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 fifteen 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.

Education

  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Doctor of Education in Catholic School Leadership 2005

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

  • *Simonds, T. A. How to start writing your story., Momentum, 47(2), 32-34; 72, 2016
  • 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. The pilgrimage retreat, Momentum, 41, 56-57, 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. Applying the encyclical letters of Pope Benedict XVI to Catholic schools, Momentum, 40, 61-63, 2009
  • Simonds, T. A., & Dickel, C. T. What Catholic educators need to know about school violence. 15., NCEA Notes, 2009
  • Simonds, T. A. School safety drills as a means to improve school safety plans., Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 8(5), , 1-10., 2008
  • Simonds, T. A. Preventing violence. 15., NCEA Notes, 2007
  • Simonds, T. A. Educator development series: Spiritual relationships., Today's Catholic Teacher, 42-47, 2007
  • Simonds, T. A. Spirituality for the Catholic school classroom., Today's Catholic Teacher, 50-51, 2006
  • Simonds, T. A. Aquinas and abortion., Linacre Quarterly, 61,, 10-17. , 1994

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., & Brock, B. L. (2011, November). Uncovering the best ways to teach online. Presentation at Creighton University Time Out for Lunch Faculty Forum, Omaha, NE., 2011
  • Simonds, T. A. (2011, July). Preventing serious violence in religious schools: What history, research, and the law can teach us. Presentation at Education Law Symposium, Louisville, KY., 2011
  • Simonds, T. A. (2010, April). Prevention of student-on-student harassment. Presentation at National Catholic Educational Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN., 2010
  • 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. (2009, April). Involve students and be creative, innovative strategies to address bullying and hazing. Presentation at National Catholic Educational Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA., 2009
  • Panel discussion on bullying, Nebraska Public Television (January 29, 2009), 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
  • Simonds, T. A., & Dickel, C. T. (2008, September). School shootings, what counselors should know. Presentation at Nebraska Counseling Association Conference, Kearney, NE., 2008
  • Simonds, T. A. (2008, July). Violence prevention in Catholic schools: Harassment and hazing. Presentation at Education Law Symposium, Louisville, KY, 2008
  • Simonds, T. A. (2008, March). The seven principles of school violence prevention. Presentation at National Catholic Educational Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN., 2008

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Strategies to reduce bullying behavior in schools Effective online teaching and learning strategies Effective leadership practices in Catholic schools

Current Research Projects

  • Simonds, T. A., Brock, B. L., & Engel, M. T. (In Press). Peer review as a means to support adjunct faculty within an online interdisciplinary program. International Journal of Organization and Leadership. Simonds, T. A., Brock, B. L., Engel, M. T., & Cook, T. J. (2016). Enhancing the effectiveness of online teaching by using peer review. Submitted to Action Research Journal. Simonds, T. A., Brock, B. L., Cook, T. J., & Engel, M. T. (In Press). Will the New Evangelization succeed? Seminarian perspectives on the role of Catholic schools. Journal of Catholic Education.

Awards and Honors

  • Summer Scholar, 2009