Vice Provost Academic Affairs

Christopher Sindt is a professor of English and currently serves as the vice provost for academic affairs. He has worked at Saint Mary's since 2000.

During his 17 years at Saint Mary's, Sindt has developed an exemplary record of academic leadership and administration, serving as program director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, the associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts, the dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education, the vice provost for graduate and professional studies, and currently, the vice provost for academic affairs. His current portfolio includes a wide range of areas, such as career and professional development, community engagement, educational effectiveness, faculty development, institutional research, international studies, sponsored research, and student success. In 2011-2012, he was selected as an American Council of Education Fellow, the nation's premier training program for university administrators. He currently serves as chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduates and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. 

Sindt earned his MA and PhD in English from the University of California, Davis, and a BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for his poetry, including the James D. Phelan award and fellowships at the Macdowell Colony and the Blue Mountain Center. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Bodies, and most recently, System and Population. In addition to poetry, his research interests include the literature of California, and environmental literature. He is the co-director of SMC's Center for Environmental Literacy