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Valerie A. Attisha

Valerie A. Attisha

Director, Development
vattisha@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-6890

Office: Founders Hall 106

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Valerie Attisha is the director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences.  In this role, she works with faculty and the dean to secure funding from alumni, parents, and friends for the more than thirty diverse departments, programs, institutes, and centers that comprise the college.  In addition, she oversees the college’s marketing, communications, publications, and web design efforts.  An experienced and dedicated fundraising professional, Valerie joined USD, her alma mater, in spring 2007. 

Prior, she spent almost ten years at The San Diego Foundation where she served as the Director of Scholarships and San Diego Teachers’ Fund.  While attending graduate school in Sacramento, Valerie worked as a graduate assistant and upon graduating, she secured a position as a legislative analyst and lobbyist.  Valerie has been active with the Rotary Club and is a 2005 graduate of LEAD San Diego.  In 2006, she was awarded San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s prestigious 40 Under 40 Award.

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Katie Bamburg

Katie Bamburg

Grant Budget Specialist
Office of Sponsored Programs/College of Arts and Sciences
kbamburg@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2600 x2532

Office: Maher Hall, Room 264

Katie Bamburg is the Grant Budget Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs, and is dedicated to supporting the development of proposals for external funding within the College of Arts and Sciences. She collaborates with CAS faculty to develop proposal budgets and budget narratives, and works closely with the Budget and Special Projects Manager and the College Dean to develop, manage, and track cost-sharing agreements associated with externally-sponsored projects. Prior to coming to USD, Bamburg was a Contract and Grant Administrator at the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She moved to San Diego in March 2013 to manage USD’s NSF-funded Climate Education Partners project, and transitioned to the Office of Sponsored Programs in September 2014, Bamburg graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Global & International Studies.

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Pauline Berryman Powell

Pauline Berryman Powell

Assistant Dean
berryman@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

Pauline Berryman Powell was appointed as assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2001. She is primarily responsible for working with students, and works directly with the dean and the associate deans to interpret, revise, and enforce the college policies and procedures. Her responsibilities also include assisting with activities that support faculty, fiscal management, student academic advising and foreign transcript evaluations. Previously, Powell served as admissions recruiter at Azusa Pacific University’s highly selective internship program and as director of Student Recruitment within Student Affairs at the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO). Powell’s interests include working with diverse student populations.

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Jonathan Bowman

Jonathan Bowman, PhD

Associate Dean
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
bowman@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall, Room 114

Jonathan M. Bowman, PhD, was appointed associate dean for advising and curriculum in January 2014. He has been a member of the faculty since 2007 and is an associate professor of Communication Studies. Bowman has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, mentoring awards, and research awards from a variety of regional and national institutions and associations. At USD, he has been the recipient of a Keck Faculty Fellowship for his focus on undergraduate research, an Innovations in Experiential Education Award for his commitment to high-impact practices, and an Outstanding Preceptor Award for excellence in teaching and advising. He serves as a mentor to undergraduates in multiple capacities, particularly those students involved in student government, greek life, academic honors, and/or campus faith-based organizations.

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Catherine Cornell

Catherine Cornell

Budget and Special Projects Manager
cornell@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

The Budget and Special Projects Manager is responsible to the dean for managing, coordinating, monitoring and implementing the fiscal and operational resources of the college. She provides direct assistance to the dean on a wide range of assignments involving the highest level of administrative work associated with complex problems of a confidential and sensitive nature. With considerable autonomy, Cornell is fully responsible for managing approximately 500 full and part-time faculty contracts, stipends and awards, exercising discretion and diplomacy. She prioritizes budget and special projects for the dean, and trains and supports department chairs and program directors on budget processes. Cornell serves as dean’s liaison to the associate and assistant deans, coordinating decanal financial goals, priorities and projects. She also serves as the dean’s liaison to the provost’s office, purchasing, and financial services. Cornell plays a key role in college-wide planning and policy-making. She is responsible for endowment management and liaison to University Relations regarding gifts and donations. She ensures the efficient and effective functioning of the college. 

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Del Dickson

Del Dickson

Professor
Pre-Law Advisor, Living Learning Communities Faculty Director: Honors
dickson@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4013

Office: KIPJ 284

Office Hours: M 11:15-1:15; W 12:30-1:30 F 11:15-12:15 Pre-Law Advising (F114): W 11:15-12:15

Delavan Dickson, JD., PhD, has taught at USD since 1987 in the department of Political Science and International Relations.  He teaches Introduction to Political Science and a variety of upper division law courses, including Constitutional Law, Judicial Behavior, Comparative Law, and International Law.  His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, justice in common law countries, lay justice, and the relationship between law and democracy.

