Faculty Champions

2013 Changemaker Faculty Champions!


The following faculty members are recognized as the 2013-14 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 2013-14 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 Adina Batnitzky
Assistant Professor, Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences

Adina empowers and encourages students to engage in issues that are important to them through her teaching and working with community organizations in her classes. In her research, she is currently working with an East African refugee community to learn about changes in diet and physical exercise that have emerged as a result of cultural barriers in migrating to the United States. She seeks creative ways to incorporate students in research. She also believes in the value of studying abroad, as she became committed to social justice issues through her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

Learn more about Dr. Batnitzky’s Changemaking journey

ceranic_thumb Tara Ceranic
Assistant Professor of Social and Legal Research
School of Business Administration

Professor Ceranic has a background in business ethics and loves to teach corporate social responsibility (CSR). Instead of teaching following a textbook, she brings the latest relevant news articles to class through creative use of social media. Learning occurs through active involvement of students in for-profit or not-for-profit companies in San Diego. Students in her class have to assess what these organizations are doing in terms of diversity policies, social responsibility policies, and ethical codes of conduct. They get actively engaged in learning while they acquire skills by providing feedback to companies and even helping smaller companies develop policies.

Learn more about Dr. Ceranic’s Changemaking journey

lord_thumb Susan Lord
Coordinator and Professor, Electrical Engineering
Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

When Dr. Lord entered the engineering field there were few and she was always asked what women thought. That experience has inspired her work on women in the engineering field, including her research on “The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering” with Sociology Professor Michelle Camacho. Service-learning has also been central to her pedagogy, bringing USD students to local middle schools with the purpose of exposing and inspiring younger students to consider engineering as a career choice.

Learn more about Dr. Lord’s Changemaking journey

croom_thumb Simon Croom
Professor of Supply Chain Management
School of Business Administration

Dr. Croom has been a leader, researcher, and teacher in sustainability and supply chain management. Two years ago he helped USD host a conference on these topics, which attracted many senior-level executives in the supply chain area. He has also taught a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on sustainability with over 600 people registered and is currently up for an award because of the technology they used in delivering the course called Curator, which incorporates social learning and gamification.  Dr. Croom is helping to run a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through Continuing Education starting in January.

Learn more about Dr. Croom’s Changemaking journey

williams_thumb Mike Williams
Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations, Department Chair, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Williams is deeply involved in a study abroad initiative involving his “Politics and Development in South Africa” class. The class focuses on service-learning, cultural immersion, and community collaboration. One community partner in his class is Sharing to Learn, a nonprofit organization with whom they have built libraries, participated in local art projects and other learning activities. Professor Williams’ expectation is to develop a longer-term engagement in the community with possible USD student interns year-round.

Learn more about Dr. Williams’ Changemaking journey

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.

Learn more about Dr. Getz’s Changemaking journey