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Terry H. Bird

Terry H. Bird, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4671

Office: SCST 432

Office Hours: Spring 2015: Monday: 1-3:30pm Tuesday: 1-2pm W/F: 11am-12pm and by appointment

Terry Bird, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2005. His primary teaching responsibilities include undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in genetics and microbiology. His research is focused on elucidating the signal transduction systems used to regulate development in bacteria.

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Malachi Black

Malachi Black

Assistant Professor

Office: Founders Hall 173A

Office Hours: Tu 2:00-5:30pm; W 2:00-3:30pm

Malachi Black came to USD in 2014 from Emory University, where he served as the Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry from 2013-2014. He earned his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Literature with Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Utah in 2014. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Black is currently at work on his second collection of poetry, Indirect Light; his first book, Storm Toward Morning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in November 2014. He teaches a range of undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Poetry and Intermediate and Advanced Poetry Writing, and assists with both the Copper Writers Series and USD’s new online creative writing journal.

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Jeremy Kua

Jeremy Kua, PhD

Interim Chair/Associate Professor
(619) 260-7970

Office: SCST375

Jeremy Kua, PhD, teaches courses in physical chemistry, general chemistry and computational chemistry. His current research interest is investigating the dynamics of self-assembly in a variety of chemical systems.

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Marjorie Patrick

Marjorie Patrick, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology
(619) 260-8863

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 430

Office Hours: Spring 2015: M/W: 11am-12pm, 1:30-3pm and by appointment

Marjorie L. Patrick joined the faculty in Fall 2003.  In the Biology Department, Dr. Patrick teaches two of the lower division biology courses that provide students a foundation in genetics, evolution, ecology and cellular processes.  Additionally she offers upper division lecture and laboratory courses exploring invertebrate physiology.  Her research field is comparative animal physiology, with an interest in osmoregulatory strategies of aquatic insect and fish species residing in chemically diverse environments.

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Emily Reimer-Barry

Emily Reimer-Barry

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-6866

Office: Maher Hall 279

Office Hours: TH: 1:00pm-5:00pm, 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.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Austin Lords

Amy Maltz

Hailey Trawick

Margaret Driscoll

Tamae Sugiera

Emily Schumacher



Resident Assistants


Sean Essex


Zachary Jagielski


Vicky Torres