Associate Professor, Economics
Office: Olin Hall 218
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday: noon to 1 p.m. 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (until April 12)
Alan Gin is associate professor of Economics at the University of San Diego. His work experience includes stints with the Community Development Department of the County of Fresno and the Public Works Department of the City of Oxnard. Professor Gin came to the University of San Diego in 1988, after having previous taught at Loyola Marymount University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught undergraduate courses in Principles of Economics, Statistics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Urban Economics, Public Finance, Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, and the Economic Development of Asia. Graduate-level courses taught include Statistics, Quantitative Methods, Managerial Economics, the Business Environment of Asia, and Doing Business with China. In 2001, he was awarded the USD Parents' Association Award of Excellence after being nominated by one of his students. He was voted "Professor of the Year" by the graduate business students at USD for the 2002 - 2003 academic year. Professor Gin is one of the affiliated faculty members of the University of San Diego's Real Estate Institute.
Office: Founders 144-A
Office Hours: M/W/F, 12:00-1:00; M/W, 2:30-3:10 & 5:30-5:50
Loredana Di Martino joined the faculty in 2010. She teaches Italian language, culture and literature. Previously, she held positions at Georgetown University and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Italian literature, in particular on modernism, postmodernism, and the relationship between contemporary forms of poetic and philosophical realism. She has also worked on language pedagogy and teaching with technology.
Professor, Marine Science and Environmental Studies
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 270
Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm Thursday 2:00pm-5:00pm
Sarah Gray, PhD, teaches courses in geological oceanography, paleoclimatology, climate change, environmental geology, and earth science. These courses include hands-on field and lab-based research experiences. Gray conducts research in paleoclimatology, marine sedimentation, the geology of coral reefs and environmental proxies recorded in the geochemistry of coral skeletons. Current research includes a study of the impact of watershed development on sedimentation on fringing coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands and a synthesis of multi-century climate cycles preserved in the geologic record. Her PhD dissertation was entitled “Late Quaternary History of Reef Growth, Sea Level, and Diagenesis from three Cook Islands Atolls”.
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.
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Office: Serra Hall 144
Lynn McGrath, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 2002. Most recently she taught Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science and Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers.
Asst. Professor, Spanish
Advisor, Sigma Delta Pi
Office: Founders 144-C
Office Hours: None
Amanda L. Petersen has been a member of the faculty since 2008. She teaches Spanish language and Latin American literatures and cultures courses. Her areas of expertise include 20th and 21st century Latin American women authors and Latin American literature, with an emphasis on Mexican narrative. Her research interests focus on the literary representations of gender and violence in contemporary Mexican short stories by female authors.
Professor, Communication Studies
Office: Camino Hall 126A
Office Hours: Mon.: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.; Wed.: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Fri.: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; and by appointment.
Susannah Stern PhD, joined the department of Communication Studies in 2004, after teaching at Boston College for four years. Stern offers courses that investigate the role of media in contemporary life, particularly as they involve children, adolescents, and women, as well as courses on research methods. Stern's research focuses on electronic media and youth culture, and she has conducted extensive research on the Internet as a site for cultural consumption and self-expression.
Associate Professor, Music
Chamber Music Ensembles Director
Office: Camino Hall 173A
Angela Yeung, PhD, is the director of the University of San Diego Chamber Music Ensembles and the Annual Chamber Music Festival that is held in February (Winter Chamber Heat) and July (Summer Festival) on the USD campus. Director of the USD Symphony from 1996 to 2010, Dr. Yeung continues to conduct orchestras and choirs nationally and internationally. She is Director of the Greater San Diego Community Orchestra and Chorus, principal guest conductor for The Chorale Singers in Jakarta, Indonesia, and frequent guest conductor for the Guadalajara Youth Orchestra as well as the Tijuana Youth Orchestra, both in Mexico. Her commitment to community service has led her to host many clinics for visiting school bands, choirs and orchestras, to conduct outreach performances with orchestra and chamber music ensembles, and to direct after-school music programs for elementary school children. In September 2010 the FanFaire Foundation invited Dr. Yeung to serve as its Ambassador for Community Outreach.
PA for: Principles of Microeconomics with Dr. Gin
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Major/Minor: Business Economics
Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Honors Student Board, Ambassadors Club
Fun Fact: I'm a die hard Cincinnati Bengals Fan
PA for: Principles of Microeconomics with Dr. Gin
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Major/Minor: International Business/French
Campus Involvement: MEChA, Students for Life, Women's Center, UFMC, University Ministry, Alpha Delta Pi
Fun Fact: My favorite places in San Diego are the beach and the House of Blues
PA for: Introduction to Media Studies with Dr. Susannah Stern
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Campus Involvement: USD Honors Program, Cool Club, Contributor for the USD Vista Newspaper
Fun Fact: I'm an identical twin
PA for: Introduction to Engineering with Dr. Jacobitz
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/Math and Business Administration
Campus Involvement: Education Chariman in Kapp Kappa Gamma, ICC rep for Society fo Women Engineers, Ambassadors Club, IEEE member
Fun Fact: My favorite spot in San Diego is Birdrock. Most students don't go there in their first few years but it is the cutest place to check out on a nice day
PA for: Natural Disasters with Dr. Gray
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Campus Involvement: Campus Connections, Phi Delta Epsilon
Fun Fact: Every Wednesday I go to Pavilion Dining to treat myself to a delicious salmon lunch
PA for: Italian Style, American Streets: The Italian American Experience with Dr. Di Martino
Hometown: Stockson, CA
Major/Minor: Spanish and International Relations/Leadership
Campus Involvement: Students for Life, SOAR, Ambassadors Club, Kappa Alpha Theta, USD Club Cheerleading Captain
Fun Fact: I am one of five children and when I was 18 I started working for a professional cheerleading company that puts on cheer camps and competitions all over the world.
PA for: College Algebra with Dr. McGrath
Hometown: Bedford, NH
Major/Minor: Marine Science
Campus Involvement: Cool Club, Outdoor Adventures, Ambassadors Club
Fun Fact: My favorite spot at USD is behind Mother Rosalie Hall, especially at sunset!
PA for: Fundamentals of Music
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Major/Minor: Mathematics and Music
Campus Involvement: Executive board member of PRIDE, guide in Outdoor Adventures, Ambassadors Club, Preceptorial Assistant Council
Fun Fact: This past summer, I worked as a camp counselor at a camp for kids with neurological disorders
PA for: Narratives of the Mexico-US Border with Dr. Petersen
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major/Minor: Undeclared (will declare some sort of business major)
Campus Involvement:Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, NSCS
Fun Fact: Dr. Who fan
Intersections Theme Coordinator