Liz Burns is a new faculty member in the Integral Program. She comes to Saint Mary's from the University of Toronto where she is completing her Ph.D. at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Liz's interests include ancient exact sciences, the transmission of astronomical theories, and Islamic astronomy. Her dissertation research consists of a translation and commentary of Claudius Ptolemy's The Planetary Hypotheses, with a focus on its relationship to the Almagest, and its place in the history of astronomical mechanical instrument-making. As a graduate of the Integral program at Saint Mary's College, Liz is thrilled to be back in the Bay Area. When she is not in the library or her office, she enjoys yoga, trying new restaurants, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Jeff Cook is a new assistant professor in the counseling program. Jeff received his doctorate in counseling from Oregon State University with an emphasis in counselor education and supervision. His research has centered upon the development and integration of emotion regulation for counselors-in-training, the nature of co-transference and the constructed worlds of the client-counselor relationship, and career counseling for college students. Before arriving at SMC, Jeff had a successful private counseling practice in Portland Oregon and taught adjunct at Portland State and George Fox University. He also spends his time running, whitewater kayaking, hiking and playing a lot with his four children and loving wife.
Cathy Finger is a Bay Area native who is joining the accounting faculty in the School of Business and Economics. Cathy obtained a B.S. in management engineering from the University of the Pacific, an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in accounting from the UC Berkeley. She taught a variety of financial accounting courses while at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Portland State University and Arizona State University before coming to Saint Mary's College. Her current research focuses primarily on how judgment is used to compute the numbers that appear in corporate financial statements, and she brings this research into the classroom by demonstrating that accounting is not as "black and white" as it may seem. Her publications include articles in the Journal of Accounting Research and Issues in Accounting Education. She has served on the editorial boards of the Accounting Review and the International Journal of Accounting. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Karel Podolsky, family and two loveable mutts.
Nancy Lam joins the graduate business management faculty. Her research is in the organizational, dyadic and individual dynamics that can impact the process of communication flow up, down and across the hierarchies. Her other research interest is in the effect of power on one's interpretation and evaluation of events and information. Prior to graduate school, Nancy has worked in industry for several years as a management consultant and IT manager. Nancy received her Ph.D. from New York University's Stern School of Business, and a B.A. in molecular and cellular biology from UC Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys musicals, plays, improv and farmer's markets.
Gregory B. Merrill joins the School of Economics and Business Administration as a member of the accounting faculty. He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with a major in accounting and a minor in information systems. He began his academic career 30 years ago and has taught at several universities including the University of San Diego, the University of Nevada and the University of North Carolina. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including Strategic Management Journal, California Management Review and Managerial Finance. He is a member of two editorial boards and also provides consulting, litigation support and expert witness services in the area of economic valuation.
David Alberto Quijada joins St. Mary's College as an associate professor in ethnic studies. He has taught at the University of Utah where he held a joint position in the Ethnic Studies Program and in the Department of Education, Culture & Society. He holds a Ph.D. in socio-cultural studies in education with a designated emphasis in feminist theory and research from UC Davis. He also received a UC Berkeley President's Postdoctoral Fellowship. Most recently he has received an Early Career Diversity Scholar Award, a Community Engaged Faculty Fellowship and was named "Community Scholar in Residence" for his research with Mestizo Arts and Activism, a youth participatory action research collective that he co-directs. His research interests and areas of specialization include: intercultural/ethnic youth alliances, cultural citizenship, community coalition-building projects that develop across race, class, gender and sexuality, feminist ethnographic methods, youth participatory action research and critical discourse analysis.
Claire Williams is joining the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology as an assistant professor of sport management. She recently completed her doctoral degree at the Ohio State University focusing her dissertation research on the recent emergence and popularity of running skirts as well as the related Skirt Chaser 5k Race Series. As a graduate student, she taught a variety of classes related to the socio-cultural and legal study of sports. As an undergraduate, she studied political science at Smith College, played varsity soccer and ran track. She continues to enjoy playing soccer, and over the past few years she has become an avid marathon runner.