Parkside International Faculty

Oliver Mayer, Faculty Master at IRCOliver Mayer

Faculty Master, Parkside International

Associate Professor, USC School of Dramatic Arts

Oliver Mayer is an Associate Professor with tenure at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Mayer is the author of nearly 30 plays, including his newest The Sinner From Toledo, adapted from a short story by Chekhov, scheduled for production in New York City in 2016. Other recent plays include Members Only, the sequel to his ground-breaking play Blade to the Heat; and Blood Match, inspired by the play Bodas de Sangre by Federico Garcia Lorca. Other plays include Fortune is a Woman, The Wallowa Project, Dias y Flores, Dark Matters, Conjunto, Young Valiant, Joy of the Desolate, Laws of Sympathy and Ragged Time. Mayer has also written the libretto for the opera America Tropical, as well as several sung pieces by composer Jenni Brandon. Along with several collections of his published plays, Mayer completed his first children’s book Big Dog On Campus Learns to be a Trojan, and its follow-up Big Dog On Campus Goes to the Library. On campus, he has received several university honors including the 2015 Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Mellon Mentoring Award for mentoring undergraduates. He is also Resident Faculty Master at USC’s Parkside International Residential College.

Elahe Nezami (IRC)Elahe Nezami

Residential Faculty, Parkside International

Associate Dean, Keck School of Medicine 

Dr. Elahe Nezami is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate, Masters, and Professional programs of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. She serves as the Director of the Master of Science in Global Medicine program at the graduate level, and as director of the Global Health and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies programs at the undergraduate level, including eight affiliated minor programs. She is also the co-director of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering – Wireless Health Technology program.

Dr. Nezami’s ongoing research interests examine education and global health, with specific emphases including: global health and citizenship – using education to promote global connectivity across humanity; effective integration of technology into pedagogy; exploration of distance learning models and effects on student engagement; and spaced learning and its impact on student retention of materials.

Her other research examines determinants of behavioral risk factors for chronic diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the examination of personality characteristics in relation to cardiovascular disease, and self-medication theories of smoking. Dr. Nezami received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California.

Kelly Sanders (Apts)Kelly Sanders

Residential Faculty, Parkside Apartments

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Kelly Twomey Sanders has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2014. Sanders’ research analyzes topics related to sustainable energy, water and food production. She has authored more than two dozen publications and has given dozens of lectures and invited talks on topics at the intersection of engineering, science, and policy. In 2012, Sanders was recognized in Forbes’ “30 under 30: Today’s disrupters and tomorrow’s brightest stars” for her technical contributions to the energy and water fields. Her research has been featured in prominent media outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Scientific American, and The Christian Science Monitor. She received her B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University in Bioengineering, as well as a M.S.E and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

Sanders has been a residential faculty fellow in the Parkside Apartments community since August 2014. She loves the daily interactions that she has with residents and the opportunity to incorporate her passion of sustainability into residential life. Sanders and her husband have incorporated USC’s first res-ed composting program into Parkside Apartments and they have also installed a beautiful urban community garden behind Parkside Arts and Humanities that produces fresh organic vegetables for students, staff and the Parkside Dining Hall. When she is not working, Sanders loves running, yoga and trying new LA restaurants.

 

Alan Green

Residential Faculty, Parkside International

Associate Professor of Clinical Education, Rossier School of Education

Green earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in school and community counseling from California State University in Sacramento. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for his doctoral work in Guyana on adolescent stressors, coping responses and psychological adjustment.

Green served as adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University and as a clinical psychology intern at the Maryland Department of Safety and Corrections. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 1999, becoming associate professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services. In addition, Green served as associate director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, member of the Hopkins Provost Advisory Committee, board member of Advocates for Children and Youth, and executive board liaison for the Empowerment Academy Charter School. Green was the principal investigator for Project Inspiration, a federally funded urban school counseling demonstration program for the Baltimore public school system.

Green is a widely sought-after project evaluator and consultant to educational institutes and projects. His past and current community projects include the Community Social Mapping Project, the East Baltimore Education Initiative, the Maryland State Department of Education IDEA Partnership, the West Baltimore Middle School Targeted Student Support Services Project, the Malcolm X Middle School Mental Health Behavioral Support Program, the Merritt Education Center School-Based Mental Health Behavioral Support Program, and the Meade Middle School Community Partnership Initiative. In addition, Green has served as a consultant to the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, and the Connexions Academy in Baltimore.

Green was a recipient of the 2006 Counselors for Social Justice ‘Ohana Honors Award for his efforts to affirm diversity and advocate for social justice.

Faculty Fellows

Beyond the faculty who live in residence, Parkside Arts & Humanities invites other USC professors to join our residential college for an academic year. These Faculty Fellows make new connections between our students and the broader University, and enhance our community’s intellectual and social life. Each Faculty Fellow teaches a first-year course in the Parkside complex: either GE Seminar, Writing 150, or Freshman Seminar. Fellows also join us for weekly Masters Dinners and lead occasional cultural outings into Los Angeles. We are delighted to welcome our 2016-2017 class of Faculty Fellows: Professor Cory Elizabeth Nelson and Professor Ryan Boyd.


Ben Pack

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Lecturer, USC Writing Department

Ben Pack is a Lecturer in the Writing Program, where he has taught since 2010, first as a Master of Professional Writing student and eventually as a full-time faculty member. As an undergraduate, he also attended USC, double majoring in film production and French. After undergrad he worked in feature film development, traveled from Canada to Chile, and wrote everything from greeting cards, to political ads, to screenplays and short essays. He still writes (almost) every day.

Emily Artiano

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Lecturer, USC Writing Department

Emily Artiano joined the faculty of USC’s Writing Program in 2015 after earning her Ph.D. in early American literature from Northeastern University. Dr. Artiano’s scholarship focuses on linguistic colonization and language negotiations primarily in early American literature. This scholarship informs her pedagogy, and she has presented her work at several national conferences. Since arriving at USC, Dr. Artiano has become involved in community engagement projects with wonderful organizations in Los Angeles including the Francisco Homes and 826LA. Incorporating these community engagement projects into her writing courses has been one of the highlights of teaching at USC thus far for Dr. Artiano.

DAVID ALBERTSON (A&H)David Albertson

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Associate Professor, Religion

David Albertson is associate professor of Religion in USC Dornsife, where he researches mysticism and philosophy in medieval Christian thought. He studied at Stanford University and the University of Chicago and is the author of an award-winning book on science and religion, Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres (2014). Since 2007 he has developed several new undergraduate courses in the humanities, winning the General Education Teaching Award in 2009 and an NEH pedagogy grant in 2010. From 2012-2017, Prof. Albertson served as resident faculty fellow at Parkside al