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​Faculty Distinctiveness

​Want to understand what makes our faculty exceptional? What makes them incomparable teachers and celebrated scholars?

Start by watching Dr. Fred Drogula in this video. Then, explore the rest of this page. By the end of your brief journey, you’ll know Providence College faculty are serious about academic excellence.


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Two Rhode Island Professors of the Year

Each year, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education honors higher education professors through its U.S. Professor of the Year program. We have two on our faculty. Meet them:


​Beyond Providence

Armed with funding from organizations like the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright program, many of our faculty members go abroad to further their scholarship or conduct research. Quite often, the outcomes of these journeys are astonishing. Here are a couple:



Dr. Thomas Strasser: For the past 20 years, Strasser has participated in archaeological excavations in Crete. In 2010, a team led by Strasser made a discovery that forever changed the way we look at Mediterranean seafarers.




Dr. Stephen Mecca: In 2009, Mecca was a visiting physics professor at the University of Ghana. Appalled by health issues that were caused by a lack of sanitation, Mecca invented a low-flush, sustainable toilet that was sanitary and dignified. Learn more about this and other work he does with the Ghana Sustainable Aid Project.

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity