Faculty Announcements

May 14, 2018

Dr. Benjamin Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy has been voted Aquinas College faculty member of the year for 2018.

Dr. Smith’s love of wisdom, his ability to delve into the principles of an argument and facility for asking questions, compose the essence of his scholarship and teaching. As I shared with the faculty and staff recently, when I was teaching at St. Cecilia Academy in the 90’s, I heard students speaking of Ben Smith, the lineman at Davidson Academy, who would ask the Sisters “deep questions.”

Dr. Smith received his BA from Belmont University, and his MA from Catholic University and PhD from the Center of Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. He joined the Aquinas faculty in 2007.  

At Aquinas, Dr. Smith worked closely with his colleagues to prepare and developing courses in business ethics, healthcare ethics, metaphysics, ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. In his committee work, he has advocated for the faculty and sought ways to expand programs.  He established The Socratic Club, and Friday mornings featured strong coffee and animated conversations with students, faculty, staff and alumni.

As a scholar he has contributed articles to The Thomist, and presented at conferences at Belmont, Vanderbilt, Diocese of Nashville, St. Meinrad Seminary, American Maritain Association.

In service, he has served as treasurer of the St. Joseph School board, where his children are enrolled,  and has volunteered with Room at the Inn.   

Dr. Smith’s students have complimented not only his “well selected texts and readings,” but his help in explaining and clarifying “the esoteric and deeply complex theories and leading the genuine enthusiasm towards not just an understanding of the ideas of individual figures and periods, but rather a cumulative grasp of the interactions and interrelations of the ideas of vastly different figures and periods.” 

As one of Dr. Smith’s colleagues has said, “I can always count on Dr. Smith to uphold the integrity of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, especially as expressed in a liberal arts curriculum. Additionally, I can always depend on Dr. Smith’s personal approach to his courses, and more importantly his students, to be demanding but fair, thorough, lively and a model of Christian charity.” 

Additionally, the following changes in faculty rank were announced by the Office of the Vice President for Academics.

Hope Link, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Psychology

Vince Ryan, Ph.D, Associate Professor, History