Academic News

Engineering Professor Dr. Katherine Acton prepares online learning lessons in the STELAR Media Studio in the O’Shaughnessy Frey Library in St. Paul on March 18, 2020. Acton and other Professors have been relying on assistance from STELAR as they transition fully to online education due to disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty, STELAR Lead Massive Shift to Online Learning

The spread of coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes has had an unprecedented impact on life around the globe. Within the St. Thomas community, that impact is being felt in a myriad of ways, including in a full shift to online learning.
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Update on St. Thomas’ Response to COVID-19

President Julie Sullivan has announced all classes will temporarily move online starting Monday, March 16. No in-person classes will be held until Tuesday, April 14 (students’ first day back from the Easter holiday), at the earliest.
LEGO Prize Winner AnnMarie Thomas with 3rd Generation LEGO Owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen.

Professor AnnMarie Thomas Awarded 2020 LEGO Prize

AnnMarie Thomas, founder and director of the Playful Learning Lab, was awarded the 2020 LEGO Prize Monday during the LEGO Idea Conference. Thomas is being recognized for collaboration with educators and her advocacy for playful learning.

Celebrating Past, Looking to Future Themes of 2020 State of the University Address

News of a $20 million scholarship gift, and the announcement that St. Thomas will adopt a test-optional policy both drew applause at the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium Thursday as President Julie Sullivan delivered the 2020 State of the University address.
Yohuru Williams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, speaks at the Murphy Institute's MLK Racial Justice Discussion event in Schulze Atrium at the School of Law in Minneapolis on April 16, 2018.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Yohuru Williams to Leave in June

Dr. Yohuru Williams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), was recently named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and affiliated faculty in the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights at St. John’s University New York. Williams will step down from St. Thomas at the end of the academic year and will begin his new post on July 1, 2020.
Laura Medina Coste poses for a photo in her classroom in Paul and Shiela Wellstone Elementary in St. Paul on February 3, 2020. Coste is a graduate of the School of Education’s Grow Your Own program.

Key Partnerships Help School of Education Diversify Minnesota’s Teaching Workforce

St. Thomas’ School of Education is constantly working to help increase the number of teachers of color in the classroom through various partnerships, including two with state-funded teaching preparation programs – Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color, and Grow Your Own.