Mesa Specialists

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San Diego Mesa College's faculty and staff have a wide variety of skills and expertise ranging from local politics, ethnomusicology, and American literature to genetics, physics, and behavioral analysis.  Specialists are associated with one or more categories that are either in their field of study or general interest.

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The specialists list is maintained by the Office of Communications.  For questions, comments or to submit your information to be added as a specialist please contact Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Director of Communications.  Those individuals whose information is listed have agreed to be contacted by and responsive to media requests.

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Name Expertise/Interests Department
Assistant Professor

Art

Kraig Cavanaugh

Art History, Color Theory


Area of Expertise

19th & 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art history, Color Theory, Design, Art Criticism

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Kraig Cavanaugh is an art critic, art history & studio art educator, artist, author, and curator. Receiving both his BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), he trained with artists such as Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Mary Kelly, and Mike Kelley. His specialties as an art instructor are Color Theory & Design and 19th and 20th-century Art History. Writing freelance art reviews for such print-magazines as Artweek and [San Diego] Gallery News since 1993, Cavanaugh currently contributes art reviews to the online arts forum SanDiegoStory.com (2013–present). Additionally, he was invited to become a member of the International Association of Art Critics-United States (AICA-USA) in 2011. He was also the art critic for the online journal SanDiego.com (from 2009 to 2011), where he received awards of excellence from the San Diego Press Club (1st-place Arts Reviewing in 2009 & 1st-place Arts Reporting in 2012).


Role at Mesa

Adjunct Instructor, Art


Degrees

  • Master of Fine Art, Studio Art, California Institute of the Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Art, Studio Art, California Institute of the Arts

Art/Drama


Contact

Phone

Email
kcavanau@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

Art History

Eun Jung Park

Art History, Art Theory and Criticism


Area of Expertise

Asian American Art History, 1992 Los Angeles Riots, Transnationally Adopted Korean Artists, Art History, Theory & Methodology

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Eun Jung Park is an instructor in art history at San Diego Mesa College. Her educational and professional background covers many facets of art history, theory, and criticism. Park also specializes in Asian American Art History and also has expertise in the Los Angeles riots.


Role at Mesa

Adjunct Professor, Art History


Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Master of Art, Art History
  • Bachelor of Art, Art History w/ a Business Administration Specialization, UCLA

Art/Drama


Contact

Phone

Email
epark@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Art History

Denise Rogers

Art History, Art Theory and Criticism, African Art


Area of Expertise

African American Art, African Art, Diaspora Studies, Modern and Contemporary Art History and Criticism, Non-Western Art, Feminist Art Theory, Visual Studies

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Denise Rogers specializes in African and African-American art, along with modern and contemporary art history and criticism. She's also knowledgeable on non-Western art, feminist art theory, diaspora studies, and visual studies.

In addition to being a professor of art history, Denise Rogers plays an active role as Faculty Advisor to the San Diego Mesa College Foundation African Art Collection. Recently, Rogers has organized exhibitions and lectures of the African Art Collection at the San Diego Central Library. She has also served as coordinator for the Humanities Institute.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Art History


Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Visual Studies with an Emphasis in Feminist Studies, UC Irvine
  • Masters of Art, Art History, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Art, Visual Arts/Criticism, UC San Diego

Art/Drama


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2371

Email
derogers@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Biology

Paul Detwiler

Biology, Ecology


Area of Expertise

Marine biology, biology of echinoderms (sea urchins and their allies), Coral reef ecology, Kelp forest ecology, Independent filmmaking

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Paul Detwiler is a professor of biology at San Diego Mesa College. His expertise is in marine biology and ecology. He specializes in marine invertebrate zoology (especially the biology of echinoderms) and in the ecology of coral reefs, kelp forests, and rocky intertidal zones. He's also knowledgeable about independent filmmaking.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Biology


Degrees

  • Master of Science, Marine Ecology, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Genetics, UC Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, UC Berkeley

Biology


Contact

Phone

Email
pdetwile@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Biology

Paul Sykes

Biology, Fencing, Oceanography


Area of Expertise

General Biology, Marine Biology, Oceanography (Marine Zooplankton Adaptations and Bioluminescence), Fencing, Shodan in Judo

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Paul Sykes is the chair of the Biology department at San Diego Mesa College. His background includes both basic biology and marine biology. He received his marine biology training at the highly-regarded Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He specializes in biology and oceanography, specifically marine zooplankton adaptations and bioluminescence.

