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AFFIRM Team

Lisa Baird

Lisa Baird, PhD

Interim Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Professor, Biology
baird@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4073

Office: Camino Hall 163/SSTC 481

Office Hours: Theatre: C163A (Ext. 2334) Biology: SCST481 by appointment

Lisa Baird, PhD, joined the biology faculty in 1988. In addition to teaching in the preparatory courses for biology majors, she teaches classes in plant physiology, electron microscopy and the senior seminar. Baird is a developmental plant physiologist with particular interest in plant stress responses to pathogens and insect predation and how these responses can be modulated by plant growth regulators.

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Michelle Madsen  Camacho

Michelle Madsen Camacho, PhD

Professor, Sociology
Department Chair, Sociology
mcamacho@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7826

Office: Serra Hall 227

Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Michelle Madsen Camacho is Chair and Full Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego.  She formerly held two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Diego, at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Fluent in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, her research uses theories from interdisciplinary sources including cultural studies, critical race, gender and feminist theories. Central to her work are questions of culture, power and inequality. She is affiliated faculty with the Department of Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Latin American Studies.

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Jane Friedman

Professor, Mathematics
janef@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4015

Office: Serra Hall 159A

Jane Friedman, PhD, is also the coordinator for the approved subject matter program in mathematic which prepares future high-school mathematics teachers. She has current research projects in voting theory and in statistics.

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Susan Lord

Susan Lord, PhD

Professor
slord@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4507

Office: Loma Hall 219

Susan M. Lord is Professor and Coordinator of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego. Author or co-author of over eighty publications, her teaching and research interests include electronics, optoelectronic materials and devices, service-learning, feminist pedagogy, lifelong learning, and engineering student persistence. From 1993-1997, Dr. Lord taught at Bucknell University. Her industrial experience includes AT&T Bell Laboratories, General Motors Laboratories, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and SPAWAR Systems Center. In Spring 2012, she taught at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.

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Perla Myers

Perla Myers

Professor, Mathematics
pmyers@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7932

Office: Serra Hall 133C

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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Sandra Sgoutas-Emch

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch

Professor
Director of the Center for Educational Excellence
emch@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4005

Office: Serra Hall 112

Office Hours: Dr. Sgoutas-Emch is not teaching the Spring 2014 semester.

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch is a professor of psychology and director of the Center for Educational Excellence at the University of San Diego. She has been a professor at the university since 1992. During her tenure at USD, she has also been the director of the gender studies program. She teaches courses in health psychology and biopsychology. Dr. Sgoutas-Emch has research interests in the efficacy of alternative medicine, the impact of stress, and women’s health issues.

Dr. Sgoutas-Emch is also a CO_PI on the AFFIRM grant, a four year award funded through the NSF ADVANCE program has three primary goals. It will foster an environment that understands, embraces, and supports a diverse faculty, recruit women faculty (with a particular emphasis on women of color), and support the retention and advancement of female faculty.

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