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Message from the Provost
Dr. Robert Murray
The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
is responsible for the broad oversight of all academic areas of
College life – including all matters related to the faculty, as well
as areas like advising, the library, tutoring, and registration.
Working in collaboration with the Deans of the School of Arts
and Sciences, Business, and Education, the Provost maintains the
integrity of all academic programs and ensures that students are
given every opportunity and advantage we can offer to prepare
themselves for the next step after they leave us, whether for a
career or graduate school.
In the neighborhood of the New York Metropolitan Area, St. Thomas
Aquinas College offers a high-quality education that seamlessly
combines theory and practice in a way that allows students to put
their coursework into action.
Whether through cooperative classes, internships, or research
projects with faculty, our courses offer students many opportunities
for experiential learning – many of which are a stone’s throw away
in NYC, the greatest city in the world.
However, we also offer many opportunities to study beyond our
campus – to take classes in Europe or anywhere in the world you can
imagine, or to stay in the United States and study in areas a bit
closer to home.
Here on campus, all of us here at St. Thomas have dedicated our
professional lives to helping you succeed. That involves a
great deal of personalized attention, especially from our Academic
Affairs team, anchored by our amazing faculty. As a liberal
arts college with very strong pre-professional opportunities, we
want you to choose a major that prepares you for the career path you
want. However, no matter
what major you choose, I hope you get to sample our wide variety of
course offerings as a way to expand your horizons and begin to see
the world around you in a different way. We all work
diligently to make sure that you graduate as a strong critical
thinker and a lifelong learner, and there’s no better way to achieve
that goal than to experience as many new ideas as possible.
To those of you who are engaged in the college decision-making
process, I am sure that if you look carefully at our interesting
courses, our expert faculty, and our innovative new facilities you
will see that St. Thomas Aquinas College is your best choice.
There is no other college like it.
To those who are already here – you are always welcome to stop by
my office in Spellman 105A to say hello and tell me how things are
going for you here at the College!
Dr. Murray was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs on July 1, 2015 after serving as the Dean of the School of
Arts and Sciences from 2012-2015 and Chair of the Division of
Humanities from 2008-2012, in addition he holds the rank of
Professor of English. He
also served as Director of the Writing Program at the College.
Dr. Murray joined the faculty in 1998 after teaching at the
Virginia Military Institute, Princeton University, and Rutgers
University. He received
his PhD in English from Rutgers University.
He has done research in the areas of 19th Century
American Literature, especially Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as in
literary realism and naturalism and African-American literature.
He has published work on composition theory, specifically on
race and asymmetrical power relationships in a writing class.