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Diane Hoffoss

Diane Hoffoss

Associate Professor, Mathematics
(619) 260-7781

Office: Serra Hall 147

Diane Hoffoss, PhD, has been a member of the faculty  since 2001, where she teaches all levels of mathematics.  Her research interests are in the areas of 3-manifold topology, foliations, and hyperbolic geometry.  In addition to her teaching and research activity, she is responsible for authoring and maintaining the Mathematics Placement Exam software system.  Also, each year Hoffoss advises teams of students who participate in COMAP’s International Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

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John Glick

John Glick

Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
(619) 260-4018

Office: Serra Hall 133A

John Glick, PhD has been a member of the faculty at USD since 1993.  He also currently serves as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.  Glick teaches both computer science and mathematics courses.  He does research in the areas of optimization and parallel algorithms.

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David Harnish

David Harnish

Department Chair
(619) 260-4128

Office: Camino Hall 173

David Harnish, PhD, is an ethnomusicologist, musician, and Chair of the Music Department as of 2011. He comes to USD from Bowling Green State University, where he taught for 17 years and served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean. He has traveled the world widely and twice served as faculty member on the Semester at Sea program.

As a scholar, he has researched music in Asia, Africa, and the United States, and is particularly interested in religion, festival, hybridity, pedagogy, composition, popular culture, and politics in music. In support of research, he has received grants from Fulbright-Hayes, National Foundation, Freeman Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, United States-Indonesia Society, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and Partnerships for Community Action. As a musician, he has extensively performed Indonesian gamelan, Indian music, Japanese music, Tejano conjunto music, and jass, rock, blues, bluegrass, and country musics.

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Evelyn Kirkley

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4131

Office: Maher Hall 291

Office Hours: M: 1:00pm-3:30pm, T: 2:00pm-5:30pm, or by appointment.

Evelyn Kirkley, PhD, has been teaching at USD since 1995.  She is an advisor to PRIDE, USD’s organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and questioning undergraduate students and allies.  She has also served as co-director of the Gender Studies Program and director of the Faculty and Curriculum Development Program.  She teaches about the history of Christianity and other religious movements, especially in the United States.  Her research focuses on alternative religious movements (often called "cults" or "sects") in the United States and intersections between religion and gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation. 

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Juliana Maxim

Juliana Maxim, PhD

Associate Professor, Art History and Architecture
(619) 260-7636

Office: Camino Hall 33B

Office Hours: Mondays 12:30pm - 2:30pm and Wednesdays 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Juliana Maxim is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on the history of modern aesthetic practices – from photography to urbanism – under the communist, centralized states of the Soviet Bloc. She completed her PhD dissertation in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at M.I.T. in 2006.

Maxim was a recipient of the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research Award (2008-2010) and was an American Council for Learned Societies post-doctoral fellow (2012-2013).

Her forthcoming book titled The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1955-1965, explores the remarkably intense and multifaceted architectural activity in postwar Romania and the mechanisms through which architecture was invested with political meaning.

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Susie Paulik Babka

Susie Paulik Babka

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-2754

Office: Maher Hall 258

Office Hours: On Sabbatical 2014-2015 Academic Year.

Susie Paulik Babka specializes in the relationship between theological aesthetics and doctrines of the trinity and incarnation. She has published on these areas as well as explorations of popular culture and Christology, examining the meaning of kenosis in Christology, as well as the relationship between kenosis (self-emptying) and sunyata in Buddhist-Christian studies. A forthcoming monograph is Through the Dark Field of the Other: Exploring the Doctrine of the Incarnation in Visual Art, from Liturgical Press. Other research, teaching and speaking areas include: aesthetics as a medium for interreligious dialogue; the problem of catastrophic suffering; feminist and liberation theologies, especially in relation to artistic expression; film and media studies and religion; the relation between science and religion. Dr. Babka has taught at the University of Notre Dame and Catholic Theological Union before coming to the University of San Diego in 2007, excited to participate in Mother Hill’s legacy of providing USD with a mission that intertwines Beauty with Justice. Where Beauty draws us out of ourselves toward something deeper, Justice refers to the practical work of transforming this world into the world intended by God: a world that celebrates the dignity and inherent interdependence of every human being with each other and all creation.

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Allison Wiese

Allison Wiese, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-7990

Office: Camino Hall 47

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30pm - 3:00pm or by appointment

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.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Riley Evans

Kevin Do

Halie Carpenter

Alexa Audino

Solomon Dane Hood

Gabriella Sardina


Resident Assistants


Dennis Pudjarminta

Sarah Oconnor

Ruth Hoover

Bryce Wimberly

Kathay Tousant