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Book Names USD Professors Among Nation’s Best

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

One hallmark of a University of San Diego education is the opportunity for students to learn from some of the nation’s best and brightest professors.

Students, when asked what draws them to USD and what enhances their education once they’re here, often mention the quality faculty instructors, flexible office hours schedules and a dedication to ensure they understand the material. Many students also like to spend time talking to inspired faculty members about life in general.

On April 3, the well-regarded Princeton Review, along with the popular website RateMyProfessors.com, has published The Best 300 Professors, the first comprehensive guidebook to America’s top undergraduate professors. The 300 professors profiled within the book are not ranked, but the list covers 122 different colleges and represents more than 60 fields of study.

It is with great pride that four University of San Diego undergraduate professors (pictured, clockwise from top left) — Shreesh Deshpande, MBA, PhD, Business Finance; Del Dickson, PhD, JD, Political Science; Erik Fritsvold, PhD, Sociology; and Barton Thurber, PhD, English — have been selected for inclusion in the book.

The Spring 2012 issue of USD Magazine spotlighted the four honorees:

Thurber, a USD professor since 1979, teaches the wonder and discipline of poetry. Dickson, who is also USD’s pre-law advisor and a dedicated professor in the Honors Program, arrived in 1987. Deshpande, at USD since 1988, teaches both undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of corporate finance and investments. Fritsvold has been a USD professor since 2005, but his Torero roots run deep as he earned his undergraduate sociology degree at USD in 2000.

While each professor has found a formula that works for them, collectively, they represent USD’s commitment to providing a top-quality education for the students they serve.

— Ryan T. Blystone

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