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Kathryn Statler

Kathryn Statler

Professor
kstatler@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4652

Office: KIPJ 271

Office Hours: Fall 2014 TR 12:10-2:30 & R 6:50-7:10

Kathryn C. Statler, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1999.  She is the coordinator of the Peace and Justice Studies minor. Statler offers undergraduate courses on the Vietnam wars, U.S. foreign relations, history of France, peace and justice studies, and armed conflict and American society.  Her research focus is international and multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on alliance politics and cultural diplomacy.

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Lauren Benz

Lauren Benz, PhD

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
laurenbenz@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4117

Office: SCST378

Lauren Benz, PhD, joined the University of San Diego in 2009 as the recipient of a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professorship. Her teaching interests are in the areas of general, inorganic, and physical chemistry. She strives to motivate students by incorporating fun and interactive demonstrations in class, and by connecting the course material to the real world. Lauren’s research merges the general areas of surface science and materials chemistry, and focuses on the development of an atomic-level understanding of structure-reactivity relationships.

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Stephen Conroy

Stephen Conroy

Associate Professor
sconroy@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7883

Office: Olin Hall 111

Stephen Conroy joined the faculty of USD in the fall of 2004 as an associate professor of Economics after spending five years at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Professor Conroy has received several research and teaching awards, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Business Educator Award (2007), Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (2004), Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award (2003) and the Dyson Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity (2002 and 2004). 

In addition to his academic scholarship, Professor Conroy has also participated in a number of economic consulting projects for clients in the private and public sectors, especially in the area of economic base analysis and, more recently, in valuation of nonmarket assets. Professor Conroy has several years of business experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including positions with Hallmark Cards, Inc. (inventory controller), Catholic Charities of Los Angeles (outreach specialist/coordinator), El Centro del Pueblo of Los Angeles (emergency services caseworker) and Jovenes, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving homeless youth in Los Angeles.

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Del Dickson

Del Dickson, PhD, JD

Professor
Pre-Law Advisor
dickson@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4013

Office: KIPJ 284

Office Hours: M/W 11:15a-1:15p F 11:15a-12:15p

Delavan Dickson, JD., PhD, has taught at USD since 1987 in the department of Political Science and International Relations.  He teaches Introduction to Political Science and a variety of upper division law courses, including Constitutional Law, Judicial Behavior, Comparative Law, and International Law.  His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, justice in common law countries, lay justice, and the relationship between law and democracy.

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James O. Gump

James O. Gump, PhD

Professor, History
gump@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7787

Office: KIPJ 267

Office Hours: Fall 2014 MWF 9:00-10:00 (KIPJ 267) TR 2:30-3:45 (SLP 409)

James O. Gump, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1981.  He currently serves as the Honors Program Director. In the History Department, Gump offers undergraduate courses on war and peace in the modern world, history of Africa, rise and fall of apartheid, and modern Europe.  His research focus is comparative, South African, and Native American history, with special interests in ethnic conflict, state-sponsored violence, and transitional justice.

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Frank G. Jacobitz

Frank G. Jacobitz

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
jacobitz@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7820

Office: Loma Hall 325

Dr. Frank Jacobitz pursues research that focuses on numerical simulation of fluid flow. Problems considered include turbulent and mixing processes in density stratified and rotating shear flows with geophysical applications in the atmosphere and oceans, as well as biological flows of blood in skeletal muscle and muscle fascia vessel networks.

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Michael Mayer

Michael Mayer, PhD

Professor, Biology
mayer@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4081

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 434

Michael Mayer, PhD, came to USD in 1994 and teaches general biological topics and more specialized courses in botany and evolutionary biology. He conducts research in plant systematics, which is essentially the study of plant diversity. It involves deciphering the evolutionary relationships among plants, and then using these patterns to infer the processes by which plants evolve, speciate, and produce new lineages. Mayer has conducted several projects involving plants of the southern California landscape, and maintains collaborations with colleagues at San Diego State University and the San Diego Natural History Museum.

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Geoffrey Morse

Geoffrey Morse, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology
gmorse@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7914

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 479

Geoffrey Morse, PhD, came to USD in 2008 and teaches general biological topics and more specialized courses in entomology and evolutionary biology.  He conducts research in insect evolution and ecology, the goal of which is to understand how ecological interactions, environmental conditions, and geographic distributions have structured their impressive diversification.  This research involves reconstructing evolutionary relationships among insect species, examining patterns and mechanisms of speciation, understanding processes that link or separate populations, and understanding the adaptations that cause ecological specialization of insect species.  Morse works on these interactions at levels that span from local California landscapes to global patterns of diversification.

