Faculty Achievements

Saint Mary's award-winning, internationally-known faculty, with an unparalleled commitment to students, are also recognized for achievements in their fields.

Chancellor of Academy of American Poets

Professor Brenda Hillman, an award-winning poet, has been named a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She will consult on artistic programming, help judge the organization’s largest prizes, and act as poetry ambassador to the world.

Poetry Column Editor, NYT Magazine

English professor and critically acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder has been named the new poetry column editor for The New York Times Magazine. Zapruder succeeds former U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory Univ. Professor Natasha Trethewey. His appointment runs through spring 2017.

Fulbright to Study Disease-Resistant Genes

Professor Keith Garrison [Biology]  won a Fulbright Award in the fall of 2015 which will help fund his study of the evolution of disease-resistance genes in ancient wine grape varieties from the Alsace region at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. Learn more about the Fulbright program, here.

The Rome Prize

Professor Lysley Tenorio’s [ English] debut collection of short stories, Monstress, garnered national praise from a multitude of news outlets, including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and NPR. He won the Rome Fellowship in Literature Prize by the American Academt of Arts and Letters. A.C.T is also mounting a theatrical adaption of his acclaimed collection of short stories, Monstress. 

Invasive Species Research

A New York Times story examining the real, and perceived, threats to the environment from invasive species references the research of Fletcher Jones Professor of Biology, Michael Marchetti. The story notes Marchetti’s study of concerns about species that are endangered in their native habitats, yet thrive in a new ecosystems and then begin to threaten the native species of that new environment. His paper “The conservation paradox of endangered and invasive species” was released earlier this year and was co-authored with CSU Chico Biology Professor Tag Engstrom.

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Catholic Spirituality and Scholarship

Theology and Religious Studies Professor David "Zach" Flanagin has recorded 75 lectures for Now You Know Media, a Maryland company whose mission is to publish audio and video programs on Catholic spirituality and scholarship from leading professors, authors, and retreat leaders. Flanagin's lectures are on three DVDs titled The Bible through the Ages, The Origins of Christianity, and The Quest for the Historical Jesus.