An undergraduate experience should be transformative. Career preparation and campus life are elements of a student's journey to adulthood, to be sure. However the role the faculty play in developing critical thinking skills, self-confidence and motivation to achieve is paramount.
Stonehill faculty members have long been recognized as passionate educators, experts in their fields and, above all, dedicated to the success and preparedness of graduates.
At Stonehill, the faculty comes together in a unique community to help students discover their passions. Our campus culture is shaped by a long tradition of free inquiry and engagement with theological and philosophical ideas. As a Catholic institution founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, our sense of common purpose unites faculty and students in work that not only broadens the mind but also contributes to the greater good.
“It’s exactly what I’ve always wanted to do – teach the Bible and religion in a four-year undergraduate college.” Leith also serves on the First-Year Experience Committee, which provides programs to help students with the transition to college life and the Stonehill community. “I watch the students grow, and it’s really fun! They open their eyes and become more aware of the global context.”
At the end of a long semester of learning complex computations and theories, you might expect Computer Science Professor Shai Simonson to challenge students with a tough final exam. What you might not expect is that he also invites them out onto the Stonehill athletic fields for a game of Ultimate.
Eugene Quinn, assistant professor of mathematics, is fascinated by data. For 27 years he crunched numbers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Providence Washington Insurance Group and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
But in 2003, when his job was outsourced, he decided to go back to school. The year he finished his Ph.D., Quinn got a one-year teaching appointment at Stonehill and was then hired full time.
Students in Professor Maureen Boyle's classes are building proficiency in the latest digital media tools. Offering access to technology and digital delivery know-how, the award-winning writer is preparing the next generation of reporters for success.
For Professor Bronwyn Heather Bleakley, finding the spark that will ignite a passion for what students are learning is paramount.
Bleakley has taken the most passive part of learning, watching a faculty member lecture, and moved it online for students to view outside of scheduled class time. This allows her to use class to connect with students one-on-one or in groups while they complete case studies and problem-solving sets – assignments that might have traditionally been done as homework.
For nearly 20 years, Liotta has worked collaboratively with students, some as early as their freshman year, in the organic chemistry lab and in the field as part of Stonehill’s research initiatives. Today he is the chair of the Chemistry Department and proud to be part of a faculty made up of preeminent scholars and researchers.
Since arriving at Stonehill, Esty has worked to share her enthusiasm for math with students. A believer in math as a social endeavor, Esty facilitated the opening of the college’s first Math Lounge, a destination for students to work on problems, share ideas and enjoy math together.
Leone proved this point when he helped launch Stonehill’s Los Angeles Internship program in 2010. Based on the success of Chris Gagne, ’09, in securing an entertainment internship, Leone worked with Chris and other students to place students in positions at CBS, MGM, Warner Brothers Records and others.
Capobianco says he “always knew” he wanted to be a teacher, and that indeed he is happiest when fostering that give-and-take with students. Capobianco was drawn to Stonehill more than 25 years ago by a sense that philosophy was valued by the institution. “There was a tradition of teaching philosophy here that was longstanding,” he says. “I could tell that it mattered.”