Summer 2016 Upcoming Events


Team-Based Learning Summer Workshop Series

TBL Workshop: Developing Quality In-class Assignments that work with Team-Based Learning 

Tuesday, August 2

9:30–11:30 a.m. in HSN- 103 (Hahn School of Nursing)

Team-Based Learning allows for deep learning experiences by having students work in diverse teams on various types of assignments. Although many students do not appreciate working in teams, many of the reasons teams do not work is because of badly designed activities. Developing team activities that motivate students to work together, align with course outcomes and provide a rigorous and relevant learning experience for students is challenging but essential for the course learning environment.

Come join us at this hands-on workshop to learn about essential components of quality assignments, common pitfall and have an opportunity to work on an assignment in your own course.

RSVP for the TBL Developing Assignments AM Workshop

TBL Workshop: Creating Diverse and Successful Teams for Learning 

Tuesday, August 2

12:30–2:30 p.m. in HSN- 103 (Hahn School of Nursing)

Part 5 of our series on Team-Based Learning focuses on one of the most important factors of the pedagogical learning system – Team Formation.

Quality team or group formation isn’t just for those implementing a TBL format in their course.  It is a skill that every professor can benefit from no matter which discipline.

During the seminar participants will be introduced to practical ideas and concepts that can be implemented almost immediately.  This include:

  • Creating teams in such a way that each group is balanced with similar assets and liabilities (previous learning, personality styles, language barriers, gender)
  • Helping teams to function well – permanent teams, optimal size, utilizing learning styles and peer evaluations for team management
  • Rationales against self-selected teams, homogenous groups, and non-permanent teams.
  • Dealing with student concerns about working as part of a group e.g. grading, participation, and preparation

RSVP for the TBL Creating Diverse and Successful Teams PM Workshop

Syllabus Construction Workshop: Incorporating Gaming + Visual Design Into Your Syllabus

CEE Travel Grant Presentation 

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Tuesday, August 9

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in KIPJ—E

NOTE: This event will need to be rescheduled for later in the month. Check back for more info.

The course syllabus is an indispensable guide for your students. Often described as a contract, the syllabus should make clear the responsibilities of both the instructor and the student. What goes into your syllabus and the overall tone are key to facilitating a positive learning environment for all involved.

Join us for this special session hosted by two CEE Travel Grant Recipients, Diane Keeling (Communication Studies) and Robin Roberts (Theatre), as they guide participants on how to incorporate gaming pedagogy and visual design elements into a syllabus. Both design styles aim to make the syllabus more stimulating and engaging, ultimately leading to increased student interaction within any given course. Bring your ideas and existing syllabi in order to learn about designing more alluring and visually compelling syllabi for your courses. 

RSVP for the syllabus construction workshop

Summer Faculty Reading & Reflection Series:

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Are you stressed, over-worked, interested in finding ways to help academics be more mindful and less busy?

If you answered yes to any of these, then this summer book reading and reflection is for you. The CEE is trying something new this summer and we are sponsoring a book read and reflection on a topic of interest in academia. This year’s topic is faculty workload and the culture of busyness.

Come join us as we read this new book on the topic of challenging the ways of being for faculty.

Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy

by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber 

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Wednesday, August 10

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Camino Hall 130

“If there is one sector of society that should be cultivating deep thought in itself and others, it is academia. Yet the corporatization of the contemporary university has sped up the clock, demanding increased speed and efficiency from faculty regardless of the consequences for education and scholarship.

In The Slow Professor, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber discuss how adopting the principles of the Slow movement in academic life can counter this erosion of humanistic education. Focusing on the individual faculty member and his or her own professional practice, Berg and Seeber present both an analysis of the culture of speed in the academy and ways of alleviating stress while improving teaching, research, and collegiality. The Slow Professor will be a must-read for anyone in academia concerned about the frantic pace of contemporary university life.”

