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Stephen F. Shivone

Office: St. Thomas Hall, Room 233
Phone: 805-421-5985
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Curriculum Vitae

B.A., College of St. Thomas More, 2001; M.A., English, Institute of Philosophic Studies, University of Dallas, 2009; Ph.D., literature, Institute of Philosophic Studies, University of Dallas, 2014; Scholar Associate (Literature), College of Saint Thomas More, 2004-2005; Tutor in Literature and Assistant to the Chancellor, College of Saint Thomas More, 2008-2011; Dean of the Upper School and Humane Letters Teacher, Anthem Preparatory Academy, 2011-2012; Assistant Professor of English, Belmont Abbey College, 2012-2017; Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Belmont Abbey College, 2014-2017; Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College, 2017-.


Prior to joining the faculty of Thomas Aquinas College in 2017, Dr. Stephen Shivone taught for 15 years at the middle-school, high-school, and collegiate levels in Alaska, Texas, Arizona, and North Carolina. Most recently he served as an English professor and the assistant dean for academic affairs at Belmont Abbey College, where, he assumed, he would happily spend the rest of his career.

Yet when the opportunity to become a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College presented itself, Dr. Shivone decided that teaching the great books within an integrated curriculum would be worth the burden of one more move — or even two.

“I have spent much of my career trying to figure out how I could create a program like this — and then teach in it,” he laughs. At Belmont Abbey he overhauled a four-class scholarship program to include only original texts, while also working on several other curricular revisions along the same lines. “I came to Thomas Aquinas College because it is, in my view, the best Catholic college in this country, and it is the best because it is based on the right principles, on a true understanding of what a college ought to be, both as a whole and in its parts; and the principles inform every aspect of the College.”

Dr. Shivone is himself the product of a Catholic liberal education, having earned his undergraduate degree at the erstwhile College of St. Thomas More in Fort Worth, Texas, where he also briefly taught. Although he studied graduate theology for one year at Austria’s International Theological Institute, he ultimately decided to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in literature at the University of Dallas. “Literature teaches us important truths about reality,” he says. “The study of literature can lead to insight, because great literature sheds a kind of light on reality and human experience, while also shaping our emotions and imagination.”


  • “Wounded Beauty: Grace against Nature in the Christian Imagination.” St. Austin Review, 17.2 (2017): 4-8.
  • “The Lyric Rhythm of Action: Wordsworth’s Vision of Human Life in the ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality.’” The Lost Country: A Literary Journal of the Exiles 3.1 (2014): 113-132.
  • “Emily Dickinson as Metaphysical Poet.” The CSTM Review 1 (2010): 37-54.

Presentations & Talks

  • “Reading St. Benedict’s Life and Rule as Core Texts,” ACTC Conference, Dallas, Texas, April 2017
  • Odysseus Earthward: The Paradox of the Human in the Odyssey, Thomas Aquinas College, October 2016
  • “Consummation and Regenerative Desire: The Mystery of Love in Donne’s ‘Canonization.’” Sigma Tau Delta, Belmont Abbey College, November 2014
  • “Love’s Afternoon: Donne’s Poems of Maturing Love.” Faculty Lecture Series, Belmont Abbey College, September 2014
  • “Augustine’s Paradoxical Affirmation of Reason in the City of God.” Institute of Philosophic Studies Fall Colloquium, University of Dallas, 2010
  • “The Philosopher and the City in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.” Institute of Philosophic Studies Spring Colloquium, University of Dallas, 2010
  • “Signs of Order in the Iliad.” Institute of Philosophic Studies Fall Colloquium, University of Dallas, 2009