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Alan Gin

Alan Gin

Associate Professor, Economics
(619) 260-4883

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.

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Loredana Di Martino

Loredana Di Martino, PhD

Director of Italian/Italian Studies
Assistant Professor
(619) 260-2746

Office: Founders 144-A

Office Hours: M/W, 12:00-2:00 & 4:00-4:30

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.

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Frank G. Jacobitz

Frank G. Jacobitz

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(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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Bethany O'Shea

Bethany O'Shea, PhD

Assistant Professor, Marine Science and Environmental Studies
(619) 260-4243

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 273

Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Bethany O'Shea, PhD, teaches courses in environmental geology, earth science, and geochemistry of ocean and continental waters. All of these courses use the environment as a natural laboratory and include interactive problem solving and thought provoking learning techniques. Dr. O'Shea is interested in the cycling of metals, nutrients, and contaminants in the environment; specifically controls on the movement and distribution of trace elements in groundwater, lakes, and sediments. She welcomes the opportunity to teach and mentor students interested in the earth, marine, and environmental sciences.

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Amanda Petersen

Amanda Petersen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Spanish
Advisor, Sigma Delta Pi
(619) 260-4237

Office: Founders 144-C

Office Hours: M/W, 1:30-2:30 & 5:30-7:00

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.

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Irene Chipurnoi  Williams

Irene Chipurnoi Williams

Professor, English
(619) 260-4118

Office: Founders Hall 180A

Office Hours: M/T/R 4:00-5:00pm; W 12:15-2:15

Irene Williams, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982.  She offers undergraduate courses in nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. literature, modern European literature, and literature of genocide and occupation.  Her research focus is nineteenth-century U.S./New England literature.

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Angela Yeung

Angela Yeung

Associate Professor, Music
Chamber Music Ensembles Director
(619) 260-4106

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.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Emily Reimer-BarryTommy Klein

Tommy Klein

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Principles of Microeconomics with Dr. Gin
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Business Economics
Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Honors Student Board, Ambassadors Club
Fun Fact: I'm a die hard Cincinnati Bengals Fan

Kimberly Sierra

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Principles of Microeconomics with Dr. Gin
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Year: Sophomore
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

Emily Reimer-BarryTommy KleinAllyson Meyer

Allyson Meyer

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Media Studies with Dr. Susannah Stern
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Communications/Sociology
Campus Involvement: USD Honors Program, Cool Club, Contributor for the USD Vista Newspaper
Fun Fact: I'm an identical twin

Emily Reimer-BarryTommy KleinAllyson MeyerJessica Urbano

Jessica Urbano

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Engineering with Dr. Jacobitz
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Year: Junior
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

Emily Reimer-BarryTommy KleinAllyson MeyerShannon Trujillo

Shannon Trujillo

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Natural Disasters with Dr. Gray
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Biology/Spanish
Campus Involvement: Campus Connections, Phi Delta Epsilon
Fun Fact: Every Wednesday I go to Pavilion Dining to treat myself to a delicious salmon lunch

Emily Reimer-BarryTommy KleinAllyson MeyerAdriianna Lagorio

Adriianna Lagorio

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Italian Style, American Streets: The Italian American Experience with Dr. Di Martino
Hometown: Stockson, CA
Year: Sophomore
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.

Emily Reimer-BarryTommy KleinAllyson MeyerDiane Fontaine

Diane Fontaine

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: College Algebra with Dr. McGrath
Hometown: Bedford, NH
Year: Sophomore
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!

Jim Kinney

Preceptorial Assistant
PAC Member


PA for: Fundamentals of Music
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Year: Junior
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

Emily Reimer-BarryTommy KleinAllyson MeyerCorinne Peters

Corinne Peters

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Narratives of the Mexico-US Border with Dr. Petersen
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Undeclared (will declare some sort of business major)
Campus Involvement:Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, NSCS
Fun Fact: Dr. Who fan

Resident Assistants



Emily Reimer-BarryTommy KleinAllyson MeyerDiane FontaineLeeza Earl

Leeza Earl

Resident Assistant
Intersections Theme Coordinator


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Tyler Barnes

Resident Assistant


Courtney Boyer

Resident Assistant



Emily Reimer-BarryTommy KleinAllyson MeyerDiane FontaineDavid Wurzbach

David Wurzbach

Resident Assistant