Faculty & Staff Achievements

USF Announces Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards

by Zoe Binder ’23, USF News

Forty-one USF professors and librarians have been recognized for academic advancement, including 19 who have been awarded tenure.

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Noopur Agarwal

 

Noopur Agarwal of the Department of Art + Architecture in the College of Arts and Sciences received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She supports cultural organizations with their public programming, and her digital graphics explore identity and privilege.

 

 

 

 

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Inna Arzumanova

 

Inna Arzumanova, who teaches media studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She researches race and gender in pop culture, performance, and global media.

 

 

 

 

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Majid Dadgar, USF Faculty Management Information Systems

 

Kourosh Majid Dadgar, who teaches business analytics in the School of Management, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He studies the importance of core values for patients with chronic illness, and designs systems to support them.

 

 

 

 

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Lisa de la Rue

 

Lisa De La Rue, who teaches counseling psychology in the School of Education, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She focuses on creating access to trauma-responsive services, particularly for women who are affected by violence or mass incarceration.

 

 

 

 

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Prof. Nathan Dennis

 

Nathan Dennis of the Department of Art + Architecture  in the College of Arts and Sciences received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He researches the art of Western Christian, Byzantine, Jewish, and Islamic cultures.

 

 

 

 

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Nora Fisher Onar

 

Nora Fisher-Onar of the International Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She researches international relations theory and seeks ways to live together in diversity.

 

 

 

 

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Amalia Kokkinaki

 

Amalia Kokkinaki, who teaches environmental science in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She works to create mathematical and statistical models of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the environment.

 

 

 

 

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Ryan Langan Headshot

 

Ryan Langan, who teaches marketing in the School of Management, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He researches corporate responsibility to consumers and how corporate philanthropy is evolving.

 

 

 

 

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Courtney Masterson

 

Courtney Masterson, who teaches organization, leadership, and communication in the School of Management, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She examines employee well-being with an emphasis on women and the intersection of work and family.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Omar F. Miranda

 

Omar F. Miranda of the English department in the College of Arts and Sciences received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He studies literature of the 18th and 19th centuries and is interested in the rise of global celebrity culture in the Romantic Period.

 

 

 

 

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Bhavya Mohan, who teaches marketing in the School of Management, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She investigates how consumer behavior changes when corporations reveal wage inequities.

 

 

 

 

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Diane Woodbridge

 

Diane Woodbridge of the Data Science program in the College of Arts and Sciences received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She researches database management systems, data fusion, and data mining.

 

 

 

 

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Janet Yang

 

Janet Yang, who teaches chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She focuses on ATP binding, the regulation of individual ABC transporters, and the interconnection between transporter systems within one cell.

 

 

 

 

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Beste Yuksel

 

Beste Yuksel of the Computer Science program in the College of Arts and Sciences received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She researches computer-human interaction and advises the Women in Tech student organization.

 

 

 

 

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Naupaka Zimmerman

 

Naupaka Zimmerman, who teaches biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He studies the ecology of plant-microbe interactions, with a particular focus on asymptomatic foliar fungi.

 

 

 

 

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Cheryl Jones-Walker

 

Cheryl Jones-Walker of the Teacher Education program in the School of Education received tenure and was promoted to full professor. She works to create successful learning environments in urban schools.

 

 

 

 

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Jim Williams

 

Jim Williams, who teaches energy systems management in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure and was promoted to full professor. He researches low-carbon energy systems and works to decarbonize high-carbon-emitting countries.

 

 

 

 

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Professor Peter Lorentzen

 

Peter Lorentzen, who teaches economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, received tenure. He focuses on environmental transparency, long-run economic growth, and governance and social control in China.

 

 

 

 

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Michelle Montagno, Associate Professor, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco

 

Michelle Montagno of the Health Professions program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions received tenure. She researches culturally responsive therapy, interpersonal and brief psychotherapy, and racial and sexual identity development.

 

 

 

 

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Michael Jonas

 

Michael Jonas, who teaches economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to associate professor. He researches monetary economics.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Mahmoud Kaddoura, Assistant Professor, ME-MSN, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco

 

Mahmoud Kaddoura of the Graduate Nursing program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions was promoted to associate professor. He creates strategies to adapt to student learning styles and improve students’ critical thinking and learning outcomes.

