Santa Clara University

Points of Excellence

Recognitions, Appointments, and Fellowships



College of Arts and Sciences

Francisco Jiménez, modern languages and literatures, received honors for his participation in a Community Read Program in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The community-wide read program promotes literacy, and his book, Cajas de Carton (The Circuit), was selected for this year's program.

Tim Myers, English, children’s book Basho and the River Stones is being reprinted in the Junior Great Books Series 3 Book Two Anthology and is also being reprinted as part of K-12 Assessments in English from Pearson Education in association with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, with six million anticipated users. He was a runner-up for the 2013 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction and has also placed three poems, one short story, and five non-fiction pieces in various periodicals.

Leavey School of Business

Alexander Field, economics, served as a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar. Each year the society selects top scholars in the liberal arts and sciences to travel to universities and colleges where Phi Beta Kappa chapters are located. Visiting scholars spend two days on each campus meeting informally with undergraduates, participating in classroom lectures and seminars, and giving one major lecture open to the academic community and the general public. Also this year, he was elected a fellow of the Cliometric Society. 

SCU Board of Trustees Chair and Business Professor Robert Finocchio was named one of eight “Outstanding Directors” by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Sanjay Jain, management, was appointed to editorial board of Asia Pacific Journal of Management. 

Management professors Sanjay Jain and Jim Koch’s paper “Articulated embedding in the development of markets for underserved communities” was a finalist for the Best Paper Award at the 3rd Sustainability,Ethics,Entrepreneurship (SEE) conference.

Peter Jennings, management, was appointed to the editorial review board of the Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes journal and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Francine Gordon, management, was honored as a Woman of Influence in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 list of women who have made a significant mark in their fields.

School of Engineering

Bonita Banducci, engineering, was honored as a Woman of Influence in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 list of women who have made a significant mark in their fields.

School of Law

Colleen Chien was selected to serve in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as senior advisor for intellectual property and innovation to Todd Park, the U.S. chief technology officer during the 2013-2014 academic year. In her role, she advised Park on issues related to intellectual property and innovation, as well as privacy, open government, and civil liberties. She helped ensure that OSTP can fulfill its missions to coordinate science and technology policy across the executive branch and to provide advice to the president on science and technology policy matters.

Eric Goldman was recognized by many outlets for his strong Internet presence. He was shortlisted as a North American “IP Thought Leader,” by Managing IP magazine for the second year in a row, named as one of “The 50 Most Influential Law Professors Alive Today” by MJE (Magazine Journal Express), and recognized as one of the top 300 Voices by Law Street. His blog was also named to the “ABA Blawg 100” for the fifth year in a row.

Lisa Kloppenberg and Beth Van Schaack were honored as Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 list of women who have made a significant mark in their fields.

Center of Distinction

Pamela Roussos, Center for Science, Technology and Society, was honored as a Woman of Influence in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 list of women who have made a significant mark in their fields.



College of Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth Drescher, Religious Studies, was awarded a journalism fellowship on the Social Science Research Council's New Directions in the Study of Prayer Project, which is funded by the Templeton Foundation. 

Farid Senzai, Political Science, and Hatem Bazian researched the Muslim Community in the Bay Area. His study, "The Bay Area Muslim Study: Establishing Identity and Community," was featured in a ISPU (Institute for Social Policy and Understanding) news report release.

School of Law

Colleen Chien researched and provided testimony on: the preponderance of patent lawsuits being brought by non-practicing entities, including against small businesses; the economic and business impact of patent-assertion lawsuits: and suggested reforms in the judicial system to thwart nuisance suits. Her research was relied upon by the Obama Administration for its seven legislative priorities and five executive orders to tackle problems created by patent “trolls”.



College of Arts and Sciences

Rose Marie Beebe, Spanish, received a full-year research fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete an annotated translation and biographical study Mariano Vallejo's 1875 History of Spanish and Mexican California.

Charlotta Kratz’s, Communication, photography work was included in an exhibit at San Francisco’s ArtHaus, April 5 through June 30, 2012.

SCU Math Senior Lecturer Laurie Poe was honored as one of the country's best undergraduate teachers by the education-services company The Princeton Review and the review site

Communication Department Assistant Professor Michael Whalen had his film, A Question of Habit, broadcast on Chicago’s PBS station.

William Stover, Political Science, was elected to serve on the International Political Science Association’s Board of Advisors for a third, three-year term.

Dr. SunWolf, Communication, was invited to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Jesuit School of Theology

Sister Sandra M. Schneiders, Jesuit School of Theology, was named one of seven 2011-2012 Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology, receiving a fellowship for her project “Risen Jesus, Cosmic Christ: Biblical Spirituality in the Gospel of John.”

School of Engineering

Chris Kitts, Mechanical Engineering, was named the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network "2011 Outstanding Faculty Member and Network Contributor." Through SCU’s work with KEEN, students and faculty were part of the team that took a Gold Prize in the category of Collaborative Networks and Support at the 2012 Edison Awards competition for innovation in business, products, design and services.

