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Lisa Baird

Lisa Baird, PhD

Professor, Biology
Principle Investigator, AFFIRM
(619) 260-4073

Office: Camino Hall 163A/SCST 481

Office Hours: Spring 2016: M-8:30-10:30am, Camino 163A M-2:00-3:00pm, ST 481 T- 8:30-10:30am, Camino 163A *And by appointment at either office

Lisa Baird, PhD, joined the biology faculty in 1988. In addition to teaching in the preparatory courses for biology majors, she teaches classes in plant physiology, electron microscopy and the senior seminar. Baird is a developmental plant physiologist with particular interest in plant stress responses to pathogens and insect predation and how these responses can be modulated by plant growth regulators.

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Neena Din

Neena Din

Assistant Dean
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall, Room 114

Neena Din, PhD, was appointed assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in August 2007. She came to USD from Loyola College in Maryland, where she earned tenure as an associate Professor of Biology in 2005. At Loyola, Din taught courses in the areas of cell and molecular biology and microbiology, as well as carrying out research on the processes of cell cycle events in bacteria. She also served as Loyola’s Pre-Health advisor for three years.

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Mitchell Malachowski

Mitchell Malachowski, PhD

(619) 260-4032

Office: SCST486

Mitch Malachowski, PhD, has been on the faculty at USD since 1984. He believes strongly in finding ways to enhance student learning and student outcomes and makes this a priority in his teaching, research and service. He teaches courses in various aspects of organic chemistry and organic chemistry laboratories. His research interests range from the synthesis of novel organic molecules to the history and philosophy of science to the proper role of research at undergraduate institutions. He has served as the president of the Council on Undergraduate Research and takes on many roles in that organization. Malachowski has received three University Professorships from USD and the Charles B. Willard award for distinguished career achievement from Rhode Island College. He was the recipient of the 2014 CUR Fellows Award and was named the 2014 CASE/Carnegie Foundation California Professor of the year.

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David Malicky, PhD

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(619) 260-7858

Office: Loma Hall 327

David Malicky is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He taught mechanical engineering at Valparaiso University for 2 ½ years, worked in industry for 5 years, and also has a M.S. in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Malicky’s research interests are in biomechanics, guitar acoustics, silicone coatings, and engineering education. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan with a dissertation that placed 1st in the ASME Bioengineering Division's Ph.D. Student Paper Competition.

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Vidya Nadkarni

Vidya Nadkarni

Department Chair, Political Science and International Relations
Professor, Political Science
(619) 260-4010

Office: KIPJ 259A

Office Hours: T-9:15a-11:45a and 4:30p-5:30p Th-9:15a-11:45a And Monday afternoon by appt.

Vidya Nadkarni, PhD, joined USD’s faculty in 1990. Nadkarni teaches courses in the area of international relations and foreign policy. Her research interests center on the foreign policies of resurgent (Russia) and aspiring (China, India) global powers.

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Lance E. Nelson

Lance E. Nelson

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4054

Office: Maher Hall 277

Office Hours: M: 1:00pm-2:00pm (In Aromas) MTWTh: 2:15pm-3:30pm, immediately after class, or by appointment.

Lance E. Nelson, PhD, is professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.  He teaches courses in world religions and religious traditions of Asia.  Nelson’s research specialization is in Hindu religious history, focusing on classical systems of Hindu theology and the relation between Hindu religious practice and environmental concern.

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Bethany O'Shea

Bethany O'Shea, PhD

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-4243

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 273

Office Hours: M: 8:30-10:30am T: 11am-12pm F: 12:30-2:30pm

Bethany O'Shea, PhD, teaches courses in environmental geology, earth science, and geochemistry of ocean and continental waters. All of these courses use the environment as a natural laboratory and include interactive problem solving and thought provoking learning techniques. Dr. O'Shea is interested in the cycling of metals, nutrients, and contaminants in the environment; specifically controls on the movement and distribution of trace elements in groundwater, lakes, and sediments. She welcomes the opportunity to teach and mentor students interested in the earth, marine, and environmental sciences.

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Clara Oberle

Clara Oberle, PhD

Associate Professor, History
(619) 260-7813

Office: KIPJ 278

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Clara M. Oberle, PhD, has been a member of the History department since 2008.  She offers courses on modern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Germany.  Further teaching interests include World War II, women in history, and urban history.  Her research focus is on Berlin, on post-catastrophe cities, and on German history, with special interests in migrations, comparative military occupations, urban planning and housing, as well as the interplay between law and memory.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Brendan Sullivan

Quinn Taylor

Kelsey Carreras

Will Carhart

Kaitlin Girtin

Hometown: Monrovia, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Biology/Chemistry

Campus Involvement: RA, tour guide, Alpha Phi, Phi Delta Epsilon

Fun Fact: I've been to Disneyland over 100 times.


Taylor Archer

Samantha Paul

Meagan Sherrington


Resident Assistants


Madison Abron

Hometown: Grapevine, TX

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/Mathematics minor

Campus Involvement: Residential Life, University Ministry, Society of Women Engineers, Institute of Electrical Engineers, Founders Chapel Choir

Fun Fact: My dream is to be on the Olympic bobsled team!


Kevin O'Connor

Hometown: Riverside, CA

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Mathematics & Accounting Minor

Campus Involvement: RA in Camino, Math Club, Student Equipment Manager for the football team, grader for the math department

Fun Fact: I love to spearfish! My goal by the end of the year is to spear a tuna that weighs more than 100 pounds.

Graham Wagner

Hometown: New Canaan, CT

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Finance & Economics

Campus Involvement: RA, Club Lacrosse, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity

Fun Fact: Just moved to San Marino, CA


Jane Henderson

Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Ethnic Studies/Spanish double major

Campus Involvement: Community Outreach Coordinator-Black Student Union, Alcala Club Member


Megan Winje

Hometown: Tacoma, WA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Undeclared; Pre-Nursing

Campus Involvement: Water Ski team, Intramural Sports

Fun Fact: I work at a remote wilderness retreat camp in Alaska during my summers.