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September 2014 Upcoming Events!

New and Junior Faculty Social in Old Town


Sponsored by: Center for Educational Excellence

Thursday, September 4, 2014

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Hotel

Located in the heart of Old Town, The Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Hotel is the ideal setting for USD’s new and junior tenure-track faculty to meet and mingle. A special patio area has been reserved for us, complete with an appetizer buffet and refreshments.

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the restaurant. It is accessible from Juan Street, just north of Mason Street.

Please RSVP

Fabulous First Friday: Managing PowerPoint Obesity 


Facilitated by:

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, Director, Center for Educational Excellence, Professor, Psychological Sciences

Friday, September 5, 2014

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Camino Hall 119

PowerPoint can be a useful tool to help student learning but it can also be a bloated mess. Come hear from your colleagues about how they use PowerPoint to engage their students, get some tips about the dos and don’ts of a meaningful presentation, and learn some of the other options for presentations that faculty use.

Please RSVP

The ARRT of Writing Self Evaluation Letters

Hand and Paper

Cosponsored by: College of Arts & Sciences and School of Business Administration

Friday, September 5, 2014

1:00 - 2:30 p.m., KIPJ-A

The self-evaluation letter can be one of the most important components of your ARRT file. It is your opportunity to reflect on your accomplishments and challenges as a faculty member and share your vision for your future at USD.  It can also help to provide a context for any potential concerns.

This presentation will provide an opportunity to:

1)    hear from faculty who have written successful letters and those who have read many such letters

2)    answer your questions about the ARRT process

3)    receive some insights on the key components of the self-evaluation letter

Come join your colleagues and ARRT committee members for this important conversation.

Please RSVP

femSTEM Faculty Writing Retreat

Hand, Paper, and Coffee

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Manchester Executive Conference Center (Boardroom 208)

The Center for Educational Excellence, at the request of Lauren Benz (Chemistry & Biochemistry), has organized space to foster the writing productivity for all interested faculty. Boardroom 208 in the Manchester Executive Conference Center has been reserved on the dates listed below. 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, and with plenty of coffee and snacks provided.

RSVP Here by Monday, September 8

Brown Bag Briefings: Multiple Choice Tests

Brown Lunch Bag

Presented by:

Nadav Goldschmied, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences and CEE Travel Grant Recipient

Monday, September 15, 2014

12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Salomon Hall

This short presentation will show you how to access meaningful data from your multiple choice exams by using fairly easy statistical tools to evaluate the validity of each test item. Click here for printable flyer.

Please RSVP

Building Success for your Black Students: The Fine Line Between Tokenism and Leveraging Diversity

Diverse Student Group

Cosponsored by: Black Student Resource Center

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

12:30 - 2:00 p.m., KIPJ-H&I

The academic setting for Black students in predominantly white environments can be discouraging. This can especially be the case within in racially monolithic classrooms. At this workshop we will discuss and explore Black students’ classroom experience and learn of ways to leverage their cultural identity and diversity while avoiding tokenism. Click here for printable flyer.

Please RSVP by Friday, September 12

Mentor Training Series: Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research

Student Research

Facilitated by:

Dr. Gail Perez, Adjunct Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Sonia Zarate, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

Cosponsored by: Office of Undergraduate Research

Thursday, September 18, 2014

12:30 - 2:00 p.m., KIPJ-A

This workshop is the third in a three part mentoring series aimed at taking the trial and error out of mentoring undergraduates in research and creative activities. Building on mentoring challenges and strategies identified in sessions one and two, part three will continue the discussion and focus on how to mentor a diverse student population and the practices that foster retention and promotion. This interactive workshop is based on the Enter Mentoring training series. Click here for printable flyer.

Please note: All faculty interested in mentoring are welcome, regardless of participation in workshops 1 & 2.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 16

Sexual Assault Training and Awareness

Student Life Pavillion

Cosponsored by: Student Wellness

Thursday, September 25, 2014

12:15 - 2:15 p.m., UC Forum C

A great deal of attention has been given recently to the issue of sexual assault in college campuses across the nation. To continue with our efforts to prevent and appropriately respond to these types of incidents, USD is offering a faculty training on how to respond to student disclosures of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking.

You may have had, at some point, students in your classes who were affected by gender and/or sexual violence. Knowing how best to support them is important in helping them be successful in their education and in their healing process.

Topics covered:

• University of San Diego protocol for responding to sexual violence

• Tips on effectively responding to disclosures

• Resources available on campus and in the community

• What you can do as faculty to help promote a healthy community, free of sexual and gender violence

Please RSVP by Monday, September 23

Integrating the Social Innovation Challenge into the Classroom

SIC Logo


Dr. Steven Conroy, Faculty Director, Center for Peace and Commerce and Professor, School of Business Administration


Dr. Mark Peters, Instructor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences 

Dr. Necla Tschirgi, Visiting Professor, Kroc School of Peace Studies

Past Student Winners & Participants:

Grace Michel, Interim Assistant Director, Center for Peace and Commerce

Jenny Calvert

Andrew Rae

Friday, September 26, 2014

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

The Social Innovation Challenge is a campus-wide opportunity for all USD students to gain hands-on experience creating social ventures that make a positive contribution to the four Ps: People, Planet, Profit, and Peace. By integrating the Social Innovation Challenge into their curriculum, faculty of all disciplines can offer students an opportunity to apply their learning to real-world social and environmental issues beyond the classroom. Click here for printable flyer.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 24

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Socrative & Poll Everywhere - Free Online Polling Tools for the Classroom: 


Presented by:

Dr. Julia Schafer, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dr. David De Haan, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Friday, September 26, 2014

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

Are you on the lookout for free and easy ways to instantly gauge and quantify student understanding in the classroom?  Look no further and join us for this September Tech Talk. Bring your smart phone, iPad, tablet, or laptop so you can try out Socrative and Poll Everywhere during this interactive session.

Please RSVP

USD Just Read 2014-2015

Stuffed and Starved


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 2014-2015 academic year, the book selection is Stuffed and Starved, written by Raj Patel.

Visit the USD Just Read! page for more information.

New to the CEE!

Look out for our new QR code on upcoming flyers and newsletters to register easily for any events!

Next Month's Events!


Fabulous First Friday: Academic Integrity


femSTEM Writing Retreat


Inclusive Education Series: Developing LGBTQ Inclusive Curricula


Brown Bag  Briefing: A Cautionary Tale—Thinking Critically about Neuroscience


Alcala Park Readers Book Discussion on Stuffed and Starved

DamNation Film Screening and Discussion


Promise and Predicament: The Experience of Catholic Professors (across the disciplines) in Catholic Universities


Community Based Research Development Grant Proposal Writing Workshop. For more info click here.


Inclusive Education Series: Using Debate as a Pedagogical Tool to Develop Tolerance


CEE & ATS Tech Talk: GroupSolver