Associate Professor, Biology
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 432
Office Hours: TR 1:00p-2:30p
Terry Bird, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2005. His primary teaching responsibilities include undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in genetics and microbiology. His research is focused on elucidating the signal transduction systems used to regulate development in bacteria.
Curatorial Director, David W. May American Indian Collection & Gallery
Office: Serra Hall 221
Office Hours: Wed: 12:00-5:00pm; and by appointment
Alana Cordy-Collins, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 1980. She is a professor of Anthropology and director of the David W. May American Indian Collection and Gallery. In the Department of Anthropology, Cordy-Collins offers undergraduate courses in archaeology, shamanism, research, writing, and museology. Her research focus is the prehistoric cultures of Peru, especially the Lambayeque, Moche, and Chavín-Cupisnique. She is currently most involved in comparative studies of shamanism, especially among Circum-Polar peoples, prehistoric and contemporary. Dr. Cordy-Collins has been awarded two USD University Professorships, one research-based and the other recognition-based. She designed and organized the university’s American Indian Celebration (2002-2004).
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.
Assistant Professor, History
Office: KIPJ 278
Office Hours: Fall 2013
Clara M. Oberle, PhD, has been a member of the History department since 2008. She offers courses on modern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Germany. Further teaching interests include World War II, women in history, and urban history. Her research focus is on Berlin, on post-catastrophe cities, and on German history, with special interests in migrations, comparative military occupations, urban planning and housing, as well as the interplay between law and memory.
Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Office: Loma Hall 217
Dr. Rick T. Olson is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (with an emphasis in operations research), his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to coming to USD to establish the ISyE program, Dr. Olson taught in the Business School at Loyola University-Chicago and worked as a medical device engineer for Baxter-Travenol.
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Office: Serra Hall 148
Cameron Parker, PhD, has been at USD since 2003. In addition to his teaching and research, Parker is the Math Area Coordinator and has served in the Arts and Sciences Faculty Academic Assembly. He co-organizes the Math Modeling Club and serves as an advisor for the Math Modeling Team.
Assistant Professor, Marine Science and Environmental Studies
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 277
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 9:30am-11:00am Thurday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Nathalie Reyns, PhD, teaches core and upper division courses in oceanography, marine ecology and how humans impact the oceans. Reyns’ research interests focus on identifying the factors that influence the dispersal of marine organisms, to better understand the population dynamics of these organisms and the implications for fisheries management and marine conservation. Reyns is also very interested in advancing marine science education and improving ocean literacy, and regularly provides research opportunities for undergraduate students.
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.
Office: Serra Hall 154C
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 9:30-12:00 pm
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.
PA for: Introduction to Evolution with Dr. Bird
PA for: Archaeology: How the Unwritten Past Informs the Present with Dr. Cordy-Collins
Hometown: Culver City, CA
Major/Minor: Business Administration/English
Campus Involvement: Student Support Services, Volunteer at United Front Multicultural Center, Employee at the Registrar's Office
If You Had a Superpower: Healing power - with just one touch I could heal anyone or anything from any sickness or disease.
PA for: Introduction to Microbiology for Non-Majors with Dr. Din
Campus Involvement: Kappa Alphta Theta, Pre-PT Club
If You Had a Superpower:I would teleport because I love traveling and I would love to just skip the actual traveling to and from part and just arrive at my destination in a couple seconds.
PA for: Change in Modern European History with Dr. Oberle
Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR
Major/Minor: International Relations/Spanish and Environmental Studies
Campus Involvement: Be Blue Go Green Club, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, USD Dance Company
If You Had a Superpower: I would want the ability to control the weather because, as an Oregonian, our average 50 inches of rain each year can get quite tedious.
PA for: Introduction to Engineering with Dr. Olson
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Major/Minor: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Campus Involvement: President of USD Dance Company, Secretary of Society of Women Engineers, Secretary of Institute of Industrial Engineers, Preceptorial Assistant for Engineering 101
If You Had a Superpower: Teleportation
PA for: Cryptography: The Mathematics of Making and Breaking Codes with Dr. Parker
Hometown: West Sacramento, CA
Campus Involvement: Math Club, NSCS, Rotaract, Alpha Delta Pi
If You Had a Superpower: If I had a superpower, it would be to time travel. I am currently obsessed with Dr. Who,a nd I would love to see long lost treasures and meet my family from the past.
PA for: Life in the Ocean with Dr. Reyns
Hometown: Geneva, IL
Campus Involvement: AMSA, Shelter San Diego, Biology Club
If You Had a Superpower: I wouldn't have a super power. Instead, I'd choose to have a ton of money and be a master of martial arts so I could be Batman.
PA for: Introduction to Engineering with Dr. Schubert
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/Math and Spanish
Campus Involvement: Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Mortar Board, Kappa Kappa Gamma
If You Had a Superpower: Being able to read and manipulate people's minds, so everyone will have to do my biddings forever! muahaha!
PA for: Introduction to Psychology with Dr. Zwolinski
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major/Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience/Chemistry
Campus Involvement: Phi Delta Epsilon
If You Had a Superpower: If I had a superpower it would be telekinesis. This would be a great super power because I could move any object easily without physical force. I could reach objects in high places without a ladder as well.
Natural World Theme Coordinator
John Russell Pompeo