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January 2015 - February 2015 Upcoming Events!

New & Junior Faculty Social @ the Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant

Thursday, January 29, 2015

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant (2660 Calhoun Street)

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.

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Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Strategies for Enhancing Academic Integrity for Your Online Assessments

Tech Talk

Friday, January 30, 2015

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

     Join us as USD faculty share some long-standing (Turnitin & SafeAssign) and new (ExamSoft) technologies for assuring academic integrity in online assessments. 


Inclusive Education Series: Writing and the International Student

Writing and the International Student

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., KIPJ-A

Presented by:
Deborah Sundmacher (Director, Writing Center) and Sarina Molina (SOLES Learning & Teaching )

     Writing and the International Student—There is no doubt that international students bring new perspectives to our global community; however, they often report that they struggle most in expressing their ideas and perspectives in both spoken and written form. Both are important skills to attain membership and become fully engaged in the academic community in the United States. This workshop uses research-based practices to guide faculty in working with these emerging writers. Our goal is to support our international students in "entering the conversation" in higher education, particularly in the area of academic writing. 


CEE Faculty Writing Retreats are Back for the Spring!

Hand and pen

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

9:00 am to 12:00 p.m., KIPJ Manchester Boardroom 

     Back by popular demand—The Center for Educational Excellence, at the request of Lauren Benz (Chemistry & Biochemistry), has 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, and with plenty of coffee and snacks provided.
Please note: you may drop in and out as your time allows. 


Fabulous First Friday: The Fine Art of Lecturing—Socratic Method

Socratic Method

Friday, February 6, 2015

9:30 to 11:00 a.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Facilitated by:
Diane Keeling (Communication Studies) and Simon Croom (Supply Chain Management)

     Finding ways to engage our students through lecture can be challenging. The Socratic Method is a form of inquiry and discussion between individuals, based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas. Come join us to discuss this mode of inquiry and how faculty may implement the method in their own courses effectively.  


Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning Keynote

Jose Bowen

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

1:30 to 2:20 p.m., Salomon Lecture Hall

Presented by:
Jose Bowen, Ph.D, President of Goucher College

     Technology is changing higher education, but the greatest value of a physical university will remain its face--‐to--‐ face (naked) interaction between faculty and students. The most important benefits to using technology occur outside of the classroom. New technology can increase student preparation and engagement between classes and create more time for the in-class dialogue that makes the campus experience worth the extra money it will always cost to deliver. Students already use online content, but need better ways to interact with material before every class. By using online quizzes and games, rethinking our assignments and course design, we can create more class time for the activities and interactions that most spark the critical thinking and change of mental models we seek. 


Flipping 101 Workshop: Designing Assignments & Activities for Massively Better Classes

Jose Bowen

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

4:00 to 6:00 p.m., UC 107

Presented by:
Jose Bowen, Ph.D, President of Goucher College

     Technology creates many more opportunities to rethink the sequence of learning activities in any unit. Teaching Naked is really about using technology to rethink how, where, when and what. This workshop is a detailed and practical application to a single learning module, with an emphasis on new types of short preparation assignments that can be extended and “disturbed” with new interactive class activities. This workshop will model the method. Come prepared (see Suggested Preparation) and consider participating with a group of colleagues from your department to solve a common problem. In this workshop faculty will:

•Write a learning outcome and design a module
•Identify discipline-specific online content or organize a podcast
•Find an appropriate entry point and write conditional instructions
•Formulate sample test questions using Bloom levels
•Create an assignment as class preparation
•Develop class activities as extensions and applications
•Customize a cognitive wrapper  


Developing a Global Mindset Workshop

Mansour Javidan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Manchester Executive Conference Center 206 AB 

Presented by:
Mansour Javidan, Ph.D, Garvin Distinguished Professor & Director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona 


The Substance of Civilization: Materials and Human History from the Stone Age to the Age of Silicon

Thursday, February 12, 2015

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., KIPJ-D

Presented by:

Dr. Stephen L. Sass, Dept. of Material Science and Engineering, Cornell University

     Materials enabled revolutionary advances in how we live, work, fight and travel, hence the naming of eras after them -- Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. This talk explores the role of materials in the development of modern industrial civilizations by putting technology into an historical and human context, examining the advances made possible by innovations with materials. Connections between critical developments and events are identified. Materials as revolutionary, and frequently disruptive, agents of change will be emphasized. Finally, it will be pointed out that throughout history, shortages have driven innovation, implying that the solutions to the shortages we face today may lead to developments that we cannot even imagine. Beautiful artifacts of clay, bronze, gold and glass illustrate the lecture.

Brought to you by Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering and College of Arts & Science 


Post Doc Research Colloquium : Functionalization of Benzylamine Boronate Esters into Diamines and Amino Boronic Acids

Friday, February 13, 2015

1:30 to 2:30 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 145

Presented by:

Dr. Kathryn McGarry (Chemistry & Biochemistry)


AFFIRM Interactive Theatre


Thursday, February 19, 2015

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., UC Forum B

     Based on interviews with university faculty, “Ready to Vote?” enacts a merit review committee meeting in which conflicts arise over unclear standards, inappropriate discussions, and microaggressions that stem from the very different identities at play. This interactive theater, that includes both professional actors and USD administrators, will give participants an opportunity to examine behaviors and motivations that are typically displayed during
rank, tenure and merit discussions utilizing a group problem-solving mode. These conversations promise to highlight best practices for fostering a more inclusive academic
climate for all faculty.

Lunch will be provided so please RSVP Tuesday, February 17, 2015 

Tech Talk: Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities

Friday, February 27, 2015

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

Presented by:
Maura Giles-Watson (English) and Kelly Riddle (Copley Library)

     Technology is changing the ways that we teach as well as the methods for performing and publishing re- search in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. As Digital Humanities arrives at USD, come and learn about model digital humanities projects, useful resources and technical tools, and ways to engage students mean- ingfully in digital research. 


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.

Stuffed and Starved in the Classroom

To learn more about how USD faculty are using Stuffed and Starved in their courses, click here to read this month's interview with Kokila Doshi.

Upcoming Events!

3/5 • CEE Travel Grant Presentation: Case Studies in STEM
3/12 • Writing and the International Student II

• FFF: Community Service Learning 101

• Post Doc Research Colloquium 

3/17 • Faculty Writing Retreat 
3/19 • IES: Feminist Pedagogy 
3/25 • AFFIRM Distinguished Lecture
3/26 • AFFIRM Distinguished Workshop 
3/27 • Tech Talk: Blogging