Thomas A. Simonds, SJ
Thomas A. Simonds, SJ

Thomas A. Simonds, SJ

Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Department of Education
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Education

Position

  • Associate Professor

Biography

Thomas A. Simonds, S.J., Ed.D. is a Catholic priest and associate professor of Education at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, USA. His primary teaching and advising focus is the preparation of middle school and high school teachers. Before teaching at the college level, Tom Simonds held a number of teaching and leadership positions in secondary schools. Tom Simonds is the author of more than twenty articles on faith-based values education, school violence prevention, bullying prevention, and online learning. His published books include: School Violence Prevention Workbook: Stopping Harassment and Hazing, and Advent and Christmas Reflections: Ideas for Teaching the Catholic Faith in the Home, School, and Parish, both published by the National Catholic Educational Association. Tom Simonds has been teaching online since 2007, and has been conducting research into the best ways to teach online since 2008.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Simonds, T. A. Advent and Christmas reflections: Ideas for teaching the Catholic faith in the home, school, and parish. Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association., National Catholic Educational Association, 2010
  • Simonds, T. A. School violence prevention workbook: Stopping harassment and hazing. Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association., 2009

Articles

  • Inviting Alumni to Help Write a New Story for Catholic Schools, Momentum, 49,2, 38-39; 81, 2018
  • Telling the New Story of Your Catholic School, Momentum, 48,3, 48-51; 89, 2017
  • Writing a New Story for Catholic Schools: Explaining Why Catholic Schools Are Worth the Investment, Part I ROI Indicators, Part II Debunking Catholic School Myths, Momentum, 48,2, 42-48; 89-90, 2017
  • Writing a New Story for Catholic Schools: How to Make Your Story Come Alive, Momentum, 47,4, 42-45; 98, 2016
  • *Simonds, T. A. How to start writing your story., Momentum, 47(2), 32-34; 72, 2016
  • Peer Course Review as a Means to Support Adjunct Faculty in an Online Program., The International Journal of Educational Organization & Leadership, 23,3, 1-13, 2016
  • Writing a New Story for Catholic Schools, Momentum, 46,4, 34-38;74, 2015
  • Simonds, T. A., & Brock, B. L. Relationship between age, experience, and student preference for types of learning activities in online courses. Journal of Educators Online, available at http://thejeo.com/Archives/Volume11Number1/SimondsBrock.pdf, Journal of Educators Online, 11(1), 2014
  • Simonds, T. A. Resources and strategies to address bullying., Momentum, 45(1), 37-39, 2014
  • Simonds, T. A., & Brock, B. L. Discovering effective ways to teach online., International Journal of Technologies in Learning, 19(2), 93-106, 2013
  • Simonds, T. A. Violent incidents in religiously affiliated K-12 schools in the United States., Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 12(2), 113-122, 2012
  • Cook, T. J., & Simonds, T. A. The charism of 21st century Catholic schools: Building a culture of relationships. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 14(3), 319-333. Note: This article was published in German in Ordens Nachrichten,, Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 50(3),, 18-31., 2011
  • Simonds, T. A. School crisis planning: A case study, Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 10, 57-65, 2010
  • Simonds, T. A. Student on student harassment in United States Catholic schools: Prevalence and prevention, Journal of Catholic School Studies, 81, 35-42, 2009
  • Simonds, Thomas A. Violence Prevention in United States Society of Jesus Secondary Schools, Journal of School Violence, 8, 191-204, 2009
  • Simonds, T. A. School safety drills as a means to improve school safety plans., Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 8(5), , 1-10., 2008

General

  • Simonds, T. A. The best way to prevent bullying in Catholic elementary schools., Momentum, 45 (4), 11-14, 2014

