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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: Fall 2015: M: 9:30-11:30am-C163A M: 1:30-2:30pm-ST 481 W: 9:30am-11:30am-C163A *And by appointment

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 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 two University Professorships from USD (1996-1997 and 2002-2003) and the Charles B. Willard award for distinguished career achievement from Rhode Island College.

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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/Th 10:35a-12:05p W 9:00-11;00am And 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

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

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

Office Hours: On Sabbatical

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

Taylor Archer

Samantha Paul

Meagan Sherrington


Resident Assistants


Hayden Estes

Andrew Linnemann

Anastasia Tarasova

Madison Abron

Kaitlin Ceragioli