Office: KIPJ 271
Office Hours: Spring 2014
Kathryn C. Statler, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1999. She is the coordinator of the Peace and Justice Studies minor. Statler offers undergraduate courses on the Vietnam wars, U.S. foreign relations, history of France, peace and justice studies, and armed conflict and American society. Her research focus is international and multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on alliance politics and cultural diplomacy.
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
Lauren Benz, PhD, joined the University of San Diego in 2009 as the recipient of a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professorship. Her teaching interests are in the areas of general, inorganic, and physical chemistry. She strives to motivate students by incorporating fun and interactive demonstrations in class, and by connecting the course material to the real world. Lauren’s research merges the general areas of surface science and materials chemistry, and focuses on the development of an atomic-level understanding of structure-reactivity relationships.
Office: Olin Hall 111
Stephen Conroy joined the faculty of USD in the fall of 2004 as an associate professor of Economics after spending five years at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Professor Conroy has received several research and teaching awards, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Business Educator Award (2007), Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (2004), Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award (2003) and the Dyson Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity (2002 and 2004).
In addition to his academic scholarship, Professor Conroy has also participated in a number of economic consulting projects for clients in the private and public sectors, especially in the area of economic base analysis and, more recently, in valuation of nonmarket assets. Professor Conroy has several years of business experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including positions with Hallmark Cards, Inc. (inventory controller), Catholic Charities of Los Angeles (outreach specialist/coordinator), El Centro del Pueblo of Los Angeles (emergency services caseworker) and Jovenes, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving homeless youth in Los Angeles.
Office: KIPJ 284
Office Hours: M/W 11:15a-1:15p F 11:15a-12:15p
Delavan Dickson, JD., PhD, has taught at USD since 1987 in the department of Political Science and International Relations. He teaches Introduction to Political Science and a variety of upper division law courses, including Constitutional Law, Judicial Behavior, Comparative Law, and International Law. His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, justice in common law countries, lay justice, and the relationship between law and democracy.
Office: KIPJ 267
Office Hours: Spring 2014 Is on sabbatical
James O. Gump, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1981. He currently serves as an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. In the History Department, Gump offers undergraduate courses on war and peace in the modern world, history of Africa, rise and fall of apartheid, and modern Europe. His research focus is comparative, South African, and Native American history, with special interests in ethnic conflict, state-sponsored violence, and transitional justice.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Office: Loma Hall 325
Dr. Frank Jacobitz pursues research that focuses on numerical simulation of fluid flow. Problems considered include turbulent and mixing processes in density stratified and rotating shear flows with geophysical applications in the atmosphere and oceans, as well as biological flows of blood in skeletal muscle and muscle fascia vessel networks.
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 434
Office Hours: M 1-3p, T 10a-12p; W 3-4p; or by appointment
Michael Mayer, PhD, came to USD in 1994 and teaches general biological topics and more specialized courses in botany and evolutionary biology. He conducts research in plant systematics, which is essentially the study of plant diversity. It involves deciphering the evolutionary relationships among plants, and then using these patterns to infer the processes by which plants evolve, speciate, and produce new lineages. Mayer has conducted several projects involving plants of the southern California landscape, and maintains collaborations with colleagues at San Diego State University and the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Associate Professor, Biology
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 479
Office Hours: MTWF 11:10a-12:10p, R 9-10a
Geoffrey Morse, PhD, came to USD in 2008 and teaches general biological topics and more specialized courses in entomology and evolutionary biology. He conducts research in insect evolution and ecology, the goal of which is to understand how ecological interactions, environmental conditions, and geographic distributions have structured their impressive diversification. This research involves reconstructing evolutionary relationships among insect species, examining patterns and mechanisms of speciation, understanding processes that link or separate populations, and understanding the adaptations that cause ecological specialization of insect species. Morse works on these interactions at levels that span from local California landscapes to global patterns of diversification.
Office: Student Life Pavilion 409
Office Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:30AM-5:00PM
Erin Prickett performs detailed administrative work for the Honors Program. She assists the Honors Program Director in all aspects of the program, including course scheduling and advising, media development, and event coordinating. Prickett joined the Honors office in 2011.
Office: Serra Hall 154C
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:15-10:00 am
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.
PA for: Introduction to Political Science with Dr. Dickson
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major/Minor: Political Science and History/Spanish
Campus Involvement: Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Equestrian Team, Alpha Phi Sorority
Favorite TV Show: Dexter and Sons of Anarchy
PA for: General Chemistry with Dr. Benz
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies/French
Campus Involvement: President of Honors Student Board, Mortar Board
Favorite TV Show: Top Gear UK
PA for: Principles of Microeconomics with Dr. Conroy
Hometown: Lorain, OH
Major/Minor: International Relations and Theology and Religious Studies
Campus Involvement: President of the Model United Nations team, Italian Language and Culture Organization member, Political Science Honors Scoeity, Theology and Religious Studies Honors Society, University Ministry
Favorite TV Show: House
PA for:The Drama of Tyranny: Literature, Culture, and Performance during the Reign of Henry VIII with Dr. Giles-Watson
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major/Minor: Undeclared (International Relations/Peace and Justice Studies)
Campus Involvement: Cool Club, Intervarsity, Honors Program
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
PA for: War and Peace in the Modern World with Dr. Gump
Hometown: Woodinville, WA
Major/Minor: History/Classical Studies
Campus Involvement: Preceptorial Program, Preceptorial Assistant Council, National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Favorite TV Show: Parenthood
PA for: Calculus II with Dr. Hoffoss
Hometown: Moraga, CA
Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, Math Club, Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society)
Favorite TV Show: Three way tie between Game of Thrones, 30 Rock, and Arrested Development!
PA for: Introduction to Engineering with Dr. Jacobitz
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/Math and Physics
Campus Involvement: Society of Women Engineers, Engineers without Borders, IEEE, Founders Club, Chinese Language Union, Alpha Delta Pi
Favorite TV Show: Dexter
PA for: Introduction to Evolution with Dr. Mayer
Hometown: Edmond, OK
Campus Involvement: Chemistry Club, Honor Council
Favorite TV Show: New Girl
PA for: Introduction to Evolution with Dr. Morse
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Major/Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience
Campus Involvement: USD Women's Tennis, SAAC, International Student Organization
Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother
PA for: Introduction to Human Connection with Dr. Pace
Hometown: Sebastopol, CA
Campus Involvement: Honors Program, Preceptorial Program
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Honors Theme Coordinator
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major/Minor: International Business/Spanish
Campus Involvement: Origami Club, Student Alumni Association
Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother
Hometown: Chandler, AZ, but recently moved to Franklin, TN
Major/Minor: Liberal Studies with a concentration in Multicultural Studies, Spanish, Multi-Teaching Degree
Campus Involvement: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Ambassador's Club, Liberal Studies Student Leadership Board, Camp Adventure, YMCS
Favorite TV Show: One Tree Hill
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Major/Minor: International Relations and History/Spanish
Campus Involvement: PRIDE, Ambassador's Club
Favorite TV Show: I prefer films
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