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Erin Prickett

Erin Prickett

Honors Program Coordinator
erin.prickett-10@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7847

Office: Student Life Pavilion 409

Office Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:30AM-5:00PM

Erin Prickett joined the Honors office in 2011. Prickett coordinates the Honors Program and serves as the main point of contact for questions from parents, students, faculty, and staff regarding the program. She assists the Honors Director in various aspects of the program, including course evaluation and selection, fall and mid-year admissions, first-year registration, and student advising.


Prickett also provides a public speaking segment during the Honors Thesis Seminar, which requires seniors in the program to present their independent, scholarly research. Prickett records the presentations and archives the written work.


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Jennifer Zwolinski

Jennifer Zwolinski

Associate Professor
jzwolinski@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4218

Office: Serra Hall 154C

Office Hours: MWF 11:10-12:50

Jennifer Zwolinski has been a member of the faculty since 2001. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology. In the Psychological Sciences Department, Professor Zwolinski offers undergraduate courses in a variety of areas including Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology. Her research focus examines biopsychosocial factors associated with social/relational aggression and victimization, with an emphasis on ostracism.

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Preceptorial Assistants

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Brooke Thayer

Brooke Thayer

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Woodinville, WA

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: History / Classical Studies

Campus Involvement: Preceptorial Assistant Council, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Center for Student Success Intramural Soccer Team

Fun Fact: I have a miniature dachshund named Moose!

 

Brooke ThayerSydney Smith

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Portland, OR

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Biology / Chemistry

Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, Running Club, Biology Research

Fun Fact: I love everything about food: I love to eat, cook, and bake!

 

Ryan St. Onge

Ryan St. Onge

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering

Campus Involvement: Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Honors Program

Fun Fact: I have been known to enjoy a good pun. Bad ones, too.

 

Austin Jacobs

Austin Jacobs

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Finance and Marketing

Campus Involvement: Bull Pit, Jewish Student Union, Ambassadors Club

Fun Fact: I was voted best dressed in high school

 

Sarah Shotts

Sarah Shotts

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Redlands, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Undeclared / Spanish

Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, Ambassadors Club

Fun Fact: I love all things Disney!

 

Gert Loechle

Gert Loechle

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Lima, Peru and Irvine, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: International Business and Finance

Campus Involvement: Director of Community Relations for SOAR, Senior Fundraising Team for Bull Pit

Fun Fact: I have triple citizenship!

 

Marta Stojanovic

Marta Stojanovic

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience

Campus Involvement: USD’s women’s tennis team, Honors Program, SAAC

Fun Fact: I can speak five languages.

 

Grecia Rojas

Grecia Rojas

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Chula Vista, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: International Business and Marketing

Campus Involvement: International Business and Marketing

Fun Fact: I love to sing and dance!

 

Chelsea Marshall

Chelsea Marshall

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Biochemistry / Psychology

Campus Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Med Fraternity

Fun Fact: I am in training to become a certified pilot!

 

Sarah Shotts

Emma Doolittle

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: History & Sociology Major

Campus Involvement: Committee Chair for Relay for Life, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Honors Program

Fun Fact: I love flamingos and have collected them since I was seven years old!

 

 

Resident Assistants

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Jessica An

Jessica An

Resident Assistant

Hometown: Delano, CA

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: DM in Political Science and Sociology

Campus Involvement: RA, Greek Life

Fun Fact: I was on the Diving Team in High School!

 

Dante Enriquez

Dante Enriquez

Resident Assistant

Hometown: Green Valley, AZ

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: DM in Political Science and History

Campus Involvement: Theme Coordinator, SMILE Club, Quidditch Club, Student Employee

Fun Fact: If I were in Game of Thrones, I would be a Baratheon, like Robert before his uprising, except more gentlemanly, like Ned Stark. Also, I enjoy acting!

 

Alexa Layne

Alexa Layne

Resident Assistant

Hometown: Valley Center, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Marine Science

Campus Involvement: RA, Marine Science Club,Student Employee at Athletics

Fun Fact: I have a dark room in my house for making film prints!

 

Esther Cho

Esther Cho

Resident Assistant

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/Math

Campus Involvement: RA, University Ministry Peer Mentor, Founders Chapel Choir (Guitarist)

Fun Fact: I have had TWO hole in ones!