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Terry H. Bird

Terry H. Bird, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4671

Office: SCST 432

Office Hours: Fall 2015: M-F: 11am-12pm *And by appointment

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.

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Malachi Black

Malachi Black

Assistant Professor

Office: Founders Hall 173A

Office Hours: M 2:30-3:30pm; Tu 2:00-5:00pm; W 2:30-3:30pm; and by appointment

Malachi Black came to USD in 2014 from Emory University, where he served as the Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry from 2013-2014. He earned his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Literature with Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Utah in 2014. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Black is currently at work on his second collection of poetry, Indirect Light; his first book, Storm Toward Morning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in November 2014. He teaches a range of undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Poetry and Intermediate and Advanced Poetry Writing, and assists with both the Copper Writers Series and USD’s new online creative writing journal.

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Jeremy Kua

Jeremy Kua, PhD

Interim Chair/Associate Professor
(619) 260-7970

Office: SCST381

Jeremy Kua, PhD, teaches courses in physical chemistry, general chemistry and computational chemistry. His current research interest is investigating the dynamics of self-assembly in a variety of chemical systems.

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Rico G. Monge

Rico G. Monge

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4053

Office: Maher Hall 290

Office Hours: MWF: 11:05am-12:05pm, MW: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Rico G. Monge’s teaching and research focuses on comparative theology, continental philosophy of religion, and the history of Christian theology (including Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox theology). As a comparative theologian, Monge specializes in Christian and Islamic mystical and ascetic traditions. Holding degrees in literature, theology, and religious studies, he also explores religious and philosophical themes in literature and film. He is the founding co-chair of the Catholic Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion’s Western Region. Monge is also an ordained deacon in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Marjorie Patrick

Marjorie Patrick, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology
(619) 260-8863

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 430

Office Hours: Fall 2015: M/W: 10am-12pm M: 1-2pm *And by appointment

Marjorie L. Patrick joined the faculty in Fall 2003.  In the Biology Department, Dr. Patrick teaches two of the lower division biology courses that provide students a foundation in genetics, evolution, ecology and cellular processes.  Additionally she offers upper division lecture and laboratory courses exploring invertebrate physiology.  Her research field is comparative animal physiology, with an interest in osmoregulatory strategies of aquatic insect and fish species residing in chemically diverse environments.

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Emily Reimer-Barry

Emily Reimer-Barry

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Office: Maher Hall 279

Office Hours: MWF: 10:00am-11:00am, T: 10:00am-12:00pm

Emily Reimer-Barry, Ph.D, has been a member of the Theology and Religious Studies faculty since 2008. She teaches undergraduate courses in Catholic theology, Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and ethical responses to HIV/AIDS. Her research interests include women’s experiences of HIV/AIDS, cross-cultural analysis of gender roles and marriage traditions, ethnography and ethical methodology, and the intersection of public health and Catholic social teachings.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Austin Lords

Hometown: Stevensville, Montana

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Business Administration/ Politican Science & Environmental Studies minor

Campus Involvement: Preceptorial Assistant Council, Coaching Corps, Intramural Sports

Favorite Place in San Diego: Old Town


Amy Maltz

Hometown: Salem, OR

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Undeclared

Campus Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega sorority, PA program

Favorite Place in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs


Hailey Trawick

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: English/Sociology minor

Campus Involvement: Preceptorial Assistant

Favorite Place in San Diego: Ocean Beach


Margaret Driscoll

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience/Chemistry & Spanish minor

Campus Involvement: Director of Event Planning for Be the Match Club, member of the Alpha Delta Pi, Spring Philantrophy Chair for Alpha Delta Pi, Research Assistant in Dr. Sitaraman's neuroscience lab, Student Conduct Leadership Team, AMSA, USD Concert Choir, Director of Public Relations on the Honors Student Board.

Favorite Place in San Diego: Baked Bear


Tamae Sugiura







Emily Schumacher

Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Biology/ Chemistry minor

Campus Involvement: Lab TA, Alpha Delta Pi

Favorite Place in San Diego: Torrey Pines




Resident Assistants


Sean Essex






Zachary Jagielski






Vicky Torres