Centers and Institutes

Centers and Institutes

Siena's 20 centers and institutes bring together faculty, students from across all majors, and the community to share knowledge, research and a commitment to understanding the world around us.

Building communities that thrive in the Capital Region and beyond.

Siena College embraces a global perspective by offering students a wide range of Study Abroad options, and by welcoming international students through a variety of exchange, dual degree and intensive English language programs. The Center for International Programs serves to coordinate semester-long and short-term study abroad, International Student Services, and the English Language Program, as well as advising for international post-graduate education, fellowships and careers.

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, Siena College embraces a global perspective.

Convivium offers students the opportunity to do individual research and to take courses with faculty who are nationally active in medieval and early modern studies across a variety of disciplines.

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Karen Sonnelitter

Assistant Professor of History

(518) 782‑6746

The Siena College Center for the Study of Government and Politics is a living laboratory of government and politics for engaging our students in civic literacy.

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Leonard M. Cutler

Professor of Political Science

(518) 783‑2350

Siena College values classroom learning and high-impact, hands-on learning. That’s why we established our Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA). CURCA ensures that undergraduate research and scholarship opportunities are available to as many students as possible, regardless of major.

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Daniel F. Moriarty

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

(518) 783‑2472

​At Siena, we respect, support and celebrate the uniqueness each member of our community brings to campus.

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Christa Grant

Dir. Damietta Cross Cultural

(518) 783‑2375

The Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies (FCCS) is an academic initiative of Siena College that provides members of the College and residents of the Capital region a forum for exploring Catholicism in its historical, sociological, liturgical, and doctrinal complexity.

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Tom Dickens

Professor of Religious Studies

(518) 782‑6766

“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.” – Saint Francis of Assisi

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Judy Dougherty

Judy L. Dougherty

Director, Franciscan Center

(518) 782‑6526

The Kieval Institute offers programs that advance mutual understanding and harmonious relationships between Jews and Christians at Siena and in the wider community.

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Peter S. Zaas

Professor of Religious Studies

(518) 783‑2361

The Hickey Financial Technology Center (HFTC), located on the third floor of Siena College’s signature building, Siena Hall, is named in honor of Siena College alumnus Douglas T. Hickey ’77.

Established in 2004, the HFTC houses the Alonge Accounting Lab, named in honor of Siena College alumnus Guy Alonge ’54 and his wife Dorothea, and the William R. Raub ‘85 Market Trading Room, which is named in memory of a Siena College alumnus William R. Raub, who perished in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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Fang (Jenny) Zhao

Associate Professor of Finance

(518) 782‑6895

The High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) is a cutting edge research and educational tool that makes Siena College a leader in computational capability among small liberal arts colleges. Scientific computing is a growing discipline which spans a number of fields including chemistry, biophysics, scientific visualization, mathematics and computer science.

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George L. Barnes

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

(518) 782‑6880

​The institute utilizes the expertise of Siena faculty members to provide leadership development, strategic planning, team building/trust, communications and executive coaching.

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Erik R. Eddy

Professor of Management

(518) 782‑6761

Students in Siena’s Revolutionary Era Studies program learn the history of the American Revolution by combining academic study with service to the Capital Region community.

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Jennifer H. Dorsey

Associate Professor of History

(518) 783‑2319

The Reinhold Niebuhr Institute of Religion and Culture, an interdisciplinary, ecumenical and interfaith community-oriented program, is named in honor of Reinhold Niebuhr, the 20th century Protestant theologian who spent a lifetime exploring the implications of religious faith for the public order.

The Stewart’s Advanced Instrumentation and Technology (SAInT) Center is a multidisciplinary instrumentation suite focused on teaching and research across the departments of the School of Science and is open to users from Siena College and the community.

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Kristopher J. Kolonko

Instrumentation Center Director

(518) 783‑2440

Advancing Siena College’s commitment to building a world that is more just, peaceable and humane by providing advocacy, programming and service opportunities which promote social justice, gender equity and the development of women.

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Beth DeAngelis

Beth A. DeAngelis

Director of the Women's Center

(518) 782‑6109

The David ‘73 and Christine Spicer ‘75 Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary program focused on business creation from idea development through commercialization. The Center’s primary focus is on student businesses but with a secondary focus on outside business ideas that can also engage student interest and learning.

Research in the field of Artificial Intelligence consistently calls for a team effort among a wide variety of disciplines. For example, a project analyzing open source materials on the web to predict societal events of interest would require computer scientists, but also experts in the field relative to the social events: economics, sociology, disease, environmental, political science, etc. The Siena College Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SCIAI) will foster interdisciplinary relationships among faculty in order to foster research in a broad range of Artificial Intelligence activities.

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Sharon G. Small

Associate Professor of Computer Science