Summer 2017 Upcoming Events

Summer Writing Retreats

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., CEE Conference Room


Thursday, July 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., CEE Conference Room


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., CEE Conference Room

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.  Occuring once a month, three retreats are planned for the summer. Please note: you may drop in and out as your time allows.


RSVP here for Summer Writing Retreats

Webinar Series

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Thursday, July 20, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Location UC SLP 412

Managing the Imposter Syndrome in Academia: How to Overcome Self-Doubt

-Seeking freedom from that nagging sense of negative self-talk?
-Working hard to be seen for all your strengths and capabilities?
-Need to recognize the imposter syndrome when it shows up?

Presenter Moira Killoran brings her expertise in leadership, academic career coaching and research consulting to provide the skills to manage your own personal presentation and how to assess others’ impressions of your abilities.
Note: You may drop in and out as your time allows. There will be time for discussion afterward. RSVP here for Imposter Syndrome Webinar


Summer Book Read

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Selected Title 2017 - 2018:

The Distracted Mind

By Drs. Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen

The first 10 people that register for either of these events will receive free copies of the book!

Worried about how constant distractions in and out of the classroom impact student learning? How is technology impacting our brains?

 The Center for Educational Excellence is proud to bring back the summer book club.  The world is full of distractions.  How we deal with those distractions is key to successful learning and brain health.  Come join us for this summer’s book club read entitled “The Distracted Mind” by Drs. Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen.  Topics include the neuroscience of attention, technology and the brain, the impact of distractions on development, interference and cognition.  Strategies about how we can deal with distractions and interruptions in our own lives for better cognitive functioning as well as how we can implement these strategies in our classes will be examined along with many other themes in the book.

Location: UC 103 AB

July 27, 2017, from 11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.                                            

Light Lunch served                                                                   

RSVP here for Summer Book Read


August 17, 2017, from 2:00—3:30 p.m.

Coffee and snacks served

RSVP here for Summer Book Read

Course Design Workshop         

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. KIPJ-F

Whether you are rethinking your course from the ground up or just tinkering with an
assignment or two, this is the workshop for you!! In a thoroughly hands-on session, we’ll help
you explore your course ideas by:
• Crafting and tailoring your ideas and expectations to assignments and assessments.
• Improving the connection between your assignments and your grades.
• Examining your course fit with the learning outcomes of your department.
• Constructing a syllabus that moves beyond the basics to establish a climate of interest
for your students.
Using key models of course design and tested assignment solutions, fellow faculty will facilitate
this session to help you with your course questions. Bring any and all of your syllabi to work on
as time permits. Coffee and breakfast will be provided. RSVP here for the Course Design Workshop

CORE Training: Advanced Writing Workshop  
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Monday, August 21, 2017, 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. MRH 145

This workshop is for faculty who are interested in developing Advanced Writing syllabi for the
new Core Curriculum, as well as faculty who have already created and submitted Advanced
Writing syllabi to the Writing ATF. During the first part of this workshop, faculty will learn about
the Advanced Writing learning outcomes, the role the new Writing Program plays in Advanced
Writing, the relationship between First Year Writing and Advanced Writing, and the Advanced
Writing syllabus approval process. Next, the workshop will focus on practical approaches to
teaching writing process and developing students’ awareness of the discourses, styles, and
genres particular to a discipline. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP here for the Advanced Writing Workshop

Drop-In Clinics

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Location: CEE Conference Room, Camino Hall 1F

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.                                            

Coffee and snacks served                                                             

RSVP here for the Drop-In Session


Tuesday, August 29, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. —4:00 p.m.

Coffee and snacks served

RSVP here for the Drop-In Session

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.

