Instructors (Fall 2019)

This year our First Year Experience and Transfer Year Experience courses will be taught by eleven instructors from several different departments, including: Psychology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Theatre and Dance, College Writing and the School of Medicine. Our instructors are committed to student learning, engagement, and sucess. Get to know them below.

We also work with a team of six graduate teaching assistants. Meet them here.

First Year Experience Instructors

  • Brian Leigh

    Brian Leigh

    Revelle College | REV 1

    Dr. Leigh received his Ph. D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 2009. He subsequently worked as a contractor on problems for the United States Intelligence Community. In 2011 he became an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego where he performed research on standoff detection of non‐nitro based explosives. In 2015 He joined the Forensic Exploitation Directorate and performed applied forensic science in Afghanistan. Dr. Leigh will bring his experience in working in the field of national security to UCSD by augmenting courses and labs to reflect the cutting‐edge analytical forensics that are currently used.

    Contact: bleigh@ucsd.edu

    Office Location: Urey Hall 2230

    Instructor Website: https://www-chem.ucsd.edu/faculty/profiles/leigh_brian.html

    College Website: https://revelle.ucsd.edu/

  • K. Wayne Yang

    K. Wayne Yang

    John Muir College | MUIR 1

    Wayne Yang’s work transgresses the line between scholarship and community, as evidenced by his involvement in urban education and community organizing. He was the co-founder of the Avenues Project, a non-profit youth development organization, and also the co-founder of East Oakland Community High School. He also worked in school system reform as part of Oakland Unified School District’s Office of School Reform. An accomplished educator, Dr. Yang has taught high school in Oakland, California for over 15 years and is a recipient of the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Yang writes about decolonization and everyday epic organizing, particularly from underneath ghetto colonialism, often with his frequent collaborator, Eve Tuck. Currently, they are convening The Land Relationships Super Collective, editing the book series, Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education, and editing the journal, Critical Ethnic Studies. He is interested in the complex role of cities in global affairs: cities as sites of settler colonialism, as stages for empire, as places of resettlement and gentrification, and as always-already on Indigenous lands. *Sometimes he writes as la paperson, an avatar that irregularly calls.

     

    Contact: muirprov@ucsd.edu

    Office Location: Muir College Provost Office, HSS 2136

    Instructor Website: https://quote.ucsd.edu/wayne/about/

    College Website: http://muir.ucsd.edu/about/officeoftheprovost/index.html

  • Lakshmi Chilukuri

    Lakshmi Chilukuri

    Sixth College | SXTH 1

    Lakshmi Chilukuri obtained her B.S in Zoology and an M.S. in Environmental Biology from Madras University in India, and her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Biochemistry from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. Following graduation she served as an adjunct professor at UCSD from 1998, teaching Microbiology Lab, Nutrition, Biochemical Techniques, and the learning skills course Methods of Inquiry. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Biology at UCSD and the Coordinator of the Microbiology teaching labs. In winter quarter she will take on the duties of Faculty Director of the First Year Experience. Her research interests cover three main areas: bringing authentic research and experiential learning to undergraduate labs through enrichment and bioremediation experiments; creating tools for enhancing interactive teaching and learning at the undergraduate level; and exploring strategies to ensure that students are successful at UCSD and prepared for their careers after graduation. Her most recent efforts include a series of videos and instructional tools for microbiology lab, participation in summer academy for transfer students, and teaching the freshmen Strategies for Success course. She has two daughters, the older is a lawyer and the younger is a mechanical engineer. She is a compulsive walker, loves hiking and backpacking, cooking and reading, and hopes to go back to painting and drawing some day (despite not being really good at either). 

    Contact: sixthprovost@ucsd.edu

    Office Location: Pepper Canyon Hall, 2nd Floor, Provost Wing

    Instructor Website: https://sixth.ucsd.edu/about/provost.html

    College Website: https://sixth.ucsd.edu/

  • Emily Roxworthy

    Emily Roxworthy

    Earl Warren College | WARR 1

    Emily Roxworthy is the Provost of Earl Warren College and has been faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance since 2004. She is also affiliate faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies and in the Critical Gender Studies Program. Provost Roxworthy previously served as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity & Equity with broad responsibility to promote equity, excellence, and diversity within faculty ranks. Her college appointment is in Warren, where she has served on the College's Writing Advisory Committee and Executive Committee of the Faculty. Provost Roxworthy is an active and accomplished scholar and teacher, working at the intersection of theatre history and performance studies, with particular interests in interculturalism, Asian/Asian American theatre, digital media, and role playing. She is the author of the award-winning book The Spectacle of Japanese American Trauma: Racial Performativity and World War II, as well as numerous scholarly articles on the Japanese American internment and other topics.

