Spring 2016 Upcoming Events


Come. Be. An Exploration of Wellness & Balance

Wellness & Balance

Presented by: Ryan Scrimger, Theatre Arts & Performance Studies

Friday, May 6, 2016

9:00-10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Dance Studio

Through specific guided relaxation techniques, you are invited to experience liberation and release within your own body and mind.  Professor Ryan Scrimger, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, has practiced and taught relaxation techniques for many years and brings it into her classroom to help students prepare for high-stress situations and recognize goals and obstacles with greater clarity.  In this participatory workshop, we will use sensory awareness and physical loosening to prompt individual stillness that is filled with inner connection.  Come prepared to explore, receive and release.  Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and be ready to be either (your choice) on the floor (bring a mat if you wish) or at ease in a chair.

Please register by Wednesday, May 4, 2016 

The Final Frontier: Moving from Associate to Full Professor

Final Frontier

Cosponsored with the College of Arts and Sciences

Friday, May 6, 2016

12:00 to 1:15 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

CAS Faculty - Thinking about applying for promotion to full professor but are worried that you might not be ready or qualified?

For many, the decision to apply for promotion gets delayed because of the uncertainty of the process. Led by a panel of current ARRT Committee members and faculty who have recently gone through the process, this session will help to clarify the requirements of promotion to full professor. The discussion of previous experiences and suggestions should help get you motivated to move on to the final frontier. RSVP Here

Postdoctoral Scholars Research Presentations

Post Doc

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

1:00  to 2:00 p.m., KIPJ-A

Presented by: Cory C. Gooding, Ph.D. -  Political Science & International Relations

What is the most effective strategy for gaining full and equitable inclusion into the American polity for communities of color in the United States? Recent debates on this question center on the liberating possibilities of respectability politics; defined as the belief that reform of individual behavior is a goal in itself as well as a strategy for broader societal reform. Such debates assume that the use of respectability politics forecloses all other political strategies. They also focus exclusively on the rhetoric of African American elites and leadership. Through a case study of Afro-Caribbean immigrants in New York and Los Angeles, the talk argues for an examination of political attitudes as simultaneously reinforcing and challenging respectability politics. This more nuanced analysis has implications for how we understand politics on the ground in communities of color, as well as in the rhetoric of underrepresented political leaders. RSVP Here

CEE Recognition Reception

Recognition Reception

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

4:00  to 6:00 p.m., UC Forum B

The Center for Educational Excellence cordially invites faculty and staff to a wine and cheese reception honoring CEE presenters, administrators, faculty, and staff in recognition of their support and involvement during the 2015-2016 academic year. This year’s top CEE participant will be honored. This event is by invite only, please call to inquire. RSVP Here


 May 2016 Newsletter

Innovative Pedagogy Interview Series


A Conversation with Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Dr. Odesma Dalrymple can be found here.

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.

Drop-in Consultation Hours

Held in Camino 1F

The CEE will now be holding office hours. Faculty are welcome to stop by during these times to receive advice, guidance, or get questions answered by :

Wednesdays: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., 12:30-5:00 p.m.

Fridays: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

If you are unavailable during drop-in hours, e-mail Johnny Bobé at jbobe@sandiego.edu and he 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.

Don't have access? E-mail us at cee@saandiego.edu 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

Kristopher Hall - Assistant Professor, Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy, SOLES

Kristopher G. Hall is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida with a PhD in Counselor Education. His background includes working with teens and families, at-risk youth, college bound youth, and inmate populations. He is currently teaching at the University of San Diego while researching Military Mental Health Stigma, Relational-Cultural Theory, and Multicultural skill development.

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 cee@sandiego.edu 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 (cee@sandiego.edu) and request to be enrolled. If already enrolled, steps on how to access the 2016 - 2017 USD Just Read! Blackboard Organization page can be found here.

Contact Information

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

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