Intersession and Spring 2017 Upcoming Events

It Starts with a Story: Syllabus Essentials Workshop

Syllabus Essentials

Thursday, January 19, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Transparency means teaching students about more than just the course subject matter. It means telling students about your rationale for how and why you've chosen to shape their learning experiences. Studies have shown that this approach is related to student retention and success in our courses.  The course syllabus is indispensable guide for your students and the beginning of utilizing transparent teaching techniques. What goes into your syllabus and the tone are key to facilitating a positive learning environment for all of your students. Bring your ideas and existing syllabi and find out more about designing a comprehensive, transparent and learning-centered syllabus for your courses. RSVP here.

Course & Syllabus Design Drop-In Clinic

Drop-In Clinic

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Center for Educational Excellence (Camino 1F)

Faculty and CEE staff will be on hand to consult with you about any and all aspects of your course and syllabus design from developing learning outcomes to creating assignments and other assessments to enhance student learning.  Please note, you may drop in and out of these sessions as your time allows. 

New & Junior Faculty Social in Old Town

Barra Barra

Thursday, January 26, 2017

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Barra Barra Saloon (4016 Wallace Street)

Located in the heart of Old Town, Barra Barra Saloon is the ideal setting for USD’s new and junior faculty to meet and mingle. A special back room area has been reserved for us, complete with an appetizer buffet and refreshments. Free parking is available in the lot near the restaurant. It is accessible from Juan Street, just north of Mason Street. RSVP Here

Fabulous First Fridays - Making all the right connections: Using concept and mind mapping to help students build neural connections and new ideas

mind map

Friday, February 3, 2017

10:00 to 11:00 a.m., MRH (Soles) 135

Neuroscience tells us that we learn best when we make connections across themes and concepts. However, linking concepts is often challenging for students because they lack the skills to do so. Come join our discussion on how teaching students skills such as concept mapping and mind mapping can help them to better organize material, link concepts together and create new ideas to support deeper learning in our courses. RSVP here.

AFFIRM Special Presentation: Microresistance & Ally Development. Presented by: Dr. Cynthia Ganote

A woman, Dr. Cynthia Ganote, stands in front of a tree smiling. She is wearing a blue shirt, black sweater, and a long white necklace.

Friday, February 10, 2017

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Salomon Hall

We often discuss ways to lead difficult dialogues amongst our students, and even ways to serve as allies to students experiencing classroom-based microaggressions. However, what do we do when we witness colleagues who are the targets of bias and microaggressions? This workshop will examine ways in which subtle acts of hostility and bias particularly impact women of all races and ethnicities, faculty and staff of color, and LGBT faculty and staff in academia. In response, we can use constructive tools to serve as allies to our colleagues. This focus on empowerment allows us to take action in our local environments, thereby lessening the impact upon colleagues. RSVP here.

About the Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Ganote, an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Saint Mary’s College of California, previously served as the Director of Faculty Development at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she created the Center for Teaching and Learning (now called the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship). In her time at Vanderbilt University, she served in their Center for Teaching (CFT) as a Master Teaching Fellow, Senior Master Teaching Fellow, and then Acting Assistant Director, under the leadership of Director Allison Pingree and Associate Director Peter Felten. Cynthia is an active member of the POD Network (the national faculty development organization), and one of her current projects focuses on ways to address microaggressions that are directed toward faculty and staff members in academia with techniques called “microresistance.” This collaborative work is conducted with colleagues Dr. Floyd Cheung of Smith College, and Dr. Tasha Souza of Boise State University. She is currently working on a book project for The Policy Press at the University of Bristol entitled Diverse Faculty, Re-Shaping the Professoriate. RSVP here.

This event is co-sponsored by the CEE, CID, CAS, and the femSTEM Faculty Cohort.



