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Ronald Pachence

Ronald Pachence

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-2758

Office: Maher Hall 281

Office Hours: T: 8am-8:30am W: 8am-9:30am, 1pm-2pm TH: 10:30am-11:30am, 2:15pm-3:15pm, or by appointment.

Ron Pachence, PhD, joined the faculty in 1981. He has served as department chair, founding director of the Institute for Christian Ministries, and director of graduate programs in the department. He is active in shared governance, having served on numerous committees and as chair of the University Senate. His teaching expertise is in the areas of Catholic theology and world religions. Pachence is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Turkey) and a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia.

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Harriet Baber, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-2749

Office: Founders Hall 165C

Harriet Baber, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982. She offers undergraduate courses on logic and contemporary analytic philosophy. Her research interests are in analytic metaphysics, philosophical theology, feminism and philosophy of economics. Baber’s interests include computers, Byzantine history, and knitting.

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Terry H. Bird

Terry H. Bird, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4671

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 432

Office Hours: MW 1:30-3:30p, R 2-3p, or 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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Florence Gillman

Florence Gillman, S.T.D.

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4051

Office: Maher Hall 254

Office Hours: On Sabbatical for 2013-2014 academic year.

Florence M. Gillman, PhD, has been a member of USD’s faculty since 1986. She  previously also served as chair of the department of Theology and Religious Studies and as Coordinator of the Ppogram in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Gillman teaches the courses entitled Introduction to Biblical Studies, Pauline Theology, The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the World of the Bible. Her research interests include the New Testament world, women in the Pauline churches and the history of earliest Christianity.

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Marjorie Patrick

Marjorie Patrick, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology
(619) 260-8863

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 430

Office Hours: M 11a-12p, 1:30-3p; W 11a-12p, 1:30-2:30p; or 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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Eric Pierson

Eric Pierson, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-7437

Office: Camino Hall 105D

Office Hours: Mon./Wed.: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.; and by appointment.

Eric Pierson, PhD, joined the faculty in 1999. Prior to joining the faculty he spent five years teaching at the University of Illinois st Urbana-Champaign while pursuing his PhD He served as chair of the department between Fall 2006 and Spring 2011.

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Preceptorial Assistants



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Danielle Nederend

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Faith and Reason in World Religions with Dr. Pachence
Hometown: Tipton, CA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Undeclared (leaning towards Visual Communications and Marketing)
Campus Involvement: Club volleyball, Gamma Phi Beta sorority
Yearbook Award: Most likely to be at the Beach on any afternoon


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Madison Abron

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Physical Science, Mechanics, and Modeling the Natural World with Drs. Anderson & Severn
Hometown: Grapevine, TX
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/ Math
Campus Involvement: SCUBA Diving Club, SWE (Society of Women Engineers), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Yearbook Award: Person you'd want to be stranded on a deserted island with


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Maribel Tovar

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Logic with Dr. Baber
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Spanish/Biology
Campus Involvement: SOAR (Director of Community Relations), AMSA
Yearbook Award: Most talkative


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Denise Corriveau

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Catholic Theology with Dr. Reimer-Barry
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: International Relations/Chemistry
Campus Involvement: Alpha Phi sorority, Pharmacy Club, Cool Club, Rotaract Club
Yearbook Award: Most likely to brighten your day (did win this in high school!)


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Claire Kuelbs

Preceptorial Assistant
PAC Member


PA for: Introduction to Evolution with Dr. Lowery
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Biology/Chemistry, Math
Campus Involvement: ASTRA, Preceptorial Assistant Council, Student worker in Marine Science/Environmental Studies, Honors Program
Yearbook Award: Most dependable


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Ellen Jameson

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Media Studies with Dr. Pierson
Hometown: Ligonier, PA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Undeclared/Marine Biology
Campus Involvement: Honors Program, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Ambassador's Club, Club Beach Volleyball and various Intermurals
Yearbook Award: Best Eyes


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Alexandra Guendert

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Psychology
Hometown: Lodi, CA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Psychology/Biology
Campus Involvement: Campus Connections, Finding Refuge, NSCS, Psychology Club, University Ministry
Yearbook Award: Most likely to succeed

Resident Assistants



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Rachel Lincoln

Resident Assistant
Faith & Reason Theme Coordinator


Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Liberal Studies/Teaching Credential Program
Campus Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega, Founders Chapel Choir/University Ministry, Treble Threat
Yearbook Award: Most musical


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Jevaughn Davis

Resident Assistant


Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Biochemistry/Theology and Sociology
Campus Involvement: Phi Delta Epsilon, Out of State Student Council, AMSA, M.A.P.S.
Yearbook Award: Most talkative (actually won this category in high school!)


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Jaclyn Jimenez

Resident Assistant


Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Business Administration Major/Psychology
Campus Involvement: Students for Life, Honors Program
Yearbook Award: Most Crafty


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Robert Martinez

Resident Assistant


Hometown: Dublin, CA
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Accounting
Campus Involvement: Associated Students, Director of Recruitment
Yearbook Award: Best Smile


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Andrea Tunnard

Resident Assistant


Hometown: Lawrenceville, NJ
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Biology/Political Science
Campus Involvement: Outdoor Adventures, University Ministry
Yearbook Award: Weirdest Laugh