Faculty & Staff Achievements

USF Announces Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards

by Annie Breen, USF News

Thirty USF professors and librarians have been recognized for academic advancement, including 18 who were awarded tenure.

“I am very pleased to announce and celebrate the accomplishments of the promoted faculty and librarians, effective fall 2020,” said Interim Provost Tyrone Cannon. “Their portfolios reflect impressive teaching, research, and service and we take pride in acknowledging their accomplishments.”

 

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Ursula Aldana

Ursula Aldana of the Catholic Educational Leadership program in the School of Education received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Her research focuses on K–12 teaching and leadership with regard to issues of equity and access for racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students.

 

 

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Professor Geoffrey Ashton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey Ashton of the Philosophy program in the College of Arts and Sciences received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He has written about Indian philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, the philosophy of religion, comparative ethics, and comparative aesthetics. His main research is in Indian philosophy of religion, Buddhist philosophy and comparative ethics, and comparative aesthetics.

 

 

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Richard Ayers
Richard Ayers

 

Richard Ayers specializes in the Teaching program in the School of Education and received tenure. He focuses on curriculum and pedagogy, with particular emphasis on equity, social justice, and decolonial approaches to education. He writes about community-engaged scholarship and community organizing.

 

 

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Elena Capella

 

Elena Capella, who works with health care professionals who are completing their degrees in the Nursing program at the School of Nursing and Health Professions, was promoted to associate professor. Her doctoral research focuses on leadership challenges faced by physicians transitioning from independent clinicians to health care system administrators and how these leaders support the improvement of clinical services.

 

 

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Prof. Suparna Chakraborty
Prof. Suparna Chakraborty

 

Suparna Chakraborty teaches in the Economics program in the College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to full professor. Her areas of specialization include applied macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, international finance, and development economics.

 

 

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Professor Violet Cheung
Professor Violet Cheung

 

Violet Cheung teaches in the Psychology program in the College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to full professor. Her research on mass emotions began 15 years ago, and she now focuses on anxious and fearful responses in the contexts of cyber insecurity and the migrant crisis using data analytics.

 

 

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Cathy Coleman

 

Catherine Coleman is the director of the graduate RN-MSN program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions; she received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She prepares students to be clinical nurse leaders who foster academic and operational excellence through change management and systems approaches with the goal of improving patient and organizational outcomes.

 

 

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Fernando Heineck Comiran

 

Fernando Comiran teaches in the Accounting program in the School of Management and received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. His research areas include earnings management, accounting fraud, voluntary disclosure, financial statement analysis, and security valuation.

 

 

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Alexa Curtis

 

Alexa Curtis, director of the Family Nurse Practitioner DNP program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, received tenure and was promoted to full professor. Her area of interest includes improving access to underserved populations through advance practice nursing services, particularly for rural youth and other vulnerable populations in rural communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marilyn DeLaure
Marilyn DeLaure

 

Marilyn DeLaure teaches in the Communication Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to full professor. Her research investigates how people effect social change, focusing especially on embodied performance.

 

 

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Stephen Devlin

 

Stephen Devlin teaches mathematics and statistics and is the director of the Master of Science in Data Science program in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was promoted to full professor. His research interests include both pure and applied mathematics, and he has published in diverse fields including representation theory, game theory, and sports analytics.

 

 

 

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Rachel Beth Egenhoefer
Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

 

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer teaches Design and is the chair of Art and Architecture in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was promoted to full professor. Her work integrates technology, craft, and design, and her current focus is on sustainability and systems thinking as related to behavior change.

 

 

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Patricia Francis-Lyon
Patricia Francis-Lyon

 

Patricia Francis-Lyon teaches in the Health Informatics program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions; she received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She works with students to apply data analytics to the health domain, with the goal of producing software tools that perform analyses for clinicians, researchers, and the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joohung Ha

 

Joohyung Ha teaches accounting in the School of Management and received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Her research interests include financial reporting, valuation, market anomaly, and agency costs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Colette Hayes

 

Colette Hayes works in reference and research services in Gleeson Library and was promoted to associate librarian. Her areas of interest include feminist pedagogy, editing Wikipedia, and studying library history and its intersections with artistic and literary movements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jonathan hunt
Jonathan hunt

 

Jonathan Hunt teaches rhetoric and language in the College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to full professor. He is director of the composition program in the Department of Rhetoric and Language, and his courses focus on fostering students’ intellectual curiosity and rhetorical agency.

