Annual Faculty Awards

Annual Faculty Awards Annual Faculty Awards

Each year, Saint Mary’s College of California recognizes tenure-track faculty members for their excellence in several key areas, including teaching excellence, early career achievement, service, advising excellence, inclusive excellence, justice & liberation, and outstanding scholarship. 

Each award recipient receives a monetary award, certificate, and their name will be displayed on a plaque located in the Academic Affairs Library.
Recipients of the 2023 Faculty Awards are as follows:
  • Dr. Taj (Toni) Johns, KSOEDr. John Dennis Teaching Excellence Award
  • Dr. Bedford Palmer II, Counseling DepartmentInclusive Excellence, Justice and Liberation Award
  • Dr. Mary Raygoza, Teacher Education Early Career Award
  • Dr. Aaron Lee, Physics & Astronomy Early Career Award
  • Dr. Robin Dunn, Kinesiology Service Award
  • Dr. Scott Schönfeldt-Aultman, Communication Teaching Excellence Award
  • Dr. Manisha Anantharaman, Justice, Community & Leadership Outstanding Scholar Award
  • Dr. Ellen Rigsby, Communication Advising Excellence Award
2023 Faculty Award recipients
Honoring Saint Mary’s Scholars: From left, Director of Faculty Development Michael Viola with honorees Taj (Toni) Johns, KSOE, Dr. John Dennis Teaching Excellence Award; Bedford Palmer II, Counseling Department, Inclusive Excellence, Justice and Liberation Award; Mary Raygoza, Teacher Education, Early Career Award; Aaron Lee, Physics & Astronomy, Early Career Award; Robin Dunn, Kinesiology, Service Award; Ellen M. Rigsby, Communication, Advising Excellence Award; and Executive Vice President and Provost Corey Cook / Photo by Jacob Machnik



Provost Grant and Sabbatical Recipients

Provost Research Grant Recipients 2023:

  • Dr. Jackson Battista | A New Economic History of Deindustrialization
  • Dr. Amy Chu | Tuning the reactivity of metal carbon dioxide complexes for carbon dioxide recycling to carbon monoxide
  • Dr. Loan Thi Dao | At 50: Confluences & Changes in Little Saigon since 1975 
  • Dr. Stephanie D’Costa | Anti-Colonial School Psychology Learning Collaborative
  • Dr. Robin J. Dunn | Get Sportable: Using Sport to Integrate Students at Risk of Social Exclusion in School
  • Professor Rogelio Lopez | Folklorico: an exploration of the current dance form in the U.S. and Mexico, emphasizing technique and queer culture
  • Dr. Myrna Santiago | ‘The Day the World Ended:’ An Environmental History of the 1931 and 1972 Managua Earthquakes
  • Dr. Mireille “Mimi” Ukeye and Dr. Kristen Freeman | A School Based Intervention Program for Students Experiencing Stress and Anxiety after School Closure
  • Professor Jia Wu | A short Dance Film:  美國母女 MEI GUO MU NV (Mothers and Daughters)

Innovative Pedagogy Grant Recipient:

Dr. Costanza Dopfel | AH374 – Art Conservation and Restoration

Provost Grant Recipients 2023

2021–22 Sabbatical Recipients

  • Dr. Rebecca Anguiano
  • Dr. Zeynep Atalay
  • Dr. Michael Barram
  • Dr. Robert Bulman
  • Dr. Vidya Chandrasekaran
  • Dr. Andrew Conner
  • Dr. Emily Hause Brooks
  • Dr. Hilda Ma
  • Dr. Claude-Rheal Malary
  • Dr. Marie Pagliarini
  • Dr. Bedford Palmer II
  • Dr. Michael Viola