At commencement each year, the Philosophy Faculty at St. Philip’s College bestows an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the shared work of our extended faculty, our colleagues, or our local partners in the Greater San Antonio Community in the teaching of Philosophy inside and outside the classroom.
Our students benefit when our partners come together to share expertise, knowledge, and resources.
The Philosophy Faculty leads co-curricular activities and partnerships that directly benefit our students, and which would not be possible without the support and guidance of the senior academic leadership at St. Philip's College.
Dr. Grillo has consistently provided backing to our efforts, and that professional assistance has allowed us to enhance our student-centered initiatives on and off campus.
Thank you, Dean Grillo for your support.
Dr. Michael Grillo graduated from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2002 and was a participant in the Diplomacy Program from 2000 to 2002. He attended Nationals as well as a number of local conferences. After completing his Masters of Arts degree in Political Science at FAU, Dean Grillo pursued his Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.
Dr. Grillo was previously an Assistant Professor, and was then promoted to Associate Professor of Political Science, at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. He taught a variety of international relations courses and his research focuses on the psychological determinants of political behavior and public opinion in the realms of foreign policy and domestic conflict. He won teaching and research awards for his work. Inspired by his participation in the Leon Charmey Diplomacy Program, he began a Model United Nations program at Schreiner University. Established in 2015, the program has been recognized for academic excellence with NMUN Awards.
Dr. Michael Grillo with Dr. Joelle Nanivazo from St. Philip’s College, and the rest of the Planning Team for the “Community-Centered Public Policy, Civically Engaged Higher Education Institutions and the HBCU: A Conference of Texas HBCUs,” which was held at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas on April 1-2, 2022.
Dr. Michael Grillo was hired by St. Philip's College as the Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, but he was quickly promoted to his current position as Interim Dean for Academic Success, Arts & Sciences. He has a strong background in academic leadership, having previously served as a Senior Research Analyst at the University of Louisville and as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Schreiner University, where he oversaw the University's assessment of student learning in academic programs and administrative services for SACS-COC accreditation.
The role of a Dean is to "work closely with faculty to ensure educational coherence for students through the development, alignment, and assessment of student learning outcomes, effective teaching practices, and professional development opportunities... [and to] provide oversight of pedagogy, ensuring faculty have appropriate resources to deliver effective instruction."