Photo of Old Main from the lawn near Harned Hall
August 20, 2018

Saint Martin's announces the new faculty members for the College of Arts and Sciences

Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University’s College of Arts and Sciences will add Sammy Badran, Ph.D., Patrick Cooper, Ph.D., Timothy O’Neill, Ph.D., Benjamin Peet, Ph.D., William Stadler, Ph.D., Cameron Sweet, Ph.D., Teri Woo, Ph.D., and Dustin Zemel, Ph.D., to its faculty this fall.

“The College of Arts and Sciences is delighted to welcome this wonderful slate of faculty. They strengthen a number of majors, including nursing, mathematics, theology, criminal justice, and social work, among others, allowing us to better serve our students and generate continued enrollment growth,” said Jeff Crane, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim dean of the School of Business. “Collectively these faculty have years of teaching experience and bring excellent scholarship and grant-writing experience with them to Saint Martin’s University.”

Sammy Badran joins as a visiting assistant professor of history and political science. Badran has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kansas. Most recently, he was an instructor at the University of Kansas and at the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth at Princeton University.

Patrick Cooper joins as the director of the Benedictine Institute and as an assistant professor of theology. Cooper has a Ph.D. in theology and religious studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Belgium. Prior to Saint Martin’s, Cooper was a theology lecturer, director of the Permanent Deacon Formation Program and the director and curriculum developer of the spirituality year at the Benedictine Archabbey of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

Timothy O'Neill joins as a visiting assistant professor of history and political science. He has a Ph.D. in Chinese studies from the University of Washington. O’Neill most recently served as a visiting assistant professor in the history department at Pacific Lutheran University.

Benjamin Peet joins as an assistant professor of mathematics. Peet has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Saint Louis University. Since 2013, he has been studying and teaching on a graduate teaching assistantship.

William Stadler joins as an assistant professor of criminal justice. Stadler has a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Saint Martin’s, he was the director of behavioral health at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri.

Cameron Sweet joins as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Washington State University. Since 2012, Sweet has been a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Washington State University.

Teri Woo joins as the director of the RN-to-BSN program. Woo brings more than 30 years of nursing experience and educational leadership to Saint Martin’s University. She graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University with a BSN in 1984, an MSN in childrearing family nursing in 1989 and a post-masters pediatric nurse practitioner certificate in 1993. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing at University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing in 2008. Woo was named a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2009. Before coming to Saint Martin’s, Woo served as a professor and associate dean for graduate nursing programs at Pacific Lutheran University.

Dustin Zemel joins as a visiting assistant professor of communication studies. Zemel has a Ph.D in English with a concentration in film and media studies from Louisiana State University. Recently, he taught a variety of courses in writing, literature and media production at Louisiana State University.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 27 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

Jeff Crane, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Interim Dean, School of Business
360-438-4564; jcrane@stmartin.edu

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager
360-412-6126; khyde@stmartin.edu