Fall 2016 Upcoming Events

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Scalar

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Friday, September 30 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 133

Cosponsored by: Academic Technology Services and the Humanities Center

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

Join us as Paul Evans, Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, provides us with an introduction to how Scalar works, and demonstrates how it can be used to transform your classroom teaching and scholarly communication. 

RSVP for the tech talk

Fall CORE Workshop Series

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This is the final year before implementation of the new core curriculum. Last year we hosted a series of course design workshops that helped faculty revamp their course syllabi in order for them to be congruent with the new core learning outcomes. This year our core workshop offerings will sharpen their focus and each core area—competencies, foundations, and explorations—will have a dedicated course design workshop facilitated by appropriate area task force (ATF) members.

The fall core workshop series will help guide faculty in course and assignment design. Each core workshop will focus on one area of the core curriculum and while departments have submitted course level approvals, each instructor will need to align their syllabus to the core outcomes and the department level outcomes that have been approved. This double alignment process can be challenging and the workshops are intended to help you through that process. After the initial presentation and discussion period, attendees will work on their individual courses with guided feedback from members of the area task force.

All faculty who will be submitting courses for core approval are strongly encouraged to attend all workshops appropriate to their courses and field of study. Faculty should bring their laptops and course syllabi to each workshop attended.

Core Workshop Calendar:

September 16

Oral Communication

10:30am-12pm, MRH 135


October 14

Advanced Writing

10:00am-12pm, MRH 135


Scienctific and Technological Inquiry

1:00-3:00pm, MRH 135




1:00-3:00pm, MRH 135


Quantitative Reasoning

3:00-5:00pm, MRH 135



First Year Writing

3:00-5:00pm, MRH 135






September 23


10:00am-12:00pm, MRH 135


October 28

Literary Inquiry

10:00am-12pm, MRH 135


3:00pm-5:00pm, MRH 135






September 29

Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (Domestic)

12:15-2:15pm, KIPJ-G


November 17

Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (Global)

12:15-2:15pm, KIPJ-C






September 30

Social and Behavioral Inquiry

10:00am-12:pm, MRH 135





Historical/Critical Thinking

3:00-5:00pm, MRH 135









October 7

First Year Writing

1:00-3:00pm, MRH 135





RSVP for September Core workshops

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SD|DH-Learning through Digital Humanities: A Showcase

USD's new Humanities Center will host "SD|DH -- Learning through Digital Humanities: A Showcase" in collaboration with USD's Center for Educational Excellence, Academic Technology Services, and Office of Undergraduate Research. This event, which disseminates the work of SD|DH's 2015-16 NEH-sponsored Digital Pedagogy Workshops (Profs. Joanna Brooks and Jessica Pressman, co-PIs), will highlight a variety of innovative DH approaches to pedagogy, students' DH work in classes and in undergraduate research activities, and faculty DH projects that engage students meaningfully in digital research. Sessions will include faculty and student presentations and workshop sessions on key DH tools (like Scalar). Our keynote speaker will be Prof. Alan Christy (UC Santa Cruz), who will discuss his work with students on The Gail Project, a large-scale long-term DH project on post-WWII Okinawa. 

This event is organized by a regional committee representing USD, UCSD, SDSU, CSUSM, and the San Diego Community College District. The SD|DH Showcase is free and open to students, faculty, and the public, and people are welcome to come for all or part of the day. Please register (link below) so we know how much space we will need and how much food to order. (Breakfast, lunch, and break snacks will be provided.)

Special thanks to the USD College of Arts and Sciences, the SDSU Digital Humanities Initiative, the UCSD Center for the Humanities, the CSUSM Digital History Lab, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (Office of Digital Humanities) for supporting SD|DH's regional initiative! 

When: 9-5, Friday, October 21, 2016

Where: USD's Humanities Center (200 Serra Hall) 92110

This event is free and open to the public (Register for DH Showcase Here)


Maura Giles-Watson, University of San Diego
Erin McDonald, University of San Diego 
Lindy Villa, USD Humanities Center Coordinator


September 2016 Newsletter

New Faculty Highlight

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Christopher Carter - Assistant Professor, Theology & Religious Studies

Christopher Carter is a new Assistant Professor who teaches in the Theology and Religious Studies department...sort of. Last year he was one of USD's Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows in THRS, and this more permanent move is something that both he and the THRS department are very excited about. Dr. Carter's teaching and research focus on theological and philosophical ethics, Black and Womanist theological ethics, environmental ethics, and animals and religion. He is active in the leadership of the American Academy of Religion where he serves as a steering committee member of both the Religion and Ecology and the Animals and Religion Group. Professor Carter is also a pastor within the United Methodist Church and has served churches in Battle Creek Michigan, Torrance, and Compton California.

This semester he is teaching two sections of a "Christian Social Ethics." It's been several years since this course was taught at USD and professor Carter is particularly excited about teaching this course because of its practical application. "Most students think theology or religious studies isn't useful in their everyday life. But in this course we are going to examine contemporary moral issues such as war and peace, consumerism, and marriage and sexuality in light of Christian ethical reflection. These are everyday issues that impact the lives of our students and their communities." At the end of the course students will write a final paper where they describe their personal approach to ethical reflection. "I'm excited about this assignment because it allows students to examine who they are, to discern who they want to become, and to explain how their newfound notions of justice and fairness will impact their communities."

Professor Carter believes that while his postdoctoral experience was most beneficial in enhancing his teaching skills, it also gave him time to finish a book project and begin another. Professor Carter's co-edited volume The Future of Meat Without Animals provides historical, material, aesthetic, and philosophical explorations of plant-based and in vitro food products. Dr. Carter's chapter in the text, "Vegan Soul: Moving Beyond Animal Meat in Black Communities" explores the economic, socio-political, and capitalistic tension vegan advocates may face when trying to market their products to black people. Currently, he is working on a book for the University of Illinois Press tentatively titled The Spirit of Soul Food: Faith, Food Justice, and Liberation. 

Adjunct Faculty Highlight

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Margaret (Peggy) Daley - Director, Liberal Studies Program

Peggy obtained her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta and moved to the United States in 2003 as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington. After completing her postdoc, she moved to San Diego and is now starting her tenth year teaching in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and her second year as the Director of the Liberal Studies program. She enjoys teaching various classes in Chemistry and Biochemistry, including upper-division labs and classes for non-science majors. Team-based learning is a collaborative learning strategy that Peggy is actively involved in exploring as part of the CEE and is using in her own classroom.

Peggy is passionate about teacher education and helping to prepare excellent teachers for the next generations of students at all levels. As the Liberal Studies program director, one of her tasks is to coordinate the courses in the Liberal Studies program to help ensure that future elementary teachers have the rigorous and interdisciplinary foundational subject coursework needed in today’s classrooms. She is excited about a new program that she helped develop in collaboration with SOLES; a Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program launching this Fall in which Liberal Studies majors can earn their BA, teaching credential, and MEd in as little as five years. Overall, the part of Peggy’s job that she enjoys the most is spending time with students, as their enthusiasm is so contagious. When she is not at USD, you can usually find Peggy spending time with her family, reading a book, or out on the soccer field.

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.

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 learning 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