Faculty Scholarship is supported in many ways, both internally and externally. The College provides funds for the support of faculty research and creative endeavors through the Faculty Development Fund, as well as a variety of scholarly writing supports, including regular writing spaces/times on campus, various book writing resources, and external grant opportunities and support. We celebrate faculty accomplishments each winter at the Scholar's Reception, where announcements are made of faculty who have been recognized for: Scholar Award, Teaching Award, Service Award, and Early Career Award.
Sabbatical Presentation - Lino Rivera shared some music created for him to play as a concert pianist.
Faculty Book Publication Announcements
1. Dean Woolpert noted the publication of a new writing textbook called SLANT: WRITING ESSAYS YOU WANT TO READ, by Nicholas Leither and Barry Horwitz. For the past several years they printed this volume in our print shop and gave it to instructors and students for free (supported by Collegiate Seminar).Many instructors have used it in both seminar and English Composition. Over the years, they used feedback from our students and instructors to revise the text.Therefore, it’s a unique Saint Mary’s “homegrown” collaboration.
2. Dean Woolpert announced that Chris Sindt's latest volume of poems, The Bodies, has just been published by Parlor Press’s poetry series, Free Verse Editions. The publisher notes, "the poems in The Bodies reveal an eco-poetics that draws from the imagery and history of the west coast of the United States, studying the way language engages with the nonhuman and the wild. This is also a poetry that seeks social change, aware of its historical moment and imagining social transformation." The same series includes a collection of poems by Jeongrye Choi, Instances, which were co-translated from Korean by Brenda Hillman. The publisher writes, "The poetry in this volume is notable for its metaphoric power, for its lyric beauty, and for its iconoclastic emotion."
3. Dean Wollpert announced David Alvarez's new book, The Pope's Soldiers was published by the University of Kansas Press. The international Catholic Weekly News outlet The Tablet recently reviewed Politics Professor David Alvarez’s new book, which explores the military history of the papal authority. Alvarez is an expert on government intelligence agencies and the history of Vatican espionage.
4. Sandra Grayson announced the publication of Wesley Gibson's novel Personal Saviors by Chelsea Station Editions. The publisher's website describes the novel as "a marvelous social snapshot of American lives desperate for any sort of salvation," written in a style that is "sharp, funny, and infused with a dark, sly cleverness."
5. Dean Woolpert announced that Routledge Press has published Teaching with the Screen: Pedagogy, Agency, and Media Culture by Dan Leopard, Associate Professor of Communication. Based on Dan's expertise in media studies, the book looks at film, television, and digital media within the context of American education and popular culture. Anyone interested in media-based pedagogy will find it of value (with the rise of interest in MOOCs and online instruction this most likely includes all professors with an interest in their future classroom practice).