Ian Michell (he/him/his)

Academic Success Coach


Areas of Interest

  • Talking to students about their hobbies and interests. What kind of music do you like? What shows are streaming right now? What do you do for fun? And most importantly, how can we set you on an academic path that taps into your talents and what you're truly passionate about?
  • Helping students find the right balance between school and work, interpersonal relationships, hobbies, and self-care. In other words, cura personalis!
  • Making sure that all students, especially those representing underserved communities and identities, feel seen, heard, and valued as members of our USF community.


  • M.A. in Psychology, Saybrook University, Oakland, CA
  • B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy (double major), University of California, Santa Cruz

Fun Facts

Year I Started at USF: 2018
Where I'm From: Sacramento, CA
Where I Call Home: Oakland, CA
Who I Live With: my wife Nora, our son Owen, and our English bulldog, Porkchop

  • My Favorite Places to Eat in the Bay Area: Horn Barbecue in Oakland is a must-try, and Smokin' Woods is great, as well. I also visit El Gallo Giro taco truck in the Mission every chance I get. I lived a block away for over a decade, and I still haven't found anyone that can compete with their carnitas!
  • How I Spend My Free Time: Music is my passion. I have a massive collection of records and CDs, and appreciate a wide variety of genres. I also play bass and have been in a few bands, playing live around the Bay Area and beyond. When I'm not listening to or playing music, I'm watching or playing basketball, working on my golf swing, cooking, exercising, playing video games, and exploring new camping spots (or revisiting old favorites).
  • Favorite Places to Visit: I love traveling and exploring new parts of the world, both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of my favorite places I've visited include Mexico City, Tulum, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Nashville, New Orleans, Joshua Tree, and New York.
  • My Favorite Thing About USF: Aside from its location in one of the best cities ever, I think USF really stands out for its humanistic values and its mission of developing lifelong learners who make their mark on the world by making it a better place for others.

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