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Program Director

Kathryn Statler

Kathryn Statler

(619) 260-4652

Office: KIPJ 271

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.

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Stephen Conroy

Stephen Conroy

Professor, Economics
(619) 260-7883

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.

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Del Dickson

Del Dickson, PhD, JD

Pre-Law Advisor
(619) 260-4013

Office: KIPJ 284

Office Hours: M/W 12:15p-2:15p F 12:15p-1:15p

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.

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Tammy Dwyer

Tammy Dwyer, PhD

(619) 260-4030

Office: SCST439

Office Hours: Sabbatical 2014-2015

Tammy J. Dwyer, PhD,  joined the faculty at the University of San Diego in 1994. She served as chair of the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2001-2009. Dwyer is passionate about chemistry and enjoys teaching how theory and experiment blend to enhance our understanding of the physical world and of chemical phenomena. She strives to create a positive and relaxed classroom atmosphere to facilitate learning while setting high standards for her students and providing them with the tools to meet the course goals. She maintains an active research program involving undergraduates focused on using NMR spectroscopy and computational methods to study structure and dynamics in both small and large molecules.

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Frank G. Jacobitz

Frank G. Jacobitz

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(619) 260-7820

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.

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Michael Mayer

Michael Mayer, PhD

Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4081

Office: SCST 434

Office Hours: Spring 2016: M-1:30-3:30pm T-9:00-11:00am W-2:00-3:00pm And 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.

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Erin Prickett

Erin Prickett

Honors Program Coordinator
(619) 260-7847

Office: Student Life Pavilion 409

Office Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:30AM-5:00PM

Erin Prickett joined the Honors office in 2011. Prickett coordinates the Honors Program and serves as the main point of contact for questions from parents, students, faculty, and staff regarding the program. She assists the Honors Director in various aspects of the program, including course evaluation and selection, fall and mid-year admissions, first-year registration, and student advising.

Prickett also provides a public speaking segment during the Honors Thesis Seminar, which requires seniors in the program to present their independent, scholarly research. Prickett records the presentations and archives the written work.  She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Communication Studies Department. 

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Lori Watson

Lori Watson, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Chair, Department of Philosophy
(619) 260-4091

Office: Founders Hall 163B

Lori Watson, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2007.  She is currently associate professor of philosophy, director of the Gender Studies Program, and chair of the Department of Philosophy.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Rachel Stein

Nathan Peters

Arman Siddiqui

Kennedy Avery

Chris Harrop

Kelly Kennedy

Resident Assistants


Dante Enriquez

Dana Flerchinger

Yun Ji Kim

Bryce Henry