    Contact: eroxworthy@ucsd.edu

    Office Location: Warren College Provost Office, first floor of Computer Science and Engineering Building (EBU3B)

    Instructor Website: https://warren.ucsd.edu/about/provost/provost-bio-roxworthy.html

    College Website: https://warren.ucsd.edu/

  • Matthew Herbst

    Matthew Herbst

    Eleanor Roosevelt College | ERC 1

    Matthew Herbst is the director of the Making of the Modern World general education world history program at UCSD’s Eleanor Roosevelt College and affiliated faculty in the Department of History, Program for the Study of Religion, and Classical Studies Program, and also teaches in the Environmental Studies Program.  A proponent of experiential learning, Prof. Herbst was an inaugural faculty member of the university’s Global Seminars in 2008 and has led eleven summer world history programs in eight countries in Asia, Europe, and Oceania (with a twelfth program in development), as well as service-learning programs in Turkey, on the Navajo Reservation, on Catalina Island, and in National Parks of CA.  In addition, Since 2012 he has led 20 environmental humanities seminars in the deserts and mountains of Southern California in partnership with UCSD’s Outback Adventures.  In 2014, he was a founding faculty member of the college-based First Year Experience program, which is designed to facilitate successful student transition to the university, and teaches the first-quarter freshman and transfer courses each fall.  Dedicated to fostering links between pre-collegiate and higher education, he has served as a public school board member, a Content Review Expert for the California Department of Education’s review of new world history curricula, a proposal reviewer for National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars and Institutes for teachers, a speaker for teacher trainings on world history, and co-leads an educational enhancement program for refugee and historically under-represented high school students.  Prof. Herbst is currently developing grant-funded online humanities courses, a history youtube channel, and writing a text on Byzantium in World History.  For more information, see https://ucsdherbst.org/

    Contact: matthewherbst@ucsd.edu

    Office Location: Making of the Modern World Office, ERC

    Instructor Website: https://ucsdherbst.org/

    College Website: https://roosevelt.ucsd.edu/

  • Mark Guirguis

    Mark Guirguis

    Thurgood Marshall College | TMC 1

    MARK GUIRGUIS has designed sets for many professional companies including Theatreworks, CA., Oasis Theatre Company, and Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee; credits there include Side Man, Dinner with Friends, It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues and “Jekyll and Hyde…” for which he received an Ostrander award. As a lecturer and designer at Stanford University, Department of Drama his many credits include Equus,Cloud Tectonics, Entertaining Mr. Sloane and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Mark has also worked as guest artist for other theatre departments including those of California State University, Los Angeles and North Carolina Central University.  He is currently involved with a new work about the life of artist Mine’ Okubo.

    Contact: mguirguis@ucsd.edu

    Office Location: Department of Theatre & Dance

    Instructor Website: http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/design/MarkGuirguis/index.htm

    College Website: https://marshall.ucsd.edu/

Transfer Year Experience Instructors

  • Brinda Rana

    Brinda Rana

    Revelle College | REV 2

    While Dr. Rana is currently conducting groundbreaking research at her lab in the Stein Research Center for Aging, she once was an undergraduate student in Revelle College, assuming a role many of us can relate to. Studying for her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, she took many of the same courses and graduate admission tests as we have (and can certainly relate to the struggles of the Revelle HUM sequence). After graduating with her degree from UC San Diego, she continued to pursue her education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, receiving her Masters of Arts in Mathematics, and finally received her Ph.D from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas, Houston.

    Contact: bkrana@ucsd.edu

    Instructor Website: https://profiles.ucsd.edu/brinda.rana

    College Website: https://revelle.ucsd.edu/

  • Carrie Wastal

    Carrie Wastal

    John Muir College | MUIR 2

    Carrie Wastal, PhD, is the Director of the Muir College Writing Program at UC, San Diego. In her capacity as director, she has direct responsibility for training and supervising Graduate Student Teaching Assistants, developing curriculum for program courses and for program policies. Professional and faculty examples include: developing the Workshop for Putting Diversity Training into Practice, establishing the John Muir Excellence in Writing Award for Muir Writing students; developing courses examining disability, diversity, and stereotypical identities assigned to youth as it relates to social and institutional issues. At the invitation of campus undergraduate programs and organizations, she speaks to student groups about opportunities for learning in their college and at the university.

