Full-Time Faculty

Ursula Aldana

Associate Professor, Catholic Educational Leadership
(415) 422-5891

Ursula S. Aldana is an Associate Professor in the Catholic Educational Leadership (CEL) Program at the University of San Francisco. Her research focuses on K-12 teaching and leadership with regard to issues of equity and access for racially/ethnically and linguistically diverse students. She has conducted a range of studies focusing on language policy and practice; innovations in Catholic schools (elementary and high school); and the sociocultural competencies of teachers and students....


PhD, Education, Specialization: Urban Schooling, University of California, Los Angeles, MA, Elementary Education, Loyola Marymount University, California, BS, International Politics, Certificate: Latin American Studies, Georgetown University, DC

Xornam Apedoe

Associate Professor, Learning and Instruction
(415) 422-2137

Xornam Apedoe is an associate professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction at the University of San Francisco. Her research has generally been focused on new areas of STEM learning (e.g., how to integrate engineering into science classrooms) and strategies for addressing the inequities of who participates in STEM+C (computer science) learning environments (e.g., the use of real-world design problems that both deepen science and are compelling topics to diverse students). She has a...


University of Georgia, Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, 2005, University of Alberta, BSc. (Honors) in Psychology, 2001

Richard Ayers

Associate Professor, Teacher Education

Rick Ayers is an associate professor of education focusing on English language arts and secondary education, and a faculty member of the urban education and social justice cohort. Professor Ayers focuses on curriculum and pedagogy, with particular emphasis on equity, social justice, and decolonial approaches to education. His writing, in blogs as well as publications, is on community-engaged scholarship and community organizing. Professor Ayers is the author or co-author of five books,...


MA, Education, Mills College, CA, PhD, Language, Literacy, and Culture, UC Berkeley, CA

Monisha Bajaj

Professor, International and Multicultural Education
(415) 422-4211


EdD, International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University , MA, Latin American Studies, Stanford University, BA, Sociology, Stanford University


Education and Development in the Global South, Peace and Human Rights Education, Education for Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Jane Bleasdale

Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator, Catholic Educational Leadership

Professor Bleasdale is an assistant professor and department chair of leadership studies in the School of Education. Born and raised in England by parents who were both educators, she knew at an early age that teaching was her vocation. She has lived and taught in the UK, the Bahamas, and now the US, and her career has been primarily in K-12 education, serving as a high school administrator focusing on equity and inclusion through personnel and student development. Professor Bleasdale started...


Fordham University, PhD Education Leadership and Policy, 2014, Seton Hall University, MA Administration and Supervision, 2003, Exeter University, P.G.C.E.,1993, St. Mary's College, University of Surrey, BA in English and Theology/Religious Studies 1992


Equity and Inclusion K - 12 Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Leadership Theories ( focus on Critical Feminism), Catholic Educational Leadership ( focus on equity and inclusion BIPOC , LGBTQIA+ )

Noah Borrero

Professor, Teacher Education
(415) 422-2317

Noah Borrero is a professor in the teacher education department, with a focus in urban education and social justice. He teaches courses in bilingual/bicultural education, teaching for diversity and social justice, critical pedagogy, and action research. Professor Borrero's scholarship focuses on promoting equity in schools through focusing on students' and teachers' cultural assets. After earning a doctorate from Stanford University in 2006, that same year Professor Borrero helped develop the...


PhD, Education, Stanford University School of Education, Stanford, CA

Patricia Busk

Professor, Learning and Instruction
(415) 422-2139

Patricia Busk is a Professor in the Learning and Instruction Department, beginning at USF in the Counseling Psychology Department. She has been a visiting professor in the School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley and prior to USF faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.


PhD, Quantitative Methods in Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Cori Bussolari

Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology
(415) 422-5854

Professor Bussolari is an associate professor in the counseling psychology department, who teaches in a clinically focused program with students who are earning graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling. She has published in numerous journals and edited books on the topics of grief — specifically pet loss, chronic illness, and positive coping. A licensed practicing psychologist in California since 2006, Professor Bussolari has worked as a school/...


University of San Francisco, Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Boston, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.A. in Psychology


Bereavement, Trauma, Human Animal Bond, Life Transitions

Patrick Camangian

Associate Professor, Teacher Education
(415) 422-4386

Patrick Camangian is an associate professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of San Francisco. He has been an English teacher since 1999, beginning in the Los Angeles Unified School District where he was awarded "Most Inspirational Teacher" by former mayor Richard Riordan and the school's student body. Professor Camangian currently volunteers in the Oakland Unified School District teaching English. He has collaborated with groups such as California's People’s Education...


PhD, Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Melissa Ann Canlas

Assistant Professor, International and Multicultural Education, Human Rights Education
(415) 422-2137

Melissa Ann Canlas is Assistant Professor in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco (USF). Her work focuses on Ethnic Studies, issues of educational equity, critical leadership, critical pedagogies, and human rights, particularly for immigrant and refugees and students of color. She has over fifteen years of work as an educator, and her work experience includes teaching a wide variety of Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies classes at the undergraduate...


Ed.D. International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco, M.A. Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University, B.A. English, St. Mary’s College of Maryland