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Program Director

Jennifer Zwolinski

Jennifer Zwolinski

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4218

Office: Serra Hall 154C

Office Hours: MWF 11:15am-12:55pm

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.

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Julia Miller Cantzler

Julia Miller Cantzler, PhD, JD

Assistant Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-6802

Office: Serra Hall 229

Office Hours: Wed: 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:45-4:45pm; or by appointment

Julia Miller Cantzler joined the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego in the 2011 Fall Semester. She teaches primarily in the Crime, Justice, Law & Society concentration.  Professor Cantzler’s research examines the intersections of culture and politics, with a primary focus on international human rights, law, social movements, environmental justice and the rights of Indigenous peoples.

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Jane Friedman, PhD

Professor, Mathematics
(619) 260-4015

Office: Serra Hall 159A

Jane Friedman, PhD, is also the coordinator for the approved subject matter program in mathematic which prepares future high-school mathematics teachers. She has current research projects in voting theory and in statistics.

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Richard Gonzalez

Richard Gonzalez, PhD

Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4077

Office: SCST 483

Rick Gonzalez, PhD, joined the faculty in1992.  He teaches an upper-division “W” course in vertebrate physiology, senior seminar and introductory courses in the major.  He is a comparative animal physiologist focusing on the respiratory, acid-base, and ion regulation physiology of aquatic animals.

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Michael Kelly

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Office: Founders Hall 167C

Michael R. Kelly, PhD, came to USD in Fall semester of 2013, having previously taught at Boston College. His main area of research is 20th Century Continental philosophy, especially phenomenology from its classical to its contemporary period.

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Dirk Yandell

Dirk Yandell, PhD

Professor, Economics
(619) 260-4835

Office: Olin Hall 315

Dirk Yandell joined the USD faculty in 1981. Professor Yandell has taught over 20 different courses at USD. He enjoys integrating experimental methods into the classroom, and regularly receives top teaching evaluations. He has received a number of teaching awards, including the Sears Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, the Innovative Undergradate Business Educator award, the Professor of the Year award by the Graduate Business Student Association, and the Outstanding Preceptor award. His book, Using Economic Experiments in the Classroom (Prentice Hall, Inc., 3rd edition, 2007) reflects his interest in experimental economics and classroom pedagogy. He has also published a number of articles in the areas of business economics and public policy. Professor Yandell teaches a variety of undergraduate courses and has been active in USD's MBA and MSEL graduate programs. He has also taught in the MSGL program. He was a faculty member in USD's Institute for Project Management and the USD/SDSU Institute for Quality and Productivity. He has consulted and led seminars in the areas of quality management, statistical process control, cost estimating, present value analysis, and contract pricing. He regularly serves as an expert witness in court cases.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Grecia Lopez

Kyra Thrush

Shelby Willis

Savannah Stuart

Bentley Porterfield

Russ Adwan

Alexis Ogtong

Resident Assistants


Brittany Castagna


Addison Jackson


Wade Bennett


Jasmine Garcia


Tiasha McKinley