School of Law

In 2012, Law Professor Beth Van Schaack was selected to serve as Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for War Crimes Issues.

Lynette Parker, a supervising attorney specializing in immigration with Santa Clara University School of Law's Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center (KGACLC), received an Unsung Hero Award from the Victim Support Network for Santa Clara County in April 2012.

Centers of Distinction

Kirk O. Hanson, Markkula Center for Ethics, was named a “Master Teacher in Ethics” by the Society for Business Ethics.



College of Arts and Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences elected Director of Conservation Science Programs Peter Kareiva as a member for his distinguished achievement in original research.

Shannon Vallor, is the recipient of the 2010 Graves Award in recognition of her outstanding scholarly and pedagogical accomplishments. Bestowed by the Graves Foundation, the Graves Award is given to junior faculty members on a highly competitive, national basis.

School of Engineering

Ed Maurer, Civil Engineering, was selected as a 2011 Google Science Communication Fellow. This is an initiative by, their philanthropic branch, to foster a more open, transparent and accessible scientific dialogue. The 21 fellows were selected from a pool of candidates nominated by leaders in climate change research and science-based institutions across the U.S.

Kim Parnell, Mechanical Engineering, was elected Chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section. The SCV Section has more than 12,000 members and is the largest IEEE Section in the world with 29 Chapters, Societies, and Affinity Groups serving a wide range of interests.

Sarah Kate Wilson, Electrical Engineering, was elected to the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors, effective January 1, 2010. She was also appointed to the IEEE Communications Society Awards Board; this group decides the best paper awards and the lifetime achievement awards.

School of Law

Angelo Ancheta, law professor and director of the University’s Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, was elected to join the California Citizens Redistricting Commission to redraw legislative, congressional, and other voting districts in California.

Cynthia A. Mertens was selected by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as a 2010 Woman of Influence.

Associate Professor of Law Catherine J.K. Sandoval was appointed to the California Utilities Commission.

Alan W. Scheflin received the prestigious Richard von Krafft-Ebbing Award for the Best Paper on Forensic Issues and Hypnosis at the annual Conference of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in March 2010. The paper is titled “A Comment on an Alleged Association Between Hypnosis and Death: Two Remarkable Cases,” and it appeared in July edition of American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.

Ed Steinman received the Community Service Award from the Chinese American Democratic Club at its 52nd Annual Dinner in San Francisco in March 2010. The award celebrates "his untiring service to the Chinese American community and his leadership in promoting and protecting its rights."



College of Arts and Sciences

Glenn Appleby, Mathematics, Computer Science, received the Santa Clara Valley Mathematics Association's 2009 "Teacher of the Year Award."

Rebecca Black, English, was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in spring 2009.

Frank Farris, Mathematics, began 2009 as editor of Mathematics Magazine, an official publication of the Mathematical Association of America and one of the most widely circulated mathematics journals in the world. He served in this position from 2001-2005 and stepped in as the interim editor for much of 2008.

Francisco Jiminez, Modern Languages and Literatures, received Bank of America's 2009 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award for his contribution to the health of his neighborhood. He was also awarded a $5,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of his choice, ALEarn, which helps underrepresented students get to and succeed in college.

Gary Macy, Religious Studies, was nominated for the Governing Board of the Medieval Academy of America.

Ana Maria Pineda, Religious Studies, received an honor from the Catholic Theological Union in fall 2009. She is the founding director of The Oscar Romero Scholarship Program, which offers Hispanic/Latino lay men and women a full tuition scholarship for a professional graduate degree that aids them in their ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Leavey School of Business

Andre L. Delbecq, Management, was named the first recipient of the Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. Award at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education, presented at Rockhurst University in Kansas City in July 2009. He also received two awards at the 36th Annual OBTC Teaching Conference for Management Educators and the Society’s “Legacy Award” for sustaining the torch of learning through a legacy of contributions to Management Education and was named a Fellow of the Society.

School of Engineering

Chris Kitts, Mechanical Engineering, was reappointed as the technical editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics for a two-year period beginning in 2009. In addition, Kitts and several graduate and undergraduate students in the Robotics Lab received a NASA Ames Team Honor Award in 2009 for their work involving mission operations for the NASA GeneSat-1, PreSat and PharmaSat spacecraft. The SCU team developed all communication stations and control systems used to operate these NASA spacecraft once they were launched into Orbit, and the team then used these systems to remotely operate the satellites in order to achieve their missions.

Tokunbo Ogunfunmi, Electrical Engineering, was appointed to a three-year position as an editor for the journal Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing, beginning in 2009. Delegate from the Santa Clara Valley section to the 2008 IEEE Sections Congress in Canada. The congress takes place once every three years.

Terry Shoup, Mechanical Engineering, was named Chairman of the Board for the ASME Foundation in 2009.

Sarah Kate Wilson, Electrical Engineering, was named editor-in-chief of IEEE Communications Letters as of January 2009.

School of Law

Vinita Bali was elected to the Executive Committee of the ASP Section of AALS and chaired the Program Committee.

Peter Kareiva


Beth Van Schaack


Michael Whalen


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