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

Thomas A. Simonds, SJ, EdD

Professor
Associate Chair, Facilitate accreditation activities, complete reports to external agencies, hire adjunct faculty, student selection and retention, assist chair with a variety of duties
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Education

Position

  • Professor

Biography

Father Tom Simonds is a Catholic priest and a member of the Society of Jesus. He is currently Timms Professor of Humanities at Creighton University in Omaha, NE and oversees the undergraduate core curriculum. He has held a number of leadership positions in Catholic secondary schools including principal and school trustee. Father Tom is the author of 18 articles on Catholic educational issues. He has authored two books: School Violence Prevention Workbook, and Advent and Christmas Reflections for Teachers; and has co-authored one book: Your School’s Catholic Identity: Name It, Claim It, and Build on It. All these books are available from the National Catholic Educational Association.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Sole author. Writing a new story for Catholic schools., National Catholic Educational Association, 2022
  • Engel, M. T., Fussell, R., Hearn, J. L., Simonds, T. A., Brock, B. L., & Cook, T. J. Your Catholic school’s identity: Name it, claim it, and build on it., National Catholic Educational Association, 2021
  • 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
  • Seminarian perspectives on Catholic schools and the New Evangelization, Journal of Catholic Education, 20, 2, 98-108, 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
    • P-12 Catholic school mission integration and leadership practices

Current Research Projects

  • Simonds, T. A., Cook, T. J., Engel, M. T., Fussell, R. D., Hearn, J. L., & Meyer, J. (In press). Preparing priests to lead parish schools: Concerns and recommendations. Journal of Catholic Education.
     
    Cook, T. J., Fussell, R. D., Simonds, T. A. (article under review). The Catholic superintendency: systemic problems leading to low retention rates. International Studies in Catholic Education.
     
    Simonds, T. A., *Annable, J., & Fussell, R. D. (anticipated spring 2022). National standards and benchmarks for effective executive leaders of Catholic school systems (NSBEELS).
    Notes.*National Catholic Educational Association Director of Academic Excellence. This project is based on original research conducted by Timothy J. Cook, Ronald D. Fussell, and Thomas A. Simonds, S.J.
     
    Simonds, T. A., Rosales, M. R., Appleget, C., Cook, T. J., Fussell, R. D., *Philippe, K., & Roedlach, A. (anticipated spring 2022). Experiences of Latino/a students and their families in Catholic high schools in a mid-western diocese.
    Notes.*Creighton graduate student in elementary education. Renzo Rosales, S.J. and Thomas A. Simonds, S.J. were the lead investigators for this study.

Awards and Honors

  • Summer Scholar, 2009