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English

Faculty Emeriti

Eren Branch

Eren Branch, PhD

Associate Professor, Emerita
ebranch@sandiego.edu
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Eren Branch joined USD in 1985 after working as an information officer at the Fulbright Commission in Stockholm. At USD, she served as Associate Dean and then Dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Education, joining the English Department full-time in 1997. She taught courses on Dante’s Divine Comedy and on twentieth-century Italian literature, as well as on Italian American literature, modern reinventions of classical myth, and on opera and literature. In recent years, she served as Chair of the English Department and then as Interim Chair of the Sociology Department. In 2009, Eren Branch was the inaugural winner of the Drinan Award for Distinguished Service.

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Sister Sally Furay

Sister Sally Furay

Professor Emerita, English
Adjunct Professor Emerita, Law

Sister Furay entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1944 after graduating from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha the previous year. She made her first vows in 1947 and her final profession in 1952 in Rome. Her first assignment was at her alma mater, Duchesne Academy, while she earned her bachelor’s degree, in English, at Duchesne College, Omaha in 1949. This was followed by a Master’s Degree, also in English, from San Francisco College for Women (now a part of the University of San Francisco, then owned by the Society of the Sacred Heart). She earned her doctorate in English and American Literature from Stanford University in 1955.

Sister Furay’s long tenure at the University of San Diego began in 1954. She served as Academic Vice President and Provost for 25 years. She also taught courses in English and in law, held administrative roles as Dean of Arts and Sciences and department chair. Beginning in 1968, while Dean, she attended the University of San Diego School of Law in the evenings, earning her J.D. degree in 1972.

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Lee Gerlach

Professor Emeritus, English

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Sister Helen McHugh

Professor Emerita, English

Religious of the Sacred Heart Helen McHugh spent much of four decades at the University of San Diego. Sister McHugh first arrived at the San Diego College for Women in 1965 as a professor of English. Over the next 27 years, she served as the chair of both the English department and the fine arts department. Named professor emerita in 1988, she continued to direct a tutoring program and conduct research until she went to Oakwood Retirement Center, the Society of the Sacred Heart’s elder care center in Atheron, California, in 2003.  Sister McHugh passed away on December 30, 2011, at Oakwood.

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Irving W. Parker

Professor Emeritus, English

Mary Quinn

Mary Quinn, PhD

Professor Emerita, English

Mary A. Quinn was a member of the faculty begininning in 1984. She was a Professor of English. In the English Department, Professor Quinn offered undergraduate courses on Romanticism, poetry and the visual arts, mindfulness in literature, and the short story. Her research focused on poetry and the visual arts. Professor Quinn served as director of the Honors Program and coordinator of the Writing Center.  She twice delivered the Freshman Convocation address. She received an Outstanding Preceptor Award in 2007.

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