Fall 2016 Upcoming Events

Innovation in Community Engagement Award: Celebrating the Innovative Work of Dr. Antonieta Mercado alongside Access Community Center


Thursday, December 15th

6:30 p.m., Access Community Center (2612 Daniel Avenue, San Diego CA 92111)

Each year the Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) and Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action are proud to sponsor the Innovation in Community Engagement Award. The Award recognizes faculty who, through innovation and imagination, connected their expertise and scholarship with community outreach in ongoing ways that benefitted the public, the campus, and the scholarly community. 

Dr. Antonieta Mercado has been involved in community based work for years. Working specifically with indigenous communities organized across borders, she has witnessed their sustained commitment to each other through the preservation of culture and indigenous systems of knowledge. As part of COMM 338, Media and Conflict, students work with Familia Indígena Unida at Access Community Center to start a community herbal garden. The purpose of creating the garden is to find ways to preserve indigenous people’s knowledge about native plants, and to support urban agriculture projects. The work is focused on principles of tequio, an indigenous practice of reciprocal service; as well as “funds of knowledge,” a concept referring to the wealth of community knowledge. The partnership continues to evolve through Antonieta’s active participation and integration into her classes. For more information please visit:

Going Backwards to Move Forward: Course Design Workshop

Course Design

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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

 Whether you are rethinking your course from the ground up or just tinkering with an assignment or two, this is the workshop for you!!  In a thoroughly hands-on session, we’ll help you explore your course ideas by:

  • Crafting and tailoring your ideas and expectations to assignments and assessments.
  • Improving the connection between your assignments and your grades.
  • Examining your course fit with the learning outcomes of your department.
  • Constructing a syllabus that moves beyond the basics to establish a climate of interest for your students.

Using key models of course design and tested assignment solutions, fellow faculty will facilitate this session to help you with your course questions.  Bring any and all of your syllabi to work on as time permits.

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. 

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



December 2016 and January 2017 newsletter

Adjunct Faculty Highlight & Interview

with Lisa Hemminger, Adjunct Lectuer, 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