Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Office: Camino Hall 130A/ST 481
Lisa Baird, PhD, joined the biology faculty in 1988. In addition to teaching in the preparatory courses for biology majors, she teaches classes in plant physiology, electron microscopy and the senior seminar. Baird is a developmental plant physiologist with particular interest in plant stress responses to pathogens and insect predation and how these responses can be modulated by plant growth regulators.
Office: Founders Hall 114
Neena Din, PhD, was appointed assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in August 2007. She came to USD from Loyola College in Maryland, where she earned tenure as an associate Professor of Biology in 2005. At Loyola, Din taught courses in the areas of cell and molecular biology and microbiology, as well as carrying out research on the processes of cell cycle events in bacteria. She also served as Loyola’s Pre-Health advisor for three years.
Office: KIPJ 285
Office Hours: W 9am-2pm
Casey B. K. Dominguez, PhD, joined the USD Political Science faculty in 2005. Her research interests include congressional elections, political parties, campaign finance, and the presidency. She teaches upper and lower division classes on American Politics, as well as an upper division class on research methods.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Office: Serra Hall 159E
Office Hours: Fall 2013 MW 3:30pm to 4:30pm TR 10:00am to 11:30am
Sat Garcia has been a member of the faculty at USD since 2012. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2012. Professor Garcia teaches a wide array of courses in computer science, with an emphasis on systems courses. His research focuses on programming systems, parallel programming, and computer architecture. He is also active in the area of computer science education, having examined the efficacy of peer instruction and other active learning methodologies.
Office: Serra Hall 110
Patricia Kowalski, PhD, has been at USD since 1989. She teaches courses in Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology. She is an advisor to Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology. Her research interests are in the area of educational psychology including student motivation to learn, student attitudes toward learning, and factors influencing student misconceptions in psychology and education. Research students regularly accompany Kowalski to the Western Psychological Association convention or the American Educational Research Association conference.
Mitch Malachowski, PhD, has been on the faculty since 1984. He believes strongly in finding ways to enhance student learning and student outcomes and makes this a priority in his teaching, research and service. He teaches courses in various aspects of organic chemistry and organic chemistry laboratories. His research interests range from the synthesis of novel organic molecules to the history and philosophy of science to the proper role of research at undergraduate institutions. He has served as the president of the Council on Undergraduate Research and takes on many roles in that organization. Malachowski has received two University Professorships from USD (1996-1997 and 2002-2003) and the Charles B. Willard award for distinguished career achievement from Rhode Island College.
Professor, Electrical Engineering
Office: Loma Hall 331
Thomas Schubert arrived at the University of San Diego in August, 1987 as one of the founding faculty of the new USD Engineering Program. In 1993 he was promoted to Professor of Electrical Engineering. From 1997-2003, he led the Department as Chairman, a position that also became Director of Engineering Programs. Prior to coming to USD, he was at the University of Portland, and at Portland State University. In 2002 he was awarded a USD University Professorship in recognition of outstanding, balanced cumulative career contributions supporting the mission and goals of USD In 2012, he was awarded the Outstanding Engineering Educator award by the Sand Diego County Engineering Council in recognition of outstanding academic contributions and service in the Engineering Profession and the Community. Before turning to the academic world, Professor Schubert spent four years in the aerospace industry at the Space and Communications Group of Hughes Aircraft Company designing, analyzing, and testing weather and communication satellite systems. Since then he has consulted with Planar Systems, Inc. and with Teledyne-Ryan Electronics. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (EE, #12630) in the State of Oregon. Dr. Schubert is an active free-lance bassoonist in the San Diego Area. He is principal bassoon with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and at the Oregon Coast Music Festival. He has performed with Starlight Productions, the Orquesta de Baja California, the Opera de Tijuana, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Classic 4 Kids, and a variety of other organizations.
Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Office: Camino Hall 47
Office Hours: Mondays, 1-3 pm; Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm
Allison Wiese, an associate professor, teaches sculpture and related topics. She is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, sound works and architectural interventions. Wiese’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States at such venues as Machine Project in Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. She is the recipient of a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and has received grants from Art Matters, Creative Capital and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi member, PAC member, Research with Dr. Mayer
Fun Fact: I've been to more countries than states.
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Major/Minor: Industrial and Systems Engineering with Spanish minor
Campus Involvement: Student Outreach and Recruitment Director of Finance, intramural volleyball and basketball, Member of Gamma Phi Beta, Outdoor Adventure trips
Fun Fact: I have never eaten at Wendy's
Hometown: Hillsborough, CA
Major/Minor: Finance/Electrical Engineering with a minor in Math
Campus Involvement: Ambassador's Club
Fun Fact: One of my birthday dates was July 7th, 2007
Hometown: Redwood City, CA
Major/Minor: Psychology major/Marketing minor
Fun Fact: I have this brain thing called synesthesia where every letter and number is associated with a different color when I picture that letter or number in my head. For example, 3 is green and A is pink. Pretty crazy!
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Campus Involvement: I work in Special Collections at the Copley Library. I am in Ambassadors Club and Alpha Delta Pi.
Fun Fact: I really like Snoopy.
Hometown: Burr Ridge, IL
Major/Minor: Computer Science Major/ Math minor
Campus Involvement: Pride club, Math club, ACM club
Fun Fact: I learned to surf last year as a class!
Hometown: Portland, OR
Major/Minor: Undeclared, but probably sciences. Spanish Minor
Campus Involvement: Research, Intramural soccer and basketball
Fun Fact: I've been on a safari in Kenya and Tanzania
Major/Minor: Biology (maybe sociology minor)
Campus Involvement: Pride and BSU
Fun Fact: I hate the taste of Chocolate
Hometown: Moraga, CA
Campus Involvement: I am involved in the club SOAR, ASTRA club, and ADPi.
Fun Fact: My favorite Disney character is Stitch
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering
Campus Involvement: Co-president of volleyball club team
Fun Fact: I'm right handed and left footed, and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks
Hometown: Vista, CA
Campus Involvement: People of the Islands Club (POI), Chemistry Club, Ambassadors Club, Founders Club
Fun Fact: I have been a Polynesian hula dancer for 15 years:) I love science and have been actively involved with undergraduate research here at USD for the past 3 years.
Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
Major/Minor: Communications, Minor in Marketing
Campus Involvement: Ambassadors Club, President of RHA Club Camino/Founders 2013-2014, Intramural Basketball Champs 2014
Fun Fact: Obsessed with the TV Show "Friends", Chocolate, and Romantic Chick Flicks! Have seen The Notebook more than 20 times! (a little obsessed) :)
Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering/Math minor
Campus Involvement: Bull Pit Exec. Director, Sigma Pi, InterVarsity, Ambassador Club
Fun Fact: I biked the entire Oregon Coast a few summers ago.
Hometown: Broomfield, CO
Campus Involvement: Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
Fun Fact: I love to Snowboard