| Dr. Randy Smith Awarded Notre Dame Fellowship |
Dr. Randall Smith, UST associate professor of theology, has been awarded the prestigious 2011-2012 Myser Fellowship in the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.
The Center hosts two visiting fellows for a year of full-time research and writing related to the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition. The Myser Fellowship, generously provided by the Myser Family Foundation, aims to bring to the Center a scholar with manifest excellence in teaching.
"We are proud of Dr. Smith for winning this attractive fellowship and for representing the University of St. Thomas at the Center for Ethics and Culture," said UST Dean of Arts and Sciences Father Joseph Pilsner, CSB. "Dr. Smith already has some articles due to be published this year, one called "What the Old Law Reveals about the Natural Law According to St. Thomas Aquinas” (The Thomist in summer 2011) and another called “How to Read a Sermon by Thomas Aquinas" (Nova et Vetera in fall 2011) We look forward to seeing the results of his research as a Myser Fellow at Notre Dame."
At Notre Dame, Smith will be working on two projects: a book of classic texts in the Natural Law tradition from Sophocles to John Paul II and a book dealing with the relationship between the Old Law and the Natural Law in the thought of Thomas Aquinas.
Smith attended college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Cornell College. During his time at Cornell, he converted to Catholicism, and after college, went off to study his new-found Catholic faith. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in theology from the University of Dallas and then completed a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Notre Dame.
His first university teaching position was at the University of Notre Dame. In the fall of 2001, he joined the faculty at UST. Since that time, Dr. Smith has taught a number of theology courses including “Teachings of the Catholic Church” and “Modern Challenges to Christianity,” as well as the second Honors Program course, “From Empire to Christendom.”
"I love teaching," said Dr. Smith. “And I really love talking with my students. In fact, I love talking with just about anybody about things that really matter to them.”