Sandra E Larragoiti, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Professional Studies-Intensive Evening Program

In the fall of 2016, Dr. Larragoiti was admitted into the Stanford two-year “Online Writing Certificate Program in Novel Writing” (OWC).  Upon completing her doctoral studies in 2014, she was strongly encouraged to write about Santa Teresa de Ávila, the topic of her dissertation.  She has begun to write an historical novel that unpacks the teachings of Santa Teresa de Ávila through the lives of three characters who live in different countries (Ávila, Spain; Monterrey, Mexico; Half Moon Bay, California) and in different historical periods (1575, 1939, 2014), respectively.  In the novel, Santa Teresa’s teachings touch the souls of these characters in unexpected ways triggering a deep desire for holiness.  The tentative title is—Called to be Holy: A novel about the teachings of Santa Teresa de Ávila.


Stanford University (Fall, 2016 to present)
Novel Writing Certificate Program
(Admission determined by competitive manuscript submission)

Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF)–2014
Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)-2009
Master of Arts in Philosophy & Religion

Santa Clara University-1979
Master of Art in Education
Emphasis: School Counseling/Bilingual Education

University of California, Berkeley-1975
School of Education: Teaching Credentials in Spanish & English

University of California, Berkeley-1974
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature & Linguistics

Courses Taught at NDNU

• Contemporary Professional Writing
• Linguistics
• Professional Ethics & Responsibility; Business Ethics
• Religions of the World
• Women’s Spirituality
• Social Psychology of Religious Values
• Spirituality of Daily Life
• Managing Cultural Diversity
• Women in Transition
• Interpersonal-Intercultural Psychology
• Cross-Cultures and Subcultures
• Workshop: The Enneagram—Personality Assessment

Community Engagement Activities

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Belmont, Eucharistic Minister;
Peninsula Symphony–violinist

Selected Media & Publications

Winner of the John Macquirre Dissertation Fellowship Award in Philosophical Theology at Graduate Theological Foundation

Professional Memberships

NDNU Collegium Fellow
Carmelite Secular Community-OCDS in formation; Santa Clara Chapter