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.
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.
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.
Professor, Visual Arts
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.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Office: Camino Hall 105A
Office Hours: Mon./Wed.: 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.; Tues./Thurs.: 10:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Wed.: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; and by appointment.
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.
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.
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
Major/Minor: Math major with an Accounting minor
Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi, Ambassadors Club, Preceptorial Assistant, Honors Student
Fun Fact: I visited three continents in 3 weeks this past winter!
Hometown: Chanhassen, Minnesota
Major/Minor: Business and Spanish
Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega, Ambassadors Club
Fun Fact: My favorite ice cream flavor is cake batter
Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR
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
Hometown: Napa, CA
Major/Minor: Marine Biology
Campus Involvement: Ambassadors Club
Fun Fact: Citizen of Germany and USA
Hometown: San Diego, CA
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
Hometown: Anaheim Hills
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
Hometown: Lewiston, Idaho
Campus Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega, Ambassadors Club, Out of State Student Council
Fun fact: I hate nail files!
Hometown: Kent, Washington
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!
Hometown: Carefree, Arizona
Major/Minor: Business/Computer Science
Campus Involvement: Ambassador's Club, Mission Fitness Center
Fun Fact: High School graduating class was less than 40 students.
Hometown: Kamuela, Hawaii
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.
Hometown: Hailey, Idaho
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)
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Campus Involvement: Associated Students, Black Student Union, Resident Hall Assistant, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Work at the Jenny Craig Pavilion
Fun Fact: I am 1/4 Tanzanian and 1/4 Ugandan
Hometown: South Lyon, Michigan
Major/Minor: My BS from Michigan Tech (Go Huskies!) is in Applied Ecology and Environmental Science with a concentration in Plant Ecology and Wetlands
Campus Involvement: I work for Res Life with Missions A! I am also involved as a Rainbow Educator and CARE Advocate.
Fun Fact: I once whitewater rafted on glacial melt water and hang glided off a mountain in the same day