Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 281
Office Hours: T: 8am-8:30am W: 8am-9:30am, 1pm-2pm TH: 10:30am-11:30am, 2:15pm-3:15pm, or by appointment.
Ron Pachence, PhD, joined the faculty in 1981. He has served as department chair, founding director of the Institute for Christian Ministries, and director of graduate programs in the department. He is active in shared governance, having served on numerous committees and as chair of the University Senate. His teaching expertise is in the areas of Catholic theology and world religions. Pachence is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Turkey) and a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia.
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 279
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30pm - 4:30pm Wednesday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Dr. Anderson is the newest Assistant Professor of Physics at USD. She begins her appointment in the fall of 2009. Her undergraduate work was done at Georgetown University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in Physics in 2003, and she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is held in high regard by students and faculty at UCSD for her teaching of UCSD’s Physics 1A introductory physics course, which she taught while doing post-doctoral studies at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Her doctoral research at UCSD focused experimentally on the biophysics of DNA, using both microscopy and laser techniques. Her post-doctoral studies were also devoted to single molecule biophysics, focusing on the molecule Rev, a regulatory protein of importance in HIV-1 studies.
Office: Founders Hall 165C
Office Hours: W 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Harriet Baber, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982. She offers undergraduate courses on logic and contemporary analytic philosophy. Her research interests are in analytic metaphysics, philosophical theology, feminism and philosophy of economics. Baber’s interests include computers, Byzantine history, and knitting.
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 482
Office Hours: M 1:30-3:30p, TR 10:00a-11:30a, or by appointment
Mary Sue Lowery, PhD, joined the biology faculty in 1990. She teaches preparatory courses for biology majors, as well as biological oceanography and interdisciplinary team-taught honors courses. Lowery is a comparative biologist with particular interest in the effect of endurance swimming on the development of muscle in juvenile marine fishes.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Office: Camino Hall 105D
Office Hours: Mon./Wed.: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.; and by appointment.
Eric Pierson, PhD, joined the faculty in 1999. Prior to joining the faculty he spent five years teaching at the University of Illinois st Urbana-Champaign while pursuing his PhD He served as chair of the department between Fall 2006 and Spring 2011.
Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 279
Office Hours: TTH: 10am-12noon, or by appointment.
Emily Reimer-Barry, Ph.D, has been a member of the Theology and Religious Studies faculty since 2008. She teaches undergraduate courses in Catholic theology, Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and ethical responses to HIV/AIDS. Her research interests include women’s experiences of HIV/AIDS, cross-cultural analysis of gender roles and marriage traditions, ethnography and ethical methodology, and the intersection of public health and Catholic social teachings.
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 285
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday 2:30pm-3:30pm Thursday 2:00pm-4:00pm
After completing a thesis in experimental plasma physics in the area of fusion energy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at USD in 1987, becoming a full professor in 1994. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Physics. His teaching ranges from Physics and Society to Quantum Physics, and he created the first advanced upper division laboratory course, Experimental Modern Physics, in the physics curriculum. His research focuses on experimental basic plasma physics and the use of tunable lasers as a diagnostic for ion dynamics.
Office: Serra Hall 160
Office Hours: MW 8:00-9:30, 1:30-2:30 pm
Professor Taylor has been a member of the USD faculty since 1990. She teaches courses in introductory psychology, research methods and cognitive psychology. Her research interests currently focus on teaching-related issues, including student engagement and conceptual change of misconceptions. She received her PhD in general experimental psychology in 1987 from the University of Southern California. Her specialty area was information processing cognitive psychology. She later completed a three-year postdoctoral training program at the Andrus Gerontology Center in Los Angeles, where she studied cognitive aging, specifically focusing on attention and memory.
PA for: Faith and Reason in World Religions with Dr. Pachence
Hometown: Tipton, CA
Major/Minor: Undeclared (leaning towards Visual Communications and Marketing)
Campus Involvement: Club volleyball, Gamma Phi Beta sorority
Yearbook Award: Most likely to be at the Beach on any afternoon
PA for: Introduction to Physical Science, Mechanics, and Modeling the Natural World with Drs. Anderson & Severn
Hometown: Grapevine, TX
Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/ Math
Campus Involvement: SCUBA Diving Club, SWE (Society of Women Engineers), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Yearbook Award: Person you'd want to be stranded on a deserted island with
PA for: Introduction to Logic with Dr. Baber
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Campus Involvement: SOAR (Director of Community Relations), AMSA
Yearbook Award: Most talkative
PA for: Introduction to Catholic Theology with Dr. Reimer-Barry
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Major/Minor: International Relations/Chemistry
Campus Involvement: Alpha Phi sorority, Pharmacy Club, Cool Club, Rotaract Club
Yearbook Award: Most likely to brighten your day (did win this in high school!)
PA for: Introduction to Evolution with Dr. Lowery
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major/Minor: Biology/Chemistry, Math
Campus Involvement: ASTRA, Preceptorial Assistant Council, Student worker in Marine Science/Environmental Studies, Honors Program
Yearbook Award: Most dependable
PA for: Introduction to Media Studies with Dr. Pierson
Hometown: Ligonier, PA
Major/Minor: Undeclared/Marine Biology
Campus Involvement: Honors Program, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Ambassador's Club, Club Beach Volleyball and various Intermurals
Yearbook Award: Best Eyes
PA for: Introduction to Psychology
Hometown: Lodi, CA
Campus Involvement: Campus Connections, Finding Refuge, NSCS, Psychology Club, University Ministry
Yearbook Award: Most likely to succeed
Faith & Reason Theme Coordinator
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Major/Minor: Liberal Studies/Teaching Credential Program
Campus Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega, Founders Chapel Choir/University Ministry, Treble Threat
Yearbook Award: Most musical
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Major/Minor: Biochemistry/Theology and Sociology
Campus Involvement: Phi Delta Epsilon, Out of State Student Council, AMSA, M.A.P.S.
Yearbook Award: Most talkative (actually won this category in high school!)
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Major/Minor: Business Administration Major/Psychology
Campus Involvement: Students for Life, Honors Program
Yearbook Award: Most Crafty
Hometown: Dublin, CA
Campus Involvement: Associated Students, Director of Recruitment
Yearbook Award: Best Smile
Hometown: Lawrenceville, NJ
Major/Minor: Biology/Political Science
Campus Involvement: Outdoor Adventures, University Ministry
Yearbook Award: Weirdest Laugh