Presentations

  • *Simonds, T. A., Brock, B. L., & Engel, M. T. (2016, July). Writing a new story for Catholic schools—keeping our schools really different. Institute for Catholic School Leaders, Omaha, NE. Type of conference: National Type of presentation: Peer reviewed; co-presented, 2016
  • *Simonds, T. A., Brock, B. L., & Engel, M. T. (2016, July). Peer course review as a means to support adjunct faculty in an online program. International Conference on Learning, Vancouver, Canada. Type of conference: International Type of presentation: Peer reviewed; co-presented, 2016
  • Stop bullying by changing your students’ hearts and minds. Education Law Symposium, Louisville, KY. Type of conference: National Type of presentation: Invited, 2016
  • Five steps to a safer school. Education Law Symposium, Louisville, KY. Type of conference: National Type of presentation: Invited, 2016
  • Writing a New Story for Catholic Schools--Rethinking Finances Webinar National Catholic Educational Association, 2016
  • Cook, T. J., & Simonds, T. A. (2015, July). The charism of 21st-century Catholic schools: Building a culture of relationships. Keynote presentation at 21st-Century Catholic Schools National Conference, Omaha, NE. Type of conference: National Type of presentation: Invited, co-authored, co presented, 2015
  • Simonds, T. A. (2014, July). Creating a bullying prevention program: Practical & legal issues. Presentation at Education Law Symposium, Louisville, KY., 2014
  • Simonds, T. A. (2013, July). Making schools safer: Lessons learned from Columbine, Sandy Hook, and incidents in religious schools 1891-2012. Presentation at Education Law Symposium, Louisville, KY., 2013
  • Simonds, T. A. (2012, August). Discovering effective ways to teach online. Research paper presented at the International Conference on Learning, London, United Kingdom., 2012
  • Simonds, T. A. (2012, July). Violence in religious schools: Prevention, crisis management, and legal responsibilities. Presentation at Education Law Symposium, Louisville, KY., 2012
  • Simonds, T. A., & Quinn, K. M. (2009, July). Emergency response plans: Research, case study, legal issues. Presentation at Education Law Symposium, Louisville, KY., 2009
  • Simonds, T. A., & Quinn, K. M. (2008, October). When the crisis drill becomes real. Presentation at Chief Administrators of Catholic Education Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK., 2008

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

    • Strategies to reduce bullying behavior in schools
    • Effective online teaching and learning strategies
    • P-12 Catholic school curriculum development and leadership practices

Current Research Projects

  • Engel, M. T., Fussell, R., Hearn, J. L., Simonds, T. A., Brock, B. L., & Cook, T. J. (anticipated 2019). Your Catholic school’s identity: Name it, claim it, and build on it. Book accepted for publication by the National Catholic Educational Association.

    *Simonds, T. A. (2018). Inviting alumni to help write a new story for Catholic schools. Momentum, 49(2; spring), 38-39; 81. www.ncea.org/momentum

    *Simonds, T. A., Brock, B. L., Cook, T. J., & Engel, M. T. (2017). Seminarian perspectives on Catholic schools and the New Evangelization. Journal of Catholic Education, 20(2), 98-108.
    http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/ce/
    Type of journal: peer-reviewed
     
    Readership: scholars, faculty, and leaders in Catholic  education at all levels from Kindergarten through graduate and professional schools
     
    Publisher: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
     
    Impact factor: “The Journal of Catholic Education (formerly Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice) is the only refereed research journal in the United States devoted to Catholic Education. Each issue maintains a balance of articles focused on K-12 and higher education. Thus, The Journal of Catholic Education appeals to K-12 teachers and administrators, diocesan and parish staff, and professors and administrators in higher education” (journal website).
     
    Downloads from Journal Website: 161
    The number of downloads of my article from the journal’s website provides one measure of the impact of my scholarly work in my field by measuring how many scholars and practitioners have consulted my work.

    *Simonds, T. A., & Engel, M. T. (2017, October). Your Catholic school’s identity: Name it, claim it, build on it. Diocese of Grand Island, NE annual teacher conference, Kearney, NE.
    Type of conference: Regional
    Type of presentation: Invited, co-presented
     
    *Simonds, T. A., & Engel, M. T. (2017, April). A total school vision: Planning to be known as Catholic. National Catholic Educational Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.
    Type of conference: National
    Type of presentation: Peer-reviewed, co-presented

    *Simonds, T. A., & Brock, B. L. (2014). Relationship between age, experience, and student preference for types of learning activities in online courses. Journal of Educators Online, 11(1). http://thejeo.com
    Type of journal: peer-reviewed
               
    Readership: scholars and higher education faculty and staff
                interested in online education
     
    Publisher: The Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University
     
    Acceptance Rate: 20-25% (Cabell’s Journal Directory)
     
    Google Scholar Citations: 26
    Google scholar provides a measure of how many times an
    author’s work has been cited in publications by other scholars.  So this criteria provides one way to demonstrate that my scholarly work is making an impact in my field.

    Cook, T. J., & Simonds, T. A. (2011). The charism of 21st century Catholic schools: Building a culture of relationships. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 14(3), 319-333.
    http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/ce/.
    Notes: This article was also published in German in Ordens Nachrichten, 50(3), 18-31. 
    Google Scholar Citations: 47
    Downloads from Journal Website: 620
     

Awards and Honors

  • Summer Scholar, 2009