December 2016 and January 2017 newsletter

Adjunct Faculty Highlight & Interview

with Lisa Hemminger, Adjunct Lecturer, English

Innovative Pedagogy Interview

with Dr. Divya Sitaraman, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

New Faculty Interview

with Scott Ripley, Professor/Department Chair, Theatre

USD Just Read! Faculty Highlight

with Dr. Kevin Guerrieri, Associate Professor, Languages, Cultures, and Literatures (Spanish)

Faculty Integration Award

The goal of the USD Just Read! program is to provide a common read around a theme that aligns with the values and mission of USD and the theme from the Changemaker Hub. In order to engage more of the USD  community in conversation, the USD Just Read program is introducing a “USD Just Read Integration Award.” This award will be granted to the faculty member who best incorporates this year’s book selection in their course. As integration is a key concept in education and the new core curriculum, such an award comes at a great time to highlight the wonderful work our faculty are doing with their students. A number of events and programs are scheduled for the academic year of 2016 – 2017 to provide more opportunities to discuss the topics in the book with students. Please check out the CEE website for more details and join the Just Read Black Board Organization by emailing

Deadline: All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. April 28th and emailed to

Recipient of the award will receive a $1,000.00 stipend as well as the opportunity for their work to be highlighted in multiple venues.

Come visit one of our consultants to get some advice and ideas to make the rest of the semester more successful!

The CEE offers free and confidential consultations to all USD faculty regarding  any and all aspects of Teaching & Learning and Faculty Development. This may include course and syllabus design, integration of various pedagogies in the classroom, the ARRT process, improving student evaluations, and so much more.

Call (619-260-7402) or e-mail ( the CEE and we would be happy to schedule a consultation. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

CEE Blackboard Organization

Join the CEE BB Org today in order to gain access to the many CEE resources available for all USD faculty.

All event archives - including handouts, powerpoints, and videos - are available only through our BB Org. Login to BB and scroll down towards the bottom of the page to see Organizations.

Don't have access? E-mail us at and we would be happy to add you to the BB org. An active USD e-mail address is all you need to gain access. 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Resources

Are you interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning? The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) uses discovery, reflection, and evidence-based methods to research effective teaching and student learning. These findings are peer reviewed and publicly disseminated in an ongoing cycle of systematic inquiry into classroom practices.

The CEE Blackboard organization is a resource tool for those who are looking into creating a SOTL project or have started on one and want to begin a literature search. Additionally, our SoTL folder also contains literature information on Active Learning and Team-Based Learning.

The CEE would be happy to consult with you for all of your SoTL needs. If you don’t have access to our blackboard organization, please e-mail and we would be happy to grant you access.

USD Just Read! Selected Title 2016 - 2017

The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos

By Karen Lynnea Piper

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 2016-2017 academic year, the book selection is The Price of Thirst, written by Karen Lynnea Piper.

Price of Thirst Website

Visit the USD Just Read! page for more information.

Price of Thirst Blackboard

A Blackboard Organization has been set up to reference and share resource materials related to this year’s USD Just Read selection, Price of Thirst. All USD faculty and staff are welcome to become members. If you are interested in having access to this Blackboard Organization, contact the CEE by phone (619-260-7402) or email ( and request to be enrolled. If already enrolled, use the following link to learn about steps on how to access the 2016 - 2017 USD Just Read! Blackboard Organization.

Student Essay Contest

Essay Topic

With a specific argument, consider a modern social challenge with direct relationships to issues raised by the content and/or context of Price of Thirst. Explain the central ethical concern related to this issue; outline the stakes of this issue, and consider who the primary stakeholders are. Finally, offer (at least) some general thoughts on how best to address and solve this issue. As part of your argument, the Price of Thirst should be discussed and cited directly. You may also cite outside sources, but it is not a requirement. Submissions may be individually or group authored.

Essay Rules

  • Essay should be 1200-1500 words.
  • Entries due: December 14, 2016 via an online submission form
  • Entries will be judged by select faculty and admin involved with USD Just Read!

For more information, please visit the USD Just Read! page.

Please note that only PDF format files are allowed to be uploaded through the application eform.

Contact Information

Center for Educational Excellence
Camino 1F 5998
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7402
Fax: (619) 849-8353