachelor of Arts major in Theology. Dr. Bulzacchelli is also the founding faculty sponsor of the Synaxis of St. John the Divine, Aquinas College’s student theology society. As a college professor of theology, he wants his to understand the dogmatic center of the Church’s teaching, and is known for his constant refrain, “Let’s go deeper,” and for asking questions like, “what’s at stake in this idea?”

Bulzacchelli took his B.A. in philosophy from Saint Vincent College, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, before moving on to the M.A. in Christian philosophy from Marquette University, and the M.A. in religious studies from Providence College. From Providence, Bulzacchelli went to Washington, DC, where he earned the S.T.L. in systematic theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (the Dominican House of Studies). He completed his formal studies at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio, where he earned the S.T.D. with a specialization in Mariology and concentrations in theological anthropology and the thought of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II. The International Marian Research Institute is an ecclesiastical institute affiliated with the Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum in Rome, Italy. Dr. Bulzacchelli also holds the Mandatum, and has willingly offered a public profession of faith.

Dr. Bulzacchelli is a popular public speaker and is active in the Mariological Society of America. He is published on a range of topics in theology and philosophy, including Elohim Created: A New Look at the First Creation Narrative (The Aggiornamento Project, 2012) and Judged by the Law of Freedom: A History of the Faith-Works Controversy and a Resolution in the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas.

School of Business

Michael Watson

Mike WatsonMichael Watson joined the Aquinas School of Business faculty in 2004 after a distinguished career as a finance executive in marketing R&D, manufacturing, and services organizations. His experience included positions at Ford Motor Company, Lotus Development Corporation (IBM), Digital Equipment Corporation (HP), Polaroid Corporation, and Rockwell Automation. Mr. Watson served in both operations management and financial controlling positions with Digital and as controller for both European and North American regions for Polaroid.

Mr. Watson earned the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Lowell Technological Institute and the Master of Science in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Along with this strong educational background he brings a wealth of practical knowledge to the classroom in the areas of strategic planning, corporate governance, international management, business start-ups, business acquisitions, capital investment analysis, operations research applications, and business systems design and implementation.

Mike consistently receives outstanding student reviews that reflect how effectively he has translated his vast experience to the classroom. His numerical ratings are generally in the 90th percentile and examples of student comments about his classes include:

Outside the classroom Mr. Watson serves on a number of College committees and serves as academic adviser to students in the School of Business. He and his wife of 42 years Mary have two grown sons and three grandchildren. Mr. Watson is a member of the Dominican Laity.

School of Education

Sister Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P.

Sister Matthew MarieSister Matthew Marie, a 1983 graduate of Aquinas College, has served on the faculty at the College since 1998, and is currently a professor in the School of Education, teaching both graduate and undergraduate students, particularly in the areas of foundations of public and Catholic education in America as well as instruction regarding integration of technology for effective instruction and using data to inform instruction. Sister also supervises students during their final semester as they enter classrooms for student teaching.

To further inform her teaching and for the benefit of the students, Sister Matthew Marie and Sister Elizabeth Anne, Vice-president for Academics, co-edited the book, Behold the Heritage: Foundations of Education in the Dominican Tradition, a collection of essays and Vatican documents on Catholic education.

The faculty advisor for the ASCD student chapter, Sister guides the students in activities, raising funds for the Kenyan student whose education they support. With Sister Matthew Marie’s leadership, the ASCD students attend national conferences, beginning the practice of enriching their careers through professional development before they even enter a classroom of their own.

In addition to her dedication to teaching at Aquinas, Sister Matthew Marie is a national speaker on the integration of technology in classroom instruction, curriculum, and the development of professional dispositions in the pre-service teacher.

Sister Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P. and Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P. will be presenting at this year’s NCEA Conference in Houston, Texas, April 2-4, 2013. Their session, Behold the Heritage!, will illustrate the Church’s deep care for Catholic education by examining recent Church documents. The examination highlights the role and dignity of the teacher in realizing the mission of the Catholic school.

School of Nursing

Lydia Grubb, R.N.

Lydia GrubbLydia completed her B.S.N. from the University of Tennessee in Memphis and her M.S.N. from Vanderbilt University. She was an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University followed by her employment for several years as a private duty nurse with a high profile member of the health care community. It was while she was in her role as a private duty nurse that she began her employment at Aquinas College in 1987 as an adjunct clinical instructor for the A.S.N. program teaching Fundamentals of Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing I and II. Only when her private duty role came to an end would she consider a full time faculty position. It was in 1990 when she was appointed to her full time position teaching Medical Surgical Nursing I & II. While Aquinas College and the nursing program has experienced many changes, one constant in the A.S.N. program has been Lydia Grubb teaching Medical Surgical Nursing.

In addition to teaching full time as an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Lydia keeps busy with her other interests. She is a part time P.R.N. Nursing Supervisor for Centennial Medical Center Women’s Hospital. She helps nurses who have been out of nursing practice for greater than five years return to practice by teaching them in a Nurse Refresher course. She teaches this seven week course two to three times per year in conjunction with St. Thomas Hospital. Lydia spends two weeks every summer at Camp Laney in Mentone, Alabama in the role of Camp Nurse. Her summers have also included supervising students during the Medical Surgical Boot Camp experience as adjunct faculty for Vanderbilt University.

Lydia loves nursing and she loves to teach but her favorite and most valued time is spent with her husband Gerald, their three sons, and, most importantly, with her two grandchildren.

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"The faculty at Aquinas College makes sure they challenge students and make us work for the grades we receive, but at the same time they know we may struggle and they make the students very aware that they want us to succeed and that they are here at the College to help us along the way."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student