Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences

Our faculty embrace the USF mission of educating the whole person — both heart and mind. Our professors pursue an ambitious agenda of research, teaching, and service. As scholars, they take on some of the world’s most challenging issues and problems.

In the classroom, they bring compassion and academic rigor. Outside the classroom, they are engaged professionals, making contributions to their communities and their respective fields. 


Paul Zeitz

Professor
(415) 422-6590

Originally trained as an ergodic theorist (PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1992), today Paul Zeitz's overriding interest is mathematical problem solving and the promulgation of an Eastern European-inspired problem-solving culture to American audiences. Towards this end, he wrote The Art and Craft of Problem Solving in 1998, co-founded the Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad in 1999, and co-founded the San Francisco Math Circle in 2005. In 2009 he produced a series of video lectures for The...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Desiree Zerquera

Associate Professor, Leadership Studies
(415) 422-4535

Desiree Zerquera is an Assistant Professor for Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Leadership Studies. Born and raised in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents, she pursued her bachelor's degree in Mathematics and master's degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Florida before attending Indiana University to pursue her PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Desiree Zerquera has worked as a researcher, student affairs practitioner, and higher education...

Education:

PhD, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington

Naupaka Zimmerman

Assistant Professor

Professor Naupaka Zimmerman is broadly interested in the intersection of microbial community and ecosystem ecology. His lab research focuses on the ecology of plant-microbe interactions, with a particular focus on asymptomatic foliar fungi (also known as fungal endophytes). He was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai'i, and continues to conduct some of his research there, focusing on the endemic Hawaiian tree Metrosideros polymorpha. After finishing his PhD, Prof. Zimmerman taught at...

Education:

PhD, Biological Sciences, Stanford University, BA, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Cultural Anthropology, Harvard University

Stephen Zunes

Professor
(415) 422-6981

Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and globalization for the Politics department, the International Studies major, and the Peace & Justice Studies minor, as well as the Middle Eastern Studies minor, for which he has served as program director. He received his BA from Oberlin College, his MA from Temple University, and his PhD from Cornell University. Prior to...

Education:

PhD, Cornell University, MA, Temple University, BA, Oberlin College

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