Academics

Faculty

School of Arts & Sciences

Aaron Urbanczyk, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences
(615) 297-7545 ext. 434
(615) 292-6094 fax
email: urbanczyka@aquinascollege.edu

For detailed profiles of faculty members by discipline, please visit the pages of the School’s respective majors:

Faculty

Collin T. Ballance, Ed.D. Professor, Mathematics School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x491

Ed.D., Memphis State University
M.Ed., Memphis State University
B.S., University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Gregory W. Bennett, D.C. Associate Professor, Biological Sciences School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x485

D.C., Life University
B.A., University of Delaware

Thomas E. Bianconi Adjunct, Biological Sciences School of Arts & Sciences

M.S., University of Tennessee – Knoxville
B.S., University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Melanie W. Bishop, D.D.S. Adjunct, Biological Sciences School of Arts & Sciences

D.D.S., The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Richard H. Bulzacchelli, S.T.D. Associate Professor, Theology School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x402

S.T.D., International Marian Research Institute
S.T.L., Dominican House of Studies
M.A., Providence College
M.A., Marquette University
B.A., Saint Vincent College

Kari L. Byard Assistant to the Vice President for Academics Adjunct, Information SystemsSchool of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x449

B.S., Bethel University

Karen K. Deal, M.D./Ph.D. Adjunct, Biological Sciences School of Arts & Sciences

M.D./Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
B.S., University of Pittsburgh

John T. Duckett Adjunct, Sociology School of Arts & Sciences

M.Div., Vanderbilt University
M.S.S.W., University of Tennessee
B.A., Vanderbilt University

George E. Gaffney, Ph.D. Adjunct, Latin School of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
B.A., Vanderbilt University

Sister Elinor Gardner, O.P., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Philosophy School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x550

Ph.D., Boston College
B.A., Saint Anselm College

Frank M. Hatcher, Ph.D. Professor, Biological Sciences School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x403

Ph.D., Louisiana State University
M.S., Northwestern State University of Louisiana
B.S., Louisiana State University

Katherine V. Haynes, Ph.D. Associate Professor, English School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x490

Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University
M.T.S., Emory University
B.A., Mercer University

Frances D. Henderson, Ph.D. Adjunct, English School of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Xavier University
B.S., Vanderbilt University

MaryAltani Karpos, Ph.D. Adjunct, Sociology School of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
M.S., California State University
B.S., California State University

Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., S.T.D. Assistant Professor, Theology School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x

S.T.D., The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – Rome, Italy
S.T.L., The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – Rome, Italy
S.T.B., The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – Rome, Italy
M.A., University of Dallas
B.A. Post-Baccalaureate, Aquinas College
B.A., University of Dallas

Walter E. Mann, Ph.D. Adjunct, Music School of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.M., Memphis State University
B.M. Memphis State University

Sister Bernadette Mathieson, O.P. Adjunct, Theology School of Arts & Sciences
Steve J. McCarthy Assistant Professor, History School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x466

M.A.T., Memphis State University
M.A., Memphis State University
B.A., St. Benedict’s College

Michael J. McCaughey, Ph.D. Adjunct, Information Systems School of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., University of Illinois – Urbana
M.S., University of Illinois – Urbana
B.S., University of Notre Dame

Elizabeth C. McGovern Adjunct, Sociology School of Arts & Sciences

M.S.S.W., University of Tennessee – Knoxville
B.A., University of Kentucky

Katherine J. Morrice Adjunct, Spanish School of Arts & Sciences

M.Ed., Auburn University
M.M., University of Massachusetts – Amherst
B.M., North Carolina School of Arts

Julie Petcu Adjunct, Biological Sciences School of Arts & Sciences

M.Ed., Regis University
M.S., University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Boston University

Sister Mary Dominic Pitts, O.P., Ph.D. Professor, English School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x453

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., Univeristy of Michigan
M.A., Providence College
B.A., Birmingham-Southern College

Fay W. Renardson Adjunct, Art School of Arts & Sciences

B.A., Vanderbilt University

Randy W. Rudder Adjunct, English School of Arts & Sciences

M.A., Tennessee State University
B.A., Mount Union College

Vince T. Ryan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, History School of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x443

Ph.D., St. Louis University
M.A., St. Louis University
B.A., University of San Francisco

Shannon K. Seals Adjunct, Biological Sciences School of Arts & Sciences

M.Ed., Middle Tennessee State University
B.A., Lipscomb University

William C. Smart, Ph.D. Associate Provost Associate Professor, Biological SciencesOffice of Academics (615) 297-7545 x478

Ph.D., University of Tennessee – Memphis
B.A., University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Benjamin L. Smith, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, PhilosophySchool of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x448

Ph.D., University of St. Thomas – Houston
M.A., Catholic University of America
B.A., Belmont University

Aaron Urbanczyk, Ph.D. Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Director of the Write REASON CenterAssociate Professor, English (615) 297-7545 x434

Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., Franciscan University of Steubenville
B.A., Franciscan University of Steubenville

Sister Jean Marie Warner, O.P. Adjunct, Philosophy School of Arts & Sciences

M.Ed., University of Southern Mississippi
M.A., Catholic University of America
B.A., Notre Dame College

Joan Watson Assistant Director of Catechetics Adjunct, CatecheticsSchool of Arts & Sciences (615) 297-7545 x469

M.A., Franciscan University
B.A., Christendom College

Office of the School of Arts & Sciences:

4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-7545 ext. 609
Fax: (615) 783-0562
artssciences@aquinascollege.edu

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Arts & Sciences Magazine Articles

"It’s important to me to have good role models and to have teachers who believe that I can succeed and challenge me in my studies as well as my faith."

- Lauren
Student

The professors are superb. We have small class sizes and a close community and family feel. It fosters human flourishing. We love it!

- Arts & Sciences Student

"The academics here at Aquinas College will require lots of hard work and time, but there is so much academic support, and lots of people who love to just get together and study."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

If you want to learn how to think, not only what to think, then Arts & Sciences at Aquinas College is the place to be. It provides a unique environment where you will be able to grow intellectually and spiritually, preparing you for anything the future could bring.

- Arts & Sciences Student

The Aquinas College program enables you to engage in course material in an in depth way because of the small class sizes and the teachers’ attention to detail.

- Arts & Sciences Student

"I love all my professors. They care about their students and challenge them. Their faith is number one in their lives and that’s what matters the most to me."

- Lauren
Student

As a liberal arts student, I feel continually encouraged to ask questions so that I may contribute to the betterment of myself and society. The faculty at Aquinas come from various backgrounds and specialties, each adding to the overall education process that makes a student a lover of wisdom.

- Andy L.
Arts & Sciences student

"The faculty is so nice and enthusiastic! They are always willing to help."

- Abbey
Student

Studying the liberal arts at Aquinas College will only give you freedom—freedom from the restraint of ignorance, from the tyranny of complacence.

- Christa N.
Arts & Sciences student

I study Arts & Sciences at Aquinas College because the professors genuinely care about the formation of the whole person and want the mind to be formed in a truly classical education.

- Pamela S.
Arts & Sciences student