Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development since Fall 2010, Dr. Elrod is a Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her scholarly interests focus on religion, race and gender in early American literature, with a particular focus on contested notions of American identity and autobiographical writing. Her scholarly work includes refereed journal articles, book chapters and a 2008 book, Piety and Dissent: Race, Gender and Biblical Rhetoric in Early American Autobiography, (University of Massachusetts), which explores the complex work of religion in early American lifewriting. Eileen teaches early and nineteenth-century American literature, contemporary multicultural literature, women’s studies, and first-year composition. A dedicated teacher (honored with the Brutocao Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007), Eileen is committed to a range of pedagogical styles in pursuit of the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis with Santa Clara’s diverse faculty and student community. Eileen has been a member of the SCU faculty since 1992, with service/leadership experience that includes the College of Arts and Sciences Rank and Tenure Committee, Faculty Affairs, the Ignatian Faculty Forum, Women Faculty Group, the LEAD program, WGST Program Council and English Department Associate Chair.
Rachel Stumpf is the Program Manager for Faculty Development. She supports the planning and evaluation of faculty development programs, designs and curates resources, and leads strategic communications. Prior to joining the Faculty Development Program at Santa Clara University, Rachel served as the Postdoctoral Associate for Graduate Student Professional Development at Boston University, where she led programming for doctoral students and produced the Vitamin PhD podcast. Rachel earned her PhD in Education from the University of California, Irvine, where she also served as a director for the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP). Her research focuses on writing instruction and students’ transition from high school to college writing. She holds a BS in English and Elementary Education, and she began her career teaching high school language arts in North Dakota.