Faculty & Research

Informed by Industry, Grounded in Values

At Woods College, we remain responsive to the latest industry demands and leverage the resources of a nationally ranked research university. Our faculty are active practitioners who bring decades of relevant experience directly to the classroom. We also look to dedicated advisory boards—comprising Boston College professors, faculty from other institutions, and local thought leaders—to shape curricula and research and keep our programs atop market trends.

Additionally, we put every course through a rubric that prioritizes our Jesuit, Catholic values—ensuring our mission leads us forward.


Within this Boston College environment, faculty and students of the Woods College expand the mission by engaging in significant scholarship that enriches the culture and addresses important societal needs. As such, the Woods College of Advancing Studies seeks to promote care and attention to the human person, which is the hallmark of Jesuit education.
James P. Burns, I.V.D., Ph. D., Former Dean, Woods College of Advancing Studies

Research in Action

Our Applied Research area convenes faculty, students, and outside experts from across disciplines to collaborate on studies, conferences, and workshops—tapping into the power of Ignatian-based leadership to address specific societal needs.

We value top-quality faculty research, supporting work in various ways—through grants, professional workshops, and other opportunities. We also sponsor five faculty members to attend an annual research-focused writing retreat.


Professor teaching

Through a yearlong fellowship, we welcome outside scholars to study, teach, and enhance their work at Woods College while enriching our community.

2018 Fellows

Major Scott Parsons is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army. Prof. Parsons has several teaching and research areas of focus, including the intersection of just war theory with cyber ethics, the ethics of artificial intelligence, and the ethics of autonomous weapons systems. Scott also teaches and researches in character and Aristotelian virtue ethics and has served in strategic, operational, and tactical assignments for 19 years, including three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

Eric Severson received his Ph.D. from Boston University and has held a variety of teaching positions at Boston College, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University. A graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, Severson also holds an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Severson has dozens of reviews and presentations to his credit. In addition, he has published two books, including Levinas’s Philosophy of Time: Gift, Responsibility, Diachrony, Hope (Duquesne University Press, 2013).

2017 Fellow

Our inaugural Fellow, Professor Manos Hatzimalonas, joined us from Rhodes, Greece. Prof. Hatzimalonas is Executive Director of the Philotimo Foundation, a nonprofit social innovation center that explores the understudied human emotional and cognitive state of philotimo as a platform for positive social change.


Scott Parsons

Major Scott Parsons

Eric Severson

Eric Severson

What can theorists and practitioners from cybersecurity, healthcare, and economics learn from each other, and how do these disciplines’ moral developments and professional ethics intersect? The inaugural Applied Research area conference brings together leaders from these fields to find the answers.

The 2018 conference will be the first in an annual series; each year, our Applied Research fellows will help shape the daylong event’s focus.

FBI Director Christopher Wray at BCCS 2018

FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered the keynote address at the second Boston Conference on Cyber Security (BCCS), held at Boston College on March 7, 2018.

Woods College students can work closely on their theses and other projects with our acclaimed faculty and members of our programs’ Advisory Boards, made up of leaders from other institutions and the private sector, nonprofits, and government.


students in class

Woods College Faculty

Our Faculty by the Numbers


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Portion of faculty that have full-time appointments at other Boston College schools


Portion of faculty that work in industry


Portion of faculty that have full-time appointments at other universities