At Siena, our faculty truly make the difference.

With 100% faculty-taught classes, and endless opportunities to work, intern and conduct high-impact research alongside our professors—Saints are set to succeed. 

Just because it's summer doesn't mean our Saints stop working. Through Siena's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA), each summer dozens of students return to campus and hit the ground running. The Summer Scholars design, explore, analyze, and evaluate their own original research. But, they're not alone. Each Saint works with a faculty mentor who is with them every step of the way. 

Our faculty lead the way—preparing students to make their professional dreams happen. 

Matt Bellis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics

What I Love about Siena: "I get to talk about Physics with engaged students on a daily basis! You can't ask for more than that."

Saints: Aroon Pressram, Nada Mohamed, Tyler Sitterly, Dan Whinnery, Maddy Hagen, Lulama Nyembe, Taylor Flynn, Spencer Tibbitts, Bala Padavala, Nichita Jamwale, Christian Montero and James D’Annibale

Carla Sofka, Professor of Social Work

My Teaching Philosophy: "Everyone in the classroom should have an active role in learning. I believe that every student has valuable ideas, experiences, and questions to contribute.  It is my job to create a partnership in learning where we can all benefit from each other's insights, wisdom, and curiosity."

Saint: Jarrett Hissick

Anna McLoon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology

What I Love About Siena: "For me as a professor, I enjoy getting to work with students who are willing to work hard and interested in learning. The small classes we have at Siena means that I get to spend time with every single student during a lab, so that I can get to know my students and make sure that they all get the most out of each class."

Saints: Daniel Andrade, Shianne Johnson, Edwin Premchan, Ally Sullivan

Thomas Hughes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

My Current Research: Synthesis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon architectures, including graphene ribbons, single-walled carbon nanobelts, substituted acenes.  Synthesis and supramolecular chemistry of phenylene macrocycles.  Development of novel cycloaromatization reactions.

Saints: Julia Dunn, Adam Bevilacqua and Rajen Somwaru

Nora Boyd Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Matthew Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics

What I Love About Siena: Boyd- "Everyone is so friendly!"

Davis- "I love the types of students who come to Siena for their character and fundamental goodness. Our students are kind, caring, and willing to consider the perspectives of others."

Saints: Alexia Moreno, Eileen Fitzgerald, Ivory Moore, Nathaniel Kim

Lucas Tucker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

My Favorite Courses to Teach: "Organic chemistry is my favorite course to teach. The materials is fascinating and beautiful. There is a moment during the second semester for a lot of students where the interrelated nature of the material becomes clear and the subject just clicks. This is often called chemical intuition. Assisting my students in their development of chemical intuition is very rewarding."

Saints: Catherine Gibbons and Abrahim Rehman

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