Department Chair
Jason Duncan


John C. Pinheiro, Ph.D. 
Chair of Philosophy Department

Professor of History & Director of Catholic Studies 
Phone: (616) 632-2835 
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Full-Time Faculty
Bryan C. Pilkington


Bryan C. Pilkington, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Phone: (616) 632-2831


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Adjunct & Contributing Faculty
Michaeleen Kelly


Michaeleen Kelly, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Philosophy

Phone: (616) 632-2839

Dr. Michaeleen Kelly is a professor of Philosophy with areas of specialization in Feminist Theory, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law. She was the director of the Women's Studies Center at Aquinas College from 1994-95 and from 1998-99. She has also been an active member of the Women's Studies Advisory Board. Her article, "Rights and Power: A Feminist Re-Thinking of Liberal Rights," has been published in the Journal of Social Philosophy and her paper, "The Michigan Militia and the Emersonian Ideal of Self-Reliance," was presented in March 1999 at the National Conference for Criminal Justice. Her current research project centers on the question of the impact of computerization in academia on accountability, relationships of power within academic institutions and on professional development. Dr. Kelly spent several weeks in Ghana as part of a Fullbright study with Glenn Barkan, Ph.D., former Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and Kurt Kaiser, Associate Professor of Art.


Dr. Kelly recently finished teaching a course on critical thinking for which she wrote the text "No More Stinkin' Thinkin': A Pragmatic Guide to Critical Thinking" to about 30 inmates in the L.A. County Men's Central Jail.  In June 2012, she won the Dyer Ives Kent County Poetry Prize for her poem "The House Up North." Dr. Kelly previously won this award with her poem "My Kenya Ken."


Sean R. Nolan


M.A. Catholic University of America

M.A. Ave Maria University

B.A. Central Michigan University

Amy Pattullo


Amy Pattullo



Amy Pattullo (M.A., Philosophy, University of Chicago; B.A., Wesleyan University) specializes in philosophy of language and aesthetics. She is editor of Words and Actions: The Writings of Dick VanderVeen (AuthorHouse, 2009).

Ralph Vunderink


Ralph Vunderink, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 632-2471

Ralph Vunderink completed his doctoral program in the interdisciplinary field of philosophy and theology at the University of Chicago (1963-69); the title of his doctoral thesis is “The Concept of Being in the Thought of Paul Tillich and Martin Heidegger.”

Among his several teaching stints are seven years as a philosophy teacher at the University of Detroit (1968-75), four years as a theology teacher at Hope College (1975-79), and four years at Winebrenner Seminary (1983-87).  At present he is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Aquinas College (1994-).


He has volunteered his services to Tyndale Seminary, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2001-06), and has commenced volunteering his time teaching Latin to Beginners at the Potter House High School, in Wyoming, MI, a subject he taught at Aquinas for three years (2002-05).
Besides plotting along on his life’s work, a monograph on the history of ideas, entitled “From the Acropolis to the Lunar Landing” (1970-),


Vunderink translated from the Dutch Harry Bultema’s A Brief Commentary on Zechariah (1987) and Kornelis Bril’s Vollenhoven’s Problem-Historical Method (2005); published “Ground Motifs - A Modest Revision,” in Contemporary Reflections on the Philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd (2000),  157-177; “Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility in the Philosophical Theology of Thomas Aquinas,” in Testamentum Imperium, An International Theological Journal (2009), 2:1-12, and “Christ Suffering, Death, and Resurrection: A Threefold Motif,” in My Brother’s Keeper, T. J. Marinello and H. H. Drake Williams III, eds. (Wipf & Stock: Eugene, Oregon, 2010), 175-196.


Paideia Press is printing the second volume of Herman Dooyeweerd's trilogy,"Reformation and Scholasticism in Philosophy."  The joint editing of
this lengthy work had been entrusted to Danie Strauss (South Africa) and Ralph Vunderink (USA). This book compares and contrasts Reformation philosophy and medieval Scholasticism, chiefly that of Thomas Aquinas.



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