Fr. Daniel P. Dwyer , O.F.M.

Associate Professor of History

Phone: (518) 783‑2390

Daniel P. Dwyer


Ph.D. History Tulane University
M.A. Theology Washington Theological Union
M.A. History The College of St. Rose
B.A. History Siena College


I was born and raised in the capital district, and was fortunate in being able to attend Siena College. My student years at Siena were very important in helping me to find my place in life. I grew in my love for history, developed an interest in new fields of knowldege, and made some wonderful friends. As a result of my Siena experience, I continued my education and recieved 3 graduate degrees. I also decided that my life could best be lived as a Franciscan Friar. After many adventures and numerous job experiences that ranged from banking to fast food, I have been most fulfilled by my life as a friar, priest and teacher. It is a joy to wake up each day to another experience of my Siena home.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

I love all the courses I teach but lately I have come to especially like The West and the World I. It lets me meet students with a variety of majors; and I am always learning new things about the Ancient and Medieval World that fascinate me. It has enhanced my enjoyment of places I have visited; and I am always excited when students realize their own connections to long ago times and places.

Professional Experience:

Friar in Residence Siena College 2006 - 2006
Associate Professor Siena College 1995 - Now
Residence Counselor Siena College 1995 - 1999
On-site Director (Summer in Mexico Program) Tulane Univ. 1992 - 1992
Assisted with pastoral duties Tulane Catholic Center 1990 - 1995
Residence Counselor, Part-time Instructor Siena College 1988 - 1990
Associate Campus Minister Siena College 1986 - 1987
Member Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor 1981 - 1990

Why I chose Siena:

For me, knowledge and love have been the two paths to God and both are involved in teaching. I think that teaching allows me to share with others the story of a past that unites all of us in one beautiful and diverse human family. I want my students to learn facts and to be culturally literate; I want them to become better writers and researchers; but more than that, I want them to have the excitement of better understanding their own humanity and their tremendous potential. I feel that I can help them commune with people of every place and time. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to see students who become enthusiastic experts on some person, place or era. I want them to not only have rewarding careers, but enriching lives.

The Worlds of Joseph Smith, A Bicentennial Conference at the Library of Congress
Journal of Mormon History
The Other Mirror, Grand Theory Through the Lens of Latin America
MultiCultural Review
Oscar Romero, Reflections on His Life and Writings
MultiCultural Review
War of the Gods: Religion and Politics in Latin America
MultiCultural Review
Several certificates of Recognition from the Office of Student Affairs and Residence Life, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
category: Other
Siena College, 2010
April 2008 Winner of the History Club-Faculty Person of the Year Award.
category: Other
Siena College History Club, 2008
May 2005 Winner of the Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award.
category: Teaching
Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005
March 2003 Finalist for the Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award,
Siena College, Loudonville, NY
category: Teaching
Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003
March 2002 Finalist for the Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award, Siena College, Loudonville, NY.
category: Teaching
Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award, 2002
April, 1992 Co-recipient of the William Ransom Hogan Prize
for the best Teaching Assistant in the History Department,
Tulane University.
category: Teaching
William Ransom Hogan Prize, Tulane University, 1992
1984 Certificate of Appreciation, The Spanish Catholic Center,
Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
category: Other
The Spanish Catholic Center, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., 1984