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Neena Din

Neena Din

Assistant Dean
ndin@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

Neena Din, PhD, was appointed assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in August 2007. She came to USD from Loyola College in Maryland, where she earned tenure as an associate Professor of Biology in 2005. At Loyola, Din taught courses in the areas of cell and molecular biology and microbiology, as well as carrying out research on the processes of cell cycle events in bacteria. She also served as Loyola’s Pre-Health advisor for three years.

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Cassandra Gomez

Cassandra Gomez

Director of Pre-Health Advising Services
cagomez@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall, Room 114

Cassandra Gomez, MPH, was selected as the Director of Pre-Health Advising Services of the College of Arts and Sciences in August 2012. She is primarily responsible for maintaining a pre-professional program that provides support for students applying to graduate programs in the health sciences. Gomez counsels pre-health students, hosts informational workshops and compiles and analyzes health professional school applicant and matriculant data. Previously, Gomez served as a Student Affairs Officer for the University of California San Francisco Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research. At UCSF Fresno, Gomez coordinated a successful pre-health advising and support program for students at Fresno State University.

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Leslie Hammann

Leslie Hammann

Marketing and Communications Manager
lhammann@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7446

Office: Founders Hall 106

Leslie Hammann is the marketing and communications manager for the College of Arts and Sciences. She works with the dean and director of development to integrate, manage and promote the brand of the college. A native of San Diego, she joined USD in the summer of 2011.

Hammann comes to USD from Geary Group, a holding company of digital marketing agencies. At Geary, Hammann managed the public relations and communications efforts of Geary’s three brands.

She graduated from California Polytechnic State University—San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations.

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Nancy Kuelbs

Nancy Kuelbs

Executive Assistant
nkuelbs@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

Nancy Kuelbs is the lead academic scheduler for the College of Arts and Sciences, preparing and implementing the classroom schedules through interaction with faculty and staff. In addition, she serves as the primary academic scheduler for the entire university and is responsible for orchestrating the overall academic scheduling process. She is accountable for the preparation and electronic submission of the university’s schedule of classes, and for the bi-annual physical inspection of Arts and Sciences classrooms.  

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Janey Middleton

Janey Middleton

Executive Assistant
middleton@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2466

Office: Founders Hall 114

Janey Middelton manages the daily operations of the dean's office. She provides direct administrative assistance to the associate dean and the assistant dean and oversees departmental staff. Middleton trains and supervises student workers and administrative staff. She acts as facilitator and resource person for the transfer analyst, other departments, faculty, administrators, staff, students and the general public. She provides secondary support for three executive assistants, the dean, the scheduler and the Honors Program.

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Perla  Myers

Perla Myers, PhD

Associate Dean
pmyers@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

Perla Myers has been a member of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department since 1999. She enjoys teaching classes at all undergraduate levels: core mathematics classes, mathematics classes for the Mathematics major, and mathematics classes for future and in-service elementary and secondary school teachers. Professor Myers’ most recent work involves the improvement of the mathematical education of teachers.

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Noelle Norton

Noelle Norton, PhD

Dean
noellenorton@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

Noelle Norton, PhD, was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013. Norton joined the USD faculty in 1994 and previously served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Co-Director of the Living Learning Communities program while maintaining her faculty role in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Norton also served as department chair and USD Honors Program director from 2001-2008. 

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Lori Stevenson

Lori Stevenson

Executive Assistant to the Dean
loris@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

The Assistant to the Dean supports the dean in all areas including relations with faculty, donors, parents, alumni, the community, university, and governmental organizations. Provides direct assistance to the dean on a wide range of assignments involving the highest level of administrative work associated with complex problems of a confidential and sensitive nature. Manages work flow and priorities of the dean. Liaison to department chairs and program directors and coordinates orientation of faculty with them. Serves as Dean’s liaison to the Associate and Assistant deans in coordination of decanal goals and priorities. Manages special projects. This position ensures the efficient and effective functioning of the day-to-day activities of the Dean. Assist prospective and current faculty in matters of University policies and procedures. Lori has been w/the University of San Diego for 19 years.

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Debbie Tahmassebi

Debbie Tahmassebi, PhD

Associate Dean
Professor, Chemistry
debbiet@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

Debbie Tahmassebi, PhD, joined the faculty in 1999. She is an organic chemist with interests in the synthesis and structural studies of molecules, primarily studying novel nucleosides and amino-acid derivatives. She enjoys teaching the excellent undergraduate students at USD and working with them on collaborative research projects in the laboratory.

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Starla Tudor

Starla Tudor

Building Manager
studor@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-8885

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 247

Starla Tudor is the building manager for the Shiley Center for Science and Technology. Originally from Colorado, she worked in the San Diego biotech industry for more than 12 years with jobs ranging from molecular biologist to facility coordinator. As the building manager of the Science Center her responsibilities include chemical hygiene, waste management, radiation safety , equipment installation, and facility management. Tudor works closely with the department chairs for Chemistry, Biology, Marine and Environmental Science, and Physics to ensure that the facility meets their needs and provides a safe environment for its occupants. 

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