Jeanette Passty

Jeanne Passty

Title: Associate Professor of English

Company: St. Philip’s College

Location: San Marcos, Texas, United States

Jeanette Passty, Associate Professor of English at St. Philip’s College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Collegiate English.

Dr. Jeanette N. Passty, Associate Professor of English at St. Philip’s College, is the author of over thirty papers in literary studies, women’s studies, multicultural studies, and developmental education presented at conferences and/or published in encyclopedias, journals, and books in the United States and the United Kingdom.  She was a contributor to the encyclopedia American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present, 5 vols. (Ungar, 1982, 1995).  Her biocritical study Eros and Androgyny: The Legacy of Rose Macaulay (Fairleigh Dickinson UP) was an “American Library Association Outstanding Academic Book of 1988-89” and also brought her recognition from Baron Bonham-Carter and HRH Princess Margaret.  Among the many honors, Dr. Passty has received for her research and teaching are a NISOD Medallion (2003), a Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship nomination (2012), a Faculty Senate Teaching Award (2012), and an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018).

Born in 1947, Dr. Passty pursued an education at Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen, California, receiving an Associate of Arts in History in 1966.  She began her career shortly after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1968.  Dr. Passty initially joined the University of Southern California where she became recognized as a teaching assistant, lecturer, and associate director of the Freshman English Program.  During her seven years with the university, she received the Elizabeth K. Pleasants Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1974, the same year in which she completed her coursework for the Master of Arts in English.  After earning her Ph.D. in 1982, Dr. Jeanette Passty served as a visiting scholar and visiting professor at Texas State University, Texas Lutheran University, and The University of Texas at Austin before joining St. Philip’s College as an assistant professor in 1988.

Featured in Dr. Marie Pannell Thurston’s St. Philip’s College: A Point of Pride on San Antonio’s East Side (Texas A&M University Press, 2013) for her innovations in teaching, her advocacy for veterans, and her research in women’s and multicultural studies, Dr. Passty has drawn on the extraordinary but largely unknown achievements of African Americans in Central Texas.  Her most recent works chronicle the life of actor Ossie Davis’s younger brother Dr. William C. Davis, the biochemist who gave us instant mashed potatoes, soft-serve ice cream, Dasani Water, and particle board, and helped Rosalyn Yalow field test RIA (Radioimmunoassay) for which she won the 1977 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

With local memberships including The Gilbert & Sullivan Society, the Zach Scott Theatre, and the Austin Opera, Dr. Jeanette N. Passty is a dedicated proponent of Texas arts and culture.  She also maintains involvement with national organizations such as the American Association of University Women, the Modern Language Association of America, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

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