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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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Hugh Ellis

Hugh Ellis, PhD

Professor, Biology
ellis@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4075

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 478

Hugh Ellis, PhD, came to the Biology Department in 1980 after teaching three years at Iowa State University.  He is a physiological ecologist and teaches several ecological courses as well as two of the preparatory courses for the Biology and Marine Science majors.  His research is in the energetics of birds, looking at such topics as energy budgets, migration, and diving.  He has been a visiting research scientist at the University of Hawaii, Sydney University (Australia), and the Archbold Biological Station (Florida).  Dr. Ellis is affiliated with the Marine Science graduate program and is involved with the Center of Comparative Physiology in the Biology Department.

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Richard Gonzalez

Richard Gonzalez, PhD

Professor, Biology
gonzalez@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4077

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 483

Rick Gonzalez, PhD, joined the faculty in1992.  He teaches an upper-division “W” course in vertebrate physiology, senior seminar and introductory courses in the major.  He is a comparative animal physiologist focusing on the respiratory, acid-base, and ion regulation physiology of aquatic animals.

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Duncan  McCosker

Duncan McCosker, MFA

Professor, Visual Arts
mccosker@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4108

Office: Camino Hall 33 Greenhouse

Duncan E. McCosker is a professor of Art and has taught undergraduate courses in a variety of media, specializing in photography.  He has taught here and in France and Japan.  His creative work in photography is focused on contemporary leisure and recreational space in Southern California and Australia with a special interest in the American experience.

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David Sullivan

David Sullivan, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
sully@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4193

Office: Camino Hall 105A

Office Hours: TBA

David Sullivan, PhD, joined the department of Communication Studies in 1992. Sullivan teaches courses in communication theory, media theory and criticism, journalism, political communication, and mediated sports. He has authored journal articles on the topics of mediated sports and mediated politics that have appeared in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Communication, and Women's Studies in Communication. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he has served as faculty advisor to USD's undergraduate newspaper since he arrived at USD.

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Dirk Yandell

Dirk Yandell, PhD

Professor, Economics
yandell@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4835

Office: Olin Hall 315

Dirk Yandell joined the USD faculty in 1981. Professor Yandell has taught over 20 different courses at USD. He enjoys integrating experimental methods into the classroom, and regularly receives top teaching evaluations. He has received a number of teaching awards, including the Sears Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, the Innovative Undergradate Business Educator award, the Professor of the Year award by the Graduate Business Student Association, and the Outstanding Preceptor award. His book, Using Economic Experiments in the Classroom (Prentice Hall, Inc., 3rd edition, 2007) reflects his interest in experimental economics and classroom pedagogy. He has also published a number of articles in the areas of business economics and public policy. Professor Yandell teaches a variety of undergraduate courses and has been active in USD's MBA and MSEL graduate programs. He has also taught in the MSGL program. He was a faculty member in USD's Institute for Project Management and the USD/SDSU Institute for Quality and Productivity. He has consulted and led seminars in the areas of quality management, statistical process control, cost estimating, present value analysis, and contract pricing. He regularly serves as an expert witness in court cases.

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Preceptorial Assistants

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Kelsey Goelz

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering / Math and French

Campus Involvement: Member of SWE and Tutor for the Language Department

Fun Fact: I share the same birthday as my mom!

 

Anna Gasperlin

Anna Gasperlin

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Chanhassen, Minnesota

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Business and Spanish

Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega, Ambassadors Club

Fun Fact: My favorite ice cream flavor is cake batter

 

Riley Evans

Riley Evans

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Math major with secondary education emphasis and Spanish minor

Campus Involvement: Employee at Missions Cafe and Math Learning Center, Ambassador's Club, Math Club

Fun Fact: I have never had a hamburger in my life

 

Monique Hale

Monique Hale

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Napa, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Marine Biology

Campus Involvement: Ambassadors Club

Fun Fact: Citizen of Germany and USA

 

Claire Kuelbs

Claire Kuelbs

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Biology major with chemistry and math minors

Campus involvement: Work study in Marine Science and Environmental Studies, Honors Program, PAC, Mortar Board

Fun Fact: I was born 5 weeks early and weighed 5 pounds 8 ounces

 

Kevin Searle

Kevin Searle

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Anaheim Hills

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: IR/English major, Comm minor

Campus Involvement: RHA Exec (2013-14 academic year), Sigma Pi fraternity (Comm. Service chair 2014), Vista contributor, Quidditch club

Fun Fact: I'm incapable of snapping my fingers

 

Jerica Kingsbury

Jerica Kingsbury

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Lewiston, Idaho

Major: Undeclared

Year: Freshman

Campus Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega, Ambassadors Club, Out of State Student Council

Fun fact: I hate nail files!

 

Resident Assistants
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Brittany Castagna

Brittany Castagna

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Kent, Washington

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Double major: Marketing and Psychology

Campus Involvement: Intern at the International Center, was on RHA last year.

Fun Fact: I have 26 aunts and uncles!

 

Wade Bennett

Wade Bennett

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Carefree, Arizona

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Business/Computer Science

Campus Involvement: Ambassador's Club, Mission Fitness Center

Fun Fact: High School graduating class was less than 40 students.

 

Meimei Nakahara

Meimei Nakahara

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Kamuela, Hawaii

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Business Administration/Environmental Studies

Campus Involvement: Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority Vice President, Change LLC Theme Coordinator

Fun Fact: I am adopted from China.

 

Morgan Pike

Morgan Pike

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Hailey, Idaho

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience/Chemistry

Campus Involvement: Medical Brigades, Border Brigades, AMSA, Rock Climbing Team, Intramurals

Fun Fact: I can't smell (medical term is Anosmia)