In addition to his scientific expertise, Sykes is the faculty advisor of the Mesa College Fencing Club and teaches fencing. He is also a member of Mesa's Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT).




Role at Mesa

Professor of Biology


Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
  • Master of Science, Biology, CSU Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Art, Biology, College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara

Biology


Contact

Phone
psykes@sdccd.edu

Email
(619) 388-2616

Office

Assistant Professor

Biology

Jennifer Carmichael

Biology, Epidemiology


Area of Expertise

Microbial Genetics and Evolution, Arthropod-borne Rickettsial diseases, Epidemiology, Vaccine Development

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Jennifer Carmichael teaches biological sciences classes at San Diego Mesa College. Her expertise includes microbial and molecular genetics, vaccine development, and diseases such as Arthropod-borne Rickettsial diseases. She was also pivotal in organizing "CSI: On the Mesa," an interactive open house of Mesa College's Math+Science Complex.


Role at Mesa

Assistant Professor of Biology


Degrees

  • Ph.D., Molecular Genetics, Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • Biostatistics, UC San Diego Extension

Biology


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-5887

Email
jcarmich@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Communication Studies

Kim Perigo

Communications, Speech and Debate, Rhetoric


Area of Expertise

Speech & Debate both academic and political, Communication theory and practice (public speaking, interpersonal, and argumentation), Presidential and War rhetoric, Leadership

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Kimberley Perigo is the chair of the Communication Studies department at San Diego Mesa College and is the Director of the award-winning Mesa College Speech and Debate Team. Her expertise includes both academic and political speech and debate, communication theory and practice, presidential and war rhetoric, and leadership. She also plays an active role in Mesa College's leadership by serving as Chair of Chairs, an integral part of the college's leadership team.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Communication Studies


Degrees

  • Ed.D. in Post-Secondary Leadership, San Diego State University
  • Master of Art, Communication, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Art, Communication, San Diego State University

Communication Studies


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-5721

Email
kperigo@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Dance

Aulani Chun

Community Service, Pilates, Dance


Area of Expertise

Dance - Ballet, Modern Dance, Musical Theater, Hula, Tahitian; Pilates - (posture and rehabilitation of all body parts including but not limited to - neck, shoulders, elbows, backs, hips, knees ankles, and feet), Zenga – Vinyasa yoga, Cardio; Community organizations - Ho'olaulea Los Angeles and San Diego. Cherry Blossom festival and Nisei week in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

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Aulani Chun is a Dance instructor in the Exercise Science Department at San Diego Mesa College. She is an expert on many different types of dance – including ballet, modern dance and hula. Additionally, Ms Chun teaches Pilates and runs her own studio called "Pilates by the Bay", where she focuses on posture and rehabilitation. She works with community organizations and festivals, including the Ho'olaulea festivals in Los Angeles and San Diego, along with the Cherry Blossom festival and Nisei Week in Los Angeles and Hawaii.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Dance


Degrees

  • Master of Art, California State University, Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Art, California State University, Long Beach
  • Stott Pilates Certificate

Dance


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2453

Email
achun@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Computer & Information Sciences

W. Duane Wesley

Computer and Information Sciences, Software, Robotics


Area of Expertise

Computer and Information Sciences, Software Engineering, Data Analytics, Micro-controllers and Microcomputers, Wearable Computing, the Internet of Everything, Robotics, Neural Networks, Agile Methodology, Emergent Complexity, and the Evolution of Consciousness

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W. Duane Wesley is the chair of the Computer and Information Sciences department at Mesa College and is knowledgeable on computer and robotic-based topics ranging from computer science and software engineering to wearable computers and robotics. In addition to this role, he also serves as faculty advisor for the Mesa Robotics Organization.


