Sabine Dillingham

Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

Sabine Dillingham


Sabine L. Dillingham has served as Director of Research & Sponsored Programs since 2012. Prior to arriving at St. Mary’s College, she was a tenured biology professor at Illinois State University (1995-2012) where she held various administrative positions, was actively engaged in externally-funded research and provided grant writing training to faculty colleagues during college-wide grant workshops and to her graduate students. Dillingham leads the institutional office within academic affairs responsible for the development, review, submission, and acceptance of college-based research/creative work, and educational, training, or technical assistance programs involving funds, materials, or other compensation from outside sources. She works collaboratively with faculty and staff to develop project ideas, identify funding opportunities and submit proposals for external funding of faculty scholarship, creative work, educational programming and professional practice. She also facilitates education, training, and support to faculty and staff related to sponsored research principles and practices. Dillingham works closely with Research Administrator, Adam Malisch, to develop, implement, and ensure compliance with requirements of funding entities and College research-related policies. Dillingham and Malisch also collaborate with St. Mary’s faculty and upper administration to facilitate undergraduate research. As needed, they both support the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Lauren Sampson, to develop and submit funding proposals to corporations and foundations. Dillingham is currently the principal investigator of a NIH Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) Award, which supports numerous research capacity building activities for faculty and staff at St. Mary’s College. Dillingham is actively involved in the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA); she served on the organizational committee for the NCURA Region II 2015 and 2016 annual meetings and currently is a member of the NCURA Collaborate PUI Community Working Group. She is also the Fulbright Scholar Program Campus Representative for St. Mary’s College. Dillingham serves as one point of contact for the Education Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Patuxent Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and St. Mary’s College. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from SUNY Stony Brook in 1992 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institute between 1992 and 1995.


  • Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at SUNY Stony Brook, 1992
  • in Vordiplom - Biology at Julius Maximillian University at Würzburg, Germany, 1983