  • This is last chance to discuss this summer's read - join colleagues and peers as we explore the themes in the book and potential solutions to help us slow down

RSVP for the Slow Professor discussion

Summer Faculty Writing Retreats

Cosponsored by: femSTEM Faculty Cohort

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All sessions will be in the KIPJ Manchester Boardroom

  • Wednesday, August 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The CEE 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 of these sessions is for faculty to work quietly on their own items, with plenty of coffee and snacks provided. Please note: you may drop in and out as your time allows.

RSVP for the summer faculty writing retreat

Team-Based Learning Summer Workshop Series

TBL Workshop: Building Your Facilitation Skills 

Thursday, August 11

9:30-11:30 a.m. in KIPJ-B

Team-Based Learning (TBL) and Active Learning pedagogies involve many in-class activities and discussions. Sustaining conversation and maintaining the quality of discussion is often a source of concern for faculty. This workshop will offer opportunities to role play different facilitation styles using TBL. We will also discuss three common student issues that arise during in-class and group discussions and strategize ways to keep the conversation flowing with minimal roadblocks.

RSVP for the TBL Facilitation Skills Workshop 

TBL Workshop: Assessment and Student Learning 

Thursday, August 11

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in KIPJ-B

For those interested, the workshop will be followed by a lunch discussion about assessing student learning in TBL courses. Come grab some lunch and discuss some assessment tools we might develop to measure the impact of TBL on student learning and skills.

RSVP for the TBL Assessment and Student Learning Workshop 

Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty Welcome & Orientation

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Thursday, August 18

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Degheri Alumni Center 120 & Courtyard

All adjunct faculty, new and continuing, are invited to join us for dinner and networking at the annual Adjunct Faculty Welcome and Orientation. You will learn about the founding and mission of USD, employee perks and training opportunities, important policies regarding students and faculty, syllabus essentials, and the liberal arts education at USD. Additionally, representatives from various campus resource centers including Human Resources, Academic Technology Services, Student Wellness, and many more will be on hand to answer your questions during a networking dinner.

RSVP for the adjunct and part-time faculty welcome & orientation

Course & Syllabus Design Drop-In Clinics

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All Sessions hosted in the CEE Conference Room—Camino Hall 1F

  • Friday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 22, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 24, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

As the fall semester approaches, maybe you are in the midst of revising an old course or even designing a new one, or maybe you just want to breathe new life into your old syllabus. Faculty and CEE staff will be on hand to consult with you about any and all aspects of your course 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.

RSVP for the course & syllabus design drop-in

Your Guide to Academic Program Review

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Friday, September 9

11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in KIPJ-C

The University of San Diego’s academic program review provides a systematic and continuous means of assuring academic excellence in student learning. It is designed to encourage accountability and dialogue among members within the department under review as a self-reflective, continuous process within the broader institutional and discipline-based contexts. Program review occurs in 4 stages over 2 years for all programs across the university.

The stages include:

  • Self-Study
  • Site Visit
  • Recommendations from the Academic Review Committee
  • Program Plan and Administrative Response

Attendees at the workshop will learn about the entire process. The four stages have undergone considerable refinement this summer so that those who have attended this workshop in the past will also need to be updated on the changes. The workshop is facilitated by Carole Huston, Associate Provost and Professor of Communication Studies. Departments who are currently going through any of these four stages are required to have faculty representatives attend this important session.

Lunch is provided.

Please RSVP for the academic program review online by August 27th


Summer 2016 Newsletter

Innovative Pedagogy Interview Series


A Conversation with Professor of Economics, Dr. Steven Sumner 

Dr. Steve Sumner recently sat down with the CEE to discuss his Econ 310 - Money and Banking Course, as well as his innovative use of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) project in the classroom. The interview can be accessed by clicking on the link above.  

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. 

Congratulations Spring 2016 CEE Travel Grant Recipients!

