In this final episode of our first season, we’re pleased to bring you another conversation hosted by Dr. Matt Waggoner, Professor of Philosophy here at Albertus Magnus College. Matt will be speaking with our longtime Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College, Dr. Sean O’Connell, who is also a Professor of Philosophy. This summer, Sean will retire from his role as VPAA after more than thirty-five years of service to the college.
In his time at Albertus, Sean has done much to shape the College’s academic culture and uphold its robust commitment to the liberal arts. In his conversation with Matt, he shares about his early intellectual and personal formation, including his doctoral studies at Fordham University and research on the work of French philosopher Paul Ricoeur. Sean discusses how he came to Albertus, his early years of teaching, and how his philosophical training, later, informed his work in college administration. He also shares about how he sees the higher ed landscape today, the importance of the liberal arts, the mission of Catholic and Dominican institutions, and much more.
Dr. Sean O’Connell most certainly offers a model of what it means to put one’s humanities training into practice. All of us at Albertus are grateful for his long and dedicated service.