Faculty & Staff Achievements

USF Announces Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards

by Zoe Binder ’23, USF News

Forty USF professors and librarians have been recognized for academic advancement, including 15 who have been awarded tenure.

“They have each shown impressive commitments to teaching, research, and service, and we are pleased to acknowledge their accomplishments,” said Interim Provost Tyrone Cannon.

 

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Nola Agha

 

 

 

 

Nola Agha of the Sport Management program in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to full professor. She explores the intersection of finance, economics, and strategic management.

 

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Prof. Byron Au Young
Prof. Byron Au Young

 

 

 

 

Byron Au Yong, who teaches performing arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He composes music for chamber ensembles, moving choirs, contemporary dance, short films, museum installations, site-specific locations, taiko groups, and theater performances.

 

 

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Carlee Balzaretti

 

 

 

 

Carlee Balzaretti, who teaches in the undergraduate nursing program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, was promoted to associate professor. She works with vulnerable and underserved populations and helps to increase health and wellness in low-income San Francisco neighborhoods.

 

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Liat Berdugo, MFA Digital + Media
Liat Berdugo, MFA Digital + Media

 

 

 

 

Liat Berdugo, who teaches art + architecture in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She investigates embodiment, labor, and militarization in relation to capitalism, technological utopianism, and the Middle East.

 

 

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Bill Bosl
Bill Bosl

 

 

 

 

William Bosl, who teaches health professions in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, was promoted to full professor. He specializes in neurodevelopment in premature infants and finding measures of epileptogenicity, or tendency to have epileptic seizures.

 

 

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Photo of Professor Rachel Brahinsky
Professor Rachel Brahinsky

 

 

 

 

Rachel Brahinsky of the urban and public affairs program in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure. She examines race and inequality in American cities, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

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Burns USF Faculty University of San Francisco

 

 

 

 

Zachary Burns, who teaches organization, leadership, and communication in the School of Management, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. His research interests include the psychology of morality and ethics, applications in law, and judgment and decision-making.

 

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Patrick Camangian

 

 

 

 

Patrick Camangian of the teacher education program in the School of Education was promoted to full professor. He works on improving education for liberation and social justice.

 

 

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Lucia Cantero
Lucia Cantero

 

 

 

 

Lucia Cantero, who teaches international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to associate professor. She investigates Latin America and the Black Atlantic, political economy, visual culture, urban ethnography, transnationalism and globalization, media and cultural studies, and critical theory.

 

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Prof. Amie Dowling
Prof. Amie Dowling

 

 

 

 

Amie Dowling, who teaches performing arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. She examines the representation of mass incarceration, the intersection of gentrification, and the generational impact of incarceration.

 

 

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Osasere Evbuomwan

 

 

 

 

Osasere Evbuomwan, who teaches chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She specializes in the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and optical imaging agents for prostate cancer diagnosis, and image-guided tumor resection.

 

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Professor Cathy Gabor

 

 

 

 

Cathy Gabor, who teaches rhetoric and language in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. Her work includes service learning and writing in electronic environments.

 

 

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Nicole Gonzales Howell
Nicole Gonzales Howell

 

 

 

 

Nicole Gonzales Howell, who teaches rhetoric and language in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to associate professor. She explores the importance of considering the social location of students and teachers and how it relates to aspects of writing instruction, program administration, and writing assessment.

 

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Erin Grinshteyn

 

 

 

 

Erin Grinshteyn of the health professions program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions has received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She researches the fear of crime and fear of violent victimization, and the association of fear with a variety of health outcomes.

 

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Prof. Yannet Interian
Prof. Yannet Interian

 

 

 

 

Yannet Interian, who teaches data science in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Her research interests include the application of machine learning and deep learning to medical data.

 

 

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Prof. Olga Karpenko
Prof. Olga Karpenko

 

 

 

 

Olga Karpenko of the Computer Science program in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to associate professor. She specializes in computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and sketch-based 3D modeling.

 

 

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Laleh Khadivi

 

 

 

 

Laleh Khadivi, who teaches in the MFA in Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She is the author of The Kurdish Trilogy and she works as a documentary filmmaker.

 

 

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David Kim

 

 

 

 

David Kim, who teaches philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. His areas of research include political philosophy, Asian comparative philosophy, and philosophical psychology and phenomenology.

