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. 

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4486

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer is a design professor, artist and writer, whose work integrates technology, craft, and design. Her current focus is on...

Education:

MFA, University of California San Diego | BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Courses:

Sustainable Systems Design Seminar, Design Activism, Special Topics, Directed Study/Research, Senior Design Project

Robert Elias

Professor
(415) 422-6349

Robert Elias has taught in the Politics Department at USF since 1989. He founded the USF Legal Studies and the Peace & Justice Studies programs,...

Education:

MA/PhD, Penn State University | BA, University of Pennsylvania | Certificate, University of Strasbourg

Courses:

Human Rights, Law, Politics, and Baseball, Great Trials in America, Politics of American Justice, Political Power and Constitutional Law, Human Rights/Global Change, Fieldwork in Pub Int Org, Directed Study

Sophie Engle

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4174

Professor Engle's research focuses is on computer security, including topics such as vulnerability analysis, insider threat, and electronic voting. Her research interests also include topics such as data visualization and computer science education.

Education:

PhD in Computer Science, University of California, Davis, 2010.

Expertise:

Computer Security, Data Visualization, Computer Science Education

Courses:

Software Development, Data Visualization, Research Seminar in CS, Directed Reading & Research, Data Visualization, Research Seminar in CS, Practicum Study

Osasere Evbuomwan

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4914

Her research is focused on the development of lantha-nide complexes for prostate cancer diagnosis, and image-guided tumor resection.

Education:

PhD, University of Texas at Dallas | Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Texas at Dallas | Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Courses:

General Chemistry II, Inorganic Chemistry I, Laboratory, Integrated Laboratory

Doreen Ewert

Professor, AEM Director
(415) 422-2607

Doreen Ewert has an MA in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University....

Education:

PhD, TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Indiana University | MA, English Literature, University of Notre Dame

Courses:

US Cult:Understand/Neg New Lan, Fluency Development, Academic Oral Comm II, Introduction to Composition, How Language Works, Directed Study, Expedition USF

Seth Foreman

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4510

Education:

PhD, JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007

Courses:

Laboratory, Masterpiece Physics, Laboratory, Laboratory, Modern Physics, Analytical Mechanics, Optics, Upper Division Lab I, Directed Study for Advanced Undergraduates, Directed Research for Advanced Undergraduates

Karen Francis

Professor
(415) 422-6265

Karen Francis, PhD, is a professor and co-chair in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in the areas of...

Education:

PhD, The University of Texas

Courses:

Intercollegiate Sports, Motor Learning, Neuroscience, Professional Practicum, Directed Study

Patricia Francis-Lyon

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2810

Patricia’s research interests include the application of computational biology, algorithms and mathematical models to problems and predictions involving protein structure and genomics. Her focus is on the application of machine learning to discovery and decision making as related to health.

Education:

PhD, Computer Science with emphasis on Computational Biology, University of California at Davis

Courses:

Computer Science for Health Informatics Professionals, Statistical Computing for Biomedical Data Analytics, Projects in Statistical Computing for Biomedical Data Analytics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Computing for Biomedical Informatics, Capstone Project in Health Informatics, Project in Health Informatics, Graduate Directed Study, Bioinformatics, Directed Reading and Research

Karen Fraser

Assistant Professor

Karen M. Fraser is Assistant Professor of Asian Art in the Art History/Arts Management program at the University of San Francisco. Karen earned her...

Education:

PhD, Art History, Stanford University | MA, Art History, University of South Florida | BS, Communications and Art History, University of Miami

Courses:

Survey of Western Art History II, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Museum Studies I, Asian Art, Modern Japanese Art, East-West Encounters in Art, Special Topics, Special Topics, Museum Studies: History/Theory, Special Topics

Emma Fuentes

Associate Professor, International and Multicultural Education; Department Chairperson
(415) 422-5078

Education:

PhD, Education, Social and Cultural Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

Social and Critical Theoretical Foundations in Education, Special Topic Seminar, Social Movements and Human Rights, Directed Study, Dissertation Proposal Seminar, Social Movements and Human Rights, Dissertation Proposal Development, Dissertation Research and Writing, Directed Study

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