Fall 2016 Upcoming Events

CEE Faculty Writing Retreats are Back for the Fall!

Writing Retreat

Cosponsored by:

femSTEM Faculty Cohort

Thursday, November 3, 2016

1:00 to 4:00 p.m., KIPJ Manchester Boardroom

     Back by popular demand—The Center for Educational Excellence 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 for these sessions is for faculty to work quietly on their own items, with plenty of coffee and snacks provided. Occurring once a month, this will be the last retreat this Fall.


FFF: Going From—”This Is Too Hard” To “I Got This.” Addressing Student Mindset for Peak Performance.


Facilitated by:

Dr. Anne Koenig, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences

Merrick Marino, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Orientation Programs

Friday, November 4, 2016

10:00 to 11:00 a.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

     According to psychologist Carol Dweck, students with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence is unchangeable and cannot be improved, whereas students with a growth mindset believe that intelligence is malleable and open to change. These beliefs have consequences for behavior, including differences in views of effort, the likelihood of taking on challenges, and responses to failure and negative feedback.  As teachers we hope to push students to grow, so how can we encourage students to take on a growth mindset?  Come join in this discussion facilitated by Dr. Anne Koenig and Merrick Marino about research on growth mindsets and how these ideas could be used in the classroom and beyond. RSVP Here

Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos

Price of Thirst


Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, Professor, Psychological Sciences


Suzanne Walther, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Ocean Sciences

Vidya Nadkarni, Professor, Political Science and International Relations

Michael Lovette-Colyer, Assistant Vice President, University Ministry

Michael Catanzaro, Director, Sustainability

Friday, November 4, 2016

3:00– 4:30 p.m., UC Forum B

     A panel of USD faculty will discuss how themes (e.g., water equity, environmental racism, economic depression) in Price of Thirst can be considered across their various disciplines. Ample time will be given for questions and discussion. This event is open to everyone and students are especially encouraged to register and attend. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Keynote Presentation: Karen Piper, author of The Price of Thirst


Thursday, November 10, 2016

7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Shiley Theatre

     Dr. Karen Piper is the award-winning author of The Price of Thirst, Left in the Dust, and Cartographic Fictions.  She grew up in China Lake, California, and is currently a literature and geography professor at the University of Missouri. The Price of Thirst is the winner in current events of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for 2014.  She has also received a Sierra Nature Writing Award, a National Endowment of the Humanities Awards, a Huntington Fellowship, a Carnegie Mellon Fellowship, and a Sitka Center residency. RSVP Here

CEE & ITS Tech Talk: Helping our students better understand the world through GIS and mapping - Location, Connection and Action

Facilitated by:

Dr. John Yin, Professor, Marine & Environmental Studies

Friday, November 18, 2016

2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Olin 226

How can maps, information databases and graphic displays be utilized to strengthen the classroom environment?  According to Dr. John Yin, Professor in Environmental and Ocean Sciences, Geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping are powerful tools of visualizing spatial data and a challenging way to integrate and visualize critical thinking solutions with real world technology applications. Interested in learning more? Register for our Tech Talk on November 18th, facilitated by Dr. John Yin,  who will discuss GIS technology and ArcGIS and illustrate how faculty can implement GIS and mapping in their classes. RSVP Here

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:

November 11

Scientific & Technological Inquiry

9:30 to 11:30 p.m., Location TBD



November 17

Global - Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., KIPH-G

RSVP for November Core workshops


November 2016 Newsletter

The CEE is Proud to Welcome Sarah Williams and Nicole Kuhn!

Sarah Williams, CEE Temporary Administrative Assistant

Nicole Kuhn, CEE Student Intern

The CEE Says Goodbye to Soroya Rowley!

Soroya has moved to her new position as Executive Assistant for the Environmental and Ocean Sciences department.

For future correspondence with the CEE please use:

Adjunct Faculty Highlight & Interview

Tyler Hower, Adjunct Professor, Philosophy

For full interview, click here.

Innovative Pedagogy Interview

Dr. Dov Fox, Associate Professor, Law

For full interview, click here.

New Faculty Interview

Dr. Alison Sanchez, Assistant Professor, Economics

For full interview, click here.

USD Just Read! Faculty Highlight

Dr. Leeva Chung, Professor, Communication Studies

For full highlight, click 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.

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 9, 2016 via an online submission form
  • Entries will be judged by select faculty and admin involved with USD Just Read!

Contact Information

Center for Educational Excellence
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5998 Alcal√° Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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