    Office Location: HSS 2346, #1

    Instructor Website: https://muir.ucsd.edu/writing/transfer/index.html

    College Website: https://muir.ucsd.edu/

  • Leslie Carver

    Leslie Carver

    Thurgood Marshall College | TMC 2

    Dr. Leslie Carver is the Provost for Thurgood Marshall College. She is passionate about TMC's mission of promoting cultural responsiveness, social equality, and civic justice. She is also a professor in the UCSD Psychology Department and Human Development Program, as well as the DN Lab’s director. Dr. Carver’s dissertation work on infant memory was one of the first studies to directly link brain and behavior in early infancy. Her current research includes projects on infant memory, social referencing, and face processing and social development in children with autism.

    Contact: ljcarver@ucsd.edu

    Office Location: Provost Office, Thurgood Marshall College

    Instructor Website: https://psychology.ucsd.edu/people/profiles/lcarver.html

    College Website: https://thecolleges.ucsd.edu/fye/instructors/index.html

  • Stefan Tanaka

    Stefan Tanaka

    Earl Warren College | WARR 2

    Stefan Tanaka is a historian who has worked on modern Japan. His earlier work focused on the ways that history, pasts, and time were configured to define Japan's world and itself. Recently that inquiry has shifted to history as a technology of communication. This shift to history as media opens an inquiry into different ways that historical knowledge, categories, and practices are both tied to particular literary systems and might change in the digital age. This interest has led to work in scholarly communication and the Digital Humanities. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled, History without Chronology.

    Contact: stanaka@ucsd.edu

    Office Location: Communication Building, Room 244

    Instructor Website: http://communication.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/stefan-tanaka.html

    College Website: https://thecolleges.ucsd.edu/fye/instructors/index.html

  • Matthew Herbst

    Matthew Herbst

    Eleanor Roosevelt College | ERC 2

    Matthew Herbst is the director of the Making of the Modern World general education world history program at UCSD’s Eleanor Roosevelt College and affiliated faculty in the Department of History, Program for the Study of Religion, and Classical Studies Program, and also teaches in the Environmental Studies Program.  A proponent of experiential learning, Prof. Herbst was an inaugural faculty member of the university’s Global Seminars in 2008 and has led eleven summer world history programs in eight countries in Asia, Europe, and Oceania (with a twelfth program in development), as well as service-learning programs in Turkey, on the Navajo Reservation, on Catalina Island, and in National Parks of CA.  In addition, Since 2012 he has led 20 environmental humanities seminars in the deserts and mountains of Southern California in partnership with UCSD’s Outback Adventures.  In 2014, he was a founding faculty member of the college-based First Year Experience program, which is designed to facilitate successful student transition to the university, and teaches the first-quarter freshman and transfer courses each fall.  Dedicated to fostering links between pre-collegiate and higher education, he has served as a public school board member, a Content Review Expert for the California Department of Education’s review of new world history curricula, a proposal reviewer for National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars and Institutes for teachers, a speaker for teacher trainings on world history, and co-leads an educational enhancement program for refugee and historically under-represented high school students.  Prof. Herbst is currently developing grant-funded online humanities courses, a history youtube channel, and writing a text on Byzantium in World History.  For more information, see https://ucsdherbst.org/

    Contact: matthewherbst@ucsd.edu

    Office Location: Making of the Modern World Office, ERC

    Instructor Website: https://ucsdherbst.org/

    College Website: https://roosevelt.ucsd.edu/

  • Robert "Skip" Pomeroy

    Robert "Skip" Pomeroy

    Sixth College | SXTH 2

    Robert "Skip" Pomeroy is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and is past Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Diversity Committee. He is active in 2 research centers: CAICE the Center for Aerosols Impact on the Chemistry of the Environment and FF21, Food and  Fuel for the 21st Century.  CAICE researches the impact aerosols have on climate relevant properties and in FF21 he investigates the emission of Volatile Organic Compounds, VOCs, from algae to identify when production algae crops are undergoing predation.  He mentors  several undergraduates in renewable fuels and biopolymers from algae and sustainable sources.  He is the UC San Diego Faculty Climate Action Champion and conducts student and teacher workshops on biofuels and climate change.  He teaches Instrumental Analysis and Environmental Chemistry and mentors a group of High school students from Castle Park High School in the South Bay region of San Diego.

    Contact: rpomeroy@ucsd.edu 

    Office location: Urey Hall 2266

    Instructor Website: https://www-chem.ucsd.edu/faculty/profiles/pomeroy_robert_s.html

    College Website: https://sixth.ucsd.edu/