Role at Mesa

Professor of Computer and Information Sciences


Degrees

  • Master of Science, Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Computer & Information Sciences


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2234

Email
wwesley@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Counseling

Kristina Ortiz Carson

Counseling, Athletic Counseling


Area of Expertise

Academic eligibility in regards to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA); NCAA and NAIA Transfer Academic Eligibility requirements; Certificate, Associate and Transfer Requirements; Academic, Athletic, Career and Personal Counseling

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Kristina Ortiz Carson is a general and athletic counselor at San Diego Mesa College. Her expertise goes beyond counseling to include transfer and eligibility requirements for student-athletes. As coordinator of the Mesa Academics and Athletics Program (MAAP), she helps student-athletes complete their educational and athletic goals.


Role at Mesa

General and Athletic Counselor and Professor


Degrees

  • Master of Art, Counseling, with specialization in College Counseling, University of San Diego
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, San Diego State University

Counseling


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2535

Email
kcarson@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

Dance

Colleen Shipkowski

Dance, Choreography


Area of Expertise

Master Ballet Teacher, Training for Pointe & Partnering, Choreography, Holistic Health/Injury Care for Dancers, Dance History

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Colleen Shipkowski has been an adjunct dance instructor for 18 years. She has a wide range of professional experience as a master Ballet teacher, choreographer, and dance historian. At San Diego Mesa College, Shipkowski teaches and helps choreograph for the Mesa College Dance Company.


Role at Mesa

Adjunct Instructor, Dance


Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts, Dance, UC Irvine
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance, UC Irvine
  • California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential

Dance


Contact

Phone

Email
cshipkow@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

English

Sim Barhoum

Developmental Writing, Writing, Rhetoric


Area of Expertise

Developmental Writing, Visual and Textual Rhetoric, Real-World Writing

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Sim Barhoum is an English professor at San Diego Mesa College. He specializes in developmental writing, visual and textual rhetoric, and real-world writing. He uses this knowledge in both his classrooms and the San Diego Mesa College Writing Center, where he serves as coordinator. He is also the co-coordinator of the Classroom Tutor Program.


Role at Mesa

Professor of English


Degrees

  • Doctorate in Education (In Progress), Community College Educational Leadership, San Diego State University
  • Master of Arts, English, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, San Diego State University

English


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-5927

Email
sbarhoum@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

Dramatic Arts

George Ye

Dramatic Arts, Acting, Sound Design, Choreography


Area of Expertise

Acting, Stage Combat/ Fight Choreography for Stage and Film, Independent Filmmaking and videography, Sound Design, Digital Music, Performance Studies

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George Ye is a writer, producer, and dramatic arts professor at San Diego Mesa College with knowledge and professional experience in dramatic arts and filmmaking. In addition to teaching, Ye also instructs students and directs plays for the Mesa College Theatre Company. He is a member of the Actor's Equity Association as well as the Society of American Fight Directors.


Role at Mesa

Assistant Professor, Dramatic Arts


Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts, Directing (Bertolt Brecht) Florida Atlantic University
  • Master of Arts, Performance Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theatre

Art/Drama


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-5920

Email
gye@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Health

Elizabeth Barrington

Exercise, Nutrition


Area of Expertise

Stress management, exercise motivation and management, nutrition, weight loss and management, diabetes management and prevention for Type 2 diabetes

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Elizabeth Barrington has taught Health and Lifestyles and Physical Education at San Diego Mesa College since 1988. In the early 1990s, Elizabeth wrote and delivered the first online academic course in Southern California and she continues to serve on the San Diego Community College District committee for online education. She has also directed projects and studies on exercise behaviors, drug abuse and treatment, and HIV/AIDS.  She has presented her research at scientific conferences and is published in several journals.




Role at Mesa

Professor, Health


Degrees

  • Master of Public Health with an emphasis on health promotion, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral Science, National University
  • Associates Degree, Psychology, Miramar College

Health


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2664

Email
ebarring@sdccd.edu

Office

Dean

Institutional Effectiveness

Madeleine Hinkes

Forensic Anthropology


Area of Expertise

Forensic Anthropology, consultant to San Diego Medical Examiner's Office

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Madeleine Hinkes has an extensive history in the field of anthropology, which has taken her around the country and to Southeast Asia. In addition to obtaining a Ph.D. in the field, she has worked professionally as a forensic anthropologist. She has served as the consultant to the San Diego Medical Examiner's Office since 1994.

