2014 Changemaker Faculty Champions!

The following faculty members are recognized as the 2014-15 Changemaker Faculty Champions because of their passion for innovative pedagogy in their respective fields, for their scholarship, and their commitment to co-develop USD Changemaker Campus. The 2014-15 Changemaker Faculty Champions hope to advocate for collaboration among students, faculty, and community members at USD, to increase dialogue and spread awareness about what it means to be a Changemaker Campus.

batnitzky_thumb Ron Kaufmann Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences Marine Science Graduate Program Director

Ron Kaufmann, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 1997 and currently serves as director of the Marine Science Graduate Program. His areas of specialization are ecology and environmental biology, and his teaching includes courses in biology, environmental studies and marine science, as well as interdisciplinary courses that are team-taught with colleagues in the humanities. Kaufmann’s scholarship focuses on biological communities and their dynamics as well as their responses to changing environmental conditions. He has studied marine communities in extreme environments such as the Antarctic and the deep ocean.

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Truc Ngo Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering School of Engineering

Dr. Ngo received her Bachelor’s in 1997 and Doctor of Philosophy in 2001, both in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Before joining the University of San Diego, she had worked as a Senior Process Engineer at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon and Santa Clara, California for nearly three years. She had also taught in the Engineering & Technologies Department at San Diego City College as an Associate Professor for five years, where she established the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. Her research interests are in the areas of materials and processes involving polymers and composites, organic semiconductors, and supercritical fluids.

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lord_thumb Jennifer Mueller Associate Professor of Management, School of Business Administration

Jennifer is currently faculty at USD in the Management Department and teaches Organizational Behavior and Leadership classes at both the undergraduate and MBA level. Jennifer’s research examines the costs and benefits of collaboration in teams, as well as the biases people have against creative ideas and creative people. She has published several articles in top management journals including: Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Psychological Science. She is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology as well as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She has held positions at several business schools including Yale School of Management, the Stern School of Business at NYU, and was an assistant professor at the Wharton School for seven years before joining the USD faculty in 2012

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croom_thumb Kokila Doshi Professor of Economics School of Business Administration

Kokila Doshi is professor of Economics in the School of Business Administration. She joined the USD in 1988. Professor Doshi has developed two new international courses in the area of Asia-Pacific Business and Development. Recently, she also introduced another course in Tourism and Travel Economics. Professor Doshi’s interest in applied economics and regional development is reflected in her economic impact studies. She conducted regional economic impact analysis of the X Games, the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon, and the PGA International Golf Championship. Professor Doshi has published several scholary articles in economics and business journals. Her research interests focus on the privatization of public enterprises saving rates and economic policies of the Asian-Pacific countries. Professor Doshi has served on committees and task forces administering Irvine Grants for Cultural Diversity and Improvement of Statistical Instruction.

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williams_thumb Emily Reimer-Barry Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Emily Reimer-Barry, Ph.D, has been a member of the Theology and Religious Studies faculty since 2008. She teaches undergraduate courses in Catholic theology, Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and ethical responses to HIV/AIDS. Her research interests include women’s experiences of HIV/AIDS, cross-cultural analysis of gender roles and marriage traditions, ethnography and ethical methodology, and the intersection of public health and Catholic social teachings.

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getz_thumb Cheryl Getz Associate Professor and Director of Leadership Minor School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Dr. Getz has a passion for generating involvement and connecting students to opportunities in alignment with their personal visions. One of her strengths is to listen to an idea from a student and help the student frame it in a way that becomes tangible and convertible into a (research) project. In her leadership courses she helps students develop capacities for complex thinking, creativity, vulnerability, and taking risks when innovating. She was drawn to the Ashoka Changemaker Campus work from the beginning because it provides another lens for social justice and brings in a much broader perspective of folks that can learn from each other, particularly in regards to experiencing and holding a safe container for dialogue around diversity.

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