 

 

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Rosa Jimenez
Rosa Jimenez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa Jiménez teaches International and Multicultural education in the School of Education. She received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Her research examines K–12 classroom pedagogies and theoretical principles necessary for conceptualizing and enacting critical language education and culturally responsive learning environments, especially with Latinx and immigrant student populations.

 

 

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David A Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Martinez teaches in the PsyD-Clinical Psychology program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. He received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. His research interests focus on development and testing of community-based HIV prevention interventions among underserved populations, specifically Latinos. He also studies substance use, coping, stigma, quality of life issues, and medication adherence among HIV-positive individuals.

 

 

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Nicola McClung

 

 

Nicola McClung teaches in the Learning and Instruction program in the School of Education. She received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Her research focuses on critical literacy and multiliteracies during early childhood, and she examines children’s literature andidentity developmentfor students who are often marginalized in print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dhara Thakar Meghani

 

Dhara Meghani teaches in the PsyD-Clinical Psychology program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. She received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Her research concerns the promotion of both infant and perinatal mental health and family relationships through the design and implementation of accessible, evidence-based interventions aimed to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression during the transition to parenthood.

 

 

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Edward Munnich
Edward Munnich

 

Edward Munnich teaches in the Psychology program in the College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to full professor. His research focuses on whether, and to what extent, statistics influence people's beliefs and preferences about personal and public policy issues.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Andrew Nguyen, Program Director, Master of Science in Health Informatics, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco

 

Andrew Nguyen is the director of the Master of Science in Health Informatics program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. He received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. His current research is focused on the application of semantic computing and web technologies to healthcare in an effort to break down data silos, provide true interoperability, and help computers effectively process healthcare data.

 

 

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Julia Orri
Julia Orri

 

Julia Orri is a professor in the Kinesiology program in the College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to full professor. Her research focuses on chronic disease prevention in postmenopausal women, and she is currently investigating the effects of exercise intensity on menopausal symptoms.

 

 

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Professor Billy Riggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Riggs teaches in the Nonprofit Administration program in the School of Management. He received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He focuses on the areas of autonomy and smart transportation, housing, economics, and urban development.

 

 

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David Saah

 

 

David Saah is the director of the Geospatial Analysis Lab and teaches in the Environmental Science program in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received tenure and was promoted to full professor. His areas of interest include landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, ecosystem modeling, natural hazard modeling, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and geospatial analysis.

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Sattler
Barbara Sattler

 

Barbara Sattler teaches in the Master of Public Health program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions and received tenure. Her focus is on environmental health and she is a founding and active member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, an international organization that is helping to integrate environmental health into nursing education, practice, research, and policy and advocacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nancy Selix
Nancy Selix

 

Nancy Selix teaches in the graduate nursing program of the School of Nursing and Health Professions. She received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Her areas of interest include postpartum mood disorders, health care policy and advocacy, integration of mental health and primary care, maternal and infant health, and interdisciplinary education and collaboration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gina Solares

 

Gina Solares works in technical services in Gleeson Library and was promoted to librarian. As the head of cataloging and metadata management, she directs the library's approach to describing, analyzing, and classifying all of the resources that the library acquires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maggie Winslow

Maggie Winslow is the director of the Energy Systems Management program in the College and Arts and Sciences and was promoted to full professor. Her work spans ecological economics, democracy, equity, and the new economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Professor James Zarsadiaz

 

James Zarsadiaz teaches in the History program in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. His research and teaching interests include urban and suburban studies, California and the U.S. West, Asian American history, and the 20th century United States.

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