Summer 2017 Upcoming Events

Collaborative Learning 101: Engaging Students in Significant Learning Experiences


Monday, June 12, 2017

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., KIPJ-A

Addressing today's significant problems require individuals from diverse backgrounds and with different perspectives to work together. Collaborative learning is commonly illustrated when groups of students work together to search for understanding, meaning, or solutions to create significant learning experiences. Collaborative learning helps to build students ability to work together in teams, develop innovative solutions to problems, and gives students opportunities to engage in deep and experiential experiences.

Come join us for this workshop to learn about important tools and elements of collaborative learning environments.

Outcomes for this session: By the end of the workshop faculty will be able to

1) Design collaborative learning spaces for their courses

2) Implement techniques to create diverse teams

3) Design assignments that incorporate elements of collaborative learning

4) Develop assessments to measure team cohesion and functioning

RSVP here for Collaborative Learning 101

Summer Writing Retreats

Ocean Picture

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., CEE Conference Room


Thursday, June 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., CEE Conference Room


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., CEE Conference Room

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.  Occuring once a month, three retreats are planned for the summer. Please note: you may drop in and out as your time allows.


RSVP here for Summer Writing Retreats

Distracted Mind

Selected Title 2017 - 2018:

The Distracted Mind

By Drs. Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen

The first 10 people that register for either of these events will receive free copies of the book!

Worried about how constant distractions in and out of the classroom impact student learning? How is technology impacting our brains?

 The Center for Educational Excellence is proud to bring back the summer book club.  The world is full of distractions.  How we deal with those distractions is key to successful learning and brain health.  Come join us for this summer’s book club read entitled “The Distracted Mind” by Drs. Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen.  Topics include the neuroscience of attention, technology and the brain, the impact of distractions on development, interference and cognition.  Strategies about how we can deal with distractions and interruptions in our own lives for better cognitive functioning as well as how we can implement these strategies in our classes will be examined along with many other themes in the book.

Location: CEE Conference Room

July 27, 2017, from 11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.                                            

Light Lunch served                                                                   

RSVP here


August 17, 2017, from 2:00—3:30 p.m.

Coffee and snacks served

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Envision 2024 Pathways 2017–2018 Professional Learning Community

June/July 2017 Newsletter

New Faculty Interview

Amanda Moulder, Assistant Professor, English 

Dr. Kate DeConinck, Adjunct Faculty, Theology and Religious Studies

Innovative Pedagogy Interview

with Dr. Craig Barkacs, Profesor, Business Law

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Statler, winner of the USD Just Read! Faculty Integration Award

We would like to announce Dr. Kathryn Statler (Professor, History) as our first winner of the USD Just Read! Faculty Integration Award for The Price of Thirst. She will be receiving a stipend and recognition at our upcoming Recognition Reception.

2016-2017 Profession Learning Community:

Universal Design Learning

Community is often missing in higher education, where connections across disciplines and institutional units are overlooked. Faculty and Professional Learning Communities (FLCs and PLCs) help establish these connections and achieve increased interest in teaching and learning, retention, active learning, rate of intellectual development and civic contributions to the common good. This year’s group focused on Universal Design Learning and Disabilities Studies. Ultimately, we examined the issue of designing spaces both physical and curricular for optimal learning for students, staff and faculty of all abilities.

Members included Suzanne, Stolz, Helene Mandel, Warren Whitaker, Maya Kalyanpur and Krysti  DeZonia from SOLES, Chris Burden from Wellness, Deborah Sundmacher from the Writing Center, Jillian Tullis from Communication Studies, Lynn McGrath from Mathematics, Lisa Burgert from Copley Library, Esteban del Rio from the CID, and Sandra Sgoutas-Emch from the CEE.

The community has been busy and has a presentation forthcoming at the Disability Studies conference this June. Other projects include a white paper on implementing UDL, team taught course focused on disability studies, redesign on K-12 teacher training education and  the development of a toolkit for faculty.

Look out for workshops next year!!



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 Travel Grants

The deadline for this receipt of proposals is Friday, April 21, 2017 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.