Upcoming Events

Catholic News Roundup (Cancelled for today)

We look forward to the next discussion in February

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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.

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Illuminating Difficult Conversations

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Collaboratively Communicating Contexts in Groups:

Monday, October 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., KIPJ-E
Presented by Dr. Kristopher Hall, Assistant Professor, SOLES

Whether you know it or not, your class is a landmine of difficult issues waiting to be stepped on. However, you don't have to be afraid if you're armed with the proper tools. This session is designed to help you understand how groups form and ways you can use this to your advantage. We will also be discussing the unconscious processes that happen during groups and how to bring these to the surface. Combined, these can be used to help bring to tough talks to the surface and manage the conversations that occur.

RSVP here for Tough Talks: Collaboratively Communicating Contexts in Groups

CORE Training: Advanced Writing Workshop  

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Tuesday, October 24, 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., MRH 141
Friday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., MRH 135
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.

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USD Just Read! Discussion

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Closing the Gap between the World and Me

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., UC 103 A&B

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement.
Facilitated by Dr. Karen Shelby, Assistant Director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, Visiting Professor, Political Science and Dr. Carl Luna, Director, Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, Visiting Professor, Political Science.

The USD Just Read! program, in partnership with the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, is hosting a guided group discussion for students, faculty, and staff on how to start engaging discussions on race and equity in our classrooms, dorm rooms and offices. The 90 minute session will begin with a brief panel discussion by USD faculty, staff and students, building on the issues raised in this year's Just Read! selection "Between the World and Me," followed by an hour-long discussion amongst attendees facilitated by the San Diego Deliberation Network. The goal of the session is to examine even the difficulties of holding meaning, cross-experiential conversations on issues of race and equity, and explore pathways to close the gap between our individual collective worlds.

RSVP here for Closing the Gap between the World and Me

Black is Beautiful Night

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CORE Workshop: Advanced Integration

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Friday, October 27, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., MRH 135
Facilitated by Dr. Bradley Bond, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Integration is a fundamental component of the new core curriculum. Students must meet this requirement for advanced integration, an upper division core project that they will complete during their junior or senior years.
In this session we will walk faculty through the learning outcomes for both components of the Integration requirement and provide concrete examples of successful syllabi and assignments.

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Program Assessment Tricks and Treats

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., KIPJ-A

Assessment is the process of asking "What are students learning in our program" and "How do we know what they have learned?". This can seem like a "tricky" process, but it is also full of "treats" when you use it to help students in your program succeed. If you aren't sure how to use assessment to your advantage, come to this Assessment Workshop run by the CAS A-Team to learn how to:
- Write spook-takular learning outcomes
- Create fang-tastic measures to assess those outcomes
- Close the loop by using assessment to inform your spell-binding curriculum

RSVP here for Program Assessment Tricks and Treats

Textbook Affordability Panel/Discussion

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Thursday, November 2, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. KIPJ-B

Panelists include:

Om Kanwar, Chief of Staff, Associated Students
Amit Kakkad, Director, Center for Peace and Commerce,
Assistant Professor of Operations Management
Alejandra Nann, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian

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

  • Student perspectives of how increasing textbooks prices affect their academic success and wellbeing
  • Copley Library's OER program and its impact
  • What other institutions are doing in this area
  • How you can help to lower textbook costs
  • How to plan your year with key dates in mind


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Title IX

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USD Just Read! Book Discussion

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Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., KIPJ-E

Facilitated by Peace Studies Graduate Students.

Coates' Between the World and Me raises some of the most important, but challenging, issues the United States is facing today. Join facilitators from the Kroc School's Masters of Arts in Peace and Justice for a discussion of the book and its central themes. Together we will explore what this important work means for the country, San Diego, and our USD community.

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USD Just Read! Film Screening

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RSVP here for Fruitvale Station

Digital Mapping and the Kumeyaay Garden (CANCELLED, new date TBD)

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This workshop will be led 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.

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CEE October 2017 Newsletter

USD Just Read!

USD Just Read! October Newsletter

USD Just Read! Events Page

New Faculty Interview

with Dr. Angela Nurse, Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow

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.

October 2017

November 2017

February 2018

  • Feb 21

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 // 4 p.m.Serra Hall, Room 200 (Humanities Center) 5998 Alcala Park
    San Diego, CA 92110

April 2018

  • Apr 11

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 // 4 p.m.Serra Hall, Room 200 (Humanities Center) 5998 Alcala Park
    San Diego, CA 92110

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