Amanda Ruiz, Assistant Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science. Amanda will be traveling to Columbus, Ohio for the Mathfest - Project NeXT Workshop from July 31 to August 6, 2016.

Susan Bonnell, Associate Professor, School of Nursing. Susan will be traveling to Washington DC for the Emerging Global Leader Institute conference from September 6 to 10, 2016.

Moriah Meyskens, Clinical Professor, School of Business. Moriah will be traveling to Anaheim, California for the Academy of Management Teaching & Learning Conference from August 5 to 8, 2016.

Steve Sumner, Associate Professor, School of Business. Steve will be traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Blackboard (Bb) World Conference from July 11 to 15, 2016.

Mei Yang, Assistant Professor, Languages & Literatures. Mei will be traveling to Boston, Massachusetts for the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language) from November 17 to 20, 2016.

New Faculty Highlight

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Josen Diaz - Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

Josen Masangkay Diaz is the newest faculty member in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Her research tackles Philippine authoritarian programs and U.S. liberal reform during the Cold War period. This semester, Dr. Diaz taught Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Filipino Americans and Popular Culture. She also teaches courses in globalization and transnational feminist studies. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Diaz enjoys working with the students of the Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO) and Queer Women. She is also an advisory board member for Students for Economic Justice.

In her courses, Dr. Diaz adopts a cultural studies approach, which focuses upon analyzing cultural production – anything from literature and film to music and performance – to interrogate issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. This semester, the students in her Filipino Americans and Popular Culture course are creating their own forms of cultural production to explore the politics of U.S. colonialism and imperialism. So far, they have developed everything from mixtapes to dance and experimental performances. She is looking forward to seeing the final results of their work this semester!

Active Learning Highlight

Derek Taylor - Doctoral Student, Department of Leadership Studies

The instructing staff for the Leadership Minor has done a great job preparing those of us who teach LEAD 160, Personal Leadership, Self-Inquiry and Discovery.  One teaching strategy they equipped us with is the process of mind mapping as a tool to facilitate the synthesis necessary to complete the required action research projects.  Throughout the semester the students learn leadership theory, receive peer feedback, explore their own leadership style, read another authoritative source on leadership, and develop their own personal mission statement.  During the mind mapping stage we invite them to plot all they learned from these various sources and experiences on a large poster board, encouraging them to identify and notice areas of overlap, connection, and how each experience might inform the other.  Students share about their mind map in small groups while their group members provide feedback, helping them identify even more overlap.  The activity is interactive and encourages integral thinking, equipping the student with a method to use when tasked with synthesizing information, especially as it relates to the journey of self-inquiry.

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.

Innovation in Experiential Education (IEE) Award Winner Announcement

The Center for Educational Excellence is pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s University-wide Innovation in Experiential Education Award: Clinical Professor of Management, Dr. Michael Lawless has won the 2015-2016 Innovation in Experiential Education award for the evident innovative pedagogy exercised in three of his courses: MGMT 304 Entrepreneurship & New Ventures (Undergrad), MGMT 490 Strategic Management (Undergrad), and GSBA 537 Entrepreneurship (MBA).

The rigor of assigned and completed course work, juxtaposed with an entrepreneurship experiential–learning model that incorporates the V2 (Venture Vetting) Student-Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition into his courses, provides students direct experience with the economic, organizational, social, and strategic issues to start a new business organization.  Dr. Lawless’ innovative courses are designed from real world experiences, ideas, and lessons learned. Since incorporating the entrepreneurship experiential-learning model into his courses, Dr. Lawless has received enthusiastic and positive testimonials from his students regarding the V2 competition, and has also documented a dramatic change in leaning from these same students.

Congratulations again to Dr. Lawless! Next year, the CEE will host an award luncheon where Dr. Lawless will demonstrate his innovative and experiential work for the wider USD community.

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.

Contact Information

Center for Educational Excellence
Camino 1F 5998
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7402
Fax: (619) 849-8353