Saint Mary's Psychology Professor José Alfonso Feito Among Carnegie Foundation Scholars

José Alfonso Feito, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Saint Mary's College, has been selected as a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Feito joins the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning's (CASTL) fifth class of 26 outstanding faculty members nationwide who will work together to invent and share new models for teaching, learning and research.

Feito's selection includes the designation as a Center of Inquiry/Carnegie Scholar. The Center of Inquiry, located at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN, is a focal point for research and dissemination of work in and about liberal learning, and serves as a catalyst for reshaping liberal arts education in the 21st century. Feito was one of eight chosen in the Center of Inquiry category. The eight scholars will be investigating seminar pedagogy, and Feito's work in particular seeks to understand how students learn in Collegiate Seminar.

The Carnegie Foundation created CASTL in 1998 to establish and refine standards for the critical review of teaching and learning by faculty members in college and university classrooms. The Academy attempts to establish new settings and forms for the examination of teaching and learning so that faculty members can exchange information and build upon the work of their colleagues.

Carnegie Scholars investigate and document work on issues in the teaching and learning of their academic field, and liberal education in general for one year. While the scholars work primarily in their own institutional setting, they also spend two summer sessions together at the foundation in Menlo Park, CA.

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center with a primary mission "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher."

Professor Feito's biography can be read online and he can be reached at (925) 631-4179 or For more information on the Carnegie program, visit its web site at