Santa Clara University

Points of Excellence

Awards and Accomplishments



College of Arts and Sciences

Alma Garcia, Sociology, received the national Susan Koppleman Award for Best Anthology for “Contested Images: Women of Color and Popular Cultures.” 

Virginia Matzek, Environmental Studies, received an award from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture/USDA to support "Riparian Forests as Ecological and Economic Buffers to Climate Vulnerability in Flood-Prone Agricultural Systems."  

Michael Whalen, Communication, received recognition from ESPN Deportes. His film Gringos at the Gate will be a featured as part of their next season.

Leavey School of Business

Operations Management and Information Systems professors Naren Agrawal and Stephen Smith’s book Retail Supply Chain Management was one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in publisher Springer’s collection for 2012.  

Linda T. Alepin, Entrepreneurship, received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the American Association of University Women for her work with the Global Women’s Leadership Network. 

Terri Griffith, Management, won a Axiom Business Book silver award for her book The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive. She was also featured on #Women140, a list of 10 top Bay Area women on Twitter, by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in February 2013. 

Carrie Pan and Meir Statman, Finance, were selected as the recipients of IMCA’s 2013 Edward D. Baker III Journal Award. They were recognized for “Questionnaires of Risk Tolerance, Regret, Overconfidence, and Other Investor Propensities,” which appeared in the 2012 – No. 1 issue of the Journal of Investment Consulting. The Baker Award honors the author(s) of an original article that represents the best writing for the previous year germane to the investment management consulting and/or private wealth management professions.



College of Arts and Sciences

The Arts Council Silicon Valley named Art and Art History Department Chair Kelly Detweiler a 2012 Artist Laureate.

The Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa presented 2012 Teaching Excellence Awards to Mary Judith Dunbar, English, and Amy Randall, History.

Mary Hegland, Anthropology, received a $6,000 Summer Stipend award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project on the history of secular politics in Iran.

Michael Kevane, Economics, received a Fulbright Scholar award to study the development impact of literacy gains in Burkina Faso in West Africa for the 2012-13 school year. He will measure how increased reading of fiction by young people affects certain character traits which are considered vital to spurring economic development.

Tim Myers, English, won the 2012 Magazine Merit Award for Fiction from the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators. Myers’ piece, "Hannah's First Story," appeared in Spider Magazine in March 2011.

Jesuit School of Theology

Sister Sandra M. Schneiders, Jesuit School of Theology, received the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities’ 2013 Monika K. Hellwig Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic intellectual life.

Leavey School of Business

Terri Griffith was named one of Silicon Valley’s Woman of Influence for 2012 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Finance Professors George Chacko and Sanjiv Das were recognized with a $25,000 Standard & Poor's award for excellence in research in innovative applications of financial market indexes in investment management.

School of Law

Eric Goldman, the director of Santa Clara University School of Law's High Tech Law Institute, was awarded the IP Vanguard Award by the State Bar of California's Intellectual Property Law Section, for outstanding contribution to the field of intellectual-property law.

School of Education and Counseling Psychology

Sara Soledad Garcia, Education and Counseling Psychology, received an award for a short-term, intensive working visit to a university in Bogotá, Colombia, through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Her work at Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca focused on incorporating ethics and value systems into teaching, assessment, and research.

Centers of Distinction

Laurie Laird, Ignatian Center, received the California Campus Compact's 2011 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. Laird was recognized for her vision and imagination in building, deepening, and sustaining authentic community-campus partnerships, particularly at a time of economic instability.



College of Arts and Sciences

Simone Billings, English, received a Fulbright Award in 2009-10 to work with the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies.

Aldo Billingslea, Theatre and Dance, received a 2010 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Arts Council Silicon Valley for his ground-breaking contribution to the arts in Santa Clara County.

Professor of Biology Elizabeth Dahlhoff was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Finland for research on genetic changes in insects related to shifts in environmental temperature.

Ron Hansen, English, received the 2010 Denise Levertov Award, which is presented annually in the spring to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. The award is co-sponsored by the Seattle Pacific University English Department, the SPU MFA in Creative Writing, and Mars Hill Graduate School.

Francisco Jiménez '66, Modern Languages and Literatures, received the 2009 Pura Belpre Honor Book Award from the National Library Association and the 2009 Carter G. Woodson Book Award from the National Council for the Social Studies for his book, Reaching Out. In 2010, his illustrated children's books La Mariposa, published by Houghton Mifflin in both English and Spanish, were selected by the New York Humanities Council to promote public literacy.

Dennis Smolaraski, Mathematics and Computer Science, received the 2010 Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award at the annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in recognition of his “extraordinarily successful teaching.” He is the fifth person from SCU’s Math/Computer Science Department to receive this award.

SunWolf, Communication, in 2010 was awarded Top Paper by the Group Communication Division of the National Communication Association for "Peer Group Rejection: The Stress of Excluding Others, Being Excluded, or Watching Group Exclusion as Children Age." She also was awarded the 2008 National Communication Association's Ernest Bormann outstanding scholarly book award for Practical Jury Dynamics 2: From One Juror's Trial Perceptions to the Group's Decision-making Processes.

Jesuit School of Theology

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST) and professor Eduardo Fernandez, S.J., received awards from the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS) for their contributions to Hispanic theological research and reflection.

School of Engineering

Unyoung (Ashley) Kim, Bioengineering, and her student, Sarah Ghanbari, were selected to receive a Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar Award for $6,978 to support the "Rapid Detection of Multiple Pathogens Using Electrochemical DNA sensor" in 2010.

Ed Maurer, Civil Engineering, received a Fulbright Visiting Scholarship to Chile for research the effect of climate change on water resources.

Terry Shoup, Mechanical Engineering, was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of fame, joining 10 other SCU faculty and alumni.



College of Arts and Sciences

Ron Hansen, the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor of Arts and Humanities at SCU and literary editor of Santa Clara Magazine, was awarded the Denise Levertov Award by the journal Image and Seattle Pacific University on May 20, 2010, for his sustained and serious engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition in prose.

Shannon Vallor, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, received the prestigious Graves Award in recognition of her outstanding teaching in 2010.

School of Engineering

Dragoslav D. Siljak, the Benjamin and Mae Swig University Professor in the School of Engineering, won the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award for his contributions to the theory of large-scale systems, decentralized control, and parametric approach to robust stability. The award is the highest recognition of professional achievement for U.S. control systems engineers and scientists, given for distinguished career contributions to the theory or application of automatic control.


Michael Kevane



Laurie Laird



Sandra M. Schneiders


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