Sandra Zimdars-Swartz is Director of HWC and a Professor in the Humanities and Western Civilization Program. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion from Claremont Graduate School. Her research interests are religious experience and popular religion with Christian traditions. Professor Zimdars-Swartz is the author of Encountering Mary: from La Salette to Medjugorje. She is the HWC Ambassador to the Center for Teaching Excellence, and has received a Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.