Her current role at San Diego Mesa College is the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness. Before that, she was a professor of Anthropology.


Role at Mesa

Dean of Institutional Effectiveness


Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • Master of Arts, Anthropology, University of Kansas
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Northwestern University
  • Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Anthropology

Institutional Effectiveness


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2509

Email
mhinkes@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

History

Joseph Passaro

History, Education, Italy


Area of Expertise

Modern Italy, Children's History, History of Education, Migration Studies

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Joseph Passaro teaches History at San Diego Mesa College. His expertise lies in modern Italy, children's history, the history of education, and migration studies.


Role at Mesa

Assistant Professor of History


Degrees

  • Master of Arts, History, Miami University
  • Master of Philosophy, History, Fordham University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, Rice University

Social Sciences


Contact

Phone

Email
jpassaro@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

Interior Design

Helene Lindquist

Interior Design


Area of Expertise

Interior Design with a specialty in Kitchen and Bath and Home Office design

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Helene Lindquist has many years of experience in Interior Design. She has attained the top certifications available from the National Kitchen and Bath Association in Kitchen and Bathroom design, and is also a Certified Interior Decorator.

Lindquist teaches classes on Interior Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, and Sustainability in the Built Environment in the Architecture department at San Diego Mesa College. Her Kitchen and Bath Design class is rated in the top 10% of classes in the United States and Canada based on student work samples. Three of her students have gone on to win national scholarships based on classwork.


Role at Mesa

Adjunct Instructor of Interior Design


Degrees

  • Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Certified Bathroom Designer (CBD), National Kitchen and Bath Association
  • Certified Interior Decorator (CID), CLCID
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Art, San Diego State University
  • Certificate of Completion in Interior Design, San Diego Mesa College

Architecture/Environmental Design


Contact

Phone

Email
hlindqui@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Counseling

Laura Mathis

LGBT, Substance Abuse, Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Area of Expertise

Access for Deaf and hard of hearing people, LGBT rights and marriage, alcohol and other substance abuse, access for people with disabilities

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Laura Mathis has many roles at San Diego Mesa College. In addition to being a counselor and professor, Mathis is the Counseling liaison to San Diego Metropolitan (Met) High School; the department liaison to American Sign Language/Interpreting, Interior Design, and Architecture; and the personal growth curriculum designer for Mesa's Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant. Mathis is bilingual in English and American Sign Language.


Role at Mesa

Counselor/Professor


Degrees

  • Master of Science, Rehabilitation Counseling, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Physiology, UC Berkeley
  • Professional Certificate, Post Employment Training - Administration of Programs Serving Consumers who are Deaf, Late-Deafened and Hard of Hearing (PET-D), San Diego State University
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)

Counseling


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2533

Email
lmathis@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

Accounting

John Fusco

Leadership and Management, Accounting


Area of Expertise

Government and Not-for-profit Accounting, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Leadership and Management

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John J. Fusco has been an accounting professor at San Diego Mesa College since 2003. Mr. Fusco currently serves as the Finance Manager for the Vallecitos Water District, where he is responsible for 26 employees across four departments. He manages investment portfolios, daily cash flows, budgets, and rate setting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and brings this professional experience to the classroom.

Fusco is also an avid surfer and inventor. Mixing the two, he invented and patented the Swirleee WaxComb which is marketed by his start-up, Bottom Turn Surf Company LLC.


Role at Mesa

Adjunct Professor, Accounting


Degrees

  • Master of Science, Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Accountancy
  • Certified Public Accountant License # 78190 (California)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners)

Business Administration


Contact

Phone

Email
jfusco@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

English

Susan Hogan

Literature, Russia, Publishing


Area of Expertise

20th Century American Literature and Poetry, Russian Futurism and Absurdism, Book Publishing Industry

More:
English professor Susan Hogan is an expert in American literature and poetry, as well as multiple areas of Russian culture, including Russian Futurism and Absurdism. Along with minoring in Russian while at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she also earned a Study Abroad Certificate from Moscow State University. She is also well-versed on the book publishing industry, earning a certificate in Book Publishing from the University of Denver and having experience as a project manager for a children's book publisher before switching career tracks to academia.