 

 

 

 

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Susan Mortell

 

Susan Mortell of the Graduate Nursing program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions was promoted to associate professor. She teaches Ethics and Health Care Policy, Community Health Nursing, and Transitions to Graduate Education and Scholarly Writing, among other classes.

 

 

 

 

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Prabjot (Jodie) Sandu

 

Prabjot Sandhu of the Graduate Nursing program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions was promoted to associate professor. She teaches didactic and clinical preparation of FNP (family nurse practitioner) students, and project courses related to DNP (doctor of nursing practice) scholarly candidate preparation.

 

 

 

 

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Professor Brian Young

 

Brian Young, who teaches biology and biotechnology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to associate professor. He studies the mechanism of macromolecular machines and how to use them to develop more effective protein drugs.

 

 

 

 

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Colette Cann

 

Colette Cann of the International and Multicultural Education program in the School of Education was promoted to full professor. Her works appears in journals such as Race, Ethnicity and Education; Whiteness and Education; Urban Education; and Journal of Peace Education.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Michael Goldman

 

Michael Goldman of the Sport Management program in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to full professor. He has worked on retaining baseball season ticket holders of the San Francisco Giants, advising the MTN Group on leveraging their FIFA World Cup sponsorship, and developing sales skills workshops with the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

 

 

 

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Kevin Lo USF University of San Francisco School of Management

 

Kevin Lo, who teaches organization, leadership, and communication in the School of Management, was promoted to full professor. He focuses on emotional and cultural intelligence in management.

 

 

 

 

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Catherine Lusheck

 

Catherine Lusheck of the Department of Art + Architecture in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to full professor. She researches Renaissance drawings culture, early modern visual rhetoric, and self-representation in the art of Peter Paul Rubens.

 

 

 

 

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Michelle Millar

 

Michelle Millar, who teaches hospitality in the School of Management, was promoted to full professor. She researches sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the lodging, meeting, and event management industries.

 

 

 

 

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Katrina Olds

 

Katrina Olds of the history department in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to full professor. She focuses on the religious and intellectual exchange in Spain and the Americas and the history of popular culture and religion in Spain.

 

 

 

 

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USF faculty sun-young park

 

Sun-Young Park, who teaches entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, and international business in the School of Management, was promoted to full professor. She examines the impact of disruptive innovation on community, strategic bridging as a viable collaboration model, and the role and mechanism of corporate social responsibility activities within firms.

 

 

 

 

Shannon Siegel of the kinesiology department in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to full professor. She researches methods to get and keep youth physically active.

 

 

 

 

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Cornelia Van Cott

 

Cornelia Van Cott, who teaches mathematics and statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. She studies knots, surfaces, and the interplay between three- and four-dimensional topology.

 

 

 

 

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Seth Wachtel

 

Seth Wachtel of the Department of Art + Architecture in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to full professor. He produces shelter communities and food security gardens in urban areas and works on regenerative processes in rural and peri-urban regions.

 

 

 

 

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Photo of Taymiya R. Zaman

 

Taymiya Zaman, who teaches history in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. She examines historical memory in South Asia, the interconnectedness of life writing and history, and the transition from subjects to citizens in the Islamicate world.

 

 

 

 

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Hana Mori Böttger

 

Hana Böttger of the Engineering program in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to full professor. She studies the intersection of structural materials engineering and architecture and focuses on sustainable design.

 

 

 

 

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John Lendvay

 

John Lendvay, who teaches environmental science in the College of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to full professor. He researches relationships between land use and water quality in coastal streams in California.

 

 

 

 

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Photo of Professor John Zarobell

 

John Zarobell of the International Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to full professor. He examines how globalization affects the domain of the visual arts in the twenty-first century, and currently researches emerging Asian megacities.

 

 

 

 

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claire sharifi

 

 

 

Claire Sharifi, who works in reference and research services in Gleeson Library, was promoted to librarian. She researches health sciences and health as a human rights issue.

 

Nicola Andrews, who works in instruction and outreach in Gleeson Library, was promoted to associate librarian. She studies Indigenous information practices such as data sovereignty.

 

Justine Withers, who works in metadata and collection management in Gleeson Library, was promoted to associate librarian. She works to improve access to electronic resources, and researches international librarianship and linked data.

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