Center for Academic Excellence Affiliates

Faculty Leadership Fellows, 2013-14

Dr. Valeria Martinez
Associate Professor of Finance
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2881

Valeria Martinez is an associate professor of Finance at Fairfield University. Her research includes both traditional empirical finance and pedagogy. She is a passionate teacher who constantly strives to become better at her craft. She received the first Dolan School of Business Teaching Excellence Award in 2010. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Best Pedagogy Paper Award at the Financial Education Association Annual Conference for her work "Triangular Arbitrage Deconstructed," which has been published in the Journal of Financial Education. In addition in 2011, she received a Teaching Innovation Grant from the Dolan School of Business for her research on "Time Value of Money Made Simple: A Graphic Teaching Method."

Dr. Glenn Sauer
Associate Professor of Biology
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2741

Glenn R. Sauer is an associate professor of Biology and has been a member of the Fairfield University faculty since 2000. He teaches courses in biochemistry, endocrinology, plant physiology and general biology. He also teaches a science core course entitled "God & Modern Biology", which examines various topics in science and religion. His scholarship has been published in leading scientific journals including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, and the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. Dr. Sauer is very active in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Religion. He was recently awarded a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to develop science and religion educational programs for Catholic schools and parishes in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Dr. Sauer has served in leadership positions across campus, as the chair of Biology (2004 -2010) and associate academic chair of the Ignatian Residential College.

Dr. Emily Smith
Associate Professor of English Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies & Teacher Preparation.
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2396

A former English teacher from Philadelphia, she came to Fairfield University because of its commitment to teaching and social justice. She is passionate about understanding the complexities of teaching and learning and helping future teachers to make schools great places to learn and teach. Her research interests focus on mentoring - for both beginning and experienced teachers, and for faculty in higher education. She has researched and written about mentoring from several different perspectives: as a clinical supervisor for students, as a teacher educator working with cooperating teachers, as a faculty mentor for beginning teachers, and as a faculty member working to develop mentoring for graduate students and faculty in higher education. Emily has worked on several initiatives on campus related to her teaching and mentoring interests, including the Faculty Development & Evaluation Committee (FDEC) mentoring initiative, the Peer Review of Teaching initiative, and the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions (GSEAP) Committee for Mentoring.

Faculty Consultant for Writing

Dr. Cinthia Gannett
Director of Core Writing
Associate Professor, English
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2800

As of Fall 2012, Dr. Cinthia Gannett, Director of Core Writing, is affiliated with the Center for Academic Excellence in a new role as the Faculty Consultant for Writing. In this capacity, she supports a variety of CAE Initiatives which feature writing for learning and communicating across the Core and the disciplines, including special support for faculty interested in developing their scholarly and pedagogical writing. Her work with the CAE includes sponsoring faculty writing retreats and writing circles according to interest, consulting with individual faculty on writing projects, offering speakers and workshops, supporting Core Integration through assignment & course design and evidence-based work on academic (disciplinary-interdisciplinary) writing pedagogies, and support university-wide discussions of writing engagement and support.