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Liberal Studies

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Sarah Axford

Sarah Axford

Adjunct Assistant Professor
(619) 260-4266

Office: SCST376

Elizabeth Baker Treloar

Elizabeth Baker Treloar

Lecturer and Field Trip Coordinator
(619) 260-6822

Office: SCST-250

Liz Baker-Treloar has been a member of the Marine Science Environmental Studies Department since Fall of 1995.  Baker-Treloar has taught undergraduate courses and labs in physical oceanography, natural disasters, and earth science.  In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Baker-Treloar is the department field trip co-ordinator.  As the field trip co-ordinator Baker-Treloar is logistacal support to faculty and students for day field trips as well as overnight camping events and the department 24 hour Sproul cruise.

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Sébastien Cormier

Sébastien Cormier, PhD
(619) 260-8819

Office: SCST-249

Sébastien Cormier has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Physics department since September of 2012. He teaches Introductory Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. His research interests are in the fields of Physics and Astronomy Education Research where he develops curriculum and STEM outreach programs

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Kay Etheridge

Kay Etheridge, DMA

Professor of Practice, Music
(619) 260-2243

Office: Camino Hall 161B

Kay Etheridge is professionally a classical pianist, music educator, piano teacher and adjudicator who has lived in San Diego since 1982.  She maintains an active performing career and each year can be heard as both soloist and chamber musician on various concert series within the southern California region.  Dr. Etheridge teaches music history, jazz history, music education, applied piano and class piano.

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Terry Glaser

Terry Glaser, MFA

Adjunct Professor
(619) 260-7759

Office: Camino Hall 163B

Office Hours: Fall 2015 MWF 10:00-11:00 and by appointment

Ms. Glaser is a stage director of plays and operas, as well as
a playwright, translator, and acting teacher. She has worked both in academia and the professional theatre for over 25 years. She has taught at UCSD, USC, CalArts, Earlham College, the Michael Chekhov Studio-USA West, Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company, the Fritz Theatre, the Actors Alliance of San Diego, the Classical Singers Association of Los Angeles, the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia Conservatory, and the Old Globe Theatre. Ms. Glaser has served as stage director for over 40 professional and university productions across the country, including the plays Anton's Shorts: Three Brief Comedies by Chekhov, The Beaux' Stratagem, The Government Inspector, The Bungler, The Comedy of Errors, Three Sisters, The Heidi Chronicles, Trouble in Mind, Stepbrothers in Crime, A Flea in Her Ear, and Hotel Paradiso; and the operas La Bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, La Périchole, L'Orfeo, Croquefer, The Italian Straw Hat, Dido and Aeneas, The Beggar's Opera, Orpheus in the Underworld, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ms. Glaser has been a Guest Artist, performing solo shows and conducting master classes, at universities across the country, including the University of Virginia, Syracuse University, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Mesa College.

Ms. Glaser also specializes in the application of acting techniques to other fields. She founded Glaser Communication in Washington, DC, teaching communication and presentation skills to a variety of business clients, including the American Management Association, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, the Bureau of the Census, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Support Center of Washington. With her extensive training in whole-brain teaching techniques, she conducted training seminars for the Prince William County, VA, School System; the Oswego, NY, School System; and the Prince George's County, MD, Library System. She has also conducted seminars in courtroom-presentation techniques at the California Western School of Law. For USD's Center for Educational Excellence, she conducted a seminar in the hidden meanings in nonverbal communication, and for USD's Changemaker Hub, she has conducted workshops that use actor- training techniques to cultivate empathy. Ms. Glaser has been an Education Outreach Consultant for the San Diego Opera, writing scripts and conducting programs for the Docent Training Program. She is a member of the Association of
Theatre Movement Educators.

In 2012, Ms. Glaser became the first recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education/Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region #8 Award for Innovative Teaching.

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Keith Macdonald

Keith Macdonald

Adjunct Professor

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 366

Danielle Michaelis-Castillo

Danielle Michaelis-Castillo, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts

Danielle Michaelis-Castillo currently teaches Art Fundamentals for Liberal Studies majors. She also serves as a lead artist at the non-profit organization CoTA (Collaborations: Teacher and Artists), providing professional development in arts integration for elementary school teachers in San Diego County Schools. Her scholarly and creative work focus on the intersection between community art and its therapeutic value for underserved youth.

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Perla Myers

Perla Myers, PhD

Professor, Mathematics
(619) 260-7932

Office: Serra Hall 133C

Perla Myers has been a member of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department since 1999. She enjoys teaching classes at all undergraduate levels: core mathematics classes, mathematics classes for the Mathematics major, and mathematics classes for future and in-service elementary and secondary school teachers. Professor Myers’ most recent work involves the improvement of the mathematical education of teachers.

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Amanda Ruiz

Amanda Ruiz, PhD

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-7931

Office: Serra Hall 159F

Amanda Ruiz is a Southern California native, she grew up in Huntington Beach. She is joining the University of San Diego from Harvey Mudd College where she was a teaching and research postdoctoral fellow in the Mathematics Department. She received her PhD in mathematics from Binghamton University, where she also started the Graduate Women's Organization to help women support each other in the academic environment. She also served as president of the Binghamton University Parent's Collective, an organization aimed at creating a community of graduate students who are juggling school and children. Ruiz received a Masters degree in Mathematics from San Francisco State University, where she started the student group Mathematistas, which created a network of female graduate students in mathematics. Amanda enjoys doing research in combinatorics. Previous research has been in enumerative combinatorics and matroid theory. She especially enjoys doing research with undergraduate students. She is committed to making mathematics more accessible for women and students of color and considers service in this area an integral part of her job as an educator and academic. When she is not doing mathematics or teaching, Amanda enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her daughter and husband. Amanda's Erdös-Bacon number is 6 (=3+3).

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Lisa Smith

Adjunct Instructor of English
(619) 260-4600 x2634

Office: Founders Hall 169A

Lisa Smith has been a member of the faculty since 1992. She is an Adjunct Instructor of English. Smith teaches Composition and Literature and Advanced Composition regularly as well as many other lower division courses including: Contemporary Fiction, The Short Story, World Fiction, Growing-up Fiction, Drama and Poetry. She also teaches courses especially designed for future educators: Composition and Literature, Advanced Composition and Children's Literature. Smith has also taught at several community colleges in San Diego.

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Robin Spruce

Robin Spruce, PhD

Lecturer, English

Robin Spruce is interested in the intersection of reading, writing, and teaching. She is a firm believer in the role the Humanities play in the intellectual development of young people. Born and raised in San Diego, Robin is happy to be back on the "correct" coast after a number of years in the East.

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Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-2968

Office: Founders Hall 166B

Michael F. Wagner, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1980.  His administrative appointments have included chair of the Philosophy Department (1988-1998) and director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities major (1987-1993, 2001-2007).  His research interests include several topic areas in Ancient and Hellenistic philosophy, in the classical Neoplatonic tradition, in the philosophy of time and science, and in Platonistic conceptions of eros and their cultural influences.

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