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. Soon enough, you’ll know Providence College faculty are serious about academic excellence.
Providence College Faculty Authors Series promotes the breadth and depth of scholarship undertaken by recently published faculty members through video interviews.
To Dr. Ray Sickinger, a PC education isn’t about teaching students to be the best in the world, but rather the best for the world. This has a lot to do with the College’s Catholic, Dominican identity.
“Dominicans are committed to both faith and reason,” says Sickinger, a 1971 PC graduate. “Even if a student doesn’t consider himself or herself a person of faith, they’re still seeking understanding. PC provides its students with a wonderful opportunity to reflect deeply on life’s issues.”
With reflection comes transformation. This is why social work professor Dr. Marian Mattison teaches many of her classes through self-discovery, allowing students to discern and develop their own personal style of learning and being.
“Students are encouraged to engage in dialogue through which they reveal their uniqueness,” says Mattison. “In contemplating the views of others, students often reposiftion and deepen their convictions; this gives rise to transformation. In that way, the Catholic, Dominican identity is quite visible.”
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:
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. Nuria Alonso García: For years, Alonso García has partnered with Providence nonprofits to support populations with limited English proficiency. Recently, she received a Fulbright Scholar Global Teaching English as a Foreign Language Award (TEFL) to Saint Petersburg, Russia where she taught seminars and lead workshops.
Dr. Thomas Strasser: For the past 20 years, Strasser has participated in archaeological excavations in Crete. A few years ago, 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.