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Lisa Baird

Lisa Baird, PhD

Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4073

Office: Camino Hall 130A/ST 481

Office Hours: M 9-11a (C163A), M 1-3p (ST481), T 9-10a (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 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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Casey Dominguez

Casey Dominguez

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-7925

Office: KIPJ 285

Office Hours: W 9am-2pm

Casey B. K. Dominguez, PhD, joined the USD Political Science faculty in 2005. Her research interests include congressional elections, political parties, campaign finance, and the presidency. She teaches upper and lower division classes on American Politics, as well as an upper division class on research methods.

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Saturnino Garcia

Saturnino Garcia

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Office: Serra Hall 159E

Office Hours: Fall 2013 MW 3:30pm to 4:30pm TR 10:00am to 11:30am

Sat Garcia has been a member of the faculty at USD since 2012. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2012. Professor Garcia teaches a wide array of courses in computer science, with an emphasis on systems courses. His research focuses on programming systems, parallel programming, and computer architecture. He is also active in the area of computer science education, having examined the efficacy of peer instruction and other active learning methodologies.

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Patricia Kowalski

Patricia Kowalski

(619) 260-4003

Office: Serra Hall 110

Patricia Kowalski, PhD, has been at USD since 1989. She teaches courses in Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology. She is an advisor to Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology. Her research interests are in the area of educational psychology including student motivation to learn, student attitudes toward learning, and factors influencing student misconceptions in psychology and education. Research students regularly accompany Kowalski to the Western Psychological Association convention or the American Educational Research Association conference.

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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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Thomas Schubert

Thomas Schubert, PhD

Professor, Electrical Engineering
(619) 260-4892

Office: Loma Hall 331

Thomas Schubert arrived at the University of San Diego in August, 1987 as one of the founding faculty of the new USD Engineering Program. In 1993 he was promoted to Professor of Electrical Engineering. From 1997-2003, he led the Department as Chairman, a position that also became Director of Engineering Programs. Prior to coming to USD, he was at the University of Portland, and at Portland State University. In 2002 he was awarded a USD University Professorship in recognition of outstanding, balanced cumulative career contributions supporting the mission and goals of USD In 2012, he was awarded the Outstanding Engineering Educator award by the Sand Diego County Engineering Council in recognition of outstanding academic contributions and service in the Engineering Profession and the Community. Before turning to the academic world, Professor Schubert spent four years in the aerospace industry at the Space and Communications Group of Hughes Aircraft Company designing, analyzing, and testing weather and communication satellite systems. Since then he has consulted with Planar Systems, Inc. and with Teledyne-Ryan Electronics. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (EE, #12630) in the State of Oregon. Dr. Schubert is an active free-lance bassoonist in the San Diego Area. He is principal bassoon with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and at the Oregon Coast Music Festival. He has performed with Starlight Productions, the Orquesta de Baja California, the Opera de Tijuana, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Classic 4 Kids, and a variety of other organizations.

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Allison Wiese

Allison Wiese, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-7990

Office: Camino Hall 47

Office Hours: On sabbatical Fall 2013 - Spring 2014; Returning for teaching and advising Fall 2014

Allison Wiese, an associate professor, teaches sculpture and related topics. She is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, sound works and architectural interventions. Wiese’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States at such venues as Machine Project in Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. She is the recipient of a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and has received grants from Art Matters, Creative Capital and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiSydney Davis

Sydney Davis

Preceptorial Assistant
PAC Member


PA for: Introduction to Evolution with Dr. Bird

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiAlexa Argumendo

Alexa Argumendo

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Archaeology: How the Unwritten Past Informs the Present with Dr. Cordy-Collins
Hometown: Culver City, CA
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Business Administration/English
Campus Involvement: Student Support Services, Volunteer at United Front Multicultural Center, Employee at the Registrar's Office
If You Had a Superpower: Healing power - with just one touch I could heal anyone or anything from any sickness or disease.

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiAlexa ArgumendoBritnie Martin

Britnie Martin

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Microbiology for Non-Majors with Dr. Din
Hometown:Acampo, CA
Year: Sophomore
Campus Involvement: Kappa Alphta Theta, Pre-PT Club
If You Had a Superpower:I would teleport because I love traveling and I would love to just skip the actual traveling to and from part and just arrive at my destination in a couple seconds.

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiAlexa ArgumendoKelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Change in Modern European History with Dr. Oberle
Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: International Relations/Spanish and Environmental Studies
Campus Involvement: Be Blue Go Green Club, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, USD Dance Company
If You Had a Superpower: I would want the ability to control the weather because, as an Oregonian, our average 50 inches of rain each year can get quite tedious.

Kim Woodbury

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Engineering with Dr. Olson
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Campus Involvement: President of USD Dance Company, Secretary of Society of Women Engineers, Secretary of Institute of Industrial Engineers, Preceptorial Assistant for Engineering 101
If You Had a Superpower: Teleportation

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiAlexa ArgumendoJuliAnn Machschefes

JuliAnn Machschefes

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Cryptography: The Mathematics of Making and Breaking Codes with Dr. Parker
Hometown: West Sacramento, CA
Year: Senior
Major/Minor:Applied Mathematics/Economics
Campus Involvement: Math Club, NSCS, Rotaract, Alpha Delta Pi
If You Had a Superpower: If I had a superpower, it would be to time travel. I am currently obsessed with Dr. Who,a nd I would love to see long lost treasures and meet my family from the past.

Julianna Nelson

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Life in the Ocean with Dr. Reyns
Hometown: Geneva, IL
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Biology
Campus Involvement: AMSA, Shelter San Diego, Biology Club
If You Had a Superpower: I wouldn't have a super power. Instead, I'd choose to have a ton of money and be a master of martial arts so I could be Batman.

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiAlexa ArgumendoKathleen McGuire

Kathleen McGuire

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Engineering with Dr. Schubert
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/Math and Spanish
Campus Involvement: Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Mortar Board, Kappa Kappa Gamma
If You Had a Superpower: Being able to read and manipulate people's minds, so everyone will have to do my biddings forever! muahaha!

Emily Reimer-BarryRaylina Morris

Raylina Morris

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Psychology with Dr. Zwolinski
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience/Chemistry
Campus Involvement: Phi Delta Epsilon
If You Had a Superpower: If I had a superpower it would be telekinesis. This would be a great super power because I could move any object easily without physical force. I could reach objects in high places without a ladder as well.

Resident Assistants


Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiSydney DavisEmily Kirschbaum

Emily Kirschbaum

Resident Assistant
Natural World Theme Coordinator



Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiSydney DavisEmily KirschbaumJohn Pompeo

John Russell Pompeo

Resident Assistant



Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiSydney DavisEmily KirschbaumRio Sastraputera

Rio Sastraputera

Resident Assistant



Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiSydney DavisEmily KirschbaumFernando Quinones

Fernando Quinones

Resident Assistant



Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiSydney DavisEmily KirschbaumAlyssa Rodriguez

Alyssa Rodriguez

Resident Assistant