Teaching Philosophy:

My objective as an instructor is to educate confident, independent and accountable engineers who can think abstractly about real world problems and industrial challenges, analyze them critically, propose effective solutions and articulate them clearly. To me, teaching is an interactive experience that should effectively engage both students and the instructor and lead by getting constant feedback through questions, discussions and assignments.


Instructed Courses at SFSU:


Peer-Reviewed Journals

Publications with undergraduate students designate students with an asterisk (*).

Publications with graduate students designate students with two asterisks (**).



Mailing address:  HSS 326, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

Office location:    HSS 328

Office phone:      (415) 338-1415

Email:                 lcushing@sfsu.edu

Current Research & Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Students seeking to develop skills in quantitative environmental health research, including statistical data analysis and GIS, are encouraged to sign up for an office hours appointment or send me an email at lcushing@sfsu.edu.


HED 655 -- Environmental Health

This course provides an overview of the environmental factors that impact human health, including the health consequences of humans’ alterations of the environment. Topics include physical, chemical, and biological hazards to health including air and water pollution; scientific and socio-political frameworks to analyze these topics; the scientific basis for environmental regulation and policy decisions; and contemporary global environmental health challenges.

Fatemeh Khalkhal, Ph.D.

Dr. Khalkhal is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering department at SFSU. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (2012) and has served as a postdoc fellow at Yale University (2012-2013) and UC Berkeley (2014-2016). Her research is focused on extending the understanding of physics of soft matter and development of the structure-property relationship in complex fluids.

Edward J Rovera

Edward J. Rovera graduated from the University of California Irvine with a BA in Psychology and earned his MS Ed (emphasis in Educational Technology Leadership) from the California State University Hayward (now CSU East Bay). He joined the San Francisco State University School of Nursing in 2008 as a Nursing Informatics Specialist and is currently the Simulation Educator there. He was certified by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and a Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) in 2015. Mr.

Constance Gordon

Constance Gordon is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Her interdisciplinary research interests traverse the subfields of environmental communication, organizational communication, rhetoric, and cultural studies where she explores the ways in which power and resistance are organized in spaces undergoing economic and ecological transformation.


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