College of Arts and Sciences Names Dr. Seamus Carey as Dean

News Story: June 1, 2010
Dr. Seamus Carey

Dr. Seamus Carey has been named the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University, effective on July 1. The appointment was announced by Dr. Thomas V. Forget, the University’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Carey has served in a number of leadership positions in his academic career, including the chairmanship of the Philosophy Department at Manhattan College.  During his tenure as chair, the number of students majoring or minoring in philosophy grew from two in 2001 to more than 50 today. He also served on the college’s faculty senate, as chair of the School of Arts curriculum committee, and as director of its Center for Professional Ethics.  Dr. Carey is a regular speaker in many settings and has taught at the college level for 17 years.
The new dean earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Vassar College, and his master's degree and doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University.  He also did post-graduate study in philosophy at University College, Dublin, Ireland.  The author of numerous articles and books, his work focuses on the intersection between philosophy, parenting and family life.  His latest book, Growing Up with Your Children: 7 Turning Points in the Lives of Parents, was released in January 2010 from Rowman and Littlefield.  He also wrote The Faithful Parent: Discovering the Spirit of Purposeful Parenting (2007) and The Whole Child: Restoring Wonder to the Art of Parenting (2003), also published by Rowman and Littlefield.  His areas of philosophical interest include 20th century continental philosophy, ethics and environmental philosophy. In addition to his work in the academy, Seamus Carey is an avid sportsman, having played basketball at Vassar, as well as Irish football and hurling in the Bronx and in Ireland. 

Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, president of Sacred Heart University, noted Dr. Carey’s strong academic credentials, matched by very practical concerns. "Dr. Carey embodies the best of liberal learning in the intersection of his scholarly pursuit of philosophy with the important issues surrounding parenting and family life.  His approach to educational leadership also captures the University’s focus on building a community focused on our mission of educating students to make important social contributions."

Added Dr. Forget: "Dr. Carey comes to the University at a pivotal time in our development and growth. The College of Arts and Sciences – the University’s largest college – touches every one of our undergraduate students. It has distinguished itself nationally with the creation of our Core Curriculum, the Human Journey, which offers students a rich and significant foundation in the liberal arts and in the Catholic intellectual tradition. In fact, Sacred Heart was chosen to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ national initiative, Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility, as an outstanding model of values education.  Dr. Carey’s superb academic credentials, his broad educational experience, and his very practical research and writing will be tremendous assets to the College as it continues to grow."

With over 2,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts and Sciences is committed to developing in students a love of wisdom and truth and a capacity for critical reflection that will orient them to professional leadership, social and ethical responsibility, and service to others. Employers emphasize that communications skills – the ability to take in information and share it with others – are the first requirements for people in their workforce. Such critical communications skills are emphasized in every discipline within the College.

More than 100 full-time professors and a variety of adjunct faculty members are engaged in this process. Research opportunities abound at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and internships provide practical opportunities for reflective application of skills. In addition, innovative service-learning options give students the chance to help others while pursuing academic credit.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor's degrees in fields ranging from Art & Design, English, History and Spanish to Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Technology, and Mathematics. There are programs in Criminal Justice, Communication Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology, as well as in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Students may also participate in foreign study through the University's numerous academic partners around the world as well SHU campuses in Luxembourg and Ireland.

In addition to its many undergraduate disciplines, the College of Arts and Sciences offers five graduate degree programs: Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Chemistry, Master of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Applied Psychology. Tracks in information technology and in computer science are available within the computer science master's degree program. Graduate certificates in interactive multimedia; web development; IT and network security; and computer gaming design and development are also available.