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Spring 2017 Upcoming Events

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

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Friday, April 28, 2017

12:55 to 1:55 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 for AFFIRM Special Presentation: Microresistance & Ally Development.

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 for AFFIRM Special Presentation: Microresistance & Ally Development.

This event is co-sponsored by the CEE, CID, College of Arts and Sciences, and the femSTEM Faculty Cohort.


Ensuring Native Students Success at USD

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

12:15 - 2:15 p.m., Salomon Hall

There are 191 self-identified American Indian and Alaskan Native students who are enrolled in a degree program at the University of San Diego. These students bring with them a variety of experiences and tribal cultures. As educators, administrator, and staff, it is important that we all work together to guarantee the academic and social success of these students. This workshop will discuss evidence-based practices as well as culturally appropriate strategies for ensuring our Native students reach their full potential during their time at USD. RSVP for the Ensuring Native Students Success at USD.


Postdoc Lecture Series: The Story Behind the Strike: The Feeding Morphology and Ecology of Stomatopod Crustaceans

Thursday, February 23, 2017

12:15 - 1:15 p.m., MRH 135

A foundational tenet in animal ecology is that species with specialized feeding morphology consume specific prey types. Mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda: Crustacea) are often hailed as having highly specialized feeding morphology, because their raptorial appendages produce among the most powerful strikes ever reported in the animal kingdom.  These strikes are thought to have evolved for capturing evasive, soft-bodied prey or hammering hard-shelled prey, yet basic knowledge about strike mechanics and diet remains unknown in most mantis shrimp species.  I will discuss my research integrating biomechanics, animal behavior, and stable isotope ecology to test the hypothesis that morphological specialization for speed and acceleration corresponds to a narrow diet breadth in mantis shrimp.  I will also highlight how large-scale environmental or ecological disturbances, such as ocean acidification or fluctuations in prey abundance, may shift the link between feeding morphology and ecology in mantis shrimp and other marine invertebrates. Answers to these questions will increase our understanding of how, when, and why specialized morphology can either limit or enhance diet breadth. RSVP for the Story Behind the Strike Postdoc Lecture Series.


Knapp Chair Teaching Lecture: Teofilo Ruiz

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

1:00 - 2:15 p.m., MRH 211

The eminent UCLA historian, Teofilo (Teo) Ruiz, will be visiting USD as a Knapp Chair. In addition to being a prolific researcher, Teo is a famous educator both among his students at UCLA and further afield. He will be facilitating a discussion on the ways to approach classes (both seminars and lectures), while exploring techniques on how to improve teaching. There will be a special emphasis on the first day of class and also a general reflection of teaching. We hope you can join us for this special event. RSVP for the Knapp Chair Lecture with Teofilo Ruiz.


Tech Talk: Millenials Rising or Rebelling? Techniques, Trust, and Responsiveness on Blackboard. Presented by: Dr. Steve Sumner

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Friday, February 24, 2017

2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Olin 226

Interested in learning more? Join the CEE and ATS in our February Tech Talk, as Dr. Steve Sumner, School of Business shares information on Blackboard ‘s Adaptive Release rules and functionality, quick ways to collect information from students and delayed email releases. RSVP for the Millenials Rising or Rebelling Tech Talk.


Fabulous First Friday: Community Service Learning 101

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Friday, March 3, 2017

10:00-11:00 a.m., MRH 135

Are you interested in incorporating Community Service-Learning into your course curriculum? This FFF session will offer valuable ideas, tools, and support for anyone who has begun to or is interested in doing so.
Join us to learn more about:

•The key principles of service-learning—reflection and reciprocity
•The benefits of service-learning for both students and communities
•How to link learning in the classroom to the wisdom
of the community
•The different types of service-learning
•USD's presence in the community

Facilitated by: Kevin Guerrieri, Associate Professor, Spanish, ILVI Faculty Co-Director. Judith Liu, Interim Chair and Professor, Sociology, Faculty Liason Mulvaney Center. John Loggins, Director of Community Based Student Leadership and Learning. RSVP for the Fabulous First Friday: Community Service Learning 101.


CORE Workshop: Advanced Writing Workshop

Friday, March 17, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MRH 135

This is the final year before implementation of the new core curriculum. Our core workshop series will help guide faculty in course and assignment design. Each core workshop will focus on one area of the core curriculum. After the initial presentation and discussion period, attendees will work on their individual courses with guided feedback. Faculty should bring their laptops and course syllabi to the workshop. RSVP for the Advanced Writing CORE Workshop.


CORE Workshop: Oral Communication

Friday, March 17, 2017

3:00 - 5:00 p.m., MRH 135

In this workshop we will overview the best practices of public speaking pedagogy to support faculty participating in the oral communication core competency. We will watch speeches and evaluate them as a group. Workshop participants will learn how to discern the strengths and areas for improvement quickly, how to give constructive feedback, and how to address students with communication apprehension.

This is the final year before implementation of the new core curriculum. Our core workshop series will help guide faculty in course and assignment design. Each core workshop will focus on one area of the core curriculum. After the initial presentation and discussion period, attendees will work on their individual courses with guided feedback. Faculty should bring their laptops and course syllabi to the workshop. RSVP for the Oral Communication CORE Workshop.