Role at Mesa

Adjunct Professor, English


Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing (Poetry & Translation), San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English (Russian minor), University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Certificate, Book publishing, University of Denver
  • Study Abroad Certificate, Moscow State University

English


Contact

Phone

Email
shogan@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Counseling

Adam Erlenbusch

Marriage and Family Therapy, Personal Growth, Counseling


Area of Expertise

Counseling, Personal Growth, Marriage and Family Therapy

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Adam Erlenbusch is a counselor at San Diego Mesa College. He specializes in counseling, personal growth and marriage and family therapy. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he uses his professional experience to help better serve Mesa students. He is also the Mesa Surf Club advisor and Testing and Orientation Coordinator.


Role at Mesa

Counselor/Professor


Degrees

  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Counseling


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2663

Email
aerlenbu@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

Exercise Science

Heidi Wilson

Martial Arts, Nutrition


Area of Expertise

Nutrition, Cultural Nutrition, nutrition for athletes, nutrition and eating disorders, martial arts, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Filipino Martial Arts, boxing

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Heidi Wilson teaches multiple classes in the Exercise Science and Health department at San Diego Mesa College. She specializes in a wide variety of topics ranging from nutrition to eating disorders to martial arts. Additionally, she is certified as a Diabetes educator and Martial Arts Referee.


Role at Mesa

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science and Health


Degrees

  • Master of Science, Nutritional Sciences
  • Master of Public Health
  • Bachelors of Science, Nutritional Sciences
  • State Certified Martial Arts Referee
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

Exercise Science


Contact

Phone
619-540-2597

Email
hwilson@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Music

N. Scott Robinson

Music, World Music, Ethnomusicology


Area of Expertise

Ethnomusicology, World Music (India, Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia), Percussion (Jazz Drum set, Orchestral, Ethnic), American Traditional Music (Native American, African American, Folk, Shape Note Hymns), American Classical Music & Composers, American Popular Culture (Comic Books, Foreign Comic Books)

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N. Scott Robinson has a long history with music. He has performed with musicians from around the globe, including the Grammy Award-winning CD Harlem Renaissance with the Benny Carter Big Band. He has also produced two albums of his own music. He has given clinics, attended conferences and panel discussions, and performed concerts on diverse styles of hand drumming for national and international organizations.

In addition to his role as professor of music, Robinson directs the San Diego Mesa College World Music Ensemble. Before teaching at Mesa, Robinson was a faculty member in music and dance at Towson University, Goucher College, Montgomery College, The University of Akron, Kent State University, and Shenandoah University. For more info, visit www.nscottrobinson.com.


Role at Mesa

Professor of Music


Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Musicology & Ethnomusicology, Kent State University
  • Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, Kent State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Rutgers University
  • CA Online Teaching Certification

Music


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-5956

Email
nsrobins@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Anatomy and Physiology

Kevin Krown

Physiology, Photography, Mountaneering


Area of Expertise

Comparative Vertebrate Physiology, mountaineering, black and white photography

More:
Kevin Krown teaches anatomy and physiology courses at San Diego Mesa College. His educational background is centered on animal science and animal physiology, and he is an expert in comparative vertebrate physiology. In addition to his scientific expertise, Krown is knowledgeable on mountaineering along with black and white photography. He is also a Cub Scout leader.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Anatomy and Physiology


Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Physiology, University of Arizona
  • Masters of Science in Animal Science, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, UC Irvine

Biology


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2423

Email
kkrown@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Political Science

Carl Luna

Politics


Area of Expertise

San Diego, California, US and international politics

More:
Carl Luna is one of San Diego's most-quoted political analysts. He has provided over one thousand interviews on local, statewide, and national politics for news agencies including KUSI, San Diego Union Tribune, Fox 5, The Today Show, The CBS Morning News, BBC Radio, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and more.

Luna serves as director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, a partnership between the University of San Diego, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego City College aimed at improving the quality of dialogue and civic engagement in our communities. Luna is the co-chair of Restoring Respect, a community initiative that promotes greater civility in San Diego civic dialogue, and is also a Visiting Professor at the University of San Diego.


