Joseph R. Fink Faculty Achievement Award

The Joseph R. Fink Faculty Achievement Award, named for the institution’s eighth president, honors a faculty member’s lifetime achievement and dedication to Dominican. Recipients are recognized as outstanding teachers who have brought distinction to Dominican through their research, creative work, service, or leadership of a distinguished academic program.

2017 Joseph R. Fink Faculty Achievement Award Recipient

Professor LeeAnn Bartolini’s concerns for gender equity, cultural difference, and social justice permeate her work as a practitioner and a scholar of psychology. A key member of the group who worked to create the Women and Gender Studies Program at Dominican and a board member of the Center for Domestic Peace for thirteen years, Professor Bartolini has worked tirelessly on campus and in the community to raise awareness around issues of oppression and violence against women. She was instrumental in organizing Dominican’s participation in the Vagina Monologues, One Billion Rising, and the Women’s March. She has worked as a volunteer with the Dominican Sisters Ministry to female prisoners at the Marin County Jail for the past fifteen years. Not for nothing was she elected to the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame. In the classroom, she tackles cultural bias in how we treat and respond to the mentally ill and how we counsel those who are different from us. Professor Bartolini’s commitments are also international; she has taught and/or studied in England, Thailand, India, and Uganda, among other places, and she created with Sr. Carla Kovac Dominican’s substantive and ongoing relationship with a community in Uganda. Her wide-ranging scholarship is entwined with her international teaching and lifelong service.

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LeeAnn Bartolini, Professor of Psychology 
Dominican Scholar Profile


2016 Joseph R. Fink Faculty Achievement Award Recipient

Denise Lucy, Professor of Business and Organizational Studies and Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies, walks the leadership talk. She is a published expert in leadership, micro-credit loans, international trade, and business pedagogy. At Dominican, she has served in numerous leadership roles—from Associate Dean to Vice President. In 2002, she founded Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies, which promotes the study, teaching, and practice of effective, ethical leadership. Today, the program offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, a minor, and an MBA concentration. In 2003, she established the Leadership Lecture Series, which over the years has provided our students the opportunity to engage with local and global leaders of the highest caliber. Above all, Professor Lucy is a persistent advocate for her students. She is tireless in connecting students with local business leaders. She integrates internship placement and team-based community partnerships into all of her classes; her regular golf outings with business student-athletes and trustees have been a great success. She is known for her “Tea and Talk” sessions with first-year students and her “Dine and Discuss” sessions with Leadership minors. She keeps in touch with alumni long after graduation, following their careers and mentoring them through hardships and successes. Professor Lucy holds an EdD in Organization and Leadership from University of San Francisco and an MS in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Fresno.

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Denise Lucy, Professor of Business 
Dominican Scholar Profile



2015 Joseph R. Fink Faculty Achievement Award Recipient

Professor Satterfield’s work—primarily paintings in oils and acrylic—hangs in galleries, private collections, and public spaces across California and the United States. Some thirty years ago, he founded Dominican’s San Marco Gallery and single-handedly grew it, on a shoestring budget, into a respected Bay Area art venue that enriches our academic community, cultivating a prestigious cultural reputation for the University and a chance for Dominican students to engage up-close with the best of contemporary practice. Stanley Gibbs, Program Director of Art Works in San Rafael, remarks that Professor Satterfield is “a teacher, painter, scholar, meditator, curator, and one who walks the talk. Foad leads by example. He questions more than he proclaims, activating the minds of those around him.” Students seek him out for his reputation not only as a painter and a rigorous teacher but also as a guide who will help them discover their personal artistic path and excel in it. Similarly, Dominican colleagues testify to the quiet generosity with which he has sought out, mentored, and supported several generations of junior faculty, from all disciplines. Professor Satterfield is currently completing his 35th year of teaching at Dominican. He holds an MFA in painting from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

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Foad Satterfield, Professor of Art
Dominican Scholar Profile


Each year, the Faculty Forum nominates candidates for the Joseph R. Fink Faculty Achievement Award to the Council of Academic Deans. The Council of Academic Deans evaluates the nominations and presents a final recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval. 

To be eligible, a faculty member must surpass the following minimum criteria.

  • The faculty member must be tenured, and
  • The faculty member must have served Dominican for at least ten years. 


Recipients are to have the following characteristics.

  • Faculty member is an outstanding teacher, as demonstrated through both student and peer evaluations.
  • Faculty member has brought distinction to Dominican University of California through his/her research and publication, service, and/or leadership of a distinguished academic program.
  • Faculty member is generous with his or her time and energy, with both colleagues and students.
  • Faculty member shares knowledge and expertise with Dominican and the greater San Francisco Bay Area community.
  • Faculty member is committed to advancing the mission, goals and objectives of Dominican University of California.