Spring Faculty Writing Retreats

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., KIPJ-E

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. RSVP for Spring Faculty Writing Retreats.


CORE Workshop: Advanced Writing Workshop

Friday, March 24, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MRH 135

This is the final year before implementation of the new core curriculum. Our core workshop series will help guide faculty in course and assignment design. Each core workshop will focus on one area of the core curriculum. After the initial presentation and discussion period, attendees will work on their individual courses with guided feedback. Faculty should bring their laptops and course syllabi to the workshop. RSVP for the Advanced Writing CORE Workshop.


CORE Workshop: Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice 

Friday, March 24, 2017

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., MRH 135

Courses in the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice foundation area emphasize students gaining substantial knowledge of self and diverse others, and honing skills to articulate complexities of how people are categorized and valued differently, and how that leads to wide disparities in life experiences and outcomes. In this session we will walk faculty through the DISJ learning outcomes and help demonstrate how these outcomes can be properly integrated into the syllabi and assignments of various disciplines.

This is the final year before implementation of the new core curriculum. Our core workshop series will help guide faculty in course and assignment design. Each core workshop will focus on one area of the core curriculum. After the initial presentation and discussion period, attendees will work on their individual courses with guided feedback. Faculty should bring their laptops and course syllabi to the workshop. RSVP for the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice CORE Workshop.


Postdoc Lecture Series: Positive Differences and Social Resilience

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

12:15 - 1:15 p.m., MRH 135

In his essay ‘Group Autonomy and Narrative Identity: Blacks and Jews’, Laurence Thomas analyses the disparity between blacks and Jews in terms of the cultural (as opposed to socio-economic) ramifications of American racism: in particular, slavery and racism have deprived black people of an ennobling narrative—that is, a narrative imbued with meanings, values, and rituals conducive to human flourishing that is not driven solely by the putatively unifying goal of combating structural inequality and injustice.  In this essay I build on Thomas’s analysis to shed new light on how activists in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) sought to develop an ennobling narrative that grows out of their own lived experiences and endeavours and how this process was disrupted by the abstract discourses that northern young liberals brought to Mississippi in the summer of 1964.  Through this analysis I advance a distinctive conception of social resilience—in particular, as the process in which an oppressed individual or group develops powers and possibilities that can drive personal growth and social cooperation on terms that are distinctive and specific to their own experiences and ongoing interactions. RSVP for the Positive Differences and Social Resilience Postdoc Lecture.


Postdoc Lecture Series: Marine Mammals as Recorders and Sentinels of Climate Change

 

This event will be rescheduled to a later time this semester.

Large, migratory predators are often cited as sentinel species for ecosystem processes and climate-related changes, but their utility as indicators is dependent upon an understanding of their response to environmental variability. Documentation of the links between climate variability, ecosystem change and predator dynamics is absent for most top predators. Identifying species that may be useful indicators and elucidating these mechanistic links provides insight into current and past ecological dynamics and may inform predictions of future ecosystem responses to climatic change. Examples of this approach will be presented from both temperate and polar marine ecosystems. RSVP for the Marine Mammals as Recorder and Sentinels of Climate Change Postdoc Lecture.


 

 

Announcements

March 2017 newsletter


Adjunct Feature Interview

with Peter Kozma, M.Mus. Adjunct Faculty, Music


Innovative Pedagogy Interview

with Bradly Melekian, MFA, Assistant Professor, Creative Writing


New Faculty Interview

with Dr. Candice Price, Assistant Professor, Mathematics


USD Just Read! Faculty Highlight

with Dr. Kathryn Statler, Professor, History


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 cee@sandiego.edu.

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

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 (cee@sandiego.edu) 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 cee@saandiego.edu 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 cee@sandiego.edu and we would be happy to grant you access.


USD Travel Grants

The deadline for this receipt of proposals is Friday, April 21, 2016 at 5pm.

The CEE supports the university in all phases of pedagogical development. The fundamental purpose of the CEE Travel Grant program is to expose faculty to key issues in teaching and learning in higher education and encourage development on CEE's programming themes of Pedagogical such as: Development, Diversity, Assessment, Instructional Technology, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The CEE will grant travels for up to 4 faculty to attend pertinent conferences held between July 1 and December 31, 2017. Grant amounts are up to $1,200.00 each. We will evaluate proposals on the strength of their connection to the previous mentioned pedagogical themes. Proposals should clearly indicate how topics to be explored at the conference support the teaching mission of the university. They should also provide a description how they might design a CEE presentation to inform other USD faculty upon their return from the conference.

Selection Criteria
The primary criterion of judgment will be the excellence of the proposal and the thoughtfulness given to its applicability to CEE program themes of pedagogical development, diversity, assessment instructional technology, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Three additional key criteria are:  1) the general applicability of the topic for multiple disciplines; 2) the novelty of the pedagogy or topic; and 3) the vision for designing a CEE presentation based on the conference information. Applicants can only be funded once per fiscal year and preference will be given to first time applications. See a list of previous grantees. All information regarding these grants including applications and guidelines can be found on the CEE Travel Grant website.

All proposals will be evaluated by members of the Center for Educational Excellence Advisory Committee.

Contact Information

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

Phone: (619) 260-7402
Fax: (619) 849-8353
cee@sandiego.edu