Risa Levitt Kohn, Ph.D.

College of Arts & Letters

Professor, Chair, Director

Religious Studies Department

Classics & Humanities Department

Hebrew Bible and Judaism

Jewish Studies Program


Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn was the first Doctorate awarded from UC, San Diego in Ancient History and Hebrew Bible. Past president of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Pacific Coast Region, she has also served as Chair of its Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession. Dr. Levitt Kohn’s work includes A New Heart and a New Soul: Ezekiel, The Exile and the Torah (Sheffield Academic Press) and A Portable God, the Origin of Judaism and Christianity, co¬≠authored with Dr. Rebecca Moore (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Ricardo Carretero, Ph.D.

College of Sciences

Department Mathematics & Statistics


Professor Carretero’s research lies at the intersection between Applied Mathematics, Physics and Computation. His research includes the study of spatio-temporal systems using dynamical systems ideas and techniques. In particular, his research focuses on coherent structures (solitary waves, vortices, vortex lines, vortex rings, etc…) in nonlinear media, their formation, existence, stability and complex mutual interactions. Specifically, he has devoted a considerable effort in the past few years to the study of nonlinear structures in Bose-Einstein condensates (the coldest matter in the Universe that behaves as a quantum superfluid) and nonlinear optics.

Arthur Getis, Ph.D.

College of Arts & Letters

Professor Emeritus

Department of Geography


Current Projects include: Entomological Assumptions of Dengue Fever (Peru) [NIH]; Dengue Virus Transmission (Thailand) [NIH]; Spatial Aspects of the Arab Fertility Transition (Egypt and Jordan) [NSF]; Specification of the Spatial Weights Matrix;Partitioning Large Spatial Datasets.

Research Interests: Spatial Statistics; Pattern Analysis; Urban Geography; Disease and Crime Clustering; and Geographic Information Sciences.

Tom Packard, Ph.D.

College of Health & Human Services

Professor Emeritus

School of Social Work


Dr. Packard teaches administration and macro practice courses during the spring semester in the School of Social Work at SDSU. For over 25 years he was an organization development consultant specializing in human service and government organizations. His current research focus is organizational change tactics used in human service organizations. He has coauthored Management of Human Service Programs and Managing the Challenges in Human Service Organizations: A Casebook.