Syllabus Essentials Workshop

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. KIPJ-G

The course syllabus is indispensable guide for your students. Often described as contract, the
syllabus should make clear both the students’ and your responsibilities. What goes into your
syllabus and the tone are key to facilitating a positive learning environment for all of your
students. Bring your ideas and existing syllabi and find out more about designing a
comprehensive learning-centered syllabus for your courses. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP here for the Syllabus Essentials Workshop

Adjunct Faculty Orientation

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Thursday, August 24, 2017, 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Degheri Hall 120 & Courtyard

Every August, before the fall semester begins, the CEE organizes and hosts a welcome and orientation dinner for all new and continuing adjunct and part-time USD faculty. Attendees will learn about:

-The founding and mission of USD,
- Employee perks and training opportunities,
- Important policies regarding students and faculty, such as FERPA, academic integrity, disability services, student athletes, and student evaluations
- Course design and syllabus essentials
- What it means to teach a liberal arts education at USD.

The orientation includes a dinner and networking reception where representatives from many cam-pus resource centers and departments make themselves available to meet faculty and provide information and guidance regarding the services available to adjunct faculty at USD. Departments represented in-clude Human Resources, Academic Technology Services, Student Wellness, the Center for Student Suc-cess, the Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, the Changemaker HUB, and many, many more. RSVP here for the Adjunct Faculty Reception


Envision 2024 Pathways 2017–2018 Professional Learning Community

June/July 2017 Newsletter

New Faculty Interview

Amanda Moulder, Assistant Professor, English 

Dr. Kate DeConinck, Adjunct Faculty, Theology and Religious Studies

Innovative Pedagogy Interview

with Dr. Craig Barkacs, Profesor, Business Law

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Statler, winner of the USD Just Read! Faculty Integration Award

We would like to announce Dr. Kathryn Statler (Professor, History) as our first winner of the USD Just Read! Faculty Integration Award for The Price of Thirst. She will be receiving a stipend and recognition at our upcoming Recognition Reception.

2016-2017 Profession Learning Community:

Universal Design Learning

Community is often missing in higher education, where connections across disciplines and institutional units are overlooked. Faculty and Professional Learning Communities (FLCs and PLCs) help establish these connections and achieve increased interest in teaching and learning, retention, active learning, rate of intellectual development and civic contributions to the common good. This year’s group focused on Universal Design Learning and Disabilities Studies. Ultimately, we examined the issue of designing spaces both physical and curricular for optimal learning for students, staff and faculty of all abilities.

Members included Suzanne, Stolz, Helene Mandel, Warren Whitaker, Maya Kalyanpur and Krysti  DeZonia from SOLES, Chris Burden from Wellness, Deborah Sundmacher from the Writing Center, Jillian Tullis from Communication Studies, Lynn McGrath from Mathematics, Lisa Burgert from Copley Library, Esteban del Rio from the CID, and Sandra Sgoutas-Emch from the CEE.

The community has been busy and has a presentation forthcoming at the Disability Studies conference this June. Other projects include a white paper on implementing UDL, team taught course focused on disability studies, redesign on K-12 teacher training education and  the development of a toolkit for faculty.

Look out for workshops next year!!



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 Travel Grants

The deadline for this receipt of proposals is Friday, April 21, 2017 at 5pm.

The CEE supports the university in all phases of pedagogical development. The fundamental purpose of the CEE Travel Grant program is to expose faculty to key issues in teaching and learning in higher education and encourage development on CEE's programming themes of Pedagogical such as: Development, Diversity, Assessment, Instructional Technology, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The CEE will grant travels for up to 4 faculty to attend pertinent conferences held between July 1 and December 31, 2017. Grant amounts are up to $1,200.00 each. We will evaluate proposals on the strength of their connection to the previous mentioned pedagogical themes. Proposals should clearly indicate how topics to be explored at the conference support the teaching mission of the university. They should also provide a description how they might design a CEE presentation to inform other USD faculty upon their return from the conference.

Selection Criteria
The primary criterion of judgment will be the excellence of the proposal and the thoughtfulness given to its applicability to CEE program themes of pedagogical development, diversity, assessment instructional technology, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Three additional key criteria are:  1) the general applicability of the topic for multiple disciplines; 2) the novelty of the pedagogy or topic; and 3) the vision for designing a CEE presentation based on the conference information. Applicants can only be funded once per fiscal year and preference will be given to first time applications. See a list of previous grantees. All information regarding these grants including applications and guidelines can be found on the CEE Travel Grant website.

All proposals will be evaluated by members of the Center for Educational Excellence Advisory Committee.