Role at Mesa

Professor of Political Science


Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Political Science with doctoral fields of Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and Quantitative Statistical Methodologies, The American University, Washington D.C.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, History, and Philosophy, University of San Diego

Social Sciences


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2348

Email
cluna@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

Psychology

Lisa Black

Psychology


Area of Expertise

Integrative psychology, Neurofeedback, biofeedback

More:
Lisa Black is a professor of Psychology at San Diego Mesa College. Her specialty is integrative psychology along with neurofeedback and biofeedback therapies, which she is currently working towards a certificate in.


Role at Mesa

Adjunct Professor, Psychology


Degrees

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, specializing in Integrative Psychology
  • Master of Arts, Psychology
  • Master of Arts, Counseling

Behavioral Sciences


Contact

Phone

Email
ljblack@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Journalism

Janna Braun

Public Relations, Journalism, Media


Area of Expertise

Journalism, public relations, women in sports media

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Janna Braun is a professor of Journalism and a student media advisor at San Diego Mesa College. Braun has been the Faculty Advisor for the Mesa Press, Mesa College's award-winning independent student newspaper, since 2005. During that time, the newspaper has been honored by a variety of organizations, including the San Diego Press Club, San Diego Society of Professional Journalists, and the Journalism Association of Community Colleges.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Journalism


Degrees

  • Master of Art in Journalism, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Art in Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations, California State University, Northridge

English


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2338

Email
jbraun@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Psychology

Inna Kanevsky

Russia, Psychology


Area of Expertise

Behavioral analysis (experimental and applied), General psychology, Psychology of learning and development, Medieval Russian culture and dress, Soviet Union and its aftereffects

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Inna Kanevsy is a Psychology professor at San Diego Mesa College. Her expertise includes general psychology, experimental behavioral analysis, and learning and development. She is also knowledgeable on elements of Russian/Soviet Union history, including Medieval Russian culture and dress along with the Soviet Union and its aftereffects.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Psychology


Degrees

  • Ph. D. in Psychology (Experimental Behavior Analysis), UCSD
  • Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Undergraduate degree in mathematics and computers instruction, Mykolayiv State Pedagogical Institute, Ukraine

Behavioral Sciences


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2329

Email
ikanevsk@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Landscape Architecture

Timothy Smith

Site Planning, Landscape Architecture


Area of Expertise

Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design, Water Conservation, Equestrian Facility Master Planning, Site Planning

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Timothy Smith brings his professional experience as a landscape architect to his classes on landscape architecture. His expertise is in the areas of sustainable design and water conservation.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Landscape Architecture


Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts, Landscape Architecture
  • Licensed Landscape Architect (ASLA)

Architecture/Evironmental Design


Contact

Phone

Email
tmsmith@sdccd.edu

Office

Vice President

Student Services

Ashanti Hands

Student Equity, Student Success, Student Conduct, Student Life


Area of Expertise

Student Success & Equity, Student Engagement, Student Life, Student Conduct

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Ashanti Hands has a proven track record in student services at Mesa College. From 2008 to 2015, she served as Dean of Student Affairs at Mesa College. By working closely with Mesa’s 30+ student clubs and organizations, Ashanti increased student engagement on campus through activities and events such as Welcome Week and Homecoming.

She was named Vice President of Student Services in early January. In this role, she is responsible for departments including counseling, admissions and records, financial aid, and disability services.


Role at Mesa

Vice President, Student Services


Degrees

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration with emphasis in community colleges, San Diego State University
  • Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in counseling, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, UC San Diego

Student Services


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2698

Email
ahands@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Counseling

Judy Sundayo

Substance Abuse, Diversity, Counseling


Area of Expertise

Counseling (General), Crisis Counseling, Diversity, Substance Abuse

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Judy Sundayo is a counselor at San Diego Mesa College. In addition to this role, Sundayo is the chair of the Committee for Diversity Action, Inclusion & Equity; a member of Academic Senate, the Crisis Response Committee, and the Mesa Academy Advisory Committee; and liaison for the Black Studies Department. Sundayo has won the Outstanding Young Woman of America Award, the Bob Marley Peace Award, the County of San Diego Drug Programs Services Award, and the Outstanding Service Award from the African Psychological Society at SDSU.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Counseling Department


Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, The Professional School of Psychological Studies
  • Master of Arts, Human Behavior, The U.S. International University
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, The Professional School of Psychological Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, The American University
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, California, LIC. #13052

Counseling


Contact

Phone

Email
jsundayo@sdccd.edu

Office

Assistant Professor

Geography and GIS

David Palomino

Travel, Geography and GIS, Oceanography


Area of Expertise

Physical and World Regional Geography, Coastal Processes and Physical Oceanography, Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis, Surfing and competitive open-water swimming, World travel, living abroad, and humanitarian work, Non-profit fundraising and event organizing

More:
David Palomino has extensive knowledge on topics related to Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He holds a Master of Science in both fields from San Diego State University and specializes in physical/world regional geography, coast processes and physical oceanography, and GIS/spatial analysis. Palomino is also an expert in surfing and competitive open-water swimming.

While not in class or in the water, Palomino serves on the Board of Directors for Gigi's Playhouse, an achievement center that focuses on helping people of all ages with Down's Syndrome or with physical or learning disabilities to develop to their full potential. On campus, he is a member of Mesa's Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Committee.


Role at Mesa

Adjunct Professor, Geography & Geographic Information Systems


Degrees

  • Master of Science, Geography/Geographic Information Science, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography, California State University at Long Beach
  • Certificate of University-Level German Language, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Social Sciences


Contact

Phone

Email
dpalomin@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

Philosophy

Dwight Furrow

Wine, Food, Philosophy


Area of Expertise

Food, wine, philosophy

More:
Dwight Furrow is a philosophy professor at San Diego Mesa College, but philosophy isn't his only area of expertise: he's also a certified wine educator. He authored a book on food culture in the United States entitled American Foodie: Taste, Art and the Cultural Revolution, and has also been published in food and wine magazines.


Role at Mesa

Professor, Philosophy


Degrees

  • Ph.D.
  • Society of Wine Educators, Wine and Spirits Educational Trust

Social Sciences


Contact

Phone

Email
dfurrow@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

English, Humanities

Bruce Naschak

World Religions, Mysticism, Mythology


Area of Expertise

World Religions, Mysticism, Mythology

More:
Bruce Naschak is a professor of English and Humanities, as well as Assistant Chair for Humanities in the English Department at San Diego Mesa College. He has 63 post-graduate units in Humanities disciplines and is also a member of the American Academy of Religion and the International Association for Comparative Mythology.


Role at Mesa

Professor, English and Humanities


Degrees

  • Master of Art in English, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Art in English, San Diego State University
  • Associate Degree in English, Grossmont College
  • 63 post-graduate units in Humanities disciplines (includes 51 units in Religious Studies)

English


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2309

Email
bnaschak@sdccd.edu

Office

Professor

English

Robert Pickford

Writing, Literature


Area of Expertise

College writing, online teaching, American literature and culture

More:
Robert Pickford is a professor in the English department at San Diego Mesa College, specializing in college writing, online teaching, and American literature. His sabbatical project involved the development of hybrid half-online, half-face-to-face English classes. He has published one book (The 7 Signals of Meaning: How Writers Can Say What They Mean). His interests include American writing community writing projects, American music, Jazz poetry, and jazz drumming.


Role at Mesa

Professor, English


Degrees

  • Master of Arts, English (American Literature), San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English (Expository Writing), San Diego State University

English


Contact

Phone

Email
rpickford@sdccd.edu

Office

Instructional Assistant

Music

Alan Goodman

eBay Sales and Marketing


Area of Expertise

eBay sales and marketing

More:
While Alan Goodman works in the Music department at San Diego Mesa College, he is well-versed in the world of eBay sales and marketing. As a Platinum-level PowerSeller, he has completed over 50,000 eBay transactions with a 99.3% customer satisfaction rating.


Role at Mesa

Instructional Assistant, Music


Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts, Communications

Music


Contact

Phone
(619) 388-2809

Email
agoodman@sdccd.edu

Office