Academic Departments

Thomas Sullivan, Ph.D.

Office: Holway, 2nd Floor

Tel: 617-243-2059

Email: TPSullivan@lasell.edu

Department: Humanities


Degrees:

  • M.S., Mental Health Counseling, University of Massachusetts, Boston, June 2013
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1993
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, June 1981
  • B.A., cum laude, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, June 1978

Biography:
Tom Sullivan is the newly appointed Coordinator of the Junior Ethics experience here at Lasell, where he has served as the Director of the Center for Spiritual Life for the last six years. Dr. Sullivan's responsibilities at Lasell include designing and developing an ethics experience course for the entire Junior class, as well as leading an annual service learning trip to Tanzania. As Director of Spiritual Life, Dr. Sullivan's responsibilities included implementing a genuinely multifaith ministry for a diverse student population, providing counseling for students, faculty, and staff, and teaching Philosophy and Ethics. Before moving to Lasell, Dr. Sullivan was Director of Spiritual Life at first Babson College and then Roger Williams University. While at Babson he developed yearly trips to South Africa to teach entrepreneurship to disadvantaged teenagers, advised trips to Uganda and Sri Lanka to work on economic development, and hosted the annual Symposium on Business and Spirituality from 2000 to 2007. In 2007 he earned the Aaron Feuerstein Award for Spirituality in Business. During his time at Babson, Dr. Sullivan developed and delivered three MBA Business Ethics curricula, including a blended online/face-to-face version for Babson's Fast Track program. Dr. Sullivan has also taught philosophy at the University of New Hampshire, Roger Williams University, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His interests include reading, home repair, and sports (mostly his children's' sports!); he currently resides in Medfield, MA. Tom has recently celebrated the birth of his first grandchild (!).

Courses:

  • PHIL302 - Ethical Reasoning
  • SVL214 - Shoulder-to-Shoulder Tanzania

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
My teaching philosophy is that the best way to learn philosophy is by doing it - there is lots of discussion in my courses, writing (and rewriting) and critical thinking - and not much lecturing. The same philosophy applies to the Tanzania service learning experience, where we teach English in a rural school in Tanzania.