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. 


David Holler

Professor
(415) 422-5995

David Holler serves as the Director of the Martín–Baró Scholars Program, a living-learning community for first-year students which covers five core classes, including public speaking, composition, literature, cultural diversity, and community-engaged learning. Holler also edits USF's undergraduate research journal, Writing for a Real World. His RHET 325 course (offered every fall semester) invites students interested in pursuing careers in editing to work on USF's annual research journal....

Devon Holmes

Professor
(415) 422-5638

Devon Holmes, Professor of Rhetoric and Language, holds a BA in English from the University of Southern California, an MA in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. She teaches written and oral communication to undergraduates, grounding her courses in what Russel K. Durst describes as a pedagogy of “reflective instrumentalism.” Devon co-directs the composition program.

Education:

PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona, MA in Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University, BA in English, University of Southern California

Eric Hongisto

Professor
(415) 422-5657

Eric Hongisto is a Professor in the Department of Art + Architecture and has previously taught at the University of Delaware and Montana State University-Bozeman. He received his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art, 1999, and his BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art, 1997. Most recent awards include a 2009 Graves Award in the Humanities, a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in Installation and a 2002 New York Foundation of...

Education:

MFA in Painting/Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, 1999, BFA in Painting, Maine College of Art, 1997

Erica Hooper-Arana DNP, RN, PHN, CNS, CNL

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4729

Erica Hooper-Arana has nursing experience working in the areas of geriatrics, pediatrics, primary care, public health, leadership, program development, and education. She has a BSN and DNP in Health Care Systems Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She also has an MSN in Advanced Community Health and International Nursing with a minor in Education from the University of California San Francisco. She has been teaching nursing at the University of San Francisco since 2005. At USF she...

Education:

DNP-University of San Francisco, MSN-University of California, San Francisco, BSN-University of San Francisco

Jeremy Howell

Professor
(415) 422-6875

A professor at the USF since 1997, Dr. Howell was the first full time professor hired into the Sport Management Master's program where he has taught numerous courses that focus on the intersection of sport, culture and commerce. He has since held multiple roles at the institution. In 2010 he was part of a three-member Interim Athletic Director team that oversaw all operations of USF's Athletic Department. He is currently the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, a member of the Athletics...

Education:

PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, MS, University of Washington, Seattle, PGCE, Bangor University, Wales, BA, Bangor University, Wales

Xiaosheng Huang

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6281

My research interests are in observational cosmology. Fourteen years after the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe (Nobel Prize 2011), a standard model of the universe (and its variations) has been established but fundamental questions about the nature of dark energy remain unanswered. Along with collaborators in the Supernova Cosmology Project led by Saul Perlmutter at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, I am working on the following projects and would like to engage...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Physics (2004)

Renee Brunelle Hubert

Instructor
(415) 422-5903

Renee Brunelle Hubert has been fascinated by mathematics since a very young age. After graduating magna cum laude from USF with a BS in mathematics in 1994, she attended UC San Diego on a Cota Robles Fellowship, earning an MA in mathematics in 1997 with emphases in complex analysis and abstract algebra. She currently specializes in making mathematics accessible and exciting to non-majors, and investigating ways to integrate technology into the learning experience.

Education:

MA, Mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1997

Gerwyn Hughes

Associate Professor

Gerwyn Hughes, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. He teaches courses in Biomechanics and Anatomical Kinesiology. Prof. Hughes’s main area of research is gender differences in landing and/or cutting biomechanics associated with non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injury. He has also published research in the areas of golf ball kinematics during putting, the biomechanics of simulated ankle sprains and the use of mobile technology...

Education:

PhD, Swansea University

Jonathan Hunt

Professor, Composition Director
(415) 422-6685

Jonathan Hunt teaches public speaking and composition courses in the Department of Rhetoric and Language at USF. He also teaches courses in the first-year seminar program and USF's Honors College. His courses are activity-based and student-centered, focused on fostering students’ intellectual curiosity and rhetorical agency. Professor Hunt has been at USF since 2012 and served as co-director of the Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence from 2016 to 2019. He is director of the composition...

Education:

PhD in World Literature and Cultural Studies, UC Santa Cruz, BA in English, Dartmouth College

Yannet Interian

Assistant Professor
(607) 279-5554

Yannet is an assistant professor in the Master’s in Data Science program, and her research interests lie in the application of machine learning and deep learning to medical data. She holds a PhD in applied mathematics from Cornell University and a BS in mathematics from the University of Havana, Cuba. After a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley, she worked for five years as a data scientist at Google. Yannet co-founded Akualab, a start-up that helped organizations develop data-driven...

Education:

PhD, Applied Mathematics, Cornell University

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