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. 

June Madsen Clausen

Professor
(415) 422-2174

Dr. June Madsen Clausen is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology, and former Associate Dean for Academic Effectiveness in the...

Education:

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Joint Doctoral Program, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University | BA, Psychology with Honors, University of California, Los Angeles | Clinical internship at the University of California, San Francisco | Two-year National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Services Research | Graduate of the WASC Senior College and University Commission Assessment Leadership Academy

Courses:

Clinical Dissertation Proposal Seminar, Practicum 3A, Clinical Dissertation Seminar

Martin Claussen

Professor
(415) 422-6726

Martin A. Claussen received his PhD from the University of Virginia. His areas of interest include Ancient and Medieval Europe.

Education:

PhD, University of Virginia

Courses:

European Civilization, The Ancient Near East, The Classical Mediterranean World, 1200 B.C. to 31 A.D., Late Antiquity, Directed Study, Late Antiquity and the Dawn of the Middle Ages, Western Heritage

Gretchen Coffman

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4712

Dr. Coffman's current research focuses on scientific questions with high relevance to management problems, mainly related to riparian plant ecology,...

Courses:

Tropical Restoration Ecology, California Ecosystems, Wetland Delineation I, Wetland Delineation II, Special Topics, Directed Study, Master's Project, Understanding our Environment w/lab, Laboratory, Laboratory, California Ecosystems w/Lab, Laboratory, UG Special Topics w/Lab, Laboratory

Kathleen Coll

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5989

Kathleen Coll is a political anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on immigration politics and policies, cultural citizenship, and...

Courses:

Research Methods, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Immigration and Citizenship, Urban Politics, Urban Politics, Latino Politics in the U.S., Special Topics in Politics, Fieldwork in Pub Int Org, Directed Study, Senior Pol - Honors Seminar, Special Topics, Special Topics

Stephanie Cooper

Assistant Professor

She is interested in determining the optimal exercise dose and mode for eliciting the greatest improvements in anxiety, mood, and cognition.

Education:

PhD, University of Georgia

Expertise:

The acute and chronic effects of exercise on mental health

Courses:

Introduction to Kinesiology, Measurement and Statistics

Melissa Dale

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6357

Melissa S. Dale has served as Executive Director of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies since August 2012. Prior to joining the faculty and staff at...

Education:

PhD, East Asian History (China), Georgetown University | MA, Asian Languages (Chinese), Stanford | BA, Oriental Languages (Chinese), UC Berkeley

Courses:

East Asian Civilizations

Maria Daltayanni

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4917

Professor Daltayanni's research interests include reputation and recommender systems in crowdsourcing environments with specialization in two-sided marketplaces (labor, advertising, games).

Education:

PhD, Computer Science, University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), 2015 | MSc, Computer Science, UCSC, 2011 | BSc, Computer Science, University of Athens, Greece, 2008

Expertise:

Reputation and recommender systems / Crowdsourcing / Computational Advertising, Two-sided marketplaces, Big data predictive analytics

Courses:

Introduction to Computer Science I, Intro to Database Systems, Data Mining, Special Topics in Computer Science, Data Acquisition, Distributed Computing

Sergio De La Torre

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5297

Sergio De La Torre's project work has focused on issues regarding immigration, tourism, surveillance technologies, and transnational identities....

Courses:

Art Fundamentals, Digital Photography I, Directed Study/Research, Senior Studio, Artist as Citizen, Seminario Temas Específicos

Marilyn DeLaure

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2289

Marilyn (Bordwell) DeLaure teaches courses in rhetoric, criticism, and social movements. Her research investigates how people effect social change,...

Education:

PhD/MA, Communication Studies, University of Iowa | BA, Speech Communication, Drake University

Courses:

Rhetoric and Consumer Culture, Special Topics, Directed Study, Critical and Rhetorical Methods, Rhetoric of Social Movements, Environmental Communication, Directed Project, Communication Studies Internship, Expedition USF

Brian Komei Dempster

Professor
(415) 422-6042

His work—as a poet, workshop instructor, and editor—has been recognized by grants from the Arts Foundation of Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the California State Library's California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Courses:

Capstone Project, Directed Study, Written & Oral Communication, Written and Oral Communication, FYS: First-Year Seminar

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