Upcoming Events

USD Just Read! Film Screening of "Dear White People" for September 28 has been cancelled

Faculty Writing Retreat

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Friday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., KIPJ-I

Wednesday, November 15, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., KIPJ-I

Need some time blocked off to sit down and write?
Never feel you have enough time to get in your scholarly writing?
Please note: you may drop in and out as your time allows.

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.

RSVP here for Faculty Writing Retreat

CORE Training: Advanced Writing Workshop  

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Tuesday, October 24, 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., MRH 141
Facilitated by Dr. Amanda Moulder, Writing Program Director, Assistant Professor, English

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.

RSVP here for the Advanced Writing Workshop

Textbook Affordability Panel/Discussion

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Thursday, November 2, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. KIPJ-B
Facilitated by Dr. Cynthia Avery, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs and Dr. Theresa Byrd, Dean, University Library

Wondering about how to make textbooks more affordable for your students?
Join our panel to discuss:

- The Higher Education Opportunity Act and related compliance issues
- The availability of open access materials that are free, and can be used to substitute for physical textbooks
- Student perspectives of how the increasing textbook prices affect their academic ability and over wellbeing if they need to choose between purchasing books and food
- How late submissions of textbook orders increases the price for the Torero Store to purchase textbooks
- How working directly with a publisher may be increasing the textbook cost

 RSVP here for the Textbook Affordability Panel

Developing Faculty Proposals for Study Abroad

Friday, September 22 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., KIPJ-F
Facilitated by Dr. Kira Espiritu, Director of USD’s Office of International Studies Abroad

This workshop will provide you with information about the following:

  • Teaching Abroad Proposal and Selection Process
  • Logistical Aspects of USD's Undergraduate Programs Abroad: How do they work? What am I responsible for? Compensation? Expectations? Timeline?
  • Helpful Hints for Developing a Strong Course Proposal

RSVP here for the Teaching Abroad Workshop

Your Guide to the Academic Program Review Process


Friday, September 22 2017, 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., KIPJ-D
Facilitated by Dr. Karen Lee, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives

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. Departments who are currently going through any of these four stages are highly encouraged to have faculty representatives attend this important session. Please bring a laptop or tablet for easy access to information online.  Lunch is provided. 

RSVP here for the Program Review Workshop by Sept 15

 Digital Mapping and the Kumeyaay Garden

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Tuesday, September 26 2017, 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., MH 222
This workshop will be lead by Dr. John Yin, Environmental and Ocean Sciences, Dr. Mike Mayer, Biology, Persephone Lewis, Ethnic Studies, Tribal Liaison

Lunch will be provided

How much do you know about the land in our own backyard?

You don’t have to be a geographer or urban planner to realize the benefits of visual storytelling using GIS mapping tools in the classroom.  Join The Center for Educational Excellence and The Center for Inclusion and Diversity as we explore a digital and active “walk and talk” tour of how mapping can ignite imagination and curiosity for our students. Learn more about the Kumeyaay Garden by pinpointing a captivating sense of place where heritage, preservation, cultural and ecological awareness collide.

Interested in powerful ways to tell stories in the classroom?

 Take a walk through the Kumeyaay Garden and discover the many layers that are  part of  the  USD landscape.

RSVP here for Digital Mapping and the Kumeyaay Garden

USD Just Read! Interdisciplinary Faculty Panel

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Friday, September 29 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., MRH Warren Auditorium
Facilitated by Dr. Norm Miller, Real Estate, Dr. Ami Carpenter, Peace Studies, Dr. Kristopher Hall, SOLES, Dr. Karen Teel, Theology and Religious Studies

A panel of USD faculty will discuss how themes (e.g., health care, education, and housing) in Between the World and Me 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.

RSVP here for the USD Just Read! Interdisciplinary Faculty Panel


USD Just Read!

USD Just Read! September Newsletter

USD Just Read! Events Page

September 2017 Newsletter

Highlighting Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Neena Din, Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor of Biology

Innovative Pedagogy Interview

with Dr. Craig Barkacs, Profesor, Business Law

Welcome to Dr. Anne Koenig

The Center for Educational Excellence is pleased to welcome our Interim Director, Dr. Anne Koenig. You can get to know her by joining us at one of our many workshops, panels, and programs. You are also invited to stop by the CEE office in Camino 1F whenever you have an idea or issue to discuss!  

2017-2018 Profession Learning Community:

Envisioning 2024

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 -- which has been developed in coordination with the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action, and the Changemaker Hub--is focused on how faculty can cohesively incorporate community engagement, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and changemaking into their courses and their research agendas. As USD implements Envision 2024, there is an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore how they can confront humanity’s most urgent challenges through teaching, research, and service.

Members include Persephone Lewis, Marcy Darby, Evelyn Kirkley, Ryan Scrimger, Bridget Gramme, Aarti Ivanic, Jennifer Lee, Emilie Amrein,Julia Campagna, Karolina Rzadkowolska, Laura Rivard, Susie Paulik Babka, and Juan Rivas Espinoza, John Loggins and Kevin Guerrieri from the Mulvaney Center, Mike Williams from the Changemaker Hub, Esteban del Rio from the CID, Kristin Moran from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Sandra Sgoutas-Emch from the CEE.

The community will focus on developing a variety of resources, strategies, and immersion experiences that focus on this theme for the faculty and staff to integrate into their work and to develop partnerships among faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines and areas.

To find out more about the Envision 2024 Pathways, visit Pathways to 2024

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 (cee@sandiego.edu) 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 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. 

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.

USD Travel Grants

Deadlines for applications will be posted when the grant reopens for 2017-18.

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. 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.