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Spring 2016 Upcoming Events!

Fabulous First Friday—Metacognition and the Science of Learning


Friday, February 5th, 2016

9:30 to 10:30 a.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Metacognition is defined as awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes’ s. Metacognitive approaches to teaching can drastically improve how students learn by  increasing their abilities to transfer or adapt their learning to new contexts and tasks. Self-aware learners are able to rise above the subject matter, place themselves as learners, and recognize what learning strategies are best employed in a particular subject matter or learning situation. Students who know about the various methods of learning, thinking, and problem solving are more likely to utilize these strategies on their own.

Join us as professor's Patty Kowalski (Psychological Sciences), Sue Lowery (Biology), and Sandra Sgoutas-Emch (Psychological Sciences) discuss various ways to employ metacognitive instruction in the classroom to help your students succeed.  RSVP Here

CORE Workshop #1—Aligning Your Course to the New CORE


Friday, February 5th, 2016

3:00 to 5:00 p.m., KIPJ—A

What is Inquiry-Based Learning? Why at USD?

Faculty attending this workshop will learn more about the foundations of inquiry-based learning and discuss aligning course specific student learning outcomes with the new core curriculum’s inquiry areas. To get the most out of the workshop faculty are encouraged to bring their own syllabus for a course they will submit for inclusion in the new core.

Faculty attending all three workshops will receive a $150 stipend. It is best to attend the workshops in order to get the most out of the content. RSVP Here 

Innovation in Experiential Education Award Luncheon—

Celebrating the Innovative Work of Doctor’s Justine Rapp & Bradley Bond

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., KIPJ-H

Each year the Center for Educational Excellence is proud to sponsor the Innovation in Experiential Education (IEE) Award to signify our commitment to facilitating student-centered experiential learning, including but not limited to service learning, internships, classroom simulations, and research. Along with the award, the CEE hosts a celebration luncheon where the award winner presents on their innovative work. Join us as professor’s Justine Rapp (2013-2014 winner) and Bradley Bond (2014-2015 winner) present their work.


Dr. Justine Rapp will be presenting on pedagogical innovations blended within her course on Digital Marketing & Social Media. Specific attention is placed on bridging digital marketing strategies to hands on student-client interactions with nonprofits and small businesses in the San Diego area. 


Dr. Bradley Bond requires students in COMM 482: Children and Media to work with children in after-school programs in the Linda Vista community and to create a workshop on media literacy that is delivered to the after-school children at the end of the semester. His presentation will focus on the pedagogical methods and assignments that weave the community engagement component into course content in unique and novel ways.


CCTC - Catholic News Roundup


Thursday, February 11th, 2016

4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Salomon Hall

Please join us for an open forum to discuss current Catholic news developments. Sister Tobie Tondi of Theology and Religious Studies and Jeffrey Burns of the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture will serve as commentators to direct and inspire our conversation. Issues to be discussed will include: the Year of Mercy, the Middle East, the Pope’s latest initiatives, Catholics and the presidential election, Kim Davis, and several others.

This event is free, open to students. Cookies and coffee will be available for your enjoyment RSVP Here

Faculty Writing Retreat

Thursday, February 18, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in MRH (SOLES) 127

Back by popular demand—The Center for Educational Excellence and femSTEM Faculty Cohort have organized a private space to foster the writing productivity for ALL interested   faculty. The aim is to assign a block of time that will help faculty incorporate writing into their schedules. The format for these sessions is for faculty to work quietly on their own items, with plenty of coffee and snacks provided.

Occurring once a month, three retreats are planned for the spring. 


Towards a New Pedagogic Imaginary: Contemplative Practices in a Diverse Classroom


Thursday, February 25th, 2016

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., Serra Hall 212

During this special workshop, brought to you by a new USD initiative on Documenting the the History of Logan Heights, the Chicano Park Steering Committee,  and the CEE, guests will imagine new methods and pedagogies in relation to the murals of Chicano Park. The ideas and pedagogies developed by Laura Rendón surrounding Sentipensante Pedagogy that accounts for knowledge acquisition that honors both our thinking and feeling sense of self will be explored.  

Towards a New Pedagogic Imaginary signifies an imagined vision that embraces cultural diversity and social justice - creating a space for sensitive and reflective critical dialogue for students to enter conversations with a sense of openness and trust that evokes a spirit of mindfulness that fosters critical teaching and learning objectives such as: mutual respect, understanding, willingness to learn, care and concern and several other related expressions. We underscore the importance of both situational and intergenerational contemplation and assess contemplative education as a high-impact educational practice. 

About the Presenter:

A native of Laredo, Texas , Professor Rendón’s passion is assisting students who, like her, grew up in poverty with hopes and dreams but not knowing how to realize them. Rendón is credited with developing the theory of validation, which colleges and researchers have employed as a framework for working with and affirming low-income students.

She is best known for her a pedagogic framework called Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy designed to help faculty employ contemplative pedagogic strategies that emphasize holistic student development and which gear students toward goals such as social activism, service to others and personal and social responsibility. Her work in contemplative studies represents the focus of her presentation.


Inclusive Education Series : USD’s International Chinese Student Population Faculty Reception

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

4:45 to 6:45 p.m., Salomon Hall

USD’s international Chinese population has risen significantly over the past decade, with Chinese students representing the largest graduate and second largest undergraduate international population. With this rising demographic comes new and specific challenges in and out of the classroom. Join the CEE and Office of International Students and Scholars for this special faculty reception where we will discuss ways to address the opportunities and challenges this important student population provides for USD.  


CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Designing for Accessibility 


Friday, February 26th, 2016

2:00 to 3:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Are your online images and videos accessible and 508 Compliant?  As more Faculty incorporate engaging   content multi-media into their courses, it is necessary to ensure that the technology is accessible to all users.  In this Tech Talk, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from Roxanne Morrison, Director of Online Education from Professional and Continuing Education, discuss how PCE transitions its curriculum to the online environment while complying with ADA requirements.


“A Good Teacher is Like a Candle: It Consumes Itself to Light the Way for Others.” Anonymous

February 2016 Newsletter

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USD Just Read 2015-2016

Bottled & Sold


USD Just Read! encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature. The program promotes active learning and reading not only within the USD community but within the San Diego community at large. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the book selection is Bottled and Sold, written by Peter H. Gleick.

Visit the USD Just Read! page for more information.

Innovative Pedagogy Interview Series


A Conversation with Professor of Accountancy and Taxation, Tom Dalton. Click here to read the interview!