 

 

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Gerard Kuperus
Gerard Kuperus

 

 

 

 

Gerard Kuperus, who teaches philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. His research interests are environmental philosophy, comparative philosophy, and continental philosophy.

 

 

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Michelle LaVigne
Michelle LaVigne

 

 

 

 

Michelle LaVigne, who teaches rhetoric and language in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. She considers the intersections between dance, rhetoric, and performance.

 

 

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Professor Rebecca Mason
Professor Rebecca Mason

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Mason, who teaches philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Her research interests are metaphysics, feminist philosophy, philosophy of language, and social and political philosophy.

 

 Milka Nikolic, who teaches physics and astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She develops spectroscopy methods for plasma etching technology.

 

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Marcianna Nosek
Marcianna Nosek

 

 

 

 

Marcianna Nosek of the graduate nursing program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions was promoted to full professor. She examines quantitative and qualitative methodologies for marginalized persons, and specializes in enhancing the moral, ethical, and empathic qualities of nursing and teaching students to care for patients or challenging populations.

 

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photo of Professor Kevin Oh

 

 

 

 

Kevin Oh, who teaches learning and instruction in the School of Education, was promoted to full professor. He specializes in teacher training and using data to provide feedback for in-service teachers.

 

 

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Prof. Jeffrey Paller
Prof. Jeffrey Paller

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Paller, who teaches politics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He explores the practice of democracy and accountability in urban Africa.

 

 

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Jennifer Parlamis
Jennifer Parlamis

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Parlamis teaches organization, leadership, and communication in the School of Management and was promoted to full professor. She considers areas of negotiation, conflict resolution, communication, and organization dynamics.

 

 

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Annie Pho

 

 

 

 

Annie Pho, who works in the reference and research services in Gleeson Library, was promoted to associate librarian. Her research interests include intersectionality and women of color in library and information science, student research behavior, and feminist pedagogy in information literacy instruction.

 

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USF Professor Sonja Martin Poole

 

 

 

 

Sonja Martin Poole, who teaches marketing in the School of Management, was promoted to full professor. She researches marketing ethics, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, diversity, education, public policy, and social welfare.

 

 

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Professor Vahab Pournaghshband

 

 

 

 

Vahab Pournaghshband, who teaches computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. His work includes creating diverse and inclusive learning environments in computer science and developing pedagogies to incorporate cybersecurity into all computer science courses.

 

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Prof. Saralyn Ruff
Prof. Saralyn Ruff

 

 

 

 

Saralyn Ruff, who teaches psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to associate professor. She specializes in mental health interventions for maltreated youth.

 

 

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Sadia Saeed, who teaches sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She examines the emergence and evolution of minority rights in international law.

 

 

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Tanu Sankalia

 

 

 

 

Tanu Sankalia, who teaches art + architecture in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. His research includes architecture and urbanism, from the local context of the San Francisco Bay Area to the global perspectives of India and Latin America.

 

 

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Brian Thornton
Brian Thornton

 

 

 

 

Brian Thornton, who teaches biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. He specializes in the molecular control of cell division in eukaryotes.

 

 

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Allison Thorson

 

 

 

 

Allison Thorson, who teaches communication studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. She explores interpersonal and family communication and how individuals and families manage and maintain individual and relational well-being.

 

 

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Sweta Thota

 

 

 

 

Sweta Thota, who teaches marketing in the School of Management, was promoted to full professor. Her research interests include consumers’ psychological and emotional responses to issues such as pricing, consumer search, and advertising.

 

 

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Lisa Wagner

 

 

 

 

Lisa Wagner, who teaches psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. She promotes intergenerational interactions between younger and older adults and examines the effects of these interactions on attitudes toward both age groups.

 

 

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Liang Wang

 

 

 

 

Liang Wang, who teaches entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, and international business in the School of Management, was promoted to full professor. His research includes the interplay between strategy and geography, including local competitiveness within a global context.

 

 

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Ryan West
Ryan West

Ryan West, who teaches chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He specializes in the development of electrochemical approaches for the detection of biomolecules, including DNA and proteins.

 

 

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Professor James Wilson

 

 

 

 

James Wilson, who teaches mathematics, statistics, and data science in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He develops statistical and computational techniques to model, analyze, and explore high-dimensional and relational data.

 

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Prof. Dana Zartner
Prof. Dana Zartner

 

 

 

 

Dana Zartner, who teaches international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. She investigates the intersection of environmental protection and human rights as a critical point for advocacy and activism.

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