Office: KIPJ 271
Office Hours: Spring 2014
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.
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
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.
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.
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.
Office: KIPJ 267
Office Hours: Spring 2014 Is on sabbatical
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.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
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.
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.
Associate Professor, Biology
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.
Honors Program Coordinator
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.
Office: Serra Hall 154C
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:15-10:00 am
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.
Hometown: Woodinville, WA
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!
Hometown: Portland, OR
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
Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, CA
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.
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Major/Minor: Finance and Marketing
Campus Involvement: Bull Pit, Jewish Student Union, Ambassadors Club
Fun Fact: I was voted best dressed in high school
Hometown: Redlands, CA
Major/Minor: Undeclared / Spanish
Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, Ambassadors Club
Fun Fact: I love all things Disney!
Hometown: Lima, Peru and Irvine, CA
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!
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Major/Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience
Campus Involvement: USD’s women’s tennis team, Honors Program, SAAC
Fun Fact: I can speak five languages.
Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Major/Minor: International Business and Marketing
Campus Involvement: International Business and Marketing
Fun Fact: I love to sing and dance!
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
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!
Hometown: Delano, CA
Major/Minor: DM in Political Science and Sociology
Campus Involvement: RA, Greek Life
Fun Fact: I was on the Diving Team in High School!
Hometown: Green Valley, AZ
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!
Hometown